Showing posts with label Italian Authors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italian Authors. Show all posts

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Italian American Themed Books & Authors 2019!

Here is a list of some incredible Italian American themed books and or Italian American authors. The list is growing as we speak. I encourage you to click on their links and read on each one, they are fantastic.

-Cafe Firenze- Fabio Viviani & Jacapo Falleni

-The Youngest Son- Oreste Leroy Salerni
-Secrets From My Tuscan Kitchen --Judy Witts Francini

-Con Amore- Janice Therese Mancuso

-La Bella Lingua- Dianne Hales

-Never Trust A Thin Cook-- Eric Dregni

-The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken- Laura Schenone

-Old World Daughter New World Mother-- Maria Laurino

-Midnight in Rome-- Michael H. Gyulai

-Harlot's Sauce-- Patricia Volonakis Davis

-My Cousin The Saint- Justin Catanoso

-Searching for Pemberley and The Second Date--Mary Lydon Simonsen

-Italian Heritage Books- By Leon J. Radomile

-101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle: A Cheeky Book with Tidbits of Advice for a Glamorous Lifestyle -- Dawn Del Russo
-Gravy Wars: By Lorraine Ranalli
-The Secret Diary of an Italian Girl - Dosi Controneo

If you're an author, publisher or avid reader with great suggestions and would like to be part of this list, please email me with "Italian American Themed Books/Authors" as the subject. 
margaret at italianamericangirl dot com 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Chapman University Announces Lineup for 14th Annual Author Festival: Focus on Italian Writers

Chapman University’s 14th Annual John Fowles Literary Series, the university’s acclaimed yearly festival of visiting, internationally recognized novelists, poets and playwrights -- will focus on world-renowned Italian writers this year, and will also include a special appearance by an Israeli-born novelist who is the university’s 2011 writer-in-residence.

The series is sponsored by Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Los Angeles, Associated Students of Chapman University, Citrus City Grille, and Chapman’s Department of English and Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Chapman’s John Fowles Literary Series was named in honor of the late British author of such novels as “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “The Magus,” who was a friend of the series’ founder, Chapman English professor Mark Axelrod, and appeared in the series’ first year.

Monday, March 7 at 7 pm


Dacia Maraini, daughter of a Sicilian princess and famed as the longtime companion of novelist Alberto Moravia, is a world-acclaimed author and playwright. She has won many awards for her work, including the Formentor Prize for “L'età del malessere” (“The Age of Discontent,” 1963); the Premio Fregene for “Isolina” (1985); the Premio Campiello and Book of the Year Award for “La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa” (“The Silent Duchess,” 1990); and the Premio Strega for “Buio” (1999). She co-founded the Teatro del Porcospino, devoted to producing new Italian works, and established Rome’s feminist experimental theatre La Maddalena. Her play “Mary Stuart” has been performed in New York and on stages around the world, and her other plays continue to be translated and widely performed.

Monday, March 21 at 7 pm

ASSAF GAVRON – 2011 Writer-in-Residence at Chapman University

The son of English immigrants to Israel, Assaf Gavron was born in a small village near Jerusalem in 1968, and currently lives in Berlin. He is this year’s Shusterman Foundation Writer-in-Residence at Chapman University. Gavron has published four novels (“Ice,” “Moving,” “Almost Dead” and “Hydromania”), a collection of short stories (“Sex in the Cemetery”), and a non-fiction collection of Jerusalem falafel-joint reviews (“Eating Standing Up”). His English translation of “Almost Dead” was published in 2010. Among the prizes he has won are the Israeli Geffen award for the novel “Hydromania,” and the prestigious DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Fellowship in Germany.

Monday, April 4 at 7 pm


Erri De Luca, recently named "writer of the decade" by the influential newspaper Corriere della Sera, was born in Naples, Italy in 1950. His first book, published in 1989, was “Non Ora, Non Qui” (“Not Now, Not Here”). Many more books have followed and have become best sellers throughout Europe and in the U.S. Self-taught in several languages, including ancient Hebrew and Yiddish, De Luca has translated several books of the Bible into Italian and explored various aspects of Judaism as a non-believer. He writes regularly for various Italian newspapers and magazines, lives in a remote cottage in the countryside outside Rome, and regularly pursues his passion for mountain climbing.

Monday, April 11 at 7 pm


Paolo Giordano, born in Turin in 1982, is a professional physicist. His first novel, “La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi” (“The Solitude of Prime Numbers”), took Italy by storm, sold more than a million copies, and won the nation’s most illustrious book award, the Premio Strega, in 2008. The book, which has been translated into English and more than 30 other languages, tells the tale of a man and woman, Mattia and Alice, both traumatized in their youth in ways which leave them unable to relate normally to the world around them. Though they are drawn to each other, timing and awkwardness keep their relationship on tenuous ground. Giordano’s spare yet beautiful prose asks whether there are those among us who, like prime numbers, are destined always to be alone and apart.

Monday, April 25 at 7 pm


Italian poet, novelist and translator Giuseppe Conte published his debut book of poetry, “La Parola Innamorata” in 1978. His follow-up, 1988’s “La Stagione,” was awarded the Montale Prize. His other poetry books include “L’Ultimo Aprile Bianco” (“The Last White April”), “Dialogo del Poeta e del Messaggero” (“Dialogue Between the Poet and the Messenger”) and “Canti d’Oriente e d’Occidente (“Songs of the East and the West”). His novels include “Il Terzo Ufficiale” (“The Third Officer”) and “La Casa della Onde” (“The House of the Waves”). Conte has translated many English works into Italian, including those of Shelley, D.H. Lawrence, Walt Whitman and William Blake.

Monday, May 2 at 7 pm


Born in Budapest in 1937, Giorgio Pressburger does not write in his native Hungarian but in his adoptive Italian, and has often reflected in his talks and writings upon this choice of language. He left Hungary after the Russian invasion in 1956, and settled in Italy, where he studied biology in Rome and worked in theater and film. His novel “The Law of White Spaces” won the Independent Foreign Fiction Award in 1992. His other works include the novel “Teeth and Spies” and the short story collection “Snow and Guilt.” His most recent novel, “Nel Regno Oscuro” (2008), inspired by Dante’s Inferno, describes a journey to hell which is also a meditation on the 20th century and Pressburger’s personal losses.

The author talks – all free and open to the public – will be held in the Henley Reading Room on the second floor of Chapman’s Leatherby Libraries. Book signings will follow all readings, and each author’s books will be available for sale.

For more information, the public can call 714-532-6026.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Italian American Museum Presents Two Award Winning Authors On November 6th in New York City.

NOVEMBER 6th, Friday Evening, 6 PM

DANIELA GIOSEFFI is a widely published author who has read from her books on campuses and at cultural centers, from Columbia and Princeton to Oxford or Venice, and Barcelona, as well as for National Public Radio as well as British Broadcasting. She will read from her latest book, a bilingual edition of her new and selected poems, titled "Blood Autumn, Autunno di Sangue." Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies from The Paris Review to The Nation, to Stories of the American Experience, Oxford University Press.

MICHAEL PALMA has published two poetry books, "The Egg Shape and Antibodies", and a full length collection, "A Fortune in Gold," as well as an Internet book. He has also published books by Sergio Corazzini, Armando Patti, Luigi Fontanella, and edited New Italian Poets with Dana Gioia, as well as a volume of translations from Luciano Erba with Alfredo de Palchi. His essay, “The Road to Rome, and Back Again" appeared in The Pushcart Prize XVII (2003). Michael Palma is, also the poetry editor for an Italian Americana magazine.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Italian American Museum Celebrates Italian Heritage & Culture Month.

Italian American Museum in Little Italy, NYC will be honoring and celebrating Italian Americans this month for Italian Heritage & Culture Month with scheduled events at the museum.

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Italian American Museum presents
Cinema Culturale Series:
Pay or Die
Limited Seating

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Italian American Museum presents
Book Presentation
Elizabeth Street
with author, Laurie Fabiano
Limited Seating

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Italian American Museum presents
The Life of Joseph Petrosino
Lecture by Prof. Ann T. Romano
Limited Seating

Sunday, November 8, 2009
Italian American Museum presents
*2nd Ambasciatore Awards
VIP Country Club
600 Davenport Avenue
New Rochelle, New York
Brunch from 9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon

For More Information:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Book Review: "Never Trust A Thin Cook" By Eric Dregni.

"Never Trust A Thin Cook and other lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital," by Eric Dregni.

Ok, expats, travelers and those interested in knowing what its like to move to it is. An amazing first hand account from writer and professor, Eric Dregni. In his book he takes you on the journey of moving to Italy and overcoming large challenges as he becomes accustomed to the Italian lifestyle.

If you've ever been to Italy, you know that most things are not run efficiently or by the book. You kind of have to go with the flow and not expect to get anything done without some sort of drama. While reading this book, I laughed so much because there were moments he describes that I actually have experienced first hand. The idea or concept of knowing someone who knows someone else who can hook you up with a job or connection is real and not a story. Its all about who you know in Italy. This book is a truthful account of life in Italy and seeing and reading it through the eyes of an American as he adjusts to Italian life is enlightening. I always wondered if anyone else felt the way I did when for example you go to the bank and it takes half a day just to get one thing done, because someone behind the counter is smoking their cigarette and taking their time. Really. This is Italy.

"Never Trust A Thin Cook" by Eric Dregni is a wonderful account of moving to Italy and adjusting to the sweet life. The story is told in a humorous way that will make you laugh because its incredibly true and detailed to the Italian culture. I loved this book and if anyone is about to move to Italy or lives in Italy and is American--you will find this book to be incredibly helpful and engaging. You might learn something too. Great book! Thanks Eric Dregni.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Award Winning Author, Dianne Hales, Writes An Amazing New Book About the Italian Language, "La Bella Lingua."

Award winning author, Dianne Hales has written one of the most beautiful and informative books I've read in a long time about the Italian language. Dianne, fell in love in Italy while vacationing there and was quickly captivated by the Italian language and its cultural history.

Dianne is a seasoned author with many successful books and articles in top publications in the country. When Dianne returned from Italy, she was determined to find, learn and expand her own knowledge about the Italian language, which led her to write her most recent book, "La Bella Lingua."

What I find personally so fascinating is that a non-Italian becomes so engrossed with the Italian culture and feels the incredible need to educate themselves on the language, traditions and culture. I am always so proud of the Italophile community.

As you dive deeper into the "La Bella Lingua" you not only learn about how Dianne came to understand the Italian language but how her dedicated research and love for the Italian culture played an important role in the way the book was written, researched and organized. To further add credibility, Dianne traveled and visited with top Italian academic institutions and experts to learn the true history behind the Italian language and its culture.

For me, I always find the "dialects" most interesting, and I actually learned in this book about the different dialects and words for simple things like, "child." What I know as a Calabrese, someone in Venice says differently, of course when we're all speaking informally, but when we're out in public, we speak our poetic and proper Italian language.

"La Bella Lingua" is a wonderful, educational read for anyone interested in learning more about Italy and its rich history behind the most sought after and romantic language in the world. Personally, I would buy this book for anyone traveling to Italy, its beautiful, well written and inspires you to learn, speak and understand the Italian language and culture.

You can buy "La Bella Lingua" on Amazon. :

Check out Dianne Hale's Site where she talks about her journey to learning and experiencing the Italian culture.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Rita Ciresi, English Professor Writes A Beautiful Book About Growing Up Italian American.

Rita Ciresi is an English professor by day, but by night she is writing about a lifelong project that involves her life and growing up Italian American. Ciresi grew up with an Italian American mother and a Sicilian father. Her work reveals a fictional story with cameos of herself and her family, the book is called, "Sometimes I Dream in Italian."

Learn more about Rita Ciresi here: