Author visiting area to sign books

New York Times Best-Selling Author Adriana Trigiani, well-know in Waconia for including the character of Emma Fogarty in her latest novel, The Shoemaker’s Wife (Harper 2012), will meet fans and sign books in Wayzata (Oct. 2) and Edina (Oct. 3).
Back in 2009, Trigiani first heard about Southview Elementary first-grader Emma Fogarty and her battle with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) brain tumor from long-time friend Lisa Ryskoski, who is a neighbor of the Fogartys.
She agreed to donate character naming rights in an upcoming novel to the highest bidder at a fundraiser held for the Fogartys in May of 2009. Friends of Tara Fogarty purchased the opportunity and submitted the name Emma Fogarty.
Almost three years later, Emma Fogarty appears as a scullery captain at a Carnegie Hill mansion in New York City.
Although the character is small, Trigiani has referred to it as one of her favorites. The sweeping epic, The Shoemaker’s Wife, is based on the true story of Trigiani’s grandparent’s romance and immigration to the United States in the early part of the century. The novel takes readers from the Italian Alps to the Iron Range of Minnesota.
Trigiani will meet fans and sign books on Oct. 2 at The Bookcase in Wayzata, located at 824 Lake St. E, beginning at 7 p.m.
On Oct 3, she will visit Barnes & Noble at the Galleria, 3225 W. 69th St. in Edina, at 7 p.m.