Vince Sgambati – SANCTUARIES Book Launch

April 4, 2023 - 7:00 PM

A long-time Board member and supporter of ArtRage, Vince Sgambati has published a new novel, Sanctuaries. Join him as we celebrate this achievement with food and friendship at the gallery. Vince will both read from and sign/sell his books at this event.

Gianni, a gay adoptee, comes of age in a time when adoption and same-sex love are not easily discussed. A deep and seemingly fated friendship develops between Gianni and Raffaella, a middle aged Jewish-Italian Holocaust survivor who took part in the Italian resistance against Fascism. Gianni also befriends Gabriel, an African American drag queen and surrogate parent to homeless queer youth. Recognizing sorrow is what draws Gianni to Raffaella and Gabriel, and them to him. Sanctuaries is the tender story of caring and personal healing, set against the larger turmoil of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, Stonewall, and the lingering ashes of the Holocaust.

About the Author
Vince Sgambati’s debut novel, Most Precious Blood, published by Guernica World Editions, received an IPPY Award, a KIRKUS star review, was a Foreword Indies finalist in literary fiction, and a Central New York Book Awards Finalist. Sgambati’s short story collection, Undertow Of Memory, published by Fomite Press, includes stories previously published in literary journals and recognized by Nimrod Literary: the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the LGBTQ Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest. His short stories have been recognized by the Nimrod Literary Awards: the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Saints and Sinners Fiction Contest (2013 & 2016). His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in North American Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Gertrude, Off The Rocks, Saints and Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Queer and Catholic, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, and Lavender Magazine, where he wrote a regular column on Queer Parenting. Vince is a former teacher in urban public schools, long-time social justice activist, and currently makes his home in the Finger Lakes area of Central New York and in New York City.