Kenneth Scambray

Many years ago the famous British writer Elizabeth Bowen announced to her friends that she intended to write a travel book on Rome. They warned her that better writers than she had tried to write about Italy and failed. To …

Monuments are problematic, especially official state or national monuments. They dictate to the viewer what to think.  How do we commemorate without dictating?  Mount Rushmore’s intended message does not stop Douglas Gladstone in Carving a Niche for Himself from problematizing …

In his self-effacing Forward to Of Jewish Race, Renzo Modiano asks why anyone would be interested in yet another book about the Holocaust in the context of the plethora of publications that have already been written, from the diaries of …

The role that immigrant and first generation Italian women played in the workforce before 1960 is not well-documented. Aside from such dramatic and tragic stories such as the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, immigrant women and their daughters have not been given …

After eighteen books of poems, two national book awards, and an outstanding Community Service in Literature award, Maria Gillan has reinvented herself as a painter. The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets is a collection of her poems accompanied by her …

This is a novel that is laced with the bitterness and sweetness that characterizes Sicilian history. It’s an historical novel that finds a place between Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard and Dacia Maraini’s more recent The Silent Duchess. Anthony …

Joseph L Cacibauda, a second-generation Sicilian American, is an elementary school teacher who was born and lived in the New Orleans area. After Laughing Comes Crying is an historical novel that focuses on Sicilian immigrants in Louisiana at the beginning …

The word that comes to mind when reading Gillan’s two most recent books of poems is prolific. After nineteen books, including the two under review and the co-editor of four anthologies, she has established herself as an unassailable voice in …

Danilo Dolci (1924-1997) was a social activist who dedicated his life to addressing the social injustice suffered by Sicilian peasants and workers after World War II.  He is sometimes called the Sicilian Gandhi. His pacifism was derived from his fundamentalist …

You’ve heard about those books that people call page turners or books that readers hoped would never end. This is one of those that you want to put down, that you want to end, but for the right reason. It …