hobart-book-village.jpgWeeklong Celebration of Food, Music, Lectures, Art and Films  Hobart, N.Y. - On Saturday, August 20th, 2011 and running through Sunday, August 28th, the Hobart Book Village will celebrate "Italian Week"  in the bookshops along Main Street in Hobart, NY.   Elda Stifani, born and bred in Milan, owner of the Hobart International Bookport and former European Union Ambassador to the United Nations, will be hosting Itallian Week in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the unification of Italy.   The weeklong fesitivites -- all of which are free -- will include food, movies, lectures, art and music.  Unless otherwise noted, the events will take place at the Hobart International Bookport. All the bookshops in the Book Village will have books on display and for sale relating to Italian History, Art, Music, Poetry ..... and even Mysteries!   Saturday August 20th, 12 pm to 5 pm: Discover and enjoy tasty Jewish Italian food with a musical background supplied by Sharon Cucinotta, Elizabeth Coleman and Don Dales, and a lecture by Andrea Grover, Adjunct Associate Professor, Humanities, New York University SCPS, on "The Jews of Italy: An Historical Overview. Sunday, August 21st, 12 pm to 5 pm: Enjoy a reading from Giorgio Bassani's Novel "The Garden of the Finzi Continis" and an Introduction to the film followed by a showing of The Garden of the Finzi Continis (Adams' Bookstore). Monday, August 22nd, 5 pm to 7 pm:    Movie Night: Mediterraneo, a film by Gabriele Salvatores.  The movie follows a group of Italian soldiers who, during WWII, were left on a small Greek island to defend it against a possible enemy invasion. But there is no enemy in sight and the soldiers quickly adapt to life on the island and build relationships with the locals. When the war is over, they discover that it not so easy to leave behind such a paradise (Adams' Bookstore). Tuesday, August 23rd,  5 pm:    "The Music and Poetry of Fabrizio De Andre'" Wednesday, August 24th,  5 pm:    Movie: "La meglio gioventu'" - Part I (The Best of Youth), a film by Marco Tullio Giordana, . (Adams' Bookstore). Thursday, August 25th, 5 pm:    Movie: "La meglio gioventu'" - Part II (Adams' Bookstore). Friday, August 26th, 5 pm:    Painter Pati Airey will talk about her grandmother's stories that inspired her paintings (on display at the Hobart International Bookport). Saturday, August 27th, 12 pm to 5 pm:    Discover and enjoy the food of Lombardy, a lecture by New York-based writer Michael Moore on"The Making of Italians:  Alessandro Manzoni and the Betrothed," followed by a conversation on "Milano Then and Now." Sunday, August 28th, 12 pm to 3 pm:    Food, wine and a musical finale with Heather Walts, Soprano, and Don Dales, piano. For additional details, contact Elda Stifani at 607-538-3010, eldastifani@yahoo.com, or log on to http://www.hobartbookvillage.com