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Events 2014

The European Schoolbooks Ltd team have already been quite busy this year attending numerous exhibitions with fantastic selections of some of our newest and bestselling titles in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

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Book launch: Croque-Monsieur, short stories with bite by Ray Parnac

24th April 2014 - The European Bookshop - 19:00 - 21:00

Ray Parnac,
Emue Books,
and friends

Emue Books


Two years after we had the great pleasure of welcoming them at the European Bookshop, we are delighted to be hosting the launch of Emue's latest publication: Croque-Monsieur, a collection of short stories by Ray Parnac. Join us on April 24th for an evening of off-the-wall humour and wit, with discussions, readings and interviews with the author, publishers and friends. Refreshments will be served and fun is to be had by all.

About the book:
Gender equality, what a bore! Ray Parnac's tormented characters only thrive in excess. Cruel or vulnerable, they strive to take control of their lives but struggle to find a balance. Maneaters, nasty gannies, mink wearing jobseekers co-exist with office fanatics, transvestites and gay dandies. A fiery cocktail burning with the madness of humanity in which, somewhere between tears and laughter, the reader will discover this elementary truth: the stronger people are not always those you expect...

Ray Parnac— a name she inherited from her grandmother Raymonde — hails from the French Berry and has been living in London for over 15 years, where she leads a double life: librarian by day, fiery writer by night. Her dark side shines through in her startling writings, imbued with her sharp and witty humour.Her previous collection of short stories, Le Doigt de l'Historienne, was published by Emue in 2011.

Emue Books is a Melbourne-based publishing house. Their first goal was to publish fresh European authors who were writing in French. They are now aiming to share their talents with the English-speaking world. Emue favours short and structured narratives, and is keen to publish lively, humorous and poetic texts which cast a critical eye on today’s society. Emue means Moved in French. It also stands for Ethical & Multicultural Editions.

69° anniversario della Liberazione - Prima che cambi il tempo

25th April 2014 - The Italian Bookshop - 19:00

Prima che cambi il tempo
Valle del Santerno porta della libertà


Episodi della lotta partigiana nelle Valle del Santerno.

Libro & documentario - regia di Massimiliano Valli

Q&A con Luisa Pretolani, co-produttrice del progetto

Letture dal libro a cura di Stefania Bochicchio

In presenza del Console Generale d'Italia in Londra, Massimiliano Mazzanti

Caterina Soffici, Italia Yes Italia No

15th May 2014 - The Italian Bookshop - 19:00

Caterina Soffici
in conversazione con
Enrico Franceschini
ci parlerà del suo libro

Italia Yes Italia No
Che cosa capisci del nostro paese quando vai a vivere a Londra
Edizione Feltrinelli


Alzi la mano chi non ha mai pensato di andare via, lasciare l'Italia, mollare un paese in un declino forse irreversibile e cercare altrove le opportunità, il lavoro, la felicità. Caterina Soffici lo ha fatto: dopo aver denunciato l'Italia del maschilismo strisciante e trionfante nel libro "Ma le donne no", si è trasferita a Londra. E ha scoperto cosa significa veramente vivere in un paese che sembra possedere tutto quello che a noi manca: serietà, organizzazione, buona educazione, apertura verso il mondo e chi più ne ha più ne metta. Mescolando antropologia metropolitana, fatti di cronaca e storie di vita, Caterina Soffici racconta con ironia e autoironia la sua esperienza londinese: dalle vecchiette dell'associazione di quartiere alle mamme alfa in cerca della scuola migliore per il figlio, dalla vitalità dei quartieri alla moda che attrae giovani creativi da tutto il mondo alla fedeltà immutabile a regole e procedure che a volte sfocia nell'ottusità. Impossibile non chiedersi quale paese sia meglio e perché: un dibattito in cui intervengono vicini di casa inglesi, amici italiani e negozianti bengalesi, ma anche Enzo Biagi, Niccolò Machiavelli e Luigi Barzini, con una conclusione (speriamo) provvisoria: "Londra non è meglio dell'Italia. Ma a Londra io ho trovato la banalità della normalità. Qui si può finalmente uscire dall'emergenza continua, qui si può vivere normalmente. Ecco perché a Londra si vive peggio ma si sta meglio. Perché è un posto normale. È l'Italia a non esserlo più".

Caterina Soffici, giornalista per Il Fatto Quotidiano, Vanity Fair, e per l'inserto culturale del Sole 24 Ore, vive a Londra. Ha pubblicato per Feltrinelli Ma le donne no. Questo è il suo ultimo libro.

Enrico Franceschini, giornalista e scrittore, è da oltre venticinque anni corrispondente dall'estero per il quotidiano la Repubblica.

Wine courtesy of Sarah Eti Castellani, Consul of Italy

Workshop: Bravissimo! Insegnare e imparare italiano attraverso i compiti

18th May 2014 - The Italian Bookshop - 10:00-12:00

The Italian Bookshop and Casa delle lingue / Bulgarini invite you to the workshop:

Insegnare e imparare italiano attraverso i compiti

with Marilisa Birello
author of new Italian course Bravissimo!


Bravissimo! adopts a task-based approach, following the latest recommendations of the Common European Framework. The course promotes a quick and natural progression in all four language skills while encouraging students to become active protagonists in their own learning.

The workshop will introduce the key principles behind this methodology, providing an overview of the content and project tasks in Bravissimo! for levels A1 and A2. The second half of the session will take a closer look at the Student's book as well as supporting didactic materials, focusing on the various sections which comprise each unit and on results from students who have used the course.

Marilisa Birello, Italian tutor at the School of Modern Languages at the University of Barcelona, lecturer in Language Teaching at the University Autònoma of Barcelona and author of the Italian course Bravissimo! She is an experienced trainer of Modern Foreign Language teachers at a number of institutions both in Spain and Italy.

Refreshments and complimentary copies of Bravissimo! 1 Libro dello studente provided courtesy of Casa delle lingue / Bulgarini.

Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones, translated by Clarissa Botsford

20th May 2014 - The Italian Bookshop - 19:00 - 20:30

And Other Stories and The Italian Bookshop
are pleased to invite you to the launch of

Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones

Translated from Italian by Clarissa Botsford

Join us for an evening of readings and discussion between Elvira Dones and Clarissa Botsford, in both English and Italian.


Hana Doda, a student in cosmopolitan Tirana, and Mark Doda, a raki-drinking, gun-toting shepherd in the mountains, are the same person. To avoid an arranged marriage and running her family household, Hana does what still happens in the mountains: she vows to take on a man’s identity, to be a sworn virgin. Later Mark receives an invitation to join a cousin in America and with it comes the chance to escape his vow. But is there a way back for a Sworn Virgin?

Born in Durrës, Albania, Elvira Dones is an Albanian novelist, screenwriter and documentary film-maker who writes in both Albanian and Italian. Sworn Virgin in based on her prize-winning documentary on the phenomenon of ‘sworn virgins’ in Albania. A film of the novel is due out in 2014.

Clarissa Botsford studied Italian at Cambridge and Comparative Education in London before moving to Rome. She currently teaches English and Translation Studies at Rome University and translates contemporary Italian fiction and poetry.

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