John Domini and Christopher X. Shade in conversation on their new novels
Friday July 19 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us on Friday, July 19th at 7PM to welcome authors John Domini of The Color Inside a Melon and Christopher X. Shade of The Good Mother of Marseille for a reading and discussion of their new novels.
In John Domini’s fourth novel, The Color Inside a Melon, a disastrous earthquake has Naples reeling. While the government scrambles to maintain appearances, poverty and anarchy rack the people on Italy’s margins—the illegal immigrants out of Africa, known as the clandestini. One of whom has just been horrifically murdered.
Enter Risto, a rare success story. A refugee from Mogadishu, orphaned in his teens, he’s now married the Neapolitan Paola and is the proprietor of a celebrated art gallery. The murder recalls the deaths of his loved ones years ago in Mogadishu, a trauma Risto can’t outrun…
In Christopher X. Shade’s debut novel, it’s the summer of 2013 in Marseille, in the year of its designation as the European Capital of Culture. Readers get a taste of this dangerous, impoverished yet seductive port city of France as they follow the interwoven stories of Americans who have come to wander and sightsee. Noémie, an anthropology student, wants to make the gritty graffiti-covered neighborhood of Cours Julien her home, but she’s running out of time, money, and her university sponsor’s patience. Take a walk with Noémie and her hot dog, Chinelo, through the turbulent streets of Marseille…
With The Color Inside a Melon, John Domini has four novels in print and three story collections. Other books include selections of criticism and poetry. Domini has published fiction in Paris Review and Ploughshares, non-fiction in GQ and The New York Times, and won a poetry prize from Meridian. Grants include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at Harvard, Northwestern and elsewhere, and makes his home in Des Moines.
Christopher X. Shade is co-founder and co-editor of Cagibi, at cagibilit.com, a journal of poetry and prose. His stories and book reviews have appeared widely, and he has won story awards including the 2016 Writers at Work fellowship competition. He teaches fiction and poetry writing at The Writers Studio. Raised in the South, he now lives with his wife in New York City.