Dear friends, happy new year! The horrendous 2020 is behind us, we're past it. 2021 will still be difficult, but the beginning of the end of the nightmare has begun, and we have reasons to be hopeful. It was 2012 and they started then, on a small Italian newspaper called L'Opinione, my interviews that then led to something that you don't even know,...

Imagine a world where we knew the name of Homer, but the poetry of The Odyssey was lost to us. That was the world of the early Italian Renaissance during the second half of the 15th century. Many people knew the names of some early poets of Italian literature – those who were active during the 13th century. But they could not read their poems becau...

A few weeks ago, Anthony Riccio sent me this picture taken in the North End and asked if I could identify the men. Anthony is writing a book about the North End that will be published later this year. The book will consist of pictures and interviews collected by Anthony when he worked at the North End’s senior citizens club back in the 1980s. He wo...

Filitalia International & Foundation, in collaborazione con la sezione chapter Filitalia di Salerno e il “Progetto Biblioteca Digitale: aggregazione e inclusione sociale nella nuova biblioteca di comunità”, organizza l’evento di presentazione del libro “La Cultura Orizzontale” di G. Solimine e G. Zanchini, Bari, Laterza 2020 previsto per venerdì 22...

Congratulations to NIAF Member and past NIAF scholarship recipient Barbara Lynn Palermo for her new book Over the Sicilian Moon. The story entails an American couple pursuing Italian dual citizenship, retiring in Sicily, opening a small bed and breakfast, and meeting Sicilian family members for the first time. Their story includes the arduous and l...

A Madison (CT) native has written a book to inspire small acts of kindness that can make big difference. Kate West has brought her Italian-American holiday traditions and cherished childhood memories with her beloved Nona to the page. Her book “LeBefana and the Christmas Star” follows an enchanting character from ancient Italian folklore that child...

Un ponte di musica – Itinerari dell’Opera italiana in America (a cura di Claudio Orazi) –  Zecchini Editore 2020, pp. 262 €20; in italiano con testo a fronte inglese) è un bel libro che potrebbe essere, se si è ancora in tempo, una strenna per l’Epifania tanto è elegante e ben illustrato ma che può essere in qualsiasi momento un libro di grande int...

Joseph DeSalvo Jr., a New Orleans native who set aside corporate law to open Faulkner House Books in the French Quarter and make it a literary destination, died Tuesday at Touro Infirmary. He was 88. His life as a bookseller followed a career that included stints in New York, Houston and New Orleans as an attorney at Exxon, Tenneco and Good Hope Re...

A new non-fiction book has just been published about a young boy working at his Father’s coal mines in the USA, and about the immigration of the boy’s ancestors from Italy 50 years earlier. Louis Ronald Scatena is the author of "ANTHRACITE BOOT CAMP", and it's a true story about his childhood working under the direction of his hard-working Father,...

Recently published by the late John DiMaggio, Sarge, was a long time in the making. “He wrote it over many years, both while he was working and after he had retired and was living in Las Vegas,” says the author’s daughter, Debra DiMaggio, who was the primary force behind getting Sarge into print (and who also was kind enough to send me a review cop...