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Audiobook Project – Chapter 1 –

With Los Angeles-based, South African-born actor Dennis Kleinman (www.aworldvoice.com), we have started working on an audiobook version of The Afrikaner. Obviously, we will need funds to accomplish our task. I was thus thinking of trying to initiate a crowdfunding campaign with … Continue reading

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Reading Conrad in the Desert

“In the desert, in prison or out at sea, Conrad can be a good companion. I found in his pages a way to exorcise, at least in part, the darkest moments of my life” (The Afrikaner”). “There are several subplots … Continue reading

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Paleontology, intellectual disagreements and the lure of Africa

“I have never understood the lure of Africa; at the end of this novel, I did. […] landscape descriptions are exquisite and closely observed. At the end, I felt I had been there, in these intense, parched African places, tasted … Continue reading

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BOOK SIGNING OF “THE AFRIKANER” IN VAN!

Join me for a chat and book signing of my novel “The Afrikaner” (Guernica, Toronto, 2019) WHERE: Indigo Robson Bookstore (1033 Robson St, Vancouver) WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 1.30 pm-7.00 pm. The Afrikaner: “A tale of hate, love, guilt and … Continue reading

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Life, Possibilities, and the Kalahari’s Many Secrets in The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

“The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions, 2019) is a powerful novel set in extraordinary locations in Africa, where we encounter some mysterious people […]” Arianna Dagnino was born in Genova, Italy. After Moscow, London, and Boston, she worked in South Africa as … Continue reading

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Yes, Mama Africa left its sign on my skin and in my soul

Excuse this nth bout of self-promotion but among all the beautiful reviews “The Afrikaner” has received on Goodreads, I really felt the urge to share at least one of them with all of you Africa’s lovers – or soon to … Continue reading

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Book Signing of “The Afrikaner” at Indigo Granville in Vancouver (May 24, 3.00 pm-7.00 pm)

Join me for a day of book signing and conversation, on Friday, May 24, at Chapters/Indigo Granville Bookstore in Vancouver. I will be there from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm, with a box of chocolates and personalized bookmarks. Here is … Continue reading

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Lessons learned during my book tour. Lesson n. 3: Smell your audience and follow through

Smell your audience and speak/read accordingly: This is Lesson n. 3 learned during my book tour across Canada. I must confess I was a bit disappointed with myself at the book launch  in Toronto, which took place on May 16 at … Continue reading

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Lessons learned during my book tour. Lesson n. 2: Never pre-judge

Never pre-judge your potential readers: this is one of the many lessons I have learned in this 2-week book tour across Canada to launch my novel “The Afrikaner” (Guernica, Toronto, 2019). During the book signing event at Bay Bloor Indigo … Continue reading

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Lessons learned during my book tour. Lesson n. 1: Hospitals are OK

Everything seemed so terribly wrong… but I was wrong! “What am I doing here?” Bruce Chatwin’s memorable question came to my mind when, on May 10, I looked at myself standing at the entrance of IndigoSpirit Mount Sinai Hospital bookstore … Continue reading

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