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Laura Morelli: The Gondola Maker

Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called “The Genuine Article” and contributes pieces about authentic travel to national magazines and newspapers. Laura has been featured on CNN Radio, Travel Today with Peter Greenberg, The Frommers Travel Show, and in USA TODAY, Departures, House & Garden Magazine, Traditional Home, the Denver Post, Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, and other media. Recently her art history lesson, “What’s the difference between art and craft?” was produced and distributed by TED-Ed. 

The author of the guidebook series that includes Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, she’ll visit the Guild to talk about The Gondola Maker, a historical coming-of-age story about the heir to a gondola boatyard in 16th-century Venice, her first work of fiction.

Cost: Free to members; $10 for non-members

Reservations recommended. Call (912) 289-7357 or email

Earlier Event: July 29
Later Event: August 12
Shun Li and the Poet