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 Carol M. Cram, "The Towers of Tuscany". Presentazione del libro
 Presentazione del libro in lingua inglese

  Adelinda Allegretti Curator Studio&Gallery, Gualdo Tadino (PG)
  7 maggio 2018
The Towers of Tuscany follows the journey of a woman painter in 14th Century Tuscany. Carol Cram’s presentation of her novel features short readings along with a lively overview of the painting and social history of 14th Century Tuscany. Lovers of art, history, and strong women will enjoy this presentation!
Carol is a skilled presenter with many decades of experience both as a workshop facilitator and as an educator. She has presented all three of her novels numerous times at libraries, bookstores and colleges near her home on an island close to Vancouver on the west coast of Canada.

Author Information
Carol M. Cram is the author of three works of historical literary fiction. Her first novel, The Towers of Tuscany (Lake Union Publishing, 2014) and her second novel, A Woman of Note (Lake Union Publishing, 2015) were both designated Editors’ Choice by the Historical Novel Society in the UK, and both won First in Category for the Chaucer and Goethe Awards (Chanticleer Book Awards), with The Towers of Tuscany also winning the Grand Prize Chaucer Award for best historical novel pre-1750. The Muse of Fire, Carol’s third novel, was released in January, 2018 by Kindle Press (e-book) and New Arcadia Publishing (paperback). The Muse of Fire recently received an “IPPY” award – a Bronze in the Historical Fiction category (Independent Publisher Book Awards).
Carol is also the author of over fifty best-selling college textbooks in computer applications and communications for a major US publisher (Cengage Learning) and was on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver for over two decades. In addition, she was Vice President of Clear Communications Consultants and facilitated numerous communications workshops for corporate and government clients. Carol holds an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She lives with her husband, painter Gregg Simpson, on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, BC, where she teaches Nia dance and volunteers for the local arts council after serving as its president for 10 years.

Description of Novel
The Towers of Tuscany (2014)
Published in 2014 by Lake Union Publishing, The Towers of Tuscany is Carol M. Cram’s debut novel. To date, the novel has sold over 70,000 copies and has been translated into German and Czech. The novel is available in paperback directly from Lake Union Publishing. The author will also supply copies to the presentation venue.
A description of The Towers of Tuscany:
Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father’s workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a man who comes to despise her for not producing a son. After Sofia’s father is crushed by his own fresco during an attack motivated by a vendetta, Sofia realizes she must escape her loveless marriage. She flees to Siena, where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her. Meticulously researched settings and compelling characters are united with a strong heroine in this rich portrait of medieval Italy.
Janis Pegrum Smith, in her review for the Historical Novels Review, awarded The Towers of Tuscany Editors’ Choice and wrote:
From the very first page, Carol M. Cram captivates with her writing, transporting you to the rolling hills and rich palette of 14th century Tuscany. You care for the protagonist, Sofia, from the outset and become an ally throughout the perilous pursuit of her beloved art. The twists and turns of the plot, and the fast pace of the writing, make it a book that is very hard to put down. I cannot praise this novel highly enough. It is a story that lingers long after you have reluctantly reached the last page. I highly recommend this book as a must-read and with this debut novelist great success with her career. She is definitely an author to watch and has earned a firm fan who will be buying her next book.
Adelinda Allegretti: storico dell'Arte, giornalista, curator di eventi espositivi - CREDITS