Marianne Leone - Ma Speaks Up. Friday May 12, 6-8 pm EDT - I Am Books, 189 North St, Boston 02113 Marianne Leone's Ma is in many senses a larger than life character, one who might be capable, even from the afterlife, of shattering expectations (and glass picture frames). Born on a farm in Italy (or, perhaps, in rural Massachusetts), Linda finds her...

Congratulations to our old friend Olivia Kate Cerrone on the recent publication of her new book, The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press 2017), a historical novella set in post WWII-era Sicily about young Ntoni and the carusi, child-aged sulfur minors. Olivia gave a wonderful presentation Thursday evening at the Italian American Museum in NYC’s historic...

In March 2014, US customs officials in Ohio seized nearly 200 ancient Roman coins. The bronze coins were on their way to Rhode Island from the United Arab Emirates. They were an example of illegally trafficked cultural items, a "lucrative" enterprise, acting US Attorney William Weinreb said Wednesday. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials plan...

The Boston Public Library is returning to Italy medieval manuscripts and a volume of works, ending in one case a mystery dating back seven decades. The items include a manuscript from 1392, an illuminated leaf from a manuscript dating between 1418 and 1422, and a collection of works by Bernardino Telesio, published in 1590. Boston Mayor Martin Wals...

When managing an Italian-American book store, featuring varied entertainment, you have to remain animated. This is what happened to Nicola Orichuia, co-owner of I AM Books, when he literally became an animated cartoon character. Orichuia appears in a water safety segment for the award winning cable access series Drawing With Fred. The segment, spok...

A new exhibition of Sandro Botticelli's paintings, including some never seen in the U.S., will give museumgoers a glimpse into the artist's own search for sanctity. The show, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine," opens Saturday at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. It showcases valuable works from the Italian Renaissance master's catalog, includin...

The purpose of the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation is to support the research of promising young scientists, to contribute to the creation of new areas of research in the biological sciences in Italy, and to strengthen and develop collaborative relationships between Italian scientists and those at Harvard Medical School in Boston (HMS). The Ca...

The Parziales have been baking bread in Boston since 1907, when Giuseppe “Joe” Parziale came from Italy with his wife Anna and opened a small bakery on Charter Street. Many things in the neighborhood have changed since then, including the bakery’s address — which is now 80 Prince Street — but the Parziale family still churns out crunchy loaves of B...

Thu, April 13, 2017. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT - I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113 Sissy Castrogiovanni 4et, feat. Andrea Beneventano. A night of fine jazz, with special guest internationally acclaimed, Sicilian pianist, Andrea Beneventano. “Italian vocalist Sissy Castrogiovanni sparked in her Panama Jaz Festival debut performance..” JAZZI...

Perhaps more than any other painter, Sandro Botticelli (about 1445–1510) exemplifies the artistic achievement of Renaissance Florence in the 15th century. “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine,” organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary and Italy’s Metamorfosi Associazione Culturale, explores the dramatic change...