European Book Club Italy

European Book Club: Follow Your Heart

by Susanna Tamaro

Saturday, June 15 - 4pm - 6pm
Alliance Française of Vancouver - 6161 Cambie Street

Organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver,  the next meeting with the EU Book Club, moderated by Pr. Elena Zampieri, will focus on the novel Follow your heart by Susanna Tamaro.


An international bestseller with tremendous word-of-mouth appeal, "Follow Your Heart" is a bittersweet, heartwarming novel spanning generations and teaching the universal truths about life, love, and what lies within each of us. Originally published in Italy, "Follow Your Heart" won the coveted Premio Donna Citta di Roma and sold over 800,000 copies in that country alone before hitting bestseller lists throughout the rest of Europe. Now North American readers can enjoy the novel that has won over the world.

It begins in late autumn 1992 as an elderly Italian woman, prompted by the knowledge of her encroaching death, sits down to write a letter to her granddaughter now grown and living in far-off America. Through these moving reflections, we see one life laid bare-joys, sorrows, regrets, and all. And through the eyes of a woman nearing the end of her days, we come to understand what life experience has taught her: that no matter what the stakes, we must look within ourselves and gather the courage to follow our hearts. 


Susanna Tamaro is an Italian novelist. Her second novel Per voce sola (Just For One Voice) won the International PEN Award and was translated into several languages. Her novel Va' dove ti porta il cuore (Follow your Heart) was an international bestseller and became the "Italian book most sold in the 20th century".

Light refreshments will follow, courtesy of the Consulate General of Italy.

Admission is free, but please register by e-mail: