In another half century or so, some library will claim the papers of novelist Dario Diofebi toward the close of a distinguished career. Among the earliest documents will be some sort of outline or flow-chart for his debut, “Paradise, Nevada,” and the researcher who finds it will think they’ve stumbled into a three-ring circus. The term “carnivalesq...

Italian-American literature of the second half of the 20th century described a world divided between generations, often very different from one another. Between two Fatherlands, between opposite perceptions and views of what Italy and America were. It described the American Dream, the eldorado and the fight against prejudice, a desire for integrati...

When Claudio Gatti published an investigation into Elena Ferrante’s identity, a few years ago, he raised an outcry both in Italy and abroad. He had pried into the author’s privacy, violated her right to remain anonymous. It was unfair, it was irrelevant, we didn’t want to know. Didn’t we? Yes and no. There was one conclusion that mattered in Gatti’...

Congratulations to NIAF Member Carlo Buccellato for his new book To Every Page a Turning: One’s Life Journey. His book begins when a man is clearing old files out from his garage and finds a folder containing an old manuscript he wrote 20 years prior as part of his recovery therapy. The discovery unleashes a thoughtful reflection on his life’s jour...

In Italia tutti conoscono Gianni Rodari, uno dei più amati autori di testi per l’infanzia. La penna dei bambini che acque a Omegna, una tranquilla cittadina nell’Italia del nord e che visse la sua adolescenza a Garivate, vicino Milano. Nel 1940 quando l’Italia entrò in guerra. Rodari, che era di salute fragile fu esonerato dal servizio militare e s...

Athena Visits the Marina is the first children’s book written by Gino Cafarelli, a multitalented Italian-American actor and filmmaker from Queens. He was inspired to write the book by his daughter Athena, who was born with a hearing loss and now shares her name with the book’s title character and protagonist. The book tells the story of Athena, a l...

In a memoir set in the last half century of transformative cultural change, a memory-keeper shares personal voyages of discovery beyond traditional boundaries of gender and culture—an engaging and wide-ranging coverage of how the times affected the author and the country that offers guidance today. Moments in Flight: A Memoir: Brings the immigrant...

Just over 10 years ago, Giada De Laurentiis was roaring into her 40s and had already tasted impressive success. She’d won an Emmy for her first Food Network series, Everyday Italian (followed by two more for Giada Entertains last year), and penned five bestselling cookbooks. “I started getting really busy,” says De Laurentiis. American audiences co...

Giorgio Faletti was a multitalented artist: a gifted crime novelist, an inspired singer-songwriter, a stand-up comedian, and an actor who added dramatic dimensions to his onscreen persona.  The adventurous storyteller died of lung cancer in 2014 in Turin, at age 63 on July 4, America’s Independence Day anniversary. It was just a coincidence, yet th...

Laura Lazzaroni is a veteran journalist, food writer and baker who has become an expert at seeking out tastemakers, from her years in New York for La Repubblica’s D magazine, to her position as Features Director of L’Uomo Vogue to co-directing the launch of the Italian edition of Food & Wine magazine, Lazzaroni has had years to fine-tune her palett...