Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her "dazzling" novels, (USA Today) Adriana Trigiani is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty books in fiction and nonfiction, which have been published in thirty-eight languages around the world. Her first picture book for children The House of Love, will be published in December 2021.
Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer and producer, and filmmaker. "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 wrote and directed the documentary film Queens of the Big Time, featured at the Hong Kong and London International Film Festivals, and winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons and Palm Springs International Film Festivals. Her screen adaptation of Very Valentine, starring Jacqueline Bisset, debuted on Lifetime television in June 2019. Trigiani directed the feature film Then Came You, starring Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford, filmed on location in Scotland. The film was released in October 2020, debuting as the #1 Comedy in America.
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. Trigiani 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 she can explore with an audience. Trigiani 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.
Since 2018, Trigiani has been a social media powerhouse, hosting Adriana Ink, the most popular Facebook Live/YouTube show for authors and readers. Her recent conversation with Matthew McConaughey Greenlights had a record-breaking reach of 1.7 million and climbing. Over 200 guest authors have made Trigiani their number one tour stop. Her weekly audience tops 445,000 viewers across all platforms.
Trigiani has hosted the Audies, Poet and Writers Gala, and serves as permanent host of the Library of Virginia Awards and Erma Bombeck’s AWB Annual Authors Luncheon. She has received citations from The Sons of Italy, an honorary degree from Saint Mary’s College, two honorary degrees from the University of New Haven, and has given the commencement speech at University of Virginia at Wise, the University of New Haven and Emory & Henry College. She received the 2019 Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for Fiction for Tony’s Wife. The Elkhart Education Foundation honored Trigiani with the dedication of the Adriana Trigiani Learning Commons at Hawthorne Elementary School in Elkhart, Indiana in 2019. In 2021, Trigiani was honored by the National Organization of Italian American Women. She is a vested member of the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild of America. Trigiani is honored to serve on the New York State Council on the Arts.
Trigiani is the cofounder of The Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than 1,700 students in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. The Origin Project has received the Appalachian Study Association Helen M. Lewis Community Service Award, The Virginia Commission for the Arts 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award and the Dominion Energy ArtStars Award in 2019 and 2021.
Trigiani is at work on her latest novel, which will publish in April 2022. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family. Follow along with Trigiani on Facebook and Instagram @AdrianaTrigiani.
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."
"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."
"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."
"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