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...

Elena Ferrante, the doyenne of Italian literature, is renowned for her bestselling Neapolitan quartet and The Lost Daughter, adapted by Maggie Gyllenhaal into an acclaimed film starring Olivia Colman. (Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, including My Brilliant Friend, have sold 4 million copies in North America and over 8 million globally.) With In the...

When: April 6, 2022 at 6:00PM - Where: The Firehouse at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123 - Details coming soon. A conversation with Riccardo Illy at the Firehouse, Fort Mason, on the occasion of the release of the English translation of his latest book THE ART OF EXCELLENT PRODUCTS: Enchanting Customers w...

Imagine Elizabeth Bettina Nicolosi’s surprise when she discovered that her grandmother’s Italian village had a secret: over a half century ago, in the southern Italian town of Campagna, countless residents defied the occupying Nazis and risked their lives to shelter and save hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust. What followed her discovery became an...