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 original diary, translated into English and published by Pia Marchelletta of Joie de Plume Books. Handwritten by Emilio Di Giuseppe, the diary traces the most important moments in the author’s life, from the happiest to the most difficult: an arduous…

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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, Genoa, Naples, Rome, Sicily, Piedmont, Lombardy, Venice and Trieste. Predominantly traders, sailors, transient workers, Catholic priests and seminarians, this group relied on the exchange of goods across the Atlantic to solidify transatlantic relations; during this period, stories about the New…

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Contemplating Machines in Terri Favro’s Generation Robot

Contemplating Machines in Terri Favro’s Generation Robot

I’ve turned on my computer to write this review of Terri Favro’s new book, Generation Robot (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018), and I find it challenging to put into words how the book has affected me. Like Terri, I too vividly remember our milk, bread, and eggs arriving at our place by horse-drawn carts, and my mother telling me to announce the arrival so…

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Mark Frutkin on His Latest Novel, The Rising Tide, and His Source of Inspiration

Mark Frutkin on His Latest Novel, The Rising Tide, and His Source of Inspiration

Mark Frutkin has published 16 books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Five of his books are set in Italy, including Fabrizio’s Return, which won both the Trillium Award and the Sunburst Award. He worked as a consultant on a public art project titled “Postcards from the Piazzas” in Ottawa’s Little Italy and has collaborated on a book of photos and text on…

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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 music pal reminding me that his show is tonight. It’s at a smoky joint full of unshaved loudmouths and their giggly girlfriends with too much makeup clutching beer glasses smudged with lipstick all shades of red. This besotted adventure is…

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Michelle Alfano on Her Memoir, The Unfinished Dollhouse

Michelle Alfano on Her Memoir, The Unfinished Dollhouse

  In her memoir The Unfinished Dollhouse, Michelle Alfano recounts the journey she underwent in accepting and embracing her son’s transgender identity. From tell-tale signs in early childhood and the mental and physical afflictions in the early teen years, to the reactions of family and friends and the final steps in a social and medical transition from female to male, Alfano explores…

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Rediscovered Art: The Art And Passion of Guido Nincheri by Mélanie Grondin

Rediscovered Art: The Art And Passion of Guido Nincheri by Mélanie Grondin

Guido Nincheri is recognized as the most prolific Montreal artist of stained-glass windows and frescoes, but it was not his intention to settle in Montreal when he arrived with his bride in 1913. The newlyweds were originally headed to South America when the possibility of war in Europe changed their plans. The artist is most often cited for his fresco…

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Waiting for Chrysanthemums, a Novel from the Grey Zone

Waiting for Chrysanthemums, a Novel from the Grey Zone

Border towns can be grey zones with split identities, regions where loyalties are divided, nations kiss, laws are broken, and boundaries are both enforced and transgressed. As literary settings, borders offer up stories that defy easy categorization: American Jeffrey Eugenides’ Detroit-based novel Middlesex and Canadian Craig Davidson’s Niagara Falls-based Cataract City come to mind as excellent examples of the form. I grew up on…

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