The Importance of Community During the Pandemic
Pandemic

The Importance of Community During the Pandemic

Somehow 2020 is flying by, despite all of the waiting.…

In Conversation with Author Marco Balzano
Interview

In Conversation with Author Marco Balzano

Award-winning Italian writer Marco Balzano’s most recent novel is Resto…

The Dim Light of This Christmas
Culture

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 shines in the store windows, that decorates trees and balconies; the light in the cribs and in the heart of every child waiting for Santa Claus. For many it signifies the giving of gifts, a time for vacation and taking a break from work or study. For others, of course, it means celebrating the birth…

Venice in the Fog
Featured Photo

Venice in the Fog

“Venice in the Fog” was a finalist in the 2020…

Power Failure
Essay

Power Failure

When I arrived at university,…

Antonietta’s Garden
Heritage

Antonietta’s Garden

During this extraordinary and unsettling time, I have found my…

Rows and Rows
Fiction

Rows and Rows

“Oh Lord, where did I go wrong?” I say. “You’re…

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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…

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Influenced by the pop art movement of the 1960s and the photorealists of the early 1970s, Corrado Cusmano’s “Dairy Queen”draws…

Biodiversity and the “Gnoseosphere”

Biodiversity and the “Gnoseosphere”

The vertical garden, climbing up the north wall of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures of the…

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Circolo Ricreativo

Circolo Ricreativo

“Circolo Ricreativo” was a finalist in the 2020 Accenti “Capture an Italian Moment” Photo Contest. The photo was shot in…

Piazza Navona, Rome

Piazza Navona, Rome

“Piazza Navona, Rome” is the grand prize winner of the 2020 Accenti “Capture an Italian Moment” Photo Contest. The photo…

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…

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 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…

Paula Brancati on Her New Film, Acting, Family, and Coping with a Pandemic

Paula Brancati on Her New Film, Acting, Family, and Coping with a Pandemic

Paula Brancati stars in the film From the Vine (2019), directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Sean Cisterna. Brancati co-produced 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…

Power Failure

Power Failure

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

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…