PORTSMOUTH – Award-winning author Christopher Castellani will speak about his new novel, "Leading Men," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth.
The novel is a story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity featuring Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and their social circle in 1950s Italy.
Weaving fact and fiction to navigate the tensions between public figures and their private lives, Castellani tells a heartbreaking story about the burdens of fame and the complex negotiations of life in the shadows of greatness. With a glittering cast of characters, "Leading Men" reveals the hidden machinery of one of the great literary love stories of the 20th century.
Tickets are $41 and include a copy of the book, a bar beverage and a book signing meet-and-greet in addition to a reserved seat. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at (603) 436-2400.
The son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware, Christopher now lives in Boston, where he works as artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country's leading independent creative writing centers. He is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College Low-Residency MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He has been recently awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the St. Botolph Club. In 2013, he won the Barnes & Noble/Poets & Writers "Writer for Writers" Award in recognition of his contributions to the literary community.