This past weekend, I Am Books, an independent Italian American bookstore in the North End of Boston, the city’s historic Italian immigrant neighborhood, hosted its first Idea festival, “an Italian-inspired festival of books, authors, and culture”, according to its website. I Am Books is the first bookstore Italian American bookstore in the US, open...

Raised on the notion that anything is possible with a little audacity and a lot of hard work, Patrice Vinci, owner of the award-winning Patrice Vinci Salon, was prepared to put in the time and effort to build a successful business. And it’s safe to say she nailed it: This year, Vinci celebrates the 10th anniversary of her salon on the high-end, hig...

Gloucester veteran Anthony Gattuso never could have imagined the twists and turns his life would take from growing up in a small village in Italy to his retirement in Virginia. His is a story of bravery, love and the pursuit of a better life.  Anthony’s father left for the United States in 1933, just six months after his son was born, to seek his f...

Three years after a motion to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples day failed in a split vote, the Hopkinton select board revisited the idea and voted in favor of the change. The board approved the change with a unanimous 5-0 vote at its Oct. 29 meeting. Beginning in 2019, the October holiday will appear as Indigenous Peoples Day i...

Mark your calendar: Eataly Boston is celebrating Truffle Day on Wednesday, November 21. In time for the holidays, you can bring home a fresh white truffle from Italy at the season's lowest cost and specially-priced truffle dishes in our restaurants!  Why is this exciting? Fall is the peak season for the revered white truffle! In Italy and across th...

A special program and reception honoring Speaker Robert DeLeo, Sal DiMasi, and Robert Travaglini, the co-sponsors of the 1999 legislation establishing October as Italian Heritage Month, signed by Governor A. Paul Cellucci.  The reception will be held at the UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street 32nd Floor, Boston MA 02108 on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from...

The Boston Globe’s Devra First took the opportunity this week to eat at Papa Gino’s for the first time after news came out that the long-running Massachusetts pizza chain abruptly closed numerous locations and was filing for bankruptcy. “I expect it to be unfamiliar, but when I walk in, it is utterly familiar,” she writes, opting for carry-out, tak...

Saturday, November 17, 2018. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST. I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113. The Drivers are a new Boston-based formation with a repertoire of Italian and international jazz standards. Come listen to Gershwin, Jobim, Mina, Gino Paoli, Bruno Martino and more. Featuring the voice of Barbara Balistreri (played with Giacomo Sferl...

Friday November 9 from 18:00 to 19:30 EST. I Am Books, 189 North St, Boston, MA 02113. Augusto Ferraiuolo examines the many religious festivals in the Italian American community of Boston’s North End. In his book "Religious Festive Practices in the North End," Ferraiuolo uses interviews, participant observation, and visual data, to create a vivid p...

Have you ever wondered about the men who work in the funeral homes? This past Sunday night over 100 people attended the movie “Stiffs” in the Lynn Auditorium to find out. “Stiffs” is a black comedy starring Danny Aiello, who has appeared in “Moonstruck”, “Do the Right Thing” and a special appearance in Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” music video. In...