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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Anne Calcagno  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: in San Diego, California


-- Website -- http://www.annecalcagno.com
-- Anne Calcagno on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=anne+calcagno


Illinois Connection

Anne resides in Chicago and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute.

Biographical and Professional Information

A dual national, Italian and American, Calcagno is Editor of Travelers Tales: Italy (Travelers Tales, 1998, 2001) which won Foreward’s Silver Medal for Best Travel Book of the Year. She wrote the preface to Travelers Tales: Tuscany. Her nonfiction and travel writing have appeared in The New York Times. the Italian American Historical Society, New City, The Saudi Gazette, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Tribune and In The Middle of The Middle West.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Pray for Yourself and Other Stories
ISBN: 0810150034

Triquarterly. 1993

Anne Calcagno's exhilaratingly original first collection of short stories vividly captures the textures of women's lives. Her style is at once idiomatic and metaphorical

her dramatic situations are extreme, edgy, and utterly convincing. Calcagno's characters grapple with problems ranging from domestic violence to obsession with body weight, and speak with conviction and authority about the complex obstacles in their lives. She writes of the desperation of fragile families, of sibling rivalries, of husbands and wives hanging onto or running from each other.

Italy: True Tales of Life on the Road (Travelers' Tales)
ISBN: 1885211163

Travelers' Tales Inc. 1998

These tales take the reader far beyond a packaged tour of Italy to encounter the land of magical extremes. Meet sculptors, olive harvesters, art historians, cooks, and grandparents, whose tales soar with opera and simmer with bribes. Funny, heart-wrenching, and smart herein ancient Italy is revealed as always new, while contemporary Italy speaks the old verities of the heart.

Travelers' Tales Tuscany: True Stories
ISBN: 1885211686

Travelers' Tales. 2001

These essays by renowned travel writers explore the many lures of Tuscany — its rolling hills, sunny climate, friendly people, and superb food and wine. This extraordinary region comes alive in tales of harvesting grapes, hunting for truffles, hiking ancient Etruscan paths, and glorying in the region’s bountiful art, music, history, and above all, romance. Some of the writers have made Tuscany their home, others came to vacation or study. But the spell of the region pervades all of these accounts. Authors include Frances Mayes, Matthew Spender, Jan Morris, Ferenc Mate, and Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, among others.

Travelers' Tales Italy: True Stories
ISBN: 1885211724

Travelers' Tales. 2001

This newly designed collection of adventures in Italy takes the reader to a land of magical extremes — of ancient verities and modern vitality. Sculptors, olive harvesters, art historians, and cooks people these tales, and their stories are as evocative as opera. The book simmers with romance, culture — and the best food on earth. Authors include Tim Parks, Patricia Hampl, Mary Taylor Simeti, Luigi Barzini, Gary Paul Nabhan, and many others. “Travel writing at its glorious best.” — Chicago Tribune

Love Like a Dog
ISBN: 1452834989

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2010

"This debut novel is a page-turning drama about familial devotion. Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man starved for his self-centered father's approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk's father becomes entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man. "Calcagno's troubling, evocative, socially-conscious, powerful little?novel Love Like a Dog, shocks to remind that sometimes from the small dark?corners of humanity rise some of the most luminous of bestial graces."? ?-- H. G. Carrillo -- author of Loosing My Espanish "This is a perfect book about dogs, people and the incredible relationships they develop. Love Like A Dog depicts human and animal strength, weakness, loyalty, love, trust - all surrounding the beautiful and much misunderstood pit bull terrier. It is no wonder people who own pit bulls fall in love for a lifetime". -- Wendy DeCarlo Young Owner, DogObedience Group, LLC Voted Best Trainer, year after year, by the readers of ChicagolandTails


Awards

San Francisco Foundation Phelan Literary Award; National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowships; Foreward's Silver Medal for Best Travel Book of the Year.

Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact literary agency:

Jean Naggar Literary Agency

216 East 75th Street

New York, New York 10021