“One of the reigning queens of women’s fiction.” –USA Today
“A comedy writer with a heart of gold.” – The New York Times
“Trigiani is a master of palpable and visual detail.” – The Washington Post
The New York Times calls her “a comedy writer with a heart of gold”, her books “tiramisu for the soul.” Her books have been translated in 36 countries around the world. Adriana has toured many of the countries, including South Africa, with annual visits to the United Kingdom.
Big Stone Gap opened the Virginia Film Festival on November 6th, 2014. Tickets for the 1000-seat house sold out in minutes, breaking a record for the festival. The film screened at the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival in May 2015 to three sold-out crowds; at the closing ceremony, Big Stone Gap took home the first award of the night for Best Ensemble. Big Stone Gap hit theaters nationwide on October 9th, 2015 and spent 11 weeks in theaters. The film was the #2 Romantic Comedy of 2015, and listed as a top-grossing women-directed film of that year. It is now available to own.
Adriana appeared in Mary McDonough Murphy’s PBS documentary, Hey Boo, as well as a documentary about the work of Jane Austen. She has appeared on SiriusXM’s The Hoda Show with Hoda Kotb, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, NPR’s Diane Rehm Show and May Lily Lee’s Virginia Conversations. In 2015, she appeared in The Italian Americans for PBS, which features scenes from her award-winning documentary Queens of the Big Time. Adriana has been profiled by publications around the world, including Publisher’s Weekly and Writer’s Digest.
Michael Patrick King tucked copies of her novels in scenes throughout the Sex and the City television series and movies. There’s a drinking game in South Bend, Indiana for the eagle-eyed viewers who spot the novels.
She has received citations from The Sons of Italy, an honorary degree from Saint Mary’s College, two honorary degrees from the University of New Haven, and has given the commencement speech at University of Virginia at Wise and the University of New Haven. A seasoned lecturer, Adriana has also been a guest speaker at New York University and The New School for Social Research in New York City. She is a recipient of the Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award, presented by The Shepherd University Foundation, The West Virginia Humanities Council, and The West Virginia Center for the Book.
Adriana lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, the Emmy award-winning lighting designer for Late Show With David Letterman; their beloved daughter; their rescue cat, Smokey Renee; and rescue dog, Lola Ruby Falls. Earlier this year, Adriana invited The New York Times for a peek into her work and home life (check it out here).
While at Saint Mary’s, she also founded, directed, wrote and appeared with The Outcasts, an all-female comedy troupe that began improvisational performances on the shuttle buses between the schools and grew into a musical variety show with sell-out performances in the university theater.
Adriana made her off-Broadway debut in New York City as a playwright in 1985 at the Manhattan Theater Club with Secrets of the Lava Lamp directed by Stuart Ross. She wrote for the 52nd Street Project, was produced in regional theaters including a commission for a full length play from The Missouri Repertory Theater under George Keathley, and was produced at Jack Bettenbender’s Rutgers Summerfest for Ethel Zupp’s Amazing Cheesecake, directed by Ed Stern.
Adriana’s grandfather’s films inspired her to write and direct movies; with the release of Big Stone Gap, his dreams and hers come full circle.
AND A LOOK FORWARD…
Adriana’s latest novel, All the Stars in the Heavens, an epic that takes place in the golden age of Hollywood, is available wherever books are sold. Big Stone Gap is now in theaters. She has been commissioned by the Cherry Lane Theater (Angelina Fiordellisi, Artistic Director) to write a new play. She is collaborating with Amanda Green on a musical. And if you love the movie Big Stone Gap as much as Adri thinks you might, well, there will be more movies too.