Moto Guzzi 100 Years, the editorial work by Rizzoli Illustrati that celebrates the myth of the eagle brand, one of the most innovative, loved and famous motorcycle manufacturers in the world in the year of its hundredth anniversary, was presented in Milan. A volume of great aesthetic elegance that spans a century of history with the contributions o...

In his latest work of nonfiction, British author Tim Parks (“Europa,” “Italian Ways”) couches historical inquiry in the form of a nearly 400-mile hike up the spine of Italy. He took this arduous walk with his romantic companion, translator Eleonora Gallitelli, in the pre-COVID-19 summer of 2019. Their route was determined by the snaking monthlong r...

Poets have often figured as the liaison between mystic items and the vast audience to whom the inner meaning of such items was mysterious or unknown. In this sense, poets act as prophets, translators of symbols or, more metaphorically, bridges. It is precisely the idea of the poet as a bridge which David Stephen emphasises in Diane di Prima: Vision...

Growing up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in the 1960s and 70s, Daniel Paterna was well aware of the sweeping yet often inaccurate stereotype of his Italian-American enclave. “In my household, my parents frowned on the clichés of the Italian-American gangster or buffoon,” Paterna says. “It was an earnest way of life: no guns, no mafia, no dead bodies, no...

Letture estive, o quasi estive, mi verrebbe da dire. L’aria condizionata, però, previene ogni abbandono a ricordi climatici d’infanzia o di giovinezza, a controre più o meno letterariamente celebrate e maledette, e stempera simili stagionali suggestioni. Diciamo, allora, letture. E basta. Mentre leggevo, dunque, alcune parole mi hanno riportato all...

Ted Chiappelli, a former reporter for The Tribune-Democrat, is a proud Italian and a very smart man.  That is evidenced in his first novel, Chiappelli An American Name, published by Luminare Press. The paperback is 239 pages and is based on the life of the author’s grandfather, Alfonso Chiappelli, who arrived in America from Italy in 1903. It inclu...

Roger J. Di Paolo, former editor of the Record-Courier who died Friday of Di Paolo chronicled the news of Portage County for 40 years beginning at the Record-Courier as a reporter in 1977 when he reported on the protests surrounding the construction of a building on land that intruded on the site where four students were killed on May 4, 1970. A Ro...

Mascot Books announces the release of To Every Page A Turning: One Life’s Journey, a historical novel written by Carl Buccellato. When Carl Buccellato was clearing old files out from his garage, he came across boxes of journals and scribbles that served as a means of capturing memories. At the urging of his wife, Buccellato compiled his various pap...

They may be memoirs, essays or fantasy novels: books are always a medicine for the soul, a magic and a distraction. What’s more, they allow us to travel, taking us with them to familiar places and places we don’t know yet. To enjoy a journey through known and lesser known destinations in Italy, we have selected these twelve books, to let you travel...

It’s no secret to Indiana natives that our area has a rich history of immigrants making their way to America and starting a new life for themselves. It’s a story familiar to many families and one such tale was discovered by Hilary Hauck, who crafted it into her debut novel “From Ashes to Song.” Hauck, a native of the United Kingdom, moved to Italy...