Saturday, January 20, 2018

Meet the Author with the CCR Book Club - March 17, 2018

The CCR Book Club would like to invite all interested CCR members to join them as they welcome Canadian author Keith Henderson to their March meeting!

The group will be reading Henderson's latest novel, "Acqua Sacra" (available both in the original English and in an Italian translation), and the author and his agent will be at the March meeting to answer questions and listen to the group's reactions as they enjoy their customary potluck dinner.
"Acqua Sacra" is about a Montreal Italian-Canadian family with a property in Acqua Sacra, Abruzzo. A recently-divorced mother of two teenagers, her family's earthquake-damaged ancestral home in need of repair, feelings of failure, self-doubt and guilt swirling with the struggle for self-esteem and independence, public and private sector corruption and organized crime on both sides of the Atlantic, Old World beliefs and symbolism, and a cast of (sometimes comedic) characters including accountants, lawyers, bureaucrats, mobsters, witches and migrant workers -- these are some of the many features of this 2016 work.

Space is strictly limited for this special Meet the Author event, so book soon and start reading!

When: Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: area to be determined; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Luigi know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Luigi.

CCR Book Club: February 21, 2018

The next book we will read for the February meeting is "The Last Painting of Sara de Vos" by Dominic Smith. (It is also available in Italian as "L’ultimo Dipinto di Sara de Vos.") The New York Times review says the author "can craft an elegant page-turner that carries its erudition effortlessly on an energetic plot."


When: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: area TBD; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Luigi know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Luigi.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CCR Wine Tasting: Franciacorta - Italy’s Answer to Champagne - February 3, 2018

Franciacorta is made in the same way that winemakers in France make Champagne. Known as the ‘Method Champenoise’ or the ‘Traditional Method’ in Italy, Franciacorta produces bubbles by allowing a secondary fermentation to occur in the bottle. Franciacorta is made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two classic Champagne varieties, plus Pinot Blanc. Produced in a small wine producing area in the Province of Brescia (Lombardy), Franciacorta’s uniqueness can be found in the Italian climate and soil. The result is an elegance and complexity not found in other Italian sparkling wines.

Where: Residence of CCR members (Corso Trieste area) - exact address will be sent to registered participants.
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: €25 for members (€35 for non-members)
RSVP to Linda and Paul by Wed. Jan. 31 at canadarome@gmail.com. Please note that you are responsible for your reservation.

Each session is given in French and Italian and focuses on a specific theme relative to Italian wines.

Daniele Maestri, well-known Italian sommelier and a favorite among CCR members for his knowledgeable and lively presentations, will again lead this lecture and wine-tasting. For those interested in ‘wining and dining,’ Daniele writes in-depth articles on Italian wines and food for “Bibenda – Vini D’Italia” produced by the Italian Sommelier Foundation and he is a major contributor to their wine guide.

CCR Walks: Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum - February 10, 2018

Built by Norwegian sculptor Andersen, a close friend of Henry James, the artist's residence is now a museum which holds over two hundred of his sculptures and almost three hundred of his graphic art pieces. Most of this work focuses on Andersen's idea of creating a utopian modern city through art (a “World City”). Come join us as we explore his work and discuss Andersen’s view that art and architecture could combine to transform society and bring peace and harmony to the world.


When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Near Piazzale Flaminio; exact location will be sent to confirmed participants by email.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members; museum admission is free.
RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Joe by Tues., Feb. 6, 2018. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Monday, December 18, 2017

CCR Book Club - January 17, 2018

The January meeting of the CCR Book Club will discuss "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead (2016). The Guardian describes it as a "thrilling, genre-bending tale of escape from slavery in the American deep south [that] contains extraordinary prose and uncomfortable home truths."


When: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Piazza Bologna area; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Luigi know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Luigi.