VJ Books Presents Author Adriana Trigiani!
Adriana Trigiani was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Her first job writing was a as a news reporter for a radio station when she was only 15. She enjoyed writing but rather found that she preferred fictional stories. She attended the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College through a co-exchange program between the two schools, where she founded a female comedy troupe called The Outcasts, and wrote her debut play, Notes From the Nile, which won the William Mitchell Playwriting Award from the University of Notre Dame.
Following graduation, Trigiani moved to New York and, while living in a boarding house, recast The Outcasts through open auditions. The new incarnation of the group performed on the city cabaret circuit for 7 years, and earned multiple awards. She worked a variety of day jobs, and began studying under play writer Ruth Gotez. Five years after moving to New York, she made her off-Broadway debut and a year after that sold her first screenplay. Soon after, she also tried her hand at directing films.
Trigiani published her first novel, Big Stone Gap, in 2000, and she later wrote and directed the star-studded film adaptation. She has since written numerous other books, including two memoirs. He books have become bestsellers, published in 36 countries worldwide. Her work was nominated by the Library of Virginia Fiction three times, winning for Home to Big Stone Gap in 2007, and she was awarded a RUSA Award winner from the American Library Association for Very Valentine.
Trigiani lives in Greenwich Village, New York City, with her husband, an Emmy award-winning lighting designer. She is the founder of The Origin Project, a writing education program for school children.
Adriana Trigiani Bibliography
Big Stone Gap - 2000
- Big Cherry Holler - 2001
- Milk Glass Moon: a Big Stone Gap novel - 2002
- Lucia, Lucia - 2004
- Home to Big Stone Gap - 2006
- The Queen of the Big Time - 2004
- Rococo - 2005
- Very Valentine - 2009
- Viola in reel life - 2009
- Brava, Valentine - 2010
- Viola In the Spotlight - 2011
- The Shoemaker's Wife - 2012
- The Supreme Macaroni Company - 2013
- All The Stars in the Heavens - 2015
- Kiss Carlo - 2017
- Tony's Wife - November 2018
- Cooking With My Sisters : One Hundred Years of Family Recipes from Bari to Big Stone Gap - 2004
- Don't Sing At The Table : Life Lessons From My Grandmothers - 2010
Adriana Trigiani Awards
- People's Choice Award Finalist for Big Stone Gap
- RUSA Award winner from the American Library Association for Very Valentine
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