Barnes & Noble will host a talk by author Donna Gillotte on her new book, "Secret of a Medici Mistress," Saturday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road E.

Gillotte's book, about the golden age of the Italian Renaissance, is a love story that explores the nature of human good and evil, according to a news release.

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Gillotte was a business consultant and entrepreneur living and working in Westport prior to her career in writing and art history. She came up with the idea for the book while attending the Lorenzo de Medici Institute for Art and Culture in Florence, Italy during the summer of 1995, the release states.

Gillotte, who now lives in Fairfax, Va., graduated from Fairfield University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in visual and performing art and art history. She is also a former adjunct professor of art history at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and the University of New Haven