Love That Moves the Sun:

Discovering the Passionate & Challenging Life of Vittoria Colonna & Her Relationship with Michelangelo Buonarroti

Presented by author, Linda Cardillo.

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Love That Moves the Sun: Discovering the Passionate and Challenging Life of Vittoria Colonna & Her Relationship with Michelangelo Buonarroti 

Where does the idea for a novel about the Renaissance come from? How does an author nurture that idea, explore its historical setting, and weave a compelling story that both honors what is known and imagines what might have been?

Linda Cardillo, the award-winning author of fiction that explores the search for connection and belonging, will present the journey (both physical and metaphorical) she undertook in creating her latest novel, Love That Moves the Sun.

Set in turbulent 16th-century Italy, the book has been described by Kirkus Reviews as “a sweeping historical epic and a sensitively observed exploration of the passionate friendship between [Vittoria] Colonna and Michelangelo . . . . A stirring and emotionally resonant portrait of a pivotal relationship in the life of Michelangelo." 

In addition to being named a Kirkus Indie Best Book, Love That Moves the Sun is the winner of the NYC Big Book award for historical fiction and a finalist for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year.


About Linda Cardillo

Linda Cardillo is an award-winning author who writes about the old country and the new, the tangle and embrace of family, and finding courage in the midst of loss. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “Fresh Face,” Linda has built a loyal following with her works of fiction—the novels Dancing on Sunday AfternoonsAcross the TableThe Boat House Café, The Uneven Road, and Island Legacy, as well as novellas in the anthologies The Valentine Gift and A Mother’s Heart, and the illustrated children’s book The Smallest Christmas Tree.  Her newest book, Love That Moves the Sun, is a work of historical fiction based on the passionate relationship between the artist Michelangelo and the poet Vittoria Colonna, the only woman he ever loved.

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