Author Don Tassone will talk about his latest novel Francesca at Loveland Museum Center Sunday, September 26

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (September 23, 2021) – Local Author Don Tassone will transport guests to the year 2055 when he talks about his latest novel Francesca this Sunday, September 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Loveland Museum Center (LMC).

Cover of Francesca, latest novel by local author Don Tassone (Provided)

Francesca, released in May of this year, is the sixth of seven books Tassone has had published. The seventh, a collection of short stories, was just released at the end of August. His eighth book is scheduled for release in March 2022. During his appearance at the LMC author book signing event Sunday, he’ll focus his discussion on his most recent novel. He says Francesca has a lot in it that draws from his own experience starting out as a journalist.

“The central character, whose name is Jessica, gets her start in politics,” said Tassone. “In fact, she can’t decide if she should go into politics or go into religion.”

Jessica’s early experiences in the political arena on city council and then as a mayor mirror the types of things Tassone first wrote about while working as a journalist during college. Of course Jessica is the fictional Jessica Simon in his novel.

“Simon is her married name, Hanks was her maiden name,” Tassone explained. “Jessica Simon is the central character. This is a story about the first female Pope.”

The main action of the story is set in the year 2055.

“The Pope is a wife, a mother and American,” said Tassone. “She takes the name Francesca as Pope.”

Tassone describes her character as one who has always been an advocate for the poor who believes the Catholic Church should return to Jesus’ central teachings. He says her goal is to renew the church.

“The novel is not just about religion,” Tassone said. “It’s a reminder we all need to reexamine and renew our purpose from time to time to make sure what we’re doing lines up. It’s also a reflection of my belief in women as leaders in every realm of life.”

Tassone is a lifelong Catholic and a former seminarian. He says he is frequently asked why he wrote this book. He hopes it “opens minds and hearts”.  The purpose for his creative writing is to serve as an “invitation for people to think more deeply”. 

“I write to move people,” he said. “That’s what good writing does for me. In this case, I chose to write as an invitation to think more deeply about purpose.”

Tassone posed the questions: What is the purpose of a church? What is the purpose of any religion? What is our purpose? He believes it’s important in our current world for each of us to take time to evaluate, orient, and rededicate ourselves to what is important. Getting the readers to go through that process is his main reason for writing Francesca. He admits it was a big challenge trying to determine how far into the future the story should be set.

“My concern was setting it too far out would make it seem like science-fiction,” said Tassone. “Setting it too close in might make it seem implausible.”

Loveland Museum Center hosts local Author Don Tassone in their book signing series (File Chuck Gibson)

He picked 2055 because he thinks it is a year that will work. You and I will have to read the book and decide for ourselves. Or, if you’ve already read it, you can debate it with the author Don Tassone during his discussion and book signing this Sunday at the Loveland Museum Center. Regardless of the setting, he hopes the story will show we don’t have to make that many changes in order for things to become a reality; things like the first female Pope about 35 years from now.

“This is an opportunity for me to share a few comments about Francesca,” Tassone said. “I think it is the primary focus, and to answer any questions. I would welcome people’s comments.”

For the record, yes, he has been asked if he thinks this book is a bit of knock on the church. His responds by telling them there is much to love about the church; that the church is doing wonderful work in our world. He also shared a favorite quote of his from St. Augustine:  

“The church is always in need of renewal.” – St. Augustine

In his own words, Don Tassone remains a “faith-filled Catholic” who hopes this book will prompt people to think deeply about the purpose of religion.

Local Author Book Signing Series – Sunday, 9/26/21

Loveland Museum Center – 201 Riverside Dr, Loveland, OH 45140

Featured Author: Don Tassone discussing and signing his latest novel Francesca

NOTE: The author will have copies of all his books available and will sign your copy

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. FREE to the public

Note about the author: Don Tassone returned to his creative writing roots after a long career in the corporate world. He and his wife Liz live in Loveland, Ohio.  They have four children.

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