Reading followed by a discussion led by author and educator Edvige Giunta, of New Jersey City University


Monday, April 6, 2020 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at CUNY, 25 W 43rd St #17, New York, NY 10036

Reading and discussion as part of the Miami-Dade Library System Author Series


Monday, March 23, 2020 – 6:45 – 7:45 PM

Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Reading, discussion and book signing


Friday, March 20, 2020 – 6:00 PM

Books and Books – 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Riva Lehrer's portrait of Nadina LaSpina
Artist Riva Lehrer’s Portrait of Nadina LaSpina
Women & Women First -Shop as Ondependently as you Think

Author Reading and Conversation with artist and author Riva Lehrer


Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 7:00 PM

Women & Children First Bookstore – 5233 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640


Many of these events were recorded and are available online.

Nadina LaSpina interviewed by James Odato of the NYS Writers Institute – recording

Nadina’s Spring 2020 event at the NYS Writers Institute was postponed due to COVID-19. She was interviewed by University of Albany Journalism Professor, James Odato about her memoir, Such a Pretty Girl – January 26, 2021

Nadina LaSpina discusses her memoir on CUNY TV’s Italics – recording

CUNY TV’s Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience features prominent Italian Americans in the arts, business, government, sports, academia, and more. Nadina LaSpina will discuss her memoir with Dr. Joseph Sciorra, Ph.D, Director of Academic and Cultural Programs/Folklorist, Calandra Institute, Queens College and Italics Host Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. – October 1, 2020

Virtual Author Talk

Author Talk and conversation with Edvige Giunta, Italian American studies scholar, at the Mulberry Street Library – October 24, 2020

Virtual Reading

Reading/Book Talk with Simi Linton and Jessie Male – May 15, 2020

Radio Show

“Your Call” with Rose Aguilar on KALW San Francisco – January 8, 2020

Listen to the author being interviewed by Rose Aguilar

Author reading, Q & A, book signing

Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:00 PM

3075 Adeline, Berkeley, CA 94703

Nadina LaSpina presents her memoir, reads, answers questions, and signs books

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:00 PM

110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 9410



Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:20 AM

Listen to the author interviewed by Shelley Irwin

Annual Conference of Physicians for a National Health Program

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

Workshop – 2:50 PM

Book Fair – Book signing – 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia

Author Reading and Discussion

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 1:00 PM

25 Elm Street, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY

Author Reading

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 2:00 PM

Mulberry Street Library, 10 Jersey Street, New York, NY 10012

Author Reading

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 3:00 PM

Community Room 8 A, 343 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011


Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 2:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific Time

Nadina LaSpina returns to KPFA Pushing Limits with Host Eddie Ytuarte and Adrienne Lauby for a full hour show. Patrons who donate $70 to the radio show receive a copy of Such a Pretty Girl.

Listen to the show anytime!


Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Listen to Nadina LaSpina on Central Time Wisconsin Public Radio

Author Reading and lively discussion at Disabled In Action

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 3:00 PM 135 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

Nadina LaSpina read from Such a Pretty Girl, inviting everyone’s comments, engaging everyone in conversation, and encouraging all to share their stories.


Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 2:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Nadina LaSpina was on the KPFA show Pushing Limits with host Eddie Ytuarte.

Listen to the archived show


Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 8:00 PM

Nadina LaSpina was on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network show Let Them Talk with Paul DeRienzo.

See the full show on YouTube

C-SPAN Book TV aired the recording of the Pen and Brush event on Aug. 10, Aug. 12, and Aug. 18.

The whole recording can be watched anytime.

A small segment is also on YouTube.


Thu, Aug 1, 2019 7:00 PM
Nadina LaSpina was on WBAI’s radio show—Joy of Resistance with Fran Luck.

LaSpina’s new memoir was picked as a WBAI–FM Summer Feminist Best-Read and offered to listeners who pledged $60.

Listen to the archived show

Such a Pretty Girl author reading

Wednesday, July 31st, 6 – 8 p.m.
Pen and Brush, Inc.
29 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Nadina LaSpina presented her debut memoir—Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride at the historic Pen and Brush, NYC! LaSpina read selections, did a live Q&A, and signed her book, as well as posed for pictures with fans. 

C-SPAN Book TV was present to record the event

Nadina LaSpina the Grand Marshal of the 5th Annual Disability Pride Parade NYC

Sunday, July 14th
Madison Square to Union Square

Nadina LaSpina was grand marshal of the 5th Annual Disability Pride Parade in Manhattan.

Disability Pride NYC Grand Marshall Nadina LaSpina – New York celebrated the fifth annual Disability Pride with a colorful parade, marching from Madison Square Park to Union Square Park on July 14, 2019. The event promotes inclusion, awareness, and visibility of people with disabilities, and redefine public perception of disability by participating in an annual Disability Pride parade in New York City and to show support and solidarity with people with disabilities. (Photo by Erik McGregor)

Such a Pretty Girl book launch and author reading

Sunday, July 14th at 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

The release of Nadina LaSpina’s memoir—Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride was celebrated immediately following the 5th Annual Disability Pride Parade! LaSpina read selections from her book, answered questions, and signed her new book, as well as posed for pictures with fans. 

Photo by Erik Bottcher
Photo by Erik Bottcher
Photo by Erik Bottcher

You can also buy the book from other online vendors AMAZON and Barnes & Noble, and local bookstores. If your bookstore doesn’t have the book, you can request it.