31 May-1 June. An international symposium entitled William Demby and Rome: Literature, Art, Cinema taking place at Università La Sapienza will commemorate the life and work of the late African American author William Demby (1922-2013), who spent decades in Rome working as a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter, translator and actor for the Italian cinema.
The two-day symposium will feature panels discussing Demby’s work in literature and visual culture, special film screenings, a dramatic performance and a musical homage to the author.
The symposium will pay particular attention to Demby’s final novel, King Comus, which was completed in 2007 but remained in manuscript form at the time of Demby’s death in 2013.
The symposium will be conducted in English and is free and open to the public. 31 May 09.00-17.30. 1 June 09.00-18.30. Marco Polo Building, Room 102, Circonvallazione Tiburtina 4.
An exhibition opens on 31 May, from 18.30-20.00, at the MUSIA gallery (musia.it) on Via dei Chiavari 7/9, entitled William Demby and His Friends: Artists in Rome in the 1960s, curated by Barbara Drudi and Giulia Tulino.