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William Farina's short-essay style combines scholarly research with low-key informality, offering a distinctive kind of executive summary on diverse topics.

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April 13, 2022

Bill signed a contract for his 12th non-fiction book with McFarland, covering the life and work of classical composer Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953). Estimated publication date, late 2023.

March 12, 2022

Bill’s publisher McFarland is now offering for sale his book, Screening Charles Dickens: A Survey of the Film and Television Adaptations.

July 14, 2020

Bill signed a contract for his 11th non-fiction book with McFarland, surveying the many film adaptations of works by Charles Dickens.  Estimated publication date, early 2022.

January 3, 2020

Bill’s publisher McFarland is now offering for sale his book, Italian Crime Fiction in the Era of the Anti-Mafia Movement.

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About William (Bill) Farina

A seasoned public speaker and discussion panelist, Bill Farina has appeared as a guest presenter at some of the most distinguished independent book stores and literary venues across the country.

His books are about topics which could hardly be more different, yet familiar to most readers. All explore subject matter normally approached only by specialized academia, but from an enthusiastic layman's point of view.

He maintains that great books throughout history should be discussed and debated by everyone who enjoys reading, and not merely by small groups of designated experts.

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Speaking Engagements

William (Bill) Farina has been publicly presenting and doing book signing events for his published writings since 2003. A partial list of venues at which he has appeared includes the Newberry Library, public libraries in Chicago (Harold Washington), Evanston, Oak Park, and Riverside, as well as the Printers Row Lit Fest (formerly the Printers Row Book Fair), the Union League of Chicago (Mayflower Society), the Chicago Cultural Center, the DANK-Haus German American Cultural Center, the Civil War Roundtable of Chicago, Concordia University-Portland, the Booksellers at Laurelwood (formerly Davis-Kidd) in Memphis, Tennessee, and Redberry Books in Cable, Wisconsin.

Bill likes to use extensive visual aids during his presentations, including PowerPoint. He is able to supply his own projector, screen and laptop, or to use equipment provided on site by the venue. He is comfortable tailoring his events to the individual needs of each venue in terms of time length and scope of material, and is experienced at being a co-presenter or discussion panelist. Above all, Bill loves a good Q&A with audiences!