Spring 2008




Join Us at Blue Met


For the third year running, the Accenti Awards will take place during the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. Mark your calendars and join us on Friday evening, May 2nd  at 7:30. We will be celebrating the winners of the third Accenti Writing Contest and the first “Capture an Italian Moment” Accenti Photo Competition. The objective of both contests is to encourage the expression of the best of Canada and Italy through word and image. Winning stories will be read, and winning photos will be on display. The Accenti contests are a unique opportunity for creative people to showcase their talent and contribute in concrete ways to disseminating our stories, our history and our shared cultural heritage. We are pleased to be associated once again with the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival and its founder and artistic director Linda Leith. We are also thankful to our sponsors who make the Accenti Awards possible.




Regular readers will notice that Accenti has grown to a 48-page format. This will create the opportunity for more comprehensive articles. In this issue Venera Fazio interviews Toronto poet Gianna Patriarca, Alessandra Piccione gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the award-winning film Looking for Angelina, and Athabasca University Professor Joseph Pivato takes a critical look at the obstacles to upward mobility in the Italian workplace. Rome-based writer Jesper Storgaard Jensen walks readers through the restored “Garden of Monsters” park outside Rome, and Ken Scambray offers a new perspective on the age-old “southern question.” Once again wine sommelier Antonio Mauriello shares his wine-tasting secrets, as he takes readers on an olfactory journey in appreciating wine.

  Accenti FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK  Join Us at Blue Met Licia Canton


In Speaking Italian Like a Canadian (third-place winning story in the 2007 Accenti Writing Contest), Helen McLean reveals her life-long love-affair with the Italian language. Touch and Go, by author and world traveller Nico Bignami, tells the story of a Chinese boy and an Italian Canadian civilian pilot living in China after the Tiananmen Square massacre. Delia De Santis takes a satirical look at reverse immigration and identity in her story The Last Frozen Dinner, and Ilona Martonfi borrows a line from Manzoni – but with a twist – in her poem I promessi Sposi.


Take a look at Accenti’s Book Section, compiled by Carolyne Van Der Meer. There are plenty of titles to choose from for spring and summer reading. And now that this winter’s record-breaking snow has melted, it is a good time to go outside and take in the sights and scents of spring. Enjoy!



Licia Canton 

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