World-renowned and award-winning novelist/filmmaker Adriana Trigiani will return to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, April 5, at the invitation of the Department of Language and Literature, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Jimson Weed, the college’s literary journal.
Trigiani will be the featured writer at Coffee Night, Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this event at Cantrell. Trigiani’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Trigiani’s writing experience spans fiction, non-fiction, food, television, film, theater and newspaper work.
Her semi-autobiographical novel, Big Stone Gap, has garnered worldwide acclaim and bestseller status along with its sequels Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon.
Trigiani put her experience and love of her hometown to the test when she wrote and directed the film adaptation of Big Stone Gap with an all-star cast. That effort resulted in the #2 grossing Romantic Comedy of 2015 and one of the top-grossing women-directed films of that year.
Trigiani’s love of writing and literature shows in her support of education programs such as The Origin Project, which she co-founded with Nancy Bolmeier Fisher. TOP brings professional authors into the classroom to work with students on their creative writing skills – specifically, stories inspired by their own family history.
Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia in an Italian family, with roots in northern Italy. Her mother was a librarian and her father a garment manufacturer. Her first professional writing job was as a news reporter for WNVA radio when she was fifteen years old. She received her BA from Saint Mary’s College (South Bend, IN) in 1985 and moved to New York to pursue a career as a playwright. She currently lives in Greenwich Village with her husband Tim Stephenson, the Emmy award-winning lighting designer for Late Show with David Letterman; their beloved daughter Lucia; and their rescue cat and rescue dog.
Coffee Night also features “Spring Highland Voices: Writers and Performers of the College and Community.”
All contributors to the 2016 spring edition of the Jimson Weed are welcome to present and the program will be forthcoming. Others in the region who are interested in participating or performing at Coffee Night may contact Tessa McCoy, Jimson Weed managing editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25.
A book signing will follow. Copies of the Big Stone Gap series and her two most recent novels (The Shoemaker’s Wife and All the Stars in the Heavens), along with DVDs of Big Stone Gap, will be available in the bookstore and at the event for signing.
Students will receive cultural activities credit for attendance.
For more information, contact College Relationstions, (276) 376-1027.