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Adriana Trigiani

New York Times Best-selling Author & Award-winning Playwright, Television Writer, and Documentary Filmmaker


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Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her "dazzling" novels, (USA Today) Adriana Trigiani is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books in fiction and nonfiction. She is published in 36 countries around the world.

Trigiani is also an award-winning playwright, filmmaker and television writer/producer. "A comedy writer with a heart of gold," (New York Times) Trigiani is the writer/director of Big Stone Gap, the award-winning major motion picture based on her debut novel, filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. It spent 11 weeks in theatres in the fall of 2015 and was the #2 top-grossing comedy of the 2015. She directed the feature film Then Came You in 2018, written by and starring Kathie Lee Gifford, Craig Ferguson, Elizabeth Hurley, Phyllida Law and Ford Kiernan in Scotland, for a 2019 release. Her screen adaptation of Very Valentine, starring Jacqueline Bisset, was filmed and produced by Sony for Lifetime in the fall of 2018, slated for a spring 2019 premiere. Queens of the Big Time, her 1996 award-winning documentary (Hamptons and Palm Springs International Film Festival Audience Award, Hong Kong and London International Film Festivals), which she wrote and directed, will soon be available on platforms for viewing.

Tony’s Wife, her latest novel (Harper, November 2018), is a spellbinding epic that takes place during the Big Band era and explores how a traditional Italian-American family grapples with the seismic shifts they face in a rapidly changing world, in pursuit of love, fame and the American Dream.

A sought-after speaker, Trigiani is as brilliant on the stage, as she is on the page. She is a regular emcee at marquee author and charity events. She is as entertaining at a convention venue with an audience of thousands as she is with a book club in a private home or a traditional speaker’s event with an audience of a hundred. She regularly speaks to groups including book clubs, classrooms, libraries, literary festivals, and women’s groups across the country and around the world. Themes of family, life, love, female empowerment and history are a few of the arenas Adriana can explore with an audience. She also conducts writing workshops on ancestry and the preservation of women’s often neglected narratives, the stories of our grandmothers and mothers, vital in the advancement of women in society.

Trigiani co-founded The Origin Project with Nancy Bolmeier Fisher, a year round, in-school writing program which serves over 1,500 students grades 2-12 in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. The project brings in published authors and poets of international renown to work with the students, and provides academic field trips for students. The project culminates with a published anthology of student work at the end of the school year.

Trigiani lives in New York City with her husband Tim Stephenson, the Emmy Award winning television lighting designer, their beloved daughter and sweet rescue pets.

Praise for Adriana Trigiani's Events:

"There isn't anything quite like one of Adriana's events. Our Adriana event was an evening full of laughter and fun! She made everyone feel special and her stories really hit home. We laughed and cried as we hung on to every word."
-- Beth and Carol Vechiarelli, event planners, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and the Youngstown Public Library

"Be prepared to be entertained! Adriana will have the entire room laughing and when she leaves - everyone feels as if they have a new best friend. She has the ability to make every reader feel cherished and valued."
-- Bristol Public Library, Bristol, VA

Praise for The Shoemaker's Wife:

"Within the pages of this novel, Trigiani's 10th, is a gloriously romantic yet sensible world that seamlessly blends practicality and beauty... built around the staggering cultural and social changes the war years swept in. Trigiani's very best... exquisite writing and a story enriched by the power of abiding love."
-- USA Today

"I've always loved reading Adriana Trigiani, but The Shoemaker's Wife is something totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream. I don't know how Adriana goes into her family's attic and emerges with these amazing stories, I'm just happy she does. If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. The Shoemaker's Wife is utterly splendid."
-- Kathryn Stockett, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Help

"The breathtaking... historical novel sparkles in exquisite details and vivid descriptions."
-- Huffington Post

"The novel is a sweeping epic, but at its heart, it's a love story. It speaks to an era of possibilities."
-- Providence Journal

"This expansive epic, which seems tailor-made for a miniseries, manages to feel both old-fashioned and thoroughly contemporary... [an] irresistible love story."
-- Booklist

"Trigiani's gift for using vivid details to create a strong sense of place and her warm affection for her characters will make this a satisfying read for her many fans."
-- Library Journal

Praise for Brava, Valentine:

"A sweet and sexy love story."
-- Today Show

"Trigiani's endearing heroine, Valentine, struggles to balance her life as a shoe designer with her love life. A smart chick-lit read."
-- People (Style Watch Edition)

-- O, The Oprah Magazine (top ten titles of February, 2010)

"Valentine is one of Adriana Trigiani's most winsome characters (yes, she even rivals the Big Stone Gap gang). She's honest, wry and utterly human... Brava, Valentine is laugh-out-loud funny... but it's also an unexpectedly poignant examination of the power and pull of family, faith, and love. Can't wait to see what Valentine's up to next."
-- BookPage

"Trigiani sucks a new reader right in with strong characters and situations that are immediately involving."
-- Connecticut Post

"Fans will find [Brava, Valentine] impossible to close."
-- Richmond Times - Dispatch

"Trigiani spoke to women's hearts with Big Stone Gap, and her Valentine series continues to do so. Brimming over with life, her latest will be essential reading for fans of humorous, touching family fiction. Trigiani's readers will be hard-pressed to wait a year for the final installment, Ciao, Valentine."
-- Library Journal

"[A] charming valentine to love, forgiveness, and family."
-- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Very Valentine:

"Sex and the City meets Moonstruck ... this first in a new trilogy from Trigiani is sly, sensual and dripping in style."
-- People, lead review

"Load up on cappuccino and biscotti before getting lost in the super froth of Adriana Trigiani's romance-soaked novel, Very Valentine."
-- Marie Claire

"Trigiani has certainly not lost her ability to breathe life into everything she writes."
-- Roanoke Times

"Adriana Trigiani listens to her readers, then gives them what they want. That's why they'll be ecstatic about her newest novel."
-- Richmond Times-Dispatch

"No one ever reads just one of Trigiani's wonderfully quirky tales. Once you pick up the first, you are hooked... Trigiani fills her pages with snappy dialogue and luscious descriptions... Reading Very Valentine is like tucking into a plate of homemade manicotti: irresistible and delicious... [Very Valentine] will have readers who love romantic novels... swooning. Trigiani's closing is satisfying, even as it paves the way for the lovable heroine to reappear in a planned sequel."
-- BookPage

"This genteel and lush tale of soles and souls has loads of charm and will leave readers eager for the sequel."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Nicely written with vivid images of high fashion, New York City, and traditional Italy, Trigiani's latest is sure to be eagerly anticipated by her many fans and attract some new readers."
-- Library Journal

"...Trigiani offers plenty of reasons to stick around for part two."
-- Kirkus Reviews