At last I can announce two enormous pieces of news.
First, an Italian-language edition of THE MASTER OF VERONA will be published by La Corte Editore later this year. I don't yet know what the title will be - my original title for the novel might do. It was IL VELTRO, which my readers know translates to both The Greyhound and The Bastard. So appropriate. It's been a dream of mine to release this book in Italy, as it's so steeped in Italian history and legend. I must thank Gianni La Corte for his excitement and daring, and also filmmaker Anna Lelario for acting as my Italian advocate. It is truly a dream come true.
The second piece of news is directly related to the first - the City of Verona has graciously offered to fly me out to present my books to the people of Verona in an event at the Castelvecchio on the 9th of May. This coincides with a special English language edition of THE MASTER OF VERONA that will be sold in Verona's shops and bookstores in conjunction with an English edition of Anna's tremendous documentary on the life of Cangrande, which you can purchase in Italian here.
I must first thank Verona's mayor, Flavio Tosi, for his support of the event and of my work. And I must also express my deep appreciation to Anna Lelario and her husband Antonio Bulbarelli for their tireless work in bringing this event to life. It has been a real joy to collaborate with them. It always amazes me where art can lead.
So I'm off to Verona in a few months, just before the release of the latest of the Star-Cross'd novels, THE PRINCE'S DOOM, which I am about to start the final edits on. For fourteen years I have imagined just such an event, never once dreaming it would come to pass. I am humbled and honoured and can barely speak for my excitement.
There will be so much more in days to come, so keep in touch. And thank you to all my friends, American, Canadian, British, and Italian, for the outpouring of support. And I hope I'll see some of you next week at the public reading of EVE OF IDES in my hometown of Ann Arbor.