This time our purpose was to make a video of each of our Italian friends introducing themselves and saying something about their contributions to the book. The plan is to use the videos back home at book signing events so all 5 authors can be “present.” Everyone was prepared, perhaps over prepared. Each had written out what they would say. Lots of nervousness and laughs. But it was a grand success. The final product may not be Hollywood quality (we used iphones and point-and-shoot cameras), but each author’s personality came through beautifully—Carlo, the philosopher, career English teacher and singer-song writer; Luciana, with her creative use of the English language (a childhood surrounded by trees and rocks that made her want to fly away); and Lucia, with her twin passions for cooking and teaching English. . . . but to get a real flavor of our Italian author’s writings and personalities, you’ll just have to come to one of the book signing events!
Here’s a picture of the five of us after the shoot at the “light” lunch prepared for us by Lucia.