I'm excited to announce that Laura Morelli will be accepting the Silver IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction Ebook at BEA this year! But this is not be the only award this talented art historian will be accepting. Here are a few others:
Eric Hoffer Award Category Finalist
Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize
Finalist for the Indie Excellence Award
Way to go for Indie publishing! As a mater of fact, Publishers Weekly decided to interview Laura Morelli about her experience as a self-published author. Morelli who has also published three nonfiction books, Made In Italy, Made In France, and Made In the Southwest for Universe, an imprint of Rizzoli Publications, decided to self-publish her first novel The Gondola Maker which received a starred review from PW Select.
The Gondola Maker is currently on tour with iRead. You can follow the tour here and read what book bloggers are saying about this atmospheric novel rich in art history.
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"The heir to a gondola empire rejects his birthright but comes full circle in this fascinating glimpse into late-Renaissance Venice by art historian–turned-novelist Morelli."
- Kirkus Reviews
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Book Title: The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli
Category: Adult fiction
Genre: historical fiction
Published: March 3, 2014
Available in: Print and e-book formats
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: April 28 to May 23, 2014
Content Rating: PG-13
From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.
When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.
Praise for The Gondola Maker:
"I'm a big fan of Venice, so I appreciate Laura Morelli's special knowledge of the city, the period, and the process of gondola-making. An especially compelling story."
--Frances Mayes, author, Under the Tuscan Sun
"Laura Morelli has done her research, or perhaps she was an Italian carpenter in another life. One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands."
--Pamela Sheldon Johns, author, Italian Food Artisans
"While a wealth of period lore and beautifully rendered setting—the city’s unique sounds, smells, and heritage—dominate her novel, Morelli creates poignantly convincing characters in this handsome coming-of-age novel about adoration, pain, and destiny."
- Publishers Weekly
Meet the Author:
Laura Morelli earned a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She has taught college art history in the U.S.
and at Trinity College in Rome. She is the creator of the authentic guidebook series that includes Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, published by Rizzoli. Laura is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler and other national magazines and newspapers. A native of coastal Georgia, she is married and is busy raising four children. The Gondola Maker is her first work of fiction.
Connect with Laura here: www.lauramorelli.com
Book Tour Schedule
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April 28 - Chronicles - review
April 30 - The YA Lit Chick - review
May 1 - Pix Me! Photography - review
May 5 - Reading, Writing, Working, Playing - review / giveaway
May 6 - View From the Birdhouse - review / giveaway
May 7 - Peeking Between the Pages - review / giveaway
May 7 - Paulette's Papers - book spotlight
May 8 - She Reads Novels - review
May 9 - Book Dilettante - review / interview
May 12 - Savings in Seconds - review / giveaway
May 13 - Library of Clean Reads - review / author interview
May 13 - Historical Tapestry - book spotlight / guest post
May 14 - The 1000th Voice - review
May 14 - Bless Their Hearts Mom - book spotlight / giveaway
May 15 - All Things Bookie - review
May 16 - Based on a True Story... - review / giveaway
May 19 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review / spotlight
May 20 - FLY HIGH! - guest post / giveaway
May 20 - Views From the Countryside - review
May 21 - Tales of the Marvelous - review
May 22 - Musings from Sri Lanka - review
May 23 - In This World of Books - review
May 23 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review
May 26 - Every Free Chance Reader - book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 - Ivory Owl Reviews - review / author interview
May 28 - Black'n Gold Girl's Book Spot - review
June 2 - Essentially Italian... author and book spotlight
June 5 - Historical Fiction Connection - book spotlight and giveaway
June 6 - 2 Kids and Tired Books - review
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