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‘A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy’ readings to warm the season

November 23, 2010

And Nonna's recipe is in the book!

The holidays are fast approaching, so President Jim Doti will be reading and signing his new children’s book, A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy, at a number of local venues starting in early December and on through the holiday season.  So if you haven’t picked up a copy (they make great gifts!), here’s your chance. The book’s illustrator, Lisa Mertins, will join him at some of the venues.

Watch for more news on the president’s “book tour” soon! Meanwhile, scheduled signings include:

  • Friday, Dec. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Barnes & Noble Metro Pointe in Costa Mesa.
  • Tuesday, Dec 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Orange Public Library, 407 E. Chapman Ave
    Orange.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chemer’s Art Gallery, 17300 Seventeenth St., Suite G, Tustin.  Prints of the book illustrations will be on display and for sale, as well.
  • Saturday, Dec. 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Malloy Performance Portico, Leatherby Libraries. 
  • Friday, Dec. 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble on Main Street, Orange, across from Main Place Mall.

Based on a memory from his childhood in Chicago and richly illustrated by Lisa Mertins, A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy is the tale of little Jimmy, his beloved dog Blackie, his Nonna (grandmother) in a holiday adventure that features family warmth, a bit of suspense (not too much for the little ones), a nun, a Radio Flyer red wagon, an angel, a snowstorm, and fresh-baked biscotti.  In fact, there’s a recipe for Jimmy’s Nonna’s Biscotti included in the back of the book!

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