That Summer in Puglia

Invitation to a reading with Valeria Vescina

Tuesday, 9 October 2018 at 7 pm
Aki Katholische Hochschulgemeinde Zurich, Hirschengraben 86, 8001 Zurich
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"That Summer in Puglia" is a tale of loss and of the power of love in its many forms.

Tommaso has escaped discovery for thirty years – but a young private investigator, Will, has finally tracked him down. Tommaso asks him to pretend never to have found him. To persuade Will, he recounts the story of his life and of his great love, Anna. In the process, Tommaso comes to recognize his true role in past events, and the legacy of unresolved grief. Now he’s being presented with a second chance – but is he ready to pay the price?

Valeria studied at the Ecole d'Humanité from 1979 to 1983. She says: "The motto of the Ecole d'Humanité, Pindar's "Become who you are”, is closely linked to the Socratic "Know thyself". Together, they form a lifelong task which ideally encourages and enables you to contribute daily, even in the tiniest personal ways which add up, to the world around you. This book is about the importance of that lifelong challenge and about the vital role played by various forms of love in helping us to embrace it.“

Valeria has already presented her debut at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, at Waterstones Kensington, at the Italian Cultural Institute in London, as well as in Ostuni, the “birthplace” of the protagonist Tommaso. Now she discusses the book in Zurich with Ecolianers and with friends of the Ecole d'Humanité.

How you can take part:

Come to Valeria’s reading on 9 October 2018 in Zurich! We’d be delighted to receive your registration by 3.10.18 at Please indicate the number of persons attending, and the number of books desired. At the reading, Valeria will sign and dedicate the books to you.

You can also order the book without taking part in the reading, and we’ll send you a copy by post. Please order by 3.10.18 at stating the number of copies required and the postal delivery address.

Event registrations and book orders can also be placed by telephone: +41 33 972 92 92.

Valeria is committed to supporting the Ecole d'Humanité. All your donations in connection with "That Summer in Puglia" will go towards teaching materials and books for the Ecole. You can decide voluntarily if and how much you would like to donate:

With 15 francs * you can buy "That Summer in Puglia" at an attractive price. This is because Valeria does not make any profit from the sale of the books at this event. Immerse yourself in the world of Puglia and let yourself be seduced by love - in all its forms!

For 50 francs * you combine the purchase of a book with supporting the Ecole d'Humanité. 35 francs will be donated to the Ecole and used to purchase new teaching materials and books.

With 250 francs *, your order of a book makes a significant contribution to the purchase of new books for the Ecole. Your donation amounts to CHF 235. This enables us, for example, to acquire contemporary literature for the language lessons of a class, or non-fiction books to help students who are preparing their final theses.

You can decide for yourself how much you would like to donate. Thank you very much for your valuable support for the Ecole d'Humanité!

*Additional cost for postage and packaging: Switzerland 7 francs, Europe 10 francs, overseas 17 francs.

You can pay cash and donate cash directly to the Ecole at the reading in Zurich. If you are unable to come to the reading, please transfer the amount you have specified to:

Stiftung zur Förderung der Genossenschaft Ecole d'Humanité
BBO Bank Brienz Oberhasli AG, 3860 Meiringen, Switzerland
Konto: 16
IBAN: CH27 0852 1016 1127 0670 5

You can also pay online:

Many thanks to all donors and a heartfelt thank you to Valeria!

“It was my turn to laugh. Yet, as I observed her, I thought: "You may not be a mermaid, but you are a mystery. How did you become who you are? How did you break the chains which hold back girls from the Cittá Vecchia? Where did you find the cheek to pursue you dreams?"
From "That Summer in Puglia" by Valeria Vescina

"With a little compassion for each other, so many issues can be resolved with mildness. With a little compassion for ourselves, we can accept when we’re wrong, and do better. It’s a quality running through every single form of love."
Valeria Vescina interviewed by

“That Summer in Puglia” book cover: © Salvo d'Avila; all rights reserved; reprinted with kind permission of the artist. Book cover graphic design: Edwin Smet.

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