It’s a Washingtonian tradition to host the winner of the Premio Strega – the most prestigious literary prize in Italy – for an event each year at the Embassy of Italy. This year was no exception, and on an atypically snowy evening toward the end of March, the literary crowd of the nation’s capital gathered to listen to a conversation between Rakesh Satyal – Senior Editor at Atria Books – and Paolo Cognetti – author of this year’s winner: The Eight Mountains.
From the left: R. Roger Remington, Professor of Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology; Emanuele Amendola, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in DC and Professor Elisabetta d’Amanda also from the Rochester Institute of Technology
The Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. is currently hosting a photo exhibition on the design legacy of the Vignelli’s. The exhibition presents several of the most iconic designs of Massimo and Lella Vignelli, whose influence is worldwide. The opening was last Friday, and it included a lecture by Roger Remignton, Professor of Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a very good friend of both Vignellis, as well as a video by Letizia Airos of I-italy TV featuring an interview with Massimo Vignelli. Emanuele Amendola, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington D.C. and co-creator of the project – together with the Rochester Institute of Technology – gave an introduction on the importance and influence of the Vignellis.
On April 27th the Washington, D.C. literary crowd gathered to celebrate another success by one of its most well-known members: a presentation of Anna Lawton’s latest book, “Amy’s Story.” The venue was perfect: the staff of Via Umbria, a small but extremely welcoming Italian gourmet market, with an upstairs patio and a space for culinary and literary events, greeted us with an aperitivo including several Italian delicacies. Bottles were popped and the spumante started to flow from glass to mouth. An organized – but long – line formed when the brand new books were brought upstairs to be bought by the readers and signed by the author.