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Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth – Kathleen Ann González

September 22, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ILC Speakers, Venice Rising, Kathleen A. Gonzalez--9-22

Venice, a city with 1200 years of tenacity and grace under her belt, is not new to struggle. From her earliest beginnings, she has endeavored to wrestle an existence out of a lagoon that both protects and punishes her. In recent years, the wakes of cruise ships have battered her fragile stones as tourism and economic realities have driven local Venetians out of the city.

Then the aqua granda of 2019 flooded the calli and campi, nearly carrying Venetian fortitude away on its outgoing tides. A soggy, somber winter led way to a hopeful spring, when the pandemic lockdown appeared to strike the final blow.

Or did it? In April, as an elegant double rainbow arched its way over the marbled city, Venetians put on their masks and got to work, dreaming up a new Venice. Witness their stories, letters, poems, posters, and conversations that ring in the vision of Venice’s rebirth. The contributors have given their time and stories so that all proceeds from book sales are donated to community organizations including We Are Here Venice, Venice Calls, and No Grandi Navi. In this talk, editor Kathleen Ann Gonzalez will introduce you to these stories of love and hope for a beloved city. Read more about the book at venicerising.org.

Kathleen Ann González is one of Il Cenacolo’s favorite presenters, and as we know is very prolific! She has independently published six books: Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth; First Spritz Is Free; A Beautiful Woman in Venice; Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps; Free Gondola Ride; and A Small Candle, which she sells through bookstores, websites, and at promotional events. Supernova Edizioni publishes her books in Italy, including the translation into Italian of Casanova’s Venice: A Walking Guide, and her work appears in various periodicals, anthologies and a textbook. She also organized the symposium “Casanova in Place,” bringing together Casanova scholars in Venice in 2019. As a high school English teacher, Kathleen Ann González has won various awards and recognition for her work. Passionate about travel, González finds any excuse to hop on an airplane, particularly to Venice. (Visit KathleenAnnGonzalez.com or follow her blog at seductivevenice.wordpress.com.)


September 22, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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