Wed., July 11 at 7pm
Just 15 years ago, Andrea Camilleri was a virtually unknown septuagenarian with a handful of historical novels to his credit. Today, the 83-year-old Sicily native is Italy’s most successful author, having published more than 40 books and sold more than 20 million copies around the world. His Inspector Montalbano Mysteries have been translated into multiple languages, and The Times [London] named Camilleri one of the “50 Greatest Crime Writers.”
A chain-smoking former Communist, Camilleri took up writing at the age of 53 after a successful career as a script editor, drama teacher, theater director and television producer. Admired for his linguistic flair, Camilleri peppers his novels with the expressive dialect of his Sicilian youth—and is even known to make up a word or two. He lives and works in Rome, where he scours the crime pages of newspapers for ideas.