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Premio Italia nel Mondo 2018

by Darlene Madott

 

Life and passionate pursuits deserve celebrating. The Premio all’eccellenza del lavoro e alla cultura Italiana nel Mondo, bestowed upon four honourees at a gala dinner and fundraiser on October 25, 2018, certainly was that – celebration in grand style. This was the 18th edition of the Premio, and third to take place in Toronto, since its inception in New York, in 1994, with Luciano Pavarotti as one of the first honourees. More...

 

 

 

History of a Dress

All a Whirlwind

by Glenn Carley

 

It is all a whirlwind; a life constructed in little vignettes, little parables that pass by like clouds in full bore – over in a second. We made our way south by southeast to North York and the aftermath of the windstorm the previous day. The usual post-blustery bedlam: cops with flashing lights making you wait and then waving you on. More...

 

 

 

 

 

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

by Veena Gokhale

 

There’s something about Italian culture, Italian history, art, architecture, writing, Italian people, and, of course, Italian food and wine that fills a need for many people, including me. Perhaps it’s because the Renaissance was born in Italy and it’s still having an effect on the modern world – a moderating effect that states that aesthetics and art and simply living well are important, are a crucial part of being human and humane. More...

 

 

 

Return by Genni GunnA River of Oranges

by Aldo Nazarko

 

Fiume has a unique place in the history of Europe, and Italy in particular. The official language of Fiume was Italian until it was ceded to Yugoslavia in 1947; but the majority of the population has Slavic roots, predominantly Croatian and Slovenian. Before I began this book, I thought of myself as Italian but through my research I discovered that my background is Slavic. I am Italian only by the fact that I was born in Fiume while it was under Italian rule.  More...
 
 
 

 

 

Contemplating Machines in Terri Favro’s Generation Robot

by Marisa De Franceschi

 

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 that she could purchase her daily allotment. More...

 

 

 

Most Popular

Michelle Alfano on Her Memoir, The Unfinished Dollhouse

by Liana Cusmano

 

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 the thoughts and feelings she experienced over the years as her son, River, fought to be his truest self. More...

 

 

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

by Licia Canton

 

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. More...

 

 

 

 

From Our Archives

Castagne to Go: Chronicle of a Chestnut Lover

by Luciano Pradal

 

A mother and child come towards me. I take a warm chestnut and 

wrap it in a paper towel. I put it in the child’s hands and her face lights up. Children always look at me in wonder when I put a warm chestnut in their hands. Imagine their reaction after they taste it! Though they see the sign on the front of the cart, the uninitiated curiously ask, “Roasted chestnuts?” More...

 

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Places

 

A Gift In Kind, the Centro d’Arte e Cultura “Alberto Di Giovanni” in Roccamorice

by Caroline Morgan Di Giovanni

 

To honour his hometown of Roccamorice in the mountains of Abruzzo, Alberto Di Giovanni established an exquisite cultural museum in a restored chapel in the heart of the village. The project began about 10 years ago when the municipality was able to fund the reconstruction of the “Baron’s Chapel,” a private chapel of the Barone Giuseppe Zambra. More...

 

 

Writings

 

Ethical Dilemmas in Rene Pappone’s The Partisan Brigade

by Anna Foschi Ciampolini

 

In Rene Pappone’s latest novel, The Partisan Brigade, a long-kept secret haunts a man. He still harbours the painful memory of the injustice that embittered his family. If he returns to the place where, in tragic circumstances, he acted against his own beliefs, would he finally find solace? More...

 

Famous Poet: Please Give Me a Dollar

by Ralph Alfonso

 

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. More...

 

 

 

Feature Image

“Lights of Bari Vecchia” by Giorgio Tinelli (Toronto, Canada) – Grand prize winner of the 2014 Accenti Photo Competition.



 


 

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