Taras Grescoe launches Possess the Air
Join us for the launch of Taras Grescoe’s thrilling new history of resistance to fascism in Mussolini’s Rome. A reading, a book talk, a celebration of Taras and of patriots committed to democracy and inclusion.
POSSESS THE AIR
Plunging readers into Fascist Rome at the height of Mussolini’s power, Possess the Air tells the story of three people who defied Italy’s authoritarian despot by opposing the rising tide of populism and xenophobia. Two Canadian archeologists, Gilbert Bagnani and his wife Mary Stewart Houston, maddened the self-styled Caesar, determined to dispel his claims that Rome was—and always would be—rightful master of the Mediterranean, while poet and aviator Lauro de Bosis, firstborn of an Italian aristocrat and a New Englander, transformed himself into a modern Icarus, amazing the world as he risked his life in the skies bring the dictator down. An inspiring story of resistance, risk, and sacrifice, Taras Grescoe’s portrait of heroes past is an essential biography for our time.
TARAS GRESCOE is the author of seven non-fiction books, including Sacré Blues, The End of Elsewhere, The Devil’s Picnic, Bottomfeeder, Straphanger, and Shanghai Grand. Bottomfeeder won the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction, and was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He has contributed to the New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Gourmet, and The Wall Street Journal. His books have been translated into half a dozen languages. He lives in Montreal.