European Book Club



fabio geda book

                                                 In the Sea there are Crocodiles

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, along with EUNIC, the network of the European cultural institutes of Toronto formed by Alliance Française, Toronto, Camões Toronto, Goethe-Institut, Toronto and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, invites you to their next book club meeting for the presentation and discussion of In the Sea there are Crocodiles (Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli) by Fabio Geda, led by Laura D’Aprile.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 – 2:00pm 
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496, Huron St., Toronto 
Information 416.921.3802 ext.221 
Free admission 

The European Book Club meets periodically in a different cultural institute to discuss a contemporary European book translated into English.

About the book
In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable and often punishing five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft in violent waters—through Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Greece, before he eventually sought political asylum in Italy, all before he turned fifteen years old. Here Fabio Geda delivers the moving true story of Enaiat’s extraordinary will to survive and of the accidental brotherhood he found with the boys he met along the way. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s engaging voice and humor, in what is a truly epic story of hope and survival, for readers of all ages.

“I definitely believe that this book is a little gem at heart.” , The Guardian

Born in Turin in 1972, novelist Fabio Geda writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing in Scuola Holden, the most famous Italian school of storytelling. He has published the novels Per il resto del viaggio ho sparato agli indiani (Instar Libri 2007, Feltrinelli 2009), L’esatta sequenza dei gesti (Instar Libri 2008), Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli (Dalai Editore 2010, translated in 32 countries), L’estate alla fine del secolo (Dalai Editore 2011) and the monologue La bellezza nonostante (Transeuropa 2011). In the Sea There are Crocodiles (Doubleday 2011) is the story of an Afghan boy who undergoes a five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally manages to claim political asylum, based on the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari.

Laura D’Aprile is an independent documentary producer, writer, and television journalist. Her lifelong interests, which range from astrophysics to philosophical thought and the history of the development of human social organizations, are often reflected in, or inform the subject of her works. An avid reader and great promoter of literature and the arts, Laura was enchanted by the story of Einaiatollah and the book club’s featured book, “In the Sea there are Crocodiles”. She is looking forward to participating in the forum.

A few copies of the book are available for purchase at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura


jlpA EUNIC event

Camões Toronto presents a book by José Luís Peixoto: The Piano Cemetery Cemitério de Pianos

When: Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 2:30 pm
Where:  Camões Toronto 438 University Ave, Toronto

For more information: 416­-217-0981/416-706-2443

Admission is free

Camões Toronto, along with EUNIC, the network of the European cultural institutes of Toronto, formed by Alliance Française, British Council, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Italian Cultural Istitute, and Camões Toronto, invites you to their book club meeting for the presentation and discussion of The Piano Cemetery (Cemitério de Pianos) by José Luís Peixoto, led by Maria João Dodman.

The European Book Club meets periodically in a different cultural institute to discuss a European contemporary book translated into English.

The Piano Cemetery is the story of the Lázaro family who are carpenters and who would rather be piano-makers. In the dusty back room of their carpentry shop in Lisbon is the “piano cemetery”, filled with broken-down pianos that provide the spare parts needed for repairing and rebuilding instruments all over the city. It is a mysterious and magical place, a place of solace and, above all, a trysting place for lovers. Peixoto weaves the tragic true story of the marathon-runner, Francisco Lázaro, into a rich narrative of love, betrayal, domestic happiness and dashed hopes.


José Luis Peixoto was born in 1974 and has already written over ten works of literature (fiction, poetry and plays), as well as writing literary journalism and song lyrics for bands. In 2001 he won the José Saramago Prize with his novel Nenhum Olhar (Blank Gaze). Blank Gaze was his first novel published in English and was selected by the Financial Times as one of their best books of 2007. The Piano Cemetery followed in English at the end of 2010. His recent novel Livro (Book) went straight to the top of the bestseller lists in Portugal upon publication in September 2010.

Maria João Dodman is an Assistant Professor at York University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. She is a native of the Azores, Portugal, and she has lived in Canada since 1989. She has taught Spanish and Portuguese language and literature in several Ontario institutions before coming to York University where she is Assistant Professor since 2008.