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Nicola DeRobertis-Theye Launches The Vietri Project with Ruchika Tomar

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Thursday, 7:30 pm EDT March 25, 2021

Online via Zoom

Nicola DeRobertis-Theye and Ruchika Tomar, both 2015 Emerging Writer Fellows, are reuniting to celebrate the release of DeRobertis-Theye’s debut novel. Due out on March 23, The Vietri Project follows a Berkeley bookseller who finds herself thrust into Rome society during an investigation into a mysterious foreign customer’s life and history.

Tomar’s A Prayer for Travelers received the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction and longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s 2019 First Novel Prize.

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In Conversation

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    Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

    Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

    Nicola DeRobertis-Theye was an Emerging Writing Fellow at The Center for Fiction, and her work has been published by Agni, Electric Literature and LitHub. A native of Oakland, CA and a graduate of UC Berkeley, she received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington where she was the fiction editor of Ecotone. She currently works at a New York publishing house. A dual Italian-American citizen, she has researched the book throughout trips to Italy over the last several years.

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    Ruchika Tomar

    Ruchika Tomar

    Ruchika Tomar is the author of A Prayer for Travelers, which won the 2019 PEN/ Hemingway award for Debut Novel. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California Irvine, an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, and has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Stanford University, where she was a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer.