On the 20th of June, The House at the Edge of Night came out in the USA and Canada! And a few copies also reached me in Italy, thanks to my publishers Random House and Doubleday:
Here's the cover. I think the designer did a really beautiful job. At the moment it's available in most bookstores in the US, so if you've been waiting to get your hands on a paperback copy, now is your chance!
In other news, this Saturday was the patron saint's festival here in Turin, La Festa di San Giovanni. In The House at the Edge of Night I wrote about how small towns celebrate patron saints' festivals, and in a city of a million people like Turin it's no less of an important day. On Friday night, in the main square, there was a procession of actors in historic costumes followed by a bonfire. On the top of the bonfire there is always a bull, the symbol of Turin. When the bull catches fire it falls either to one side or the other: one way means good luck and the other bad luck for the rest of the year to come. Luckily, this year it fell in the right direction! Then on Saturday night we had the annual San Giovanni firework display. These fireworks are really spectacular, with music, fire and light displays, and this year's display was excellent. About 50,000 people were in Turin's biggest square to watch them, so it's a big event, but in the end it has the same significance as local saints' festivals in smaller places - a chance for the city to come together in the local square and celebrate. I post quite a bit about life in Italy and Turin in particular on my Instagram here, so take a look if you're interested!
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