112th: Joseph Fasano

Event date: 
03/21/2023 - 7:00pm

Join us on Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm for a reading and discussion with Joseph Fasano in celebration of the recent release of The Swallows of Lunetto.

In order to facilitate this in-person author event, we will be partially closing the second floor starting at 6:45pm. Please review our COVID-19 Safety guidelines and register for the event using the link below. 


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From Joseph Fasano, the acclaimed author of The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing, comes The Swallows of Lunetto, the powerful story of a young couple's escape from Italian fascism at the end of the Second World War.

Alexandra Bianchi lives and works in Lunetto, a provincial village in Italy's Calabria region, which finds itself ravaged by war in the summer of 1945. Leonardo Gemetti, a young man from Lunetto, has been missing for nearly eight years, and all his village knows of him is that he has carried out an atrocity against the Italian partisans in Mussolini's fallen Republic of Salò. When Alexandra meets a masked figure in the streets of Lunetto, she cannot imagine what she will learn about history and her place in it.

A sweeping love story and historical drama, The Swallows of Lunetto is a timely meditation on the left-right political divide, the reckonings of inherited trauma, and the potential of forgiveness to heal deeply divisive wounds.

Joseph Fasano is an American poet, novelist, and songwriter.  His novels include The Swallows of Lunetto (Maudlin House, 2022) and The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing (Platypus Press, 2020).  His books of poetry include Fugue for Other Hands (2013), Inheritance (2014), Vincent (2015), and The Crossing (2018).  His honors include the Rattle Poetry Prize and a nomination for the Poets' Prize, "awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year."  His work has been widely translated and anthologized, most recently in The Forward Book of Poetry 2022 (Faber and Faber).  His debut album of original songs, The Wind that Knows the Way, is available wherever music is streamed or sold.  For his Daily Poetry Thread, follow him on Twitter at @Joseph_Fasano_.

Event address: 
Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
The Swallows of Lunetto By Joseph Fasano Cover Image
ISBN: 9781737022251
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Maudlin House - November 25th, 2022