This Way Home, Gianna Patriarca’s new poetry collection, is, among other things, a challenge to invisibility. This book offers a uniquely and universally powerful voice from a woman who writes clearly and passionately for all generations. She writes about immigrant communities, anger, love, displacement, religion, and violence and about young and o...

Fifty is a nice round number and since I possess a 1972 Greater Roseland Area Directory and a 1972 Calumet Index Ninth Edition Greater Roseland Area Annual Yearbook, I thought it would be great if we could review what was happening 50 years ago. Roseland’s service organizations were the main topic of the Annual Yearbook. As we’re all aware, Roselan...

Tuesday April 12, 2022 — 7 p.m. EST. Zoom Webinar (Register Here). Organized by I AM Books. Join us in conversation with Christin Simon and Julia Clairborne Johnson. Christine Simon grew up in a very large and very loud Italian family and now lives with her husband and four children in New Jersey. The Patron Saint of Second Chances is her first nov...

Friday April 8, 2022 — 7 p.m. EST. I AM Books, 124 Salem Street, Boston MA (Register Here). Join I AM Books for a conversation between Elena Ferrante’s translator Ann Goldstein and Europa Editions Editor-in-Chief Michael Reynolds. The series “Libriamo! From Italy with Books” is presented by I AM Books in collaboration with FICC Boston and is under...

Martin Abramowitz sits in Brookline’s Caffe Nero wearing a “Jews in Baseball” hat. It’s a nod to his position as CEO and founder of the nonprofit Jewish Major Leaguers, which produces baseball cards featuring Jewish players. I ask about his Durham Bulls T-shirt. “It’s a long story,” he answers. The tale he wants to tell is much more significant and...

Baseball is biblical.  It acts out our desire to make our way back home, to get back to the Garden of Eden.  So pointed out literary scholar, then President of Yale University, then Baseball Commissioner, A. Bartlett Giamatti in Take Time for Paradise (1989): “It is the story . . . of going home after having left home, the story of how difficult it...

For the first time, the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) and Bordighera Press will share Table 1245 at the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Philadelphia, March 23-26. IAWA will host a Reading at the off-site venue, A Novel Idea on Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA on Friday, March 25. The event will be facilitated by authors and...

The second instalment of this column continues with another great classic of Italian literature, a foundation of our cultural heritage and language, a work studied in schools and repeatedly analysed, a masterpiece that captivated our literary history: the Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio.  The Decameron was written between 1349 and 1351 and it cons...

"Only loving and knowing counts. Not having loved, not having known". It would be enough to contextualize this sentence to understand how brilliant, divisive and provocative Pier Paolo Pasolini has been for Italian culture. Writer, linguist, director, poet, he was born on March 5, 1922 in Bologna, Emilia Romagna, exactly 100 years ago. Because of h...

When: Sat, April 23, 2022 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM PDT - Where: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, 644 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Scholar Joseph Sciorra presents Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women's Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora, an interdisciplinary collection of creative work by 37 contributors. The book...