Ottawa’s “Village”
Places

Ottawa’s “Village”

Cars, trucks, and heavy transports bustle down the busy thoroughfare…

An Apple a Day
Writings

An Apple a Day

I remember as if it were yesterday, when I would…

Jim Crow and Italian Immigrants in the American West
History

Jim Crow and Italian Immigrants in the American West

The 1920s saw the revival of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the West, especially in Colorado and Oregon, with its anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic platform. The Klan's platform found support from America's long-standing opposition to immigrants who brought with them to America that “whore of Rome,” the Catholic Church. The KKK found context as well in the pseudoscientific movement of eugenics promoted by such widely read works as Madison Grant's The Decline of the Great…

The Chairman, the Princess and the King
Excerpts

The Chairman, the Princess and the King

Our distinguished guests will be with us overnight.…

Mother of Sorrows
Memoir

Mother of Sorrows

In his memoir, Mea Culpa: A Plea of Innocence, Bruno…

I Tested Positive for Coconut Lavender Hand Sanitizer
Satire

I Tested Positive for Coconut Lavender Hand Sanitizer

We were fully in our Covid times, hosting vigil to…

Setting a World Record

Setting a World Record

“Setting a World Record” was a finalist in the 2021 Accenti “Capture an Italian Moment” Photo Contest. Andria Sallese writes:…

Long Haul to Napoli

Long Haul to Napoli

Somewhere around November, Jonas got really into trucking. Not actual trucking, not driving an eighteen-wheeler twenty-five days a month and…

The Son She Never Had

The Son She Never Had

​Luca inhaled deeply and then parked his cigarette in the ashtray. He turned to me, wearing a very decisive expression…

Review of Italian Immigration in the American West – 1870-1940, by Kenneth Scambray

Review of Italian Immigration in the American West – 1870-1940, by Kenneth Scambray

Among the features of Prof Kenneth Scambray’s new book, Italian Immigration in the American West – 1870-1940, (University of Nevada…

The Quiet Immigrant Project

The Quiet Immigrant Project

A new exhibit coming this April to the JD Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre in Toronto will pay…

The Drama of Caravaggio

The Drama of Caravaggio

An 11-year-old boy is walking on the edge of a forest near his uncle’s farm in the Lombardy region of…

Ottawa’s “Village”

Ottawa’s “Village”

Cars, trucks, and heavy transports bustle down the busy thoroughfare known as Preston Street. A vital link between the city…

Ottawa’s Little Italy Revives Street Art As It Revives Itself

Ottawa’s Little Italy Revives Street Art As It Revives Itself

Ottawa’s Preston Street developed its Italian-Canadian identity well before the 1950s, when the bulk of Italian immigration began. More importantly,…

Calabria in Mind

Calabria in Mind

Intellectuals, too, take vacations, and they generally don’t look askance to venues off the beaten track. This is what Margherita…

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…

Patrizio Buanne: Neapolitan Crooner and Really Nice Guy

Patrizio Buanne: Neapolitan Crooner and Really Nice Guy

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Neapolitan pop-crooner and international multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne has won over…

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Jim Crow and Italian Immigrants in the American West

Jim Crow and Italian Immigrants in the American West

The 1920s saw the revival of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the West, especially in Colorado and Oregon, with…

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…

Glenn Carley on His “Urban Opera” Il Vagabondo

Glenn Carley on His “Urban Opera” Il Vagabondo

In his new book, Il Vagabondo: An Urban Opera (Guernica 2021), Glenn Carley introduces a new avant-garde genre – literature…

In Conversation with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

In Conversation with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

Genni Gunn is the author of twelve books, including three novels, three short fiction collections, two poetry collections, a collection…

In Conversation with Jennifer Robson, Author of Our Darkest Night

In Conversation with Jennifer Robson, Author of Our Darkest Night

Jennifer Robson is the author of six novels set during and after the two world wars. Her latest novel is…

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…

Under the Shadow of Mortality: Review of Dying Times by Darlene Madott

Under the Shadow of Mortality: Review of Dying Times by Darlene Madott

Darlene Madott’s latest book of fiction, her eighth, might be titled Dying Times (Exile Editions, 2021), but it’s really all…

Yearning for Hopeful Resolutions: A Review of Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli’s Pigeon Soup & Other Stories

Yearning for Hopeful Resolutions: A Review of Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli’s Pigeon Soup & Other Stories

Since the first acts of creation the roots of civilization have been grounded in the human narrative as “storytelling” and…

Francesco Filippi’s Mussolini Also Did a Lot of Good

Francesco Filippi’s Mussolini Also Did a Lot of Good

Because Adolf Hitler is the stark monster of 20th-century history, a diabolical warlord who laid waste European Jewry and devastated…

To Make a Bridge: Antonia Facciponte’s Poetic Debut

To Make a Bridge: Antonia Facciponte’s Poetic Debut

In the beginning there is a bridge, and we are standing beneath it, “eyelids sutured / over iris by the…

Rinasheremo

Rinasheremo

Love given wholeheartedly, inclusively and unconditionally is inexhaustible. – Anonymous The first time I acknowledged it out loud, I was…

Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

My husband and I waited for 2020 to arrive with a lot of plans and expectations in mind. It was…

A Story for Our Times

A Story for Our Times

If we wanted to tell the story of our time – the story of this time – where would it…

From the Garden

From the Garden

Whenever my family gets together, it’s always at my grandma’s house, breaking bread in her kitchen, more chairs than you…

The Drama of Caravaggio

The Drama of Caravaggio

An 11-year-old boy is walking on the edge of a forest near his uncle’s farm in the Lombardy region of…

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…

Caterina Edwards on the French Translation of Her Novel, The Sicilian Wife

Caterina Edwards on the French Translation of Her Novel, The Sicilian Wife

Caterina Edwards immigrated to Edmonton at age eight with her British father and Venetian mother. The Edmonton author was the…

2021 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

2021 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

  Montreal, May 16, 2021 – We are pleased to report the names of the winners of the 2021 Accenti…

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…