Following the unification of Italian states in the latter half of the 19th century, many peasants faced financial hardships caused by years of war and political turmoil over who would rule what – and how. The process was particularly hard on the southern regions of the country, viewed by their powerful northern counterparts as corrupt and unciviliz...

The Italian American Writers Association Presents its 28th Anniversary Reading Series SATURDAY, JUNE 29 @ NYPL Mulberry St.  features  Bordighera Book Boost x2:  Maria Giura and Maria Terrone Maria Giura is the author of What My Father Taught Me, (Bordighera Press), which was recently named a finalist for the Paterson Book Prize. Her second book, a...

The voice is instantly, almost violently recognizable — aloof, amused and melancholy. The metaphors are sparse and ordinary; the language plain, but every word load-bearing. Short sentences detonate into scenes of shocking cruelty. Even in middling translations, it is a style that cannot be subsumed; Natalia Ginzburg can only sound like herself. Gi...

Thursday, July 11, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Join us at the AICC on Thursday, July 11 for an author presentation and book signing with Kathy Curto featuring Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood. "In this tense and tender memoir, Curto dishes up her family's c...

John Domini’s The Color Inside a Melon is published today. He shares five novels of Italian-American immigration, noting, “The Great American Novel, that creature of legend, could only be a novel of immigration. Newcomers—willing or otherwise—created this catchall of a country, and the ongoing wrangle of assimilation defines both the Bohemians of W...

È mai possibile ridurre il made in Italy (d’ora in avanti anche minit) al mero scontro tra originale e contraffatto? Se sei disposto a guardare oltre, allora ti consiglio di leggere l’ultimo libro del sociologo Riccardo Giumelli, Post-Made in Italy. Nuovi significati, nuovi sfide nella società globale, edizioni altravista, 2019. Certo che le dimens...

What can a long-dead writer tell you about travelling in Italy? A lot you'd never otherwise see. History enthusiast Stewart Skelt shares some of his favourite travel writing about Italy throughout the centuries. All armchair travellers and lovers of Italy surely enjoy travel writing on Italy – such books extend the pleasure of the actual journey fo...

What is it about Italian food that makes it so delicious? The ingredients? The preparation? Perhaps the wine? All of these things help, but cookbook author Elizabeth Minchilli said more than anything, the social aspect of eating is what sets Italian cuisine apart from the rest. “Because that’s what it’s all about … It’s really about sitting down an...

It's not every day that you meet someone who has actually changed the world. Maybe, as I recall, for me it's the first time, even if our chat took place on the phone, connecting Italy and California thanks to some devices all equipped with (at least) one microchip. And Federico Faggin, the creator of the first microchip in history, is the protagoni...

The Fort Trumbull neighborhood in New London secured its place in history through its destruction. It will endure as a symbol of eminent domain and its excesses. But the vanished community had another story, one so tightly held that, for years, few seemed aware of it. Those who were had little to say. A Connecticut author’s deep dive into Fort Trum...