Novelist Adriana Trigiani To Open Lecture Series

Adriana Trigiani, the best-selling author whose novel, “The Queen of the Big Time,” is the 2013 selection for the Lackawanna County Library System’s “On the Same Page in Lackawanna County,” will deliver the program’s author lecture on Thursday, April 18, at the Scranton Cultural Center. 

Her presentation will be the first in the System’s 2013 Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series. It will also be the signature event National Library Week in Lackawanna County. 

“The Queen of the Big Time” is one of 11 novels by Trigiani. She is also the co-author with her sisters of a cookbook that captures over 100 years of cuisine from their Italian-American family. 

Like many of her books, “Queen of the Big Time,” limns Trigiani’s Italian heritage. It is set in Roseto, Pennsylvania, a Northampton County borough located about halfway between Stroudsburg and Easton and less than an hour from Scranton by car. 

Like many small towns in nearby Lackawanna County, Roseto was settled by Italian immigrants. The book evokes that heritage, as all the main characters are Italian, and the culture, the food, and the traditions will be familiar to readers. 

Describing “The Queen of the Big Time” as “a book meant to be savored,” Book Reporter said that the novel reads “like a love letter to the immigrant families that settled in eastern Pennsylvania from Italy in the 1800s and worked hard to maintain their customs and way of life.” 

Readers who sign up for “On the Same Page in Lackawanna County” at any Lackawanna County Library System library will get a chance to meet Trigiani at a reception prior to her lecture. 

A native of Stone Gap, Virginia, an Appalachian coal mining community, Trigiani was raised in a large and close-knit Italian family. 

After graduating from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, she went to New York City in hopes of becoming a playwright. She achieved her first success in television as a writer/producer on “The Cosby Show.” 

She is married to Tim Stephenson, the Emmy Award-winning lighting designer of the The Late Show With David Letterman. They are the parents of one child and reside in New York City. 

“We are delighted to have Adriana Trigiani as our first speaker for 2013,” said Mary Garm, library system administrator. “Her books resonate with people in our community because they describe experience that we are familiar with.” 

“On the Same Page in Lackawanna County” is among hundreds of community reading programs organized by libraries around the country, according to Mrs. Garm.  

“The idea is to get lots of people reading the same book and talking about it,” said Mrs. Garm. “People who read “The Queen of the Big Time” can talk about the book among friends or they can join the conversation at any of the county’s libraries.” 

Book discussions are being led by Jean Marie Lynn, a librarian at the Taylor Community Library, and run through the end of April. Check the library system’s website ( for dates, times and locations. 

Mrs. Garm noted that this is the sixth year for “On the Same Page in Lackawanna County.” Previous years featured books by Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline Julie Powell, Tess Gerritsen and Laura Lippman. 

Funding for the Library Lecture Series is provided by the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture. 

Tickets for the event can be obtained at any Lackawanna County Library System library or the Scranton Cultural Center box office.