Monday, October 28, 7:00 PM, Granada Books, 1224 State Street
Opera Santa Barbara is bringing back the book club this season with Paola Capriolo’s Floria Tosca. Based on Sardou’s play La Tosca (which inspired our beloved Puccini) this crafty tale reads as an inside look at Scarpia’s diary. In it he divulges his most holy, diabolical, and lascivious thoughts surrounding Floria Tosca, and her lover Mario Cavaradossi. Paolo Capriolo’s prose takes us deep inside the tortured mind of the character Puccini has taught us to loathe; painting the scene with sexual desire posed against a pious devotion. Will we continue to abhor this complicated man, or will we uncover a newfound empathy? Contact Kristen Reed to RSVP at 805.898.3890 to order your copy ($12.99). Your book will be available for pick up at Granada Books.