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IL CIRCOLO LETTERARIO: Tre giallisti contemporanei, A look at three Italian Mystery Writers

  • 28 Oct 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

“Tre giallisti contemporanei”

A look at three Italian Mystery Writers



(online option available for people unable to attend in-person)

In the English-speaking world, there has been a long tradition of mystery writers from Edgard Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P.D. James, and Martha Grimes, just to name a few. 

However, not many Italian mystery writers, or ‘giallisti’, have reached comparable fame.  But this is changing as both the quantity and the quality of Italian mystery novels have significantly increased in the past 
decades and so this Circolo Letterario is devoted to the stories and characters created by three successful contemporary Italian writers: Maurizio De Giovanni, Ilaria Tuti, and Gianrico Carofiglio. These authors’ works are widely translated and thus available to the English-speaking readership. 

We will explore together what makes these writers worth reading:  their polished writing styles, their choice of unusual and yet very likable main investigators, and their addressing contemporary pressing social issues such as immigration, sexism, and organized crime.  With their sometimes humorous and whimsical tones, these accomplished writers portray insightful and up to date pictures of Italian culture and society.  

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Pieranna Garavaso is native Italian and came to the US to earn a PhD in Philosophy (at the U of Nebraska Lincoln). She taught Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Morris for 34 years. She was awarded the UMN Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award (2003), the Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Award (2004) and the UMN Morris Faculty Research Award (2017). Her areas of research include History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Feminist Philosophies.  She has published articles in Italian and English and authored, co-authored or edited several books; the last collection she has edited is the Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism (2018).  As Emerita/retired she plans to devote more time to reading and discussing Italian literature.


This event will be held in-person and online (max. 12 attendees in person and 10 online) at
 ICC's new location in the vibrant North Loop neighborhood. This new location offers convenient on street parking in front of the building, as well as nearby garage parking.

Traffic Zone Building, 250 Third Ave N., suite 625, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

For online participants, we will do our best to organize a smooth conversation between in-person and online attendees. 

COVID-19 Policy: all in-person participants will be required to provide, upon entry to the event, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event and to wear a mask. Thank you for your collaboration. Please contact for any questions or concerns

250 Third Ave. N, Suite 625
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 295-4111

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