Sunday, March 29, 2009

Donna Leon Tour and Books

Donna Leon has long been one of my favorite mystery authors. In her Commissario Guido Brunetti police procedurals, she captures the city of Venice, interweaving the social scene and internal politics. Her latest crime novel, About Face (Atlantic Monthly Press), tackles the subject of the environment-a very real problem Italy faces today. I just received this mystery, so this isn't a review but an alert to all the Donna Leon fans.

Donna Leon Book Tour:

Monday, April 20, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL. Call: 305-442-4408
Tuesday, April 21, Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, Atlanta, GA. 404-814-4150 (reservations requested.
Wednesday, April 22, Politics & Prose, Washington, DC. 202-364-1919
Thursday, April 23, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 215-686-5322
Friday, April 24, Barnes & Nobel (Broadway at 82nd), New York, NY 212-362-8835
Tuesday, April 28, City Arts & Lectures, San Francisco, CA Tickets Required. 415-392-4400
Wednesday, April 29, St. Louis Country Library, St. Louis, MO. 314-994-3300

As you know, I love to read mysteries set in a location I have visited or will visit. Now, Grove Press has published Brunetti's Venice, Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective, by Toni Sepeda, with an introduction by Donna Leon. This is being simultaneously published with the latest Brunetti mystery, About Face. Tourists and armchair travelers can follow in the footsteps of Brunetti as he traverses the city he knows and loves. There are over a dozen walks, encompassing all six regions of Venice as well as the lagoon. This is a must have companion book for any fan of Donna Leon's series.

Toni Sepada, the author of Brunetti's Venice, is a Venetian resident and longtime fan of Brunetti. She has been a Professor of Literature and Art history in Northern Italy for 15 years, and has been conducting authorized tours of Brunetti's Venice for years.

For more information about Donna Leon and Toni Tours, go here.

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