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An international celebration of Elena Ferrante’s new novel, "The Lying Life of Adults."



An international celebration of Elena Ferrante’s new novel,

The Lying Life of Adults
A Global Event for Readers
Conversation – Reading – Q&A
Co-hosted by the Italian Cultural Institutes in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, London, Sydney, Madrid, Barcelona, and by Europa Editions

Tuesday, September 29th at 2PM (CT)

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Join Elena Ferrante’s “star translator” Ann Goldstein, authors Nicola Lagioia (Italy, Strega Prize) and Laura Pugno, and special guests t.b.a. for a celebration of Elena Ferrante’s global readership and a conversation about her latest New York Times-bestselling novel, The Lying Life of Adults. Conversation moderated by Europa’s Editor in Chief, Michael Reynolds.

The Lying Life of Adults is available now at 

Elena Ferrante readers number in the millions worldwide. She has been celebrated by authors such as Elizabeth Strout, Roberto Saviano, Lauren Groff, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Richard Flanagan; by musicians and celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Patti Smith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and John Waters; by well-known thought leaders like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Her Neapolitan novels have been made into an HBO original series; and her new novel, The Lying Life of Adults, has been optioned by NETFLIX.

Ferrante has been read by more people in more parts of the world than any other living Italian author and her work has sparked renewed interest in Italian literary culture.

At this event, co-hosted by a global network of Italian Cultural Institutes and in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in New York, we celebrate not only Elena Ferrante and her new novel but also her international readership and the global work of the Italian Institutes in promoting the cultural production of Italy.

Conversation starts at 2:00 pm Central Time, 9:00pm CEST, with opening remarks by Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy, New York.

Registration for this event is free.  Register at this link.

A link to join the event will be sent via email to all registered participants on the date of the event, September 29.


Ann Goldstein

Nicola Lagioia

Laura Pugno
Laura Pugno was born in Rome. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Sleepwalking (Sironi, 2002) and five novels: Sirene (Einaudi 2007, Marsilio 2017), Quando verrai (minimum fax,2009), Antartide (minimum fax,2011), La caccia (Ponte alle Grazie, 2012) La ragazza selvaggia (Marsilio, 2016), La metà di bosco (Marsilio 2018). She has also published two essay collections, In territorio selvaggio (Nottetempo 2018) and Oracolo manuale per poete e poeti, with Giulio Mozzi (Sonzogno 2020). Her collections of poetry include: Il colore oro (Le Lettere, 2007), La mente paesaggio (Perrone, 2010), Bianco (Nottetempo,2016), I legni (Pordenonelegge 2018), L’alea (Perrone 2019) and Noi (Amos 2020).

Michael Reynolds


Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Time: At 2:00 pm

Entrance : Free


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