La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World with Dianne Hales

by Jeremy Bassetti
Dianne Hales Interview

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In this episode, I speak with Dianne Hales about her new book La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World. She is the author of La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language, a New York Times best-seller, and Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, an Amazon best book of the year and translated into six languages.

From her website: Following publication of the New York Times-bestselling La Bella Lingua, the President of Italy awarded Dianne the highest recognition the government can bestow on a foreigner: honorary knighthood, with the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity), for her contributions to promoting the Italian language.

As a widely published freelance journalist, Dianne served as a contributing editor for ParadeLadies Home JournalWorking Mother and American Health and has written for many national publications, including The New York TimesPsychology Today and The Washington Post. She has received writing awards from the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, an “EMMA” (Exceptional Media Merit Award) for health reporting from the National Women’s Political Caucus and Radcliffe College, three “EDI” (Equality, Dignity, Independence) awards for print journalism from the National Easter Seal Society, Arthritis Foundation, California Psychiatric Society, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity), Council for the Advancement of Scientific Education, and the New York City Public Library.

Connect with Dianne Hales

Dianne’s Website:

La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World on Amazon

Dianne on Twitter

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Last Updated on 3 September 2020 by Travel Writing World

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