Claudia Durastanti may be a new novelist as far as most Americans are concerned, but Strangers I Know is actually the Italian author’s fourth novel, her first to be published in translation in America. Originally published in 2019 as La straniera in Italy, the book was a finalist for the Premio Strega. Durastanti, 37, was born in Brooklyn and is a...

March 15, 2022 — 7 p.m. EST. Zoom Webinar (Register Here). Join us in conversation with Sandra Scalise Juneau, author of Celebrating with St. Joseph Altars and film-maker Kirsten Keppel. During the event the 18-minute documentary “Ringraziamenti: The Saint Joseph’s Day Table Traditions” will be shown. I AM Books in partnership with NIAF presents “O...

The book cover of “Pasta Mike: A Story of Friendship & Loss,” a novella by Andrew Cotto, is festooned with different types of pasta. It’s a fitting design for a book about a fierce friendship forged in family, pasta, and the type of familiarity that comes with knowing another person since childhood. “I like to think that Mike and I knew each other...

Many have dubbed America to be a melting pot of cultures that has coagulated into something unique. Other scholars argue that the country is more of a tapestry, where some cultures are maintained and others are transformed. For Francesca Ciancimino Howell, this tapestry metaphor seems more relevant–as an Irish-Italian-American, her unique heritage...

This new column is born out of a personal passion, the desire to explore a new topic, the wish to present and share an important aspect of the Italian history and culture. It will focus on Italian books, both the timeless masterpieces which shaped our literature and the contemporary works that captured interest overseas.  In every article, I will t...

Ilaria Serra, Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies, recently published Italia cantata: Storia d’Italia attraverso le canzoni da Napoleone a Berlusconi, 1797-1997 (New York: Linus Learning, 2021). The volume is an Italian language and culture textbook for intermediate to advanced students. “I noticed that there was a lack of advanced Italian...

Thursday March 3, 2022 — 7 p.m. EST. Zoom Webinar (Register Here). Join us in conversation with author and actress Marianne Leone (Jesse, Ma Speaks Up) and author Chris Castellani (Leading Men, All This Talk of Love) to discuss the many aspects of growing up as a first generation American in an Italian immigrant household. I AM Books in partnership...

Last year, 50 people attended this wonderful Zoom event. This year the Hunterdon County Chapter invites all the Chapters in Filitalia including those in Italy to join us Sunday February 20 on Zoom at 2 pm EST. RSVP here. Italia) for a musical performance A Valentine Serenade from an extraordinary Italian American woman a member of our Chapter here...

Sicily… for millennia, this island at the crossroads of the world has been drawing peoples from across the globe to its shores, and in the second part of this very special two-part episode, Melissa Muller, author of “Sicily: Recipes Rooted in Tradition,” published by Rizzoli, shares with us some of the history behind Sicily’s most famous dishes. Me...

THE INSPIRATION for Maria Pasquale’s latest book, “How to be an Italian,” came from a question that was (mostly) a joke: Doesn’t everybody want to be Italian? Whether that grandiose claim holds water is up for debate, but plenty of people sure seem to want to go to Italy. As travel trends emerge for 2022, Italy remains one of the most popular desti...