"I don’t know anybody on the planet who’s as impassioned about gnocchi as I am,” Christine Hickman laughed ruefully one evening in her well-appointed passive solar kitchen on the north side of Santa Fe. “There’s got to be. But I don’t know who would write a whole cookbook on it.” Hickman was referring to her new culinary tome Gnocchi Solo Gnocch...

My Brilliant Friend is getting another chapter: HBO has renewed the critically acclaimed literary adaptation for a second season, TVLine has learned. Based on the bestselling books by Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend follows Italian girl Elena and her childhood best friend Lila as they grow up together, covering a whopping 60 years of their live...

Italy is a 19th-century invention unified by an official language that, until the 20th century, most Italians didn’t speak. Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, the first of the four volumes of her Neopolitan Novels, takes place on the outskirts of Naples, in a neighborhood isolated by dialect as well as by poverty. Ferrante avoids transcribing th...

When: Thursday, December 6th (6:00pm–7:30pm) - Where: Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89117 - Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 702.507.3631. Come hear Karen Haid, international award-winning author of Calabria: The Other Italy, share the beauties and wonders of Calabria, a fascinating Itali...

IAWA in Boston at I AM Books (189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON MA) Saturday December 8, 2018; 6pm to 8pm. Open mic signup 5:45! Featuring Lisa DeSiro and Camilla Trinchieri. Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and have been set to mu...

Love, Italy, and alternative-history fiction that travels down a what-if path to approach a truth: these have long been preoccupations of Christopher Castellani. His first three novels, the Maddalena trilogy (A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, and All This Talk of Love), were published by Algonquin over a 10-year period beginning in 2...

Thursday December 6, 7:00 pm. Swinging Sixties Senior Center, 211 Ainslie Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Admission: free; open to the public. Contact: 212-642-2094. From the Jersey shore to Las Vegas to Hollywood, and all the dance halls in between, this multilayered story is vivid with historical color and steeped in the popular music that se...

Even to the eyes of a 6-year-old, Frank Rizzo, the mayor of Philadelphia, was a presence. He stepped out of his car on Independence Mall one day in 1976, just in front of me, my sister, and a few Midwestern cousins. He looked down at us, extended his hand toward the heavens, and said “Hello, kids!” The Midwestern cousins had no idea who he was; I f...

When: Thu, January 31, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St, Houston, TX 77006 Join us for a special presentation on "Fellini's Eternal Rome: Paganism and Christianity in the Films of Federico Fellini", a recently released book authored by Professor Alessandra Carrera from the University of Hous...

Thursday December 6, 6 pm, Hamilton 501. Columbia University - Department of Italian, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, 10027. Emilio Cocco (Università degli studi di Teramo, Italy-American University of Rome). Respondent: Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Columbia University). Moderator: Konstantina Zanou (Columbia University). In this talk—based on my book “...