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In Conversation with Maria Giura, author of Celibate: A Memoir
Interview

In Conversation with Maria Giura, author of Celibate: A Memoir

In Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House Press, 2019) Maria Giura…

Faith and Fraternity: Ottawa’s Sant’Antonio da Padova Church
Heritage

Faith and Fraternity: Ottawa’s Sant’Antonio da Padova Church

Mythopoeia, or myth making, are narratives that create reliable explanations for ontic stability. They are stories that interplay archetypes and stereotypes, roam between past and present experience, facilitate socialization, actualizes spiritual or non-secular belief systems that, when held by a group of adherents, express traditions that explain man’s place in the universe and relationship with the infinite. The adherence to religious beliefs consolidated, beyond the daily labour, the immigrant dream of success, and notions of…

Artistes
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Artistes

Artistes was a finalist in the 2020 Accenti “Capture an…

Love Comes Around
Essay

Love Comes Around

Some people hate Valentine’s Day.…

Reflections on Timeless Rhythms in David Bellusci’s Age of Innocence
Books

Reflections on Timeless Rhythms in David Bellusci’s Age of Innocence

David Bellusci opens his latest poetry collection, Age of Innocence…

Wasted Talent
Poetry

Wasted Talent

“When I stand before God at the end of my…

When It Is Time

When It Is Time

Death begins the way it always does, so many times, with a phone call out of the blue. My wife…

A Crowded Bus on Kennedy Boulevard

A Crowded Bus on Kennedy Boulevard

La Playa was the beach that Costanza's father frequented as a boy. He had told her stories about spending the…

Keeping Promises

Keeping Promises

The baby fig tree finally found a home. The scion survived in a flowerpot through the cold and rain of…

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Tangueando in Covid Time

Tangueando in Covid Time

In 2004, Antonio Iantorno stood on Viale Monza in Milano, handing out homemade flyers. Greeting strangers with a smile, he…

Antonietta’s Garden

Antonietta’s Garden

During this extraordinary and unsettling time, I have found my mind wandering to the rituals and activities that give me…

The Importance of Community During the Pandemic

The Importance of Community During the Pandemic

Somehow 2020 is flying by, despite all of the waiting. Time feels broken. Long have we been twiddling our thumbs,…

Why I Sometimes Don’t Wear Shoes

Why I Sometimes Don’t Wear Shoes

What I’ve Learned From Fishing All Summer Long The other day I visited my neighbours and we played croquet. The…

Calabrese Moon

Calabrese Moon

Some dreams are meant to come true. I am living proof. My teenage years were not the easiest. Nonetheless, I…

Where Angels Come To Earth: An Evocation of the Italian Piazza

Where Angels Come To Earth: An Evocation of the Italian Piazza

Every type of communal life that goes on in the Italian city touches upon the piazza at some point. It…

At a Loss – The Science and Art of Being a Hairstylist

At a Loss – The Science and Art of Being a Hairstylist

Victor DiBenedetto has spent a lifetime discreetly making his customers look and feel their best. For nearly five decades, the…

But For Now We Stay Home

But For Now We Stay Home

For our mammas! Francesca LoDico’s radio special, "But For Now We Stay Home,” is about her mamma coping with the…

IN MEMORIAM: The Legacy of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

IN MEMORIAM: The Legacy of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

Poet and priest Pier Giorgio Di Cicco passed away on December 22, 2019. As a poet and editor, his contributions…

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Italy’s Years of Lead

Italy’s Years of Lead

"If you look at events in Italy from the late 1960s to the late 1980s without any context, it would…

A Rusting Freighter Spurred World Attention to a Refugee Crisis

A Rusting Freighter Spurred World Attention to a Refugee Crisis

When Saigon was overrun by Communist forces on April 30, 1975, thousands of Vietnamese began a rush for freedom. One…

Blurred Nationalities across the North Atlantic

Blurred Nationalities across the North Atlantic

Long before the mid-nineteenth century, thousands of people were constantly moving between the United States and British North America, and Leghorn,…

In Conversation with Maria Giura, author of Celibate: A Memoir

In Conversation with Maria Giura, author of Celibate: A Memoir

In Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House Press, 2019) Maria Giura recounts the deep crisis and sense of displacement she experienced…

In Conversation with Author Marco Balzano

In Conversation with Author Marco Balzano

Award-winning Italian writer Marco Balzano’s most recent novel is Resto qui (2018), translated into English as I'm Staying Here by…

In Conversation with Nino Ricci

In Conversation with Nino Ricci

Nino Ricci was the featured guest of the third edition of the Librissimi Toronto Italian Book Festival, held online on…

More Precious than Diamonds

More Precious than Diamonds

Despite my frequent trips to Italy, I consciously decided never to learn the language. With blissful ignorance, I always preferred…

Italian San Francisco

Italian San Francisco

It is impossible to think of San Francisco without its Italian heritage. There are the notables: A.P. Giannini, who founded…

Canadian Problems

Canadian Problems

It’s a Canadian problem. When you’re overseas, people don’t know what to make of you. You’re not American but you…

The Past Is Not Such a Foreign Country

The Past Is Not Such a Foreign Country

It was 1811, the year of Napoleon's Comet and the birth of his son. It was a time of a…

Making Sense of a Troubled Life in My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me by Eufemia Fantetti

Making Sense of a Troubled Life in My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me by Eufemia Fantetti

Eufemia Fantetti’s most recent book, My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me: A Memoir (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2019) is a gripping outpouring…

Inside the Noisy Bubble of a Totalitarian State: Possess the Air by Taras Grescoe

Inside the Noisy Bubble of a Totalitarian State: Possess the Air by Taras Grescoe

Taras Grescoe presents himself as a travel writer who falls for a place and then looks around for a book…

Life, Possibilities, and the Kalahari’s Many Secrets in The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

Life, Possibilities, and the Kalahari’s Many Secrets in The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

Arianna Dagnino was born in Genova, Italy. After Moscow, London, and Boston, she worked in South Africa as a foreign…

Love Comes Around

Love Comes Around

Some people hate Valentine’s Day. They see it coming and they hiss and boo and say that it’s stupid. Even…

Power Failure

Power Failure

When I arrived at university, the first thing I was asked to do was write an English Writing Proficiency Examination,…

The Dim Light of This Christmas

The Dim Light of This Christmas

If I had to define Christmastime in one word it would be light. The light that illuminates the streets, that…

Drunk Promises Are Hard to Keep

Drunk Promises Are Hard to Keep

Beginning is easy. Finishing is hard. I often have grand ideas for a poem that will never be written. Today,…

Reflections on Timeless Rhythms in David Bellusci’s Age of Innocence

Reflections on Timeless Rhythms in David Bellusci’s Age of Innocence

David Bellusci opens his latest poetry collection, Age of Innocence (Wipf and Stock, 2020), with a poem that heralds the…

Marinella

Marinella

An excerpt from the novel The Transaction. De Angelis, an inscrutable northerner, comes to a rural village in Sicily to negotiate…

Translation As Metaphor for Migration

Translation As Metaphor for Migration

In her Italian-Canadian Narratives of Return. Analysing Cultural Translation in Diasporic Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 436) Michela Baldo maps…

Paola Breda on Land of Triumph and Tragedy

Paola Breda on Land of Triumph and Tragedy

Compiled after decades of research by Marino Toppan, Land of Triumph and Tragedy: Voices of the Italian Fallen Workers is…

Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian-Canadian

Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian-Canadian

What does it mean to be queer and Italian-Canadian? And what experiences do queer Italian-Canadians have when their sexual orientation…

2020 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

2020 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

Montreal, May 26, 2020 – Publisher Domenic Cusmano and Editor-in-chief Licia Canton are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020…

Italian-Canadian Writers Gather for Conference in Winnipeg

Italian-Canadian Writers Gather for Conference in Winnipeg

If you could choose a first conference to attend as a speaker, the Biennial Conference of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers…

Premio Italia nel Mondo 2018

Premio Italia nel Mondo 2018

  Life and passionate pursuits deserve celebrating. The Premio all’eccellenza del lavoro e alla cultura Italiana nel Mondo, bestowed upon four…