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The Vanguard

Finding My Bella Vita Launch with Pia Miranda and Melina Marchetta

Join us with Pia Miranda to celebrate the release of Finding My Bella Vita. Pia will be joined by Melina Marchetta.

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Finding My Bella Vita Launch with Pia Miranda and Melina Marchetta
Finding My Bella Vita Launch with Pia Miranda and Melina Marchetta

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09 Oct 2023, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Vanguard, 42 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

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About The Event

From one of our most-loved actors comes a charming, honest and uplifting memoir full of heart and humour that reminds us all of the two things that matter most - love and family. (A good cannoli and some Vegemite toast also rate pretty highly!)

For years Pia Miranda has been stopped in the street by calls of, 'Found you!', forever linked to that character we all loved: Josie from Looking for Alibrandi. But playing Josie is only one small part of everything that has shaped the woman Pia has become. As a child, her Nonna would tell her stories of the small volcanic island off Sicily she called home. Cannoli, curses and lighting a candle at church were as much a part of Pia's childhood as mouse plagues, her Aussie Nanna's lemon slice and cheering on South Melbourne at the footy with her Grandfather. After chasing a childhood dream to become a ballet dancer (with a back-up plan of becoming a nun) she was cruelly shamed out of her leotard and into a new dream: acting. The rollercoaster ride of fame would see her travel the world and narrowly avoid a sky-high #MeToo moment. But after fame comes real life - work stress, career questions, money worries, relationships and heartbreak, love and marriage, illness and grief. Having grown up pinballing between her very Italian side and her very Australian side while trying to carve out a space all her own, Pia didn't realise how the push and pull of tradition had made her world all the richer. Finally, setting foot on Vulcano to reconnect with her roots, Pia understands how all the parts of herself have made her the true survivor she is. Like her Nonna told her, every day on top of the earth is a good day. Finding My Bella Vita is a charming, honest and uplifting memoir full of heart and humour that reminds us all of the two things that matter most - love and family. (A good cannoli and some Vegemite toast also rate pretty highly!)

Pia Miranda is an Australian Actress born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Miranda's career has also encompassed film, theatre and voice artistry. Pia is best known for her roles in Mustangs FC (2017), The Time of Our Lives (2013), Neighbours (1985) and guest roles in long running Australian Medical Drama All Saints (1998), as well as appearing on Australian Award winning drama Wentworth Prison (2013) during season three. Pia is also best known for her role in Looking for Alibrandi (2000). Pia was nominated and won an AFI for Best Performance By An Actress in a Lead Role for Looking for Alibrandi (2000) and was a nominee for the Films Critic Circle for the same role and an AACTA award win in 2000 for the same role. This is her first book.

Melina Marchetta is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. Her eighteen books range from beloved young adult fiction and fantasy through to contemporary and crime fiction, and works for younger readers. Her much-loved Australian classic Looking for Alibrandi swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. In 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association. Her most recent novel is The Place on Dalhousie. She lives in Sydney.

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  • Event Ticket

    $10.00
  • Event + Book

    This ticket includes a discounted ticket and Finding My Bella Vita

    $40.00

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