New Indie Author ~ Frank Di Giovanni

Photo of Frank Di Giovanni, author of RIVINGTON STREET, reading from his play

Frank Di Giovanni, author of RIVINGTON STREET, reading from his play

Frank Di Giovanni, a long-time member of the W. B. Ogden Writers Group in Walton, New York, enthralled an audience at W. B. Ogden Library last night with a dramatic reading from his newly released play, Rivington Street.

The three-act drama follows the conflict between retired businessman Sam Israel and his son, Robert, a pushy lawyer. After the death of his beloved wife, Sam leaves their Florida residence and returns to the old neighborhood in New York City—over Robert’s fierce objections. Sam meets up with Dave, the present owner of Sam’s former clothing store, and can’t help but compare Robert’s attitude to the close, respectful relationship Dave enjoys with his adult son, Max. The fat hits the fire when Robert shows up, armed with papers authorizing him to take Sam “home” by force. Yes, Robert is one of those characters you love to hate. Don’t worry, though. “Salvation,” as Frank calls it, comes by the end of the play.

Missed the event at Ogden Library? Click here to listen to Frank Di Giovanni’s reading of Act Two, Scene One of Rivington Street. (The recording runs about 25 minutes. Please forgive the slight gurgle that was left behind when I filtered out a loud ventilation fan.)

Having heard Frank read his work at writers group meetings, I wasn’t surprised by the authentic characterizations he dressed his dialogue in. As audience members remarked during the question and answer session that followed the reading, both Frank’s writing and his animated reading put us right into the scene. Frank says he’s had no acting experience to account for his theatrical flair. He jokingly suggests it came with his Italian heritage.

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Walton Writers’ Works, Hot Off the Press!

Photo of the book cover of Walton Writers' WorksI have in my hands a copy (already autographed by writers Rosemarie Montague-Tiesler and Susan King) of Walton Writers’ Works: From the Catskill Mountains. This new anthology is bursting with poems, memoirs, short stories—even a scene from a musical theater script—contributed by members of the W. B. Ogden Writers Group.

Several of the writers will read excerpts from the anthology at the W. B. Ogden Library, 42 Gardiner Place, Walton, New York, on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, starting at 7:00 pm. Weather permitting, I’ll be there to read my short piece “Al Zimmer Comes to Call” and poem “Through Two Unblackened Eyes.”

My copy of Walton Writers’ Works: From the Catskill Mountains will be at the ready to be signed by more of the local writers whose work graces its pages. I understand that the entire printing has already sold out, so there won’t be any copies available for purchase at the library. However, there should be plenty of time before December 19 to order your copy from and tote it to the reading for autographs.