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Person Place Thing with Ann Goldstein hosted by Randy Cohen

New York City - March 20
Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway New York

Join us at Rizzoli Bookstore for a live recording of the radio show Person Place Thing with Ann Goldstein, a celebrated translator from the Italian best known for bringing the work of Elena Ferrante into English.

This event is co-sponsored by Rizzoli, Europa Editions, and Words Without Borders. A selection of books translated by Ann Goldstein will be available for sale, followed by a signing.

PLEASE NOTE: Doors open at 5:30 pm. The show will be recorded live with music from Beppe Gambetta. Seating is first come, first served.

Hosted by Randy Cohen, Person Place Thing is an interview show based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing with particular meaning to them. The result: surprising stories from great talkers and thinkers.

Person Place Thing takes place in front of an audience, with live music, at a variety of venues and is then edited for broadcast across a 23-station regional radio network, and a dozen other public radio stations around the country. You can stream PPT’s archive at or download episodes via iTunes.


Ann Goldstein is a former editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by, among others, Elena Ferrante, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Donatella Di Pietrantonio, and Alessandro Baricco, and is the editor of the Complete Works of Primo Levi in English. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Beppe Gambetta is a guitarist, vocalist, researcher and composer born in Genova, Italy in 1955 who developed a style of concert presentation that brings American and European Roots to speak together with one voice. In his unique approach, Gambetta blends energetic grooves with passionate melodies, giving new life to sources from different times, periods and places. In addition, the original music he composes gives contemporary influences to traditional roots music.

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book (an optimistic formulation) is Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.

Now in its twentieth year, Words Without Borders is the premier destination for a global literary conversation. Our mission is to cultivate global awareness by expanding access to international writing and creating a bridge between readers, writers, and translators. Our digital magazine offers unparalleled access to the world’s literary voices, and our education program, WWB Campus, brings global literature into hundreds of classrooms worldwide. WWB organizes free events with international authors, translators, and critics, providing a space for readers to engage directly with the perspectives we publish. V isit our website for the best in international literature.

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