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Susan Van Allen

Join Susan Van Allen as she signs her newest book, Letters from Italy.

When: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Chaucer's Books, 3321 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings

Description:

Join Susan Van Allen as she signs her newest book, Letters from Italy.

Susan Van Allen, author of "100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go,"
is back with an entertaining collection of adventures.

Savor stories filled with passion, rich memories, and laughs, that blend to bring you an authentic portrait of one woman’s experiences in the Bel Paese.
Come along with this savvy traveler, as she revels in Roman wine bar flirtations, climbs Sicily's Stromboli volcano, and hunts for truffles in Umbria.

Each story weaves together an honest, loving tale of the world’s most enchanting destination. And for travelers, there is practical advice: from where to lunch in Pisa, to the perfect Puglia agriturismo, or a charming B&B in Naples.

Whether you’re in a comfy armchair, planning your next trip, or getting psyched on the plane, "Letters from Italy" will inspire you to embrace La Dolce Vita, with all its awesome surprises.

Susan Van Allen's love for Italy stems from her maternal grandparents, who emigrated from Southern Italy. She was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up on the Jersey shore amidst wonderful food and drama. When she first stepped off the train into Roma Termini in 1976, she got hooked on Italian travel. Since then she's explored the country up and down the boot--visiting relatives, immersing herself in the country's masterpieces and culture, taking language and cooking classes, and going on boating, biking, and hiking adventures. She's written about Italian travel for many media outlets, including National Public Radio, Town & Country, Student Traveler, Tastes of Italia, Chicago Daily Herald, several Travelers Tales anthologies (including Best Travel Writing 2009), and CNN.com. Van Allen also writes for television, and was on staff of the Emmy winning sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. When she's not in Italy, she is based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and makes scrumptious lasagnas.

Phone: 805-682-6787

Event posted June 17, 2013
Last updated June 17, 2013

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