Egidio Coccimiglio is a film director and screenwriter. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, the son of an immigrant steelworker. A Film Arts graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, his independent films have won critical awards in Chicago, Houston, Montreal and Lisbon.
A Pleasant Vertigo is his first effort at writing prose, written in 2009.
A Pleasant Vertigo follows Gerard Gordon, once a famous Manhattan artist who is desperately trying to stage a comeback. While battling the woes of a failed career, no income and a pregnant partner, Gerard finally gets a break, yet his need to have his ego stroked proves once more to be his downfall. A Pleasant Vertigo is funny, sexy, and quirky while moving at breakneck speed to a surprising conclusion.
“Since the age of 14, my mentor was Dizzy Gillespie and through him I became addicted to the music of Cuba way back in the ’40’s. This book (A Pleasant Vertigo) is an inventive and witty voice that cuts through like a slide trumpet.” –Quincy Jones