William Shakespeare and the Italian Book Club?
As the author of Alicia Allen Investigates–a legal crime trilogy with a strong Italian cultural theme and a female protagonist who is Anglo-Italian–I was intrigued and keen to discover more about Dr. Federico Conforto and his Italian Book Club. A few months ago, my publicist Marlan Warren suggested the club to me, and I found its website impressive. But when I chanced upon an interview in the Huffington Post (2/24/14) with Dr. Conforto, entitled “The Italian Book Club is looking for the next William Shakespeare,” I was even more intrigued.
Dr. Conforto is a Senior Consultant in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care based in Rome. The eminent Doctor founded the organization just over two years ago but is already becoming well-known in the book industry with connections not only in Italy, but the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.
On the basis that Dr. Conforto is looking for the next William Shakespeare it seemed rather apt that I should meet with him in the Shakespeare Tavern near London Victoria. William Shakespeare set a third of his plays in Italy with his romantic Italian settings crucial to his plots. It is true to say that centuries later his influence is as strong as ever. William Shakespeare’s Italy is thriving. How about the Italian Book Club? Most definitely.
The first thing that I noticed about Dr. Conforto is his boundless energy, zeal and enthusiasm. He told me, “When you deal with life and death situations every working day of your life you have to find another outlet and, for me, that is books.” And he’s certainly very passionate and committed to promoting the book club, its members, authors and looking for burgeoning new talent.