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Author to speak on role of Jews in Italian resistance at Israel Bonds luncheon

Alyson Richman Alyson Richman Bestselling author Alyson Richman will be the featured speaker at an Israel Bonds luncheon on Friday, Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Centre Club in Tampa.

Richman is the author of the nationally bestselling novel, The Lost Wife, as well as three other historical novels: The Mask Carver’s Son, The Rhythm of Memory, and The Last Van Gogh. Her newest novel, The Garden of Letters, was published in September.

Richman is the daughter of an abstract painter and an engineer and her novels are known for weaving art with extensive historical research. Her books have been reviewed favorably in a number of publications including The New York Times Book Review, and Los Angeles Times.

She will talk about her research within the Italian Jewish community for The Garden of Letters and the role of Jewish citizens in the underground resistance.

The book features a young woman – a gifted cellist – who is drawn to the resistance movement when Mussolini’s regime strikes her family in Verona, Italy. She aids the Italian resistance but is forced to flee after a resistance leader she is in love with dies. She arrives in Portofino, Italy, in 1943 with poorly forged identity papers and is rescued from German officers by a young doctor who gives her sanctuary. The two aid the resistance through their musical and medical talents in a story of love, heartbreak and bravery.

Cost for the luncheon is $50 per person, or $25 for young professionals. The Centre Club is located on the eighth floor of the building at 123 S. Westshore Blvd. For additional information, contact Israel Bonds: or call Monica DiGiovanni at (727) 282-1124.

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