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Flavia Idà

Flavia was born and raised in Arena, a medieval hill town in Calabria, the ancient “instep” of the Italian Peninsula, and studied Classics and European Literature at the University of Naples. She wrote her first short story when she was 12, and ever since then, writing has been the most important thing she does.

When she was 28,  she came to live in San Francisco, where she learned English by watching children’s television programs with her son Adam, then four years old. She loves English as much as she loves Italian, for different reasons but in the same measure. She writes in English and in Italian, she thinks in English and in Italian, and she dreams in English and in Italian.

In 1984, she graduated Summa Cum Laude in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she also got her Master’s Degree. The six years at SFSU were without a doubt the happiest of her life; she remembers those long hours spent in the library with books as a wonderful time spent with dear friends.

From a student of Creative Writing at SFSU she went on to become a teacher of Creative Writing, a most rewarding job where she met many young people with a true gift for writing. She was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award sponsored by the Poetry Society of America. She has taught Italian at the Italian Institute of Language and Culture in San Francisco and in several other schools throughout the Bay Area.

She has also worked for many years as a translator and consultant for the Italian Consulate General, specializing in Citizenship applications; another rewarding job where over her fourteen years she has helped hundreds of people of Italian descent reach their goal of reconnecting with the land of their ancestors. She lives in Pacifica, California, right at the edge of the ocean where the continent ends.

She can be found at Flavia’s Voice.

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Books by Flavia Idà

Children of the Wrong Time

“Would you say you were loved by the right people at the right time in the right way and for the right reasons?”

Michael Holmes and Nora Savins stepped into the ornate atrium of the Department of Vital Privileges and looked up at the life-size marble statue of the Founding Father, a smiling young man who held in his hand an ancient movie script rolled into a scroll. “Keanu Reeves,” Michael said reverentially, . . . [More]

The Iron and The Loom

A Novel of Italy
The Iron and The Loom (cover)

How many times, she wondered, had she woven together cloth that his sword had then torn apart along with the flesh underneath?

The year is 1136, the place Tropèa, a walled sea town in Southern Italy during the Norman domination. Kallyna d'Àrgira, a master of the arts of the loom who can turn the world into silk thread, is pledged in marriage by her father to Raimo Trani, a man she hates. . . . [More]

Il ferro e il telaio

Il ferro e il telaio

Quante volte, si chiese, aveva tessuto assieme stoffa che la sua spada aveva poi spaccato a meta` assieme alla carne che essa ricopriva?

Siamo a Tropea nell’anno 1136, durante la dominazione normanna di Re Ruggero II d’Altavilla. Kallyna d’Àrgira, maestra del telaio la cui arte sa trasformare il mondo in filo di seta, è promessa in matrimonio dal padre a Raimo Trani, un uomo che lei detesta. Dopo che un’improvvisa tragedia la lascia . . . [More]

Mercy

How far would you go to heal someone’s pain?

After years of watching innocent people suffer, a psychiatric nurse makes it her mission to help the most hopeless of her patients — in a way no one will ever suspect.

The Names of Heaven

One man. An extraordinary choice.

In 1511 a Spanish ship en route from the island of Hispaniola sank off the coast of Yucatan near the town of Tulum. The survivors were captured by the Maya; these were the first white men ever to set foot on the mainland of the American continent, and the first . . . [More]

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