One of the presentations I give more often is “My Italian American life: the Importance of Writing a Memoir.” I treasure that type of presentation because I really do believe that people should leave behind some kind of written or recorded story of their life, or the life of other close family members, for their descendants—and sometimes the public...

In some ways, nothing has changed. Throughout the long story of immigration to North America, people always did, and still do, come primarily for one reason: economic opportunity. Massachusetts Bay may have been founded as a theocracy, and there have always been refugees from religious and political persecution, but most come to work, to buy homes,...

As our country spirals into more and more discord over who did what on Jan. 6, 2021, and whether women should have reproductive rights, it seems right and proper for a novel concerning World War II-era Italian fascism to highlight how easy it is for all of us to fall prey to false romantic narratives. All the better if the author is Anthony Marra,...

A local author will be visiting the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie (4747 W Napoleon Ave) to talk about her book, exploring a local nonfiction theme. Elizabeth Williams, founder and president of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, will discuss her "Nana’s Creole Italian Table: Recipes and Stories from Sicilian New Orleans" at 7 p.m. Wedne...

When: September, 22 from 9:00 to 18:00 and  September, 23 from 9:00 to 13:00 - Where: Italian Cultural Institute 686 Park Avenue, NY As part of the celebrations for the centenary of the birth of Leonardo Sciascia, the Institute hosts the XIII Leonardo Sciascia Colloquium, seeking to investigate the author’s reception in North America, the way he re...

What made Italy the land of numerous plays by Shakespeare? Approximately one-third of his plays take place on the peninsula. Shakespeare’s work is immortalized, and his expressive writing has had a noteworthy influence on the English language, but what caused him to write about this foreign land? Numerous theories exist about Shakespeare’s life and...

Thursday September 22, 2022 — 6:30 p.m. EST. I AM Books, 124 Salem St., Boston MA 02113. Register Here. NOIAW (National Organization of Italian American Women) and I AM Books invite you to a celebration of Italian culture, heritage, and history. Award-winning author Linda Cardillo returns to Salem Street (her home once upon a time and the setting f...

When: Tuesday September, 20 at 6pm - Where: Rizzoli Bookstore 1133 Broadway, NYC  Book launch of the most comprehensive monograph in English by Joseph Farrell: Leonardo Sciascia. The Man and the Writer, with an introduction by Giuseppe Tornatore. Florence, Italy, Leo S. Olschki, 2022 (Series «Sciascia Scrittore Europeo», 5)

Domenico Modugno's 1958 classic song "Volare" is among 66 songs Bob Dylan comments on in his new book coming out in November, "The Philosophy of Modern Song". The evergreen standard, whose actual title is "Nel blu dipinto di blu" and which song of year at the 1959 Grammies, appears in the list of songs including classics by Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles,...

Tuesday September 13, 2022 — 3 p.m. EST. Organized by I AM Books. Zoom Webinar (Register Here). Is it possible to identify a starting point in history from which everything else unfolds—a single moment that can explain the present and reveal the essence of our identities? According to Massimo Montanari, this is just a myth: by themselves, origins e...