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Sons of Italy Foundation® presents

The 35th annual

National Education & Leadership Awards

Gala

Celebrate the Region of Sicily with us

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Washington, DC

Thursday, May 23, 2024 6pm Reception, 7pm Dinner & Awards

Adriana Trigiani

Beloved by millions of readers around the world as one of the “reigning queens of women’s fiction”, (USA Today), Adriana Trigiani is The New York Times bestselling author of 20 books in fiction and nonfiction, including The Shoemaker’s Wife, The Good Left Undone, Don’t Sing at the Table, and Lucia, Lucia. Published in 38 languages, The New York Times calls her “a comedy writer with a heart of gold”, and her books “tiramisu for the soul”. She is host of the hit podcast, You Are What You Read, in conversation with the luminaries of our time about the books that built their souls. 

Adriana is an award-winning playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the major motion picture adaptation of her debut novel Big Stone Gap, adapted her novel Very Valentine for television and directed Then Came You. She wrote and directed the documentary film, Queens of the Big Time, winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and Audience award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film was also featured at the London and Hong Kong International Film festivals. 

Trigiani grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she co-founded The Origin Project, an in-school writing program serving over 2,700 students in Appalachia. In 2023, she was knighted with the Ordine della Stella d’Italia by President Sergio Mattarella of Italy. She is proud to serve on the New York State Council on the Arts and lives in New York City with her family. 

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