Author Event: Linda Cardillo
Page 158 Books welcomes back Linda Cardillo to discuss her new novel LOVE THAT MOVES THE SUN.
In 1534, Michelangelo is no longer safe in Florence. Pope Clement VII, his childhood friend, summons him to Rome not only to protect him from his enemies but also to demand he paint a masterpiece that will be the Medici Pope’s legacy—the Last Judgment, a fresco for the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. At the same moment, fate brings the celebrated but reclusive poet Vittoria Colonna to Rome to petition the pope as a favor to a dear friend. The two encounter each other briefly in the Vatican, and Michelangelo sketches from memory the enigmatic beauty of the poet’s face. When she sees the drawing, she recognizes in the artist the kindred spirit she has found elusive throughout the course of her turbulent life. This fleeting moment is the foundation of a profound relationship between the two artists that feeds both their creativity and their need for connection in the midst of war-torn 16th century Italy. Rich historical detail and masterful storytelling bring these legendary characters and their milieu to vivid, unforgettable life.
LINDA CARDILLO is an award-winning author who writes about the old country and the new, the tangle and embrace of family, and finding courage in the midst of loss. Since the 2007 publication of her first novel, Dancing on Sunday Afternoons (2007 Maggie Award for Long Fiction), Linda has built a loyal following with her works of fiction—the novels Across the Table, The Boat House Café (2016 Goethe Award for Historical Fiction, First Place), The Uneven Road (2018 BookLife Prize, Semi Finalist), and Island Legacy, as well as novellas in the anthologies The Valentine Gift and A Mother’s Heart and the illustrated children’s book The Smallest Christmas Tree. Her newest book, Love That Moves the Sun, (2018 Foreword Indie Book of the Year, Finalist) is based on the passionate relationship between the artist Michelangelo and the poet Vittoria Colonna, the only woman he ever loved.