In These Distressing Times…
Editorials

In These Distressing Times…

In January 2020, during the early planning of our Special…

The Artist and the Assassin
Writings

The Artist and the Assassin

The year is 1596. The young Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio…

2020 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced
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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 Accenti Writing and Photo contests, as well as the winners of the Popular Vote for both contests. The winner of the Accenti Photo Contest and recipient of the $1000 Grand Prize is Giuseppe Cardoni (Perugia, Italy) for his photo “Piazza Navona.” The three other finalists each receive $100: Maria Cristina Campi (Bologna, Italy) for her…

Piazza Navona, Rome
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Piazza Navona, Rome

“Piazza Navona, Rome” is the…

Poetry

Soul Mate

The intravenous drips, whispering life…

On Meeting Irving Layton

On Meeting Irving Layton

In the early seventies, Irving Layton came to our High School in Montreal-North upon the invitation of our eleventh-grade North…

Cinquecento Love: My Life-Long Obsession with the Fiat 500

Cinquecento Love: My Life-Long Obsession with the Fiat 500

Nothing says Italian style like a Fiat 500 (pronounced cheen·kweh·CHEN·toh). My love affair with the 500 began when I was 16.…

Leaving America

Leaving America

The speedboat and ferry trails left furrows of white wake on the deep azure blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea. As…

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La Divina Cucina: A Guide to Food after Death

La Divina Cucina: A Guide to Food after Death

It’s a well known fact that the afterlife is run by Italians. Consequently, the menus of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise…

Queer and Italian Canadian, A Video Documentary

Queer and Italian Canadian, A Video Documentary

Relatively few Canadian writers and artists of Italian heritage openly identify as queer through their writings and in interviews. In…

Piazza Purgatorio: A Love Letter to Italy During the Pandemic

Piazza Purgatorio: A Love Letter to Italy During the Pandemic

“T’avia sarbàtu du aranci. Mah…” says Zia Carmela. I saved you the last of the oranges. But… She sighs. I…

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…

Centro Arte e Cultura Alberto Di Giovanni in Roccamorice

Centro Arte e Cultura Alberto Di Giovanni in Roccamorice

To honour his hometown of Roccamorice in the mountains of Abruzzo, Alberto Di Giovanni established an exquisite cultural museum in…

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…

Aldo Del Col – Meritorious Service Medal Recipient

Aldo Del Col – Meritorious Service Medal Recipient

“The doctor gave me three to five years to live. I thought that wasn’t enough. I decided I would get…

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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,…

Silvia Vecchini on Translation and Her Graphic Novel: The Red Zone

Silvia Vecchini on Translation and Her Graphic Novel: The Red Zone

In The Red Zone: An Earthquake Story (Amulet Books, 2019), graphic novelist Silvia Vecchini provides a look at how a…

Mary Melfi on her Memoir, In the Backyard: Relearning the Art of Aging, Dying and Making Love

Mary Melfi on her Memoir, In the Backyard: Relearning the Art of Aging, Dying and Making Love

Through her new book, In the Backyard: Relearning the Art of Aging, Dying and Making Love (Guernica 2018), Mary Melfi…

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…

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…

A Letter to Mike, the Angsty Squirrel I See on My Porch Sometimes

A Letter to Mike, the Angsty Squirrel I See on My Porch Sometimes

Dear Mike, Did you know that if you lie very still, and very flat, and make sure not to move…

Twin Chef

Twin Chef

Emma’s hand shook as she presented her dish to the judges. Her lower lip trembled, as did the lavender-infused pannacotta…

The Pheasant

The Pheasant

They had married in September and it was the end of October when Giovanni stood alone at Malpensa airport waiting…

Famous Poet: Please Give Me a Dollar

Famous Poet: Please Give Me a Dollar

Sometimes I have to laugh. I’ve got three dollars in my pocket. There’s a blinking phone message from my country…

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…

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli on La Brigantessa, Her Historical Novel Set in 19th Century Calabria

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli on La Brigantessa, Her Historical Novel Set in 19th Century Calabria

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli is the author of La Brigantessa (Inanna Publications, 2019), a novel based on true events in the…

With Heart and Love, Emilio Di Giuseppe’s Diary of a Tufarolo

With Heart and Love, Emilio Di Giuseppe’s Diary of a Tufarolo

Bruna Di Giuseppe-Bertoni is the editorial author of Diary of a Tufarolo. The text, in Italian, consists of her father’s…

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…

Accenti Supporters Gather at Gala

Accenti Supporters Gather at Gala

Accenti Magazine and its newly-formed Foundation welcomed the vernal equinox with a dazzling dinner and dance gala. On the eve of…

ACCENTI MAGAZINE AWARDS: Celebrating Creativity with Style

ACCENTI MAGAZINE AWARDS: Celebrating Creativity with Style

Since 2003 Accenti has been a vehicle for expressing creativity through words and images. With its annual writing and photo contests, Accenti celebrates the…