Upcoming Event

Joseph Fasano at Harvard Book Store


The Swallows of Lunetto


November 28, 2022
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes JOSEPH FASANO, award-winning author, songwriter, and professor at Columbia University and Manhattanville College, for a discussion of his new novel The Swallows of Lunetto. 

A Return to In-Person Events

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  • Face coverings are required of all staff and attendees when inside the store. Masks must snugly cover nose and mouth.

About The Swallows of Lunetto

From Joseph Fasano, the acclaimed author of The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing, comes The Swallows of Lunetto, the powerful story of a young couple's escape from Italian fascism at the end of the Second World War.

Alexandra Bianchi lives and works in Lunetto, a provincial village in Italy's Calabria region, which finds itself ravaged by war in the summer of 1945. Leonardo Gemetti, a young man from Lunetto, has been missing for nearly eight years, and all his village knows of him is that he has carried out an atrocity against the Italian partisans in Mussolini's fallen Republic of Salò. When Alexandra meets a masked figure in the streets of Lunetto, she cannot imagine what she will learn about history and her place in it.

A sweeping love story and historical drama, The Swallows of Lunetto is a timely meditation on the left-right political divide, the reckonings of inherited trauma, and the potential of forgiveness to heal deeply divisive wounds.

Joseph Fasano
Joseph Fasano

Joseph Fasano

Joseph Fasano is an American novelist, poet, and songwriter. His novels include The Swallows of Lunetto and The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing, which was named one of the "20 Best Small Press Books of 2020."  His books of poetry include The Crossing, Vincent, Inheritance, and Fugue for Other Hands. His honors include the Cider Press Review Book Award, the Rattle Poetry Prize, and seven Pushcart Prize nominations. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into many languages, including Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Swedish, Chinese, and Lithuanian. He is the Founder of the Poem for You Series, and he teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College. He hosts a daily thematic poetry thread on Twitter @Joseph_Fasano_.

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