1 February 2019. Free entry
First Aperitivo Letterario for 2019; an evening with award-winning London-based Italian Australian writer Elise Valmorbida



First Aperitivo Letterario for 2019.

Join us to kick off COASIT’s 2019 Cultural Program with an evening with award-winning London-based Italian Australian writer Elise Valmorbida, briefly in Melbourne for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

COASIT, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton [see Google map]
Friday 1 February 2019, 6.30-8PM
FREE EVENT – Register here

Listen to Elise Valmorbida read from her latest work, The Madonna of the Mountains, and participate in a lively Q&A with the author.

We will discuss migration, Italianness, Australianness, in-betweenness, storytelling and much else besides.

Elise will be delighted to sign books and chat.


Praise for The Madonna of the Mountains:

“It is a triumph of a literary novel that shifts in unexpected, utterly fascinating ways.”
— Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2019

“A bewitching, but entirely unsentimental portrait of one woman’s attempt to keep her family safe in turbulent times.”
— The Times Book of the Month

“A must-read.”
— New York Post

“Compulsively beautiful … a finely drawn portrait of a society in transition.”
— Mark Rubbo, Readings Australia


ELISE VALMORBIDA grew up Italian in Australia, and lives in London where she works as a writer-teacher. Her latest novel The Madonna of the Mountains (Faber & Faber) is on the national fiction shortlist for the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2019 (winners to be announced 31 January.) Already published in several languages, The Madonna of the Mountains is The Times “Book of the Month” and “Summer Books Pick”, a New York Post “must-read”, and a contender for further literary awards. Set in the Veneto and spanning nearly three decades following the First World War, The Madonna of the Mountains is a fierce, sharply observed and richly detailed account of a woman’s fight to keep her family alive and thriving – at whatever cost.

Elise is author of acclaimed novels Matilde Waltzing, The TV President and The Winding Stick. An award-winning indie film producer, she wrote SAXON, The Making of a Guerrilla Film. Other non-fiction includes The Book of Happy Endings.