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Italian Cultural Institute Book Club 2019



Italian Cultural Institute Book Club 2019

Each year American, Australian and British publishers choose just a handful of Italian novels for translation. The majority of those novels are written by men. This year the Italian Cultural Institute has chosen to make Italian women writers the theme of the 2019 bookclub.

Many people, whether they are Italian enthusiasts or not, will have heard of Elena Ferrante. But have you heard of Francesca Melandri, Francesca Marciano, Michela Murgia or Milena Agus?

Book Club facilitator
Kylie Doust, Italian studies specialist and ex-literary agent for many of Italy’s most successful authors, will guide your discussions at the book club sessions, helping you to unravel the themes of contemporary, Italian fiction written by women.

The books
If you accept to join the book club, be aware that you are going to be taken on an adventure. From Northern Italy, through Naples and Sardinia and Puglia. Finding the books may not always be straightforward (which is unfortunately part and parcel of being a female, Italian author) but at the very least, they are all available in ebook version or for borrowing from the Italian Institute's wonderful library.

For the program click here

The Language
The book club will be held in English but the books can be read in English or in the original Italian, depending on your personal preference.

casa rossa francesca marciano

Last session on Wednesday 20 November from 7pm to 8.30pm to be held off-site:

  • 20 November: Francesca Marciano, Casa Rossa


$20 for a single session (Non-members)

$15 for a single session (IIC members)

Sign up

To sign up for the book club, send an email to, alternatively click here to download the Registration form.



Date: Da Wednesday, May 22, 2019 a Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : With fee


IIC Melbourne, 233 Domain Rd, South Yarra