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Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean by John Keahey

In the 1950s English novelist Elizabeth Bowen announced to her friends that she planned to write a book about Rome. Concerned about her image as a...
Hidden Tuscany, book cover

Hidden Tuscany: Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region’s Unknown Places.

John Keahey is a journalist turned travel writer who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some years ago on a visit to Italy he became enamored with...
Sicilian Lives, Danilo Dolci, Justin Vitiello, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Sicilian Lives by Danilo Dolci. Trans. By Justin Vitiello

Danilo Dolci (1924-1997) was a social activist who dedicated his life to addressing the social injustice suffered by Sicilian peasants and workers...
Joseph Luzzi, Two Tales, Italy, interview, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Joseph Luzzi’s Two Italies: an interview

The two lands designated in the title of Joseph Luzzi’s new non-fiction book My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) are embodied, on the one...
Farms, Factories, and Families, Italian American Women, Connecticut, Anthony V. Riccio, Italian Culture

Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut by Anthony V. Riccio.

The role that immigrant and first generation Italian women played in the workforce before 1960 is not well-documented. Aside from such dramatic and...
The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

After eighteen books of poems, two national book awards, and an outstanding Community Service in Literature award, Maria Gillan has reinvented...
Carving a Niche for Himself, Luigi del Bianco, Mount Rushmore, Douglas J. Gladstone, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore by Douglas J. Gladstone

Monuments are problematic, especially official state or national monuments. They dictate to the viewer what to think. How do we commemorate without...
Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Poetry of Nino De Vita: A Bilingual Anthology by Nino De Vita.

Nino De Vita was born in 1950 on the western side of Sicily near the town of Marsala. Among his many books of poetry, he has published three children...
Anna Maria Zampieri Pan, Centro Culturale Italiano, Vancouver, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Anna Maria Zampieri Pan firma i suoi libri durante la serata a Vancouver

"Chi conosce Anna Maria Zampieri Pan sa che è una brava scrittrice, ora alla sua quarta raccolta di articoli già diffusi in Italia e nel mondo. Anche...
Pompeii Awakened, Story of Rediscovery, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Pompeii Awakened: A Story of Rediscovery by Judith Harris. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014

Pompeii Awakened is, indeed, an awakening for the reader and traveler. Judith Harris begins her study by describing first century Roman life in...
Sicily, A Literary guide for Travellers, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Sicily: A Literary guide for Travellers, by Andrew and Suzanne Edwards. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2014.

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...
Renzo Piano , L’archistar italiana, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

L’archistar italiana e le sue opere in un libro: Renzo Piano

Prestigioso volume dedicato all'opera di uno dei più grandi maestri dell'architettura mondiale. “ Renzo Piano” (Milano, Electa, 2014), di Francesco...
Trinàcria, Tale of Bourbon, Italy, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily by Anthony Di Renzo (Toronto: Guernica, 2013)

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...
Of Jewish Race, Vagabond Voices, Renzo Modiano, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Of Jewish Race (Vagabond Voices, 2013) by Renzo Modiano

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...
Bassolino, ‘Le Dolomiti di Napoli’, politica italiana, cultura italiana

Bassolino e ‘Le Dolomiti di Napoli’ L’ardua scalata della politica

Abbiamo incontrato e intervistato l’ex presidente della Re-gione Campania Antonio Bassolino. “ Le Dolomiti di Napoli ”, ed. Marsilio ottobre 2013, è...

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