Author, film director, and playwright Adriana Trigiani took Williamsburg by storm when she visited neighborhood as part of a tour to introduce her new book Tony’s Wife. Adriana was born in the coal mine country of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. She took to reading at an early age and has been writing ever since.
Her novels may be fictional but ate based on the true life experience of Italian American culture. Love, fate, and family are her themes. “All I do is change the hair color,” she said when speaking about her characters “because my people are composites of the people I have grown up with or met in life.”
At Adriana Trigiani’s Tony’s Wife reading/presentation held at Swinging Sixties Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.) as part of the Michele Gianatsio lecture series sponsored by St. Nicks Alliance, Conselyea Block Association, School Settlement Association, and the Calandra Italian American Institute. The series is curated by Joseph Sciorra, Ph.D. Adriana’s adoring fans turned out for the opportunity to meet her and obtain an autographed copy of her book. Ever the entertainer, she kept the audience of fifty people spellbound and went back and forth with local fans exploring her genre and the Italian American life.