Winter 2009




Doing More with Less



To do more with less. That is the challenge today. These are dire times for the arts and culture scene, and especially for books and magazines. Still, as this issue of Accenti attests, Italian Canadian writers are prolific and the recipients of numerous awards. Nino Ricci, Darlene Madott, Donna Caruso, Antonio D’Alfonso and others are the authors of books that cause us to think and act, that lead to discussion and debate… that enrich our lives. In small and big ways − in books, magazine articles, and online postings − Italian Canadian writers bring recognition to our community and transform our world. Words – written, spoken or withheld – can be powerful!


Last November, writers gathered at the Frank Iacobucci Centre at the University of Toronto to take stock of their role. As Pasquale Verdicchio (President of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers) remarked, the objective was to gain a better understanding of the writer’s place and function within the greater Italian Canadian community and to assess his or her place within Canadian culture and writing in general. It would seem that Italian Canadian writing is in full bloom.

  Accenti FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK  Doing More with Less Licia Canton

“Words that Matter” is the theme of the 11th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, to be held from April 22 to 26, 2009 at the Delta Centre-Ville Hotel. The five-day event will focus on “words worth writing, works worth reading, writers worth quoting, texts worth teaching – all words that can make the world a better place.” Blue Met and the Italian Canadian community have worked well together over the years and Metropolis Azzurro, which showcases the writing of Italians and Italian Canadians, has grown from year to year. Staples of Metropolis Azzurro include events organized by the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, writers from Italy, launches, and more. Our own Accenti Magazine Awards – now in their fourth year at Blue Met – will be held on Friday, April 24th at 7:30. Also not to be missed at Blue Met 2009 is the inaugural Blue Metropolis Azzurro Literary Prize, which will recognize a writer of Italian heritage for his or her contribution to literature at the international level.


Reading matters! The magazines and books we read make a difference in our lives. And writing matters, particularly in our hi-tech age and its pervasive search for shortcuts to getting a message across (witness the mangled syntax of text messaging!).


Join us at the Accenti Magazine Awards to meet the winners of our writing and photo contests. Visit for details. For a complete program of the 11th Blue Metropolis Festival, visit



Licia Canton



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