Ferrante Night Fever!, with John Turturro, Judith Thurman, Giancarlo Lombardi, & Darcey Steinke
November 3, 2016, 7:00 PM
Actor John Turturro, critic Judith Thurman, professor Giancarlo Lombardi, and author Darcey Steinke join us for a celebration of two new works by Elena Ferrante. Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey is a selection of letters, essays, reflections, and interviews reflective of Ferrante’s consummate passion for writing. The Beach at Night is a short, moving, and mysterious children’s book for future and present readers of Ferrante’s beloved novels.
John Michael Turturro is an American/Italian actor, writer, and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the first three films in the Transformers film series. He has appeared in over sixty films, and has worked frequently with the Coen brothers, Adam Sandler and Spike Lee.
An Emmy Award winner, Turturro has also been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe Award.\
Judith Thurman began contributing to The New Yorker in 1987, and became a staff writer in 2000. Her story on Yves Saint Laurent was chosen for “The Best American Essays of 2003.” In addition to articles about the great couturiers of the last century (Chanel, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli), and the avant-gardists of this one (Rei Kawakubo, Isabel Toledo, Alexander McQueen), Thurman has written about performance art (Marina Abramović) and photography (Diane Arbus). Much of her work focusses on the lives of writers, from Flaubert and Margaret Fuller to the graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel. “First Impressions,” her 2008 reportage about the world’s oldest art—the Paleolithic paintings at the Chauvet Cave, in southern France—was the inspiration for Werner Herzog’s film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” She is the author of “Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller,” which won the 1983 National Book Award for nonfiction, and “Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette,” the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Biography and the Salon Book Award for biography. The Dinesen biography served as the basis for Sydney Pollack’s movie “Out of Africa.” A collection of her New Yorker essays, “Cleopatra’s Nose,” was published in 2007. She received the Rungstedlund Prize and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for prose style, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Giancarlo Lombardi is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the College of Staten Island and at The Graduate Center, where he currently serves as Executive Officer of the doctoral program in Comparative Literature. He is the author of Rooms with a View: Feminist Diary Fiction, 1952-1999 (2002) and the co-editor of Terrorism, Italian Style: Cinematic Representations of the Italian Armed Struggle (2012), Remembering Aldo Moro: The Cultural Legacy of the 1978 Kidnapping and Murder (2013) and, most recently, of Italian Political Cinema: Public Life, Imaginary, and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film (2016). In the late 90’s, he published “Scambi d’identità,” one of the very first essays written on Elena Ferrante’s Troubling Love.
Darcey Steinke is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere (Bloomsbury 2007, A New York Times Notable book) and the novels Milk (Bloomsbury 2005), Jesus Saves (Grove/Atlantic, 1997), Suicide Blonde (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992), and Up Through the Water (Doubleday, 1989, A New York Times Notable book.) Her new novel, Sister Golden Hair, will come out in Fall 2014 from Tin House. With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (Little, Brown 1997). Her books have been translated into ten languages, and her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Review, Vogue, Spin Magazine, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian. Her web-story “Blindspot” was a part of the 2000 Whitney Biennial. She has been both a Henry Hoyns and a Stegner Fellow and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, and has taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, Barnard, The American University of Paris, and Princeton.