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Book Club

Dora Nera

Since 2022, from mid-July to the end of August, we have been serving as members of the jury for the Dora Nera award for the best noir novel of the year. A smaller group of readers than usual (not all are fond of this genre, but there are true enthusiasts and aficionados) reads, discusses and votes on which of the 7-8 finalist books will receive the prize. The literary award is associated with the eponymous Festival of Noir Culture held in Turin in November; three days filled with conferences, workshops and meetings that attract increasingly larger audiences each year. During the award ceremony, a video recorded by the participants of our own Book Club is projected! To join the group, a Membership of the Dante Alighieri Society Sydney (or the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney) for the current calendar year is required. Authors generally provide electronic copies of the books in advance exclusively for use by the Book Club members. Would you like to know more about our Book Club? Please email us at:

Finalist Books for 2023

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