SANTA ROSA --
Copperfield’s Books welcomes Mark Ciabattari and Greg Sarris to Santa Rosa for a conversation on Mark’s new book – When the Mask Slips
This event will include a QA session and book signing and is free and open to the public.
*When the Mask Slips can be purchased online below and during the event
An old hand at postmodern literary play, Ciabattari is one writer who could claim charter membership in the Pirandello and Calvino schools of literary humor, and if his first three Rizzoli books were not sufficiently persuasive, you'd have no choice but to recognize his important contribution to literature by the time you got to his latest Rizzoli novel, WHEN THE MASK SLIPS.--from the afterword by Fred Gardaph
Fiction. Italian Studies. Short Stories
When the Mask Slips is the fourth in Mark Ciabattari's Rizzoli Quartet. The first, Dreams of an Imaginary New Yorker Named Rizzoli, ("Rizzoli is an anxious anti-hero...an urban everyman."--Lynne Tillman, NYTBR) was reissued by Bordighera Press in November 2020, as was the second, The Literal Truth, ("Ciabattari's novel is a delightful postmodern romp, more Calvino than Kakfa"--Kirkus Reviews). The third, Preludes to History ("These are wonderful and endlessly fascinating stories. I guarantee that you will never forget them."--Fred Volkmer, Southampton Press) was published by Bordighera in 2016.
Author: Mark Ciabattari is author of four novels in the Rizzoli series, Dreams of an Imaginary New Yorker Named Rizzoli,The Literal Truth, Preludes to History, and his newest, When the Mask Slips. His grandparents left Lucca in Tuscany in the 1890s and settled in a sizable Italian community in Butte, Montana, where he was born. He studied at Stanford and spent a semester at Stanford's campus in Florence, where he discovered an intellectual tradition for which he has a particular affinity. He got his B.A. in modern European intellectual history at Stanford, his M.A. and Ph.D. in American intellectual and cultural history at New York University. He has taught at NYU, Yeshiva University, Mercy College, and several campuses of the City University of New York. With his wife Jane, also a writer, he lives in Sonoma County, CA., where he is at work on Rizzoli #5, Ends and Odds.
Greg Sarris is an accomplished author, university professor, and tribal leader serving his fifteenth consecutive term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He is an award-winning author whose works have been adapted for stage and screen, including the HBO miniseries Grand Avenue, which he co-executive produced alongside Robert Redford. Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University where he was honored with the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has taught Creative Writing, American, and American Indian literatures as UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and Sonoma State. Sarris serves on the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book, Becoming Story, considers the deep past, historical traumas, and possible futures of his Northern California homeland.