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Destino by Raffaella Romagnolo | Italian Book Club of the Dante Alighieri Society BC



Destino by Raffaella Romagnolo | Italian Book Club of the Dante Alighieri Society BC

Presented by the Dante Alighieri Society of BC, with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto.

The next meeting of the Italian Book Club will take place on Tuesday, January 18 at 8:30PM EST / 5:30PM PST.

The group will discuss the novel Destino by Raffaella Romagnolo (BUR, 2020). Benedetta Diamanti will coordinate.

Please note that the discussion will be in Italian. An intermediate to advanced level of Italian is recommended.

To register, please email

The Italian Book Club meets ONLINE on ZOOM once a month.

Meet other bibliophiles, share ideas and deepen your understanding of Italian literature, history and culture.

The Italian Book Club is FREE and open to all those in Canada interested in friendly and thought-provoking discussions of Italian books: fiction, non-fiction, classics, prize-winners, etc.

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Schedule and more info:


March 1946. Giulia Masca returns to Borgo di Dentro, a farming town between Italy’s Piedmont and Liguria regions from which she had fled on a ship bound for New York forty-five years earlier, alone, pregnant and penniless. A betrayal drove her hasty departure, and now she’s back from America with a few axes to grind.

Giulia’s return to her hometown offers a chance to shed some light on her past – but it also provides the perfect backdrop for a superb description of the social changes and great historical upheaval that swept over this small corner of the Italian provinces in the “Short Twentieth Century” by Eric Hobsbawm.


Raffaella Romagnolo was born in Monferrato where she has been living and working.  As a child, she was a passionate reader. Fairy tales, stories for children, the first novels: she was enchanted. She dreamt of spending her life among books. When she was a teenager, she started writing her own stories but she wasn't satisfied. It was really hard!  She was fascinated by the way the stories worked and she decided to study them. She graduated in Italian Literature from the University of Genoa and then obtained a Ph.D. in Literary Sciences from the University of Pavia.  After her degree, she finally tried to write her first novel, L’amante di città. It is a detective story set in the Monferrato hills. From that moment, she has never stopped writing stories.  Apart from writing, she is a secondary school teacher teaching her two favourite subjects: Italian Literature and History. She also teaches creative writing at the Officina Letteraria and Bottega di storie e di parole.



Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Time: At 8:30 pm

Organized by : Dante Alighieri Society of BC

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Entrance : Free


Online via Zoom