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DECEMBER
Friday, December 1
6 to 11 p.m.
North End Holiday Stroll
Kick off your holiday season in style at the 11th Annual North End Holiday Stroll. Celebrate the holidays and shop local this season while exploring the festively decorated streets of Boston’s Little Italy! Come shop, sip, snack and stroll as you enjoy exclusive holiday cheer at the North End’s finest independently-owned fashion, gift, home, food and wine shops.
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Saturday, December 2
10:30 a.m.
I Piccoli Lettori

Join I AM Books for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (0-4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.

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Saturday, December 2
6 p.m.
Helene Stapinski

A writer goes deep into the heart of Italy to unravel a century-old family mystery in this spellbinding memoir that blends the suspenseful twists of Making a Murderer and the emotional insight of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels.

Helene Stapinski is the author of Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, the basis of an upcoming documentary for which she was a writer and producer, and Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair with Music. She has written extensively for the New York Times and New York Magazine as well as Salon, Travel & Leisure and many other publications. She has also appeared on NPR, was a featured performer with The Moth, and teaches writing at Fordham University.

(author photo: Lisa Bauso)

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Friday, December 8
6 p.m.

Anthony LoFrisco

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Saturday, December 9
Literary Reading and Open Mic with the Italiana American Writers Association
6 p.m.

IAWA in Boston at I AM Books
Open Mic (sign ups at 5:45)
followed by Featured Readers:
Laurette Viteritti-Folk
Vincent Panella
Hosted by Julia Lisella

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Saturday, December 16
10:30 a.m.
I Piccoli Lettori

Join I AM Books for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (0-4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.

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JANUARY 2018

Saturday, January 6
10:30 a.m.
I Piccoli Lettori

Join I AM Books for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (0-4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.

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Saturday, January 20
10:30 a.m.
I Piccoli Lettori

Join I AM Books for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (0-4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.

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Saturday, January 20
6 p.m.
Joyce Poggi Hager – Jimmy and Me
A shy young girl feels isolated when she becomes caregiver to her older brother who is intellectually disabled. In her adult years, she’s forced to deal with the resentment of a lost youth only to return to the role of her brother’s keeper and face more challenges. In the process, she sees the lifelong responsibility in a new light, and finds joy and gratitude in a loving relationship with her brother.

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Saturday, January 27
5 p.m.
Carnevale through Commedia dell’Arte

Pazzi Lazzi’s Chiara Durazzini and Dan Meyers join forces for a unique Carnevale-inspired presentation featuring Commedia dell’Arte masks and Renaissance-period music. The event is family-friendly. Tickets $7-10.

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FEBRUARY 2018
Saturday, February 10
10:30 a.m.
I Piccoli Lettori

Join I AM Books for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (0-4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.

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Saturday, February 17
Literary Reading and Open Mic with the Italiana American Writers Association
6 p.m.

IAWA in Boston!

IAWA presents…
A literary reading and open mic beginning at 6 p.m.
(sign ups at 5:45)

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Saturday, February 24
6 P.m.
Roseanne Montillo – Fire on the Track

When Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was participating in what was only her fourth-ever organized track meet. She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world. This improbable athletic phenom was an ordinary high school student, discovered running for a train in rural Illinois mere months before her Olympic debut. Amsterdam made her a star.

But at the top of her game, her career (and life) almost came to a tragic end when a plane she and her cousin were piloting crashed. So dire was Betty’s condition that she was taken to the local morgue; only upon the undertaker’s inspection was it determined she was still breathing. Betty, once a natural runner who always coasted to victory, soon found herself fighting to walk.

While Betty was recovering, the other women of Track and Field were given the chance to shine in the Los Angeles Games, building on Betty’s pioneering role as the first female Olympic champion in the sport. These athletes became more visible and more accepted, as stars like Babe Didrikson and Stella Walsh showed the world what women could do. And—miraculously—through grit and countless hours of training, Betty earned her way onto the 1936 Olympic team, again locking her sights on gold as she and her American teammates went up against the German favorites in Hitler’s Berlin.

Told in vivid detail with novelistic flair, Fire on the Track is an unforgettable portrait of these trailblazers in action.

 

 

Saturday, February 24
10:30 a.m.
I Piccoli Lettori

Join I AM Books for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (0-4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.

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MARCH 2018
March 10
6 p.m.
Curt DiCamillo – Villa Astor, Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast

William Waldorf Astor was one of those rare beings who passed into legend during his own lifetime. The richest man in the world by the early 20th century, he was a great grandson of Johann Jakob Astor, the illiterate German butcher’s son who immigrated to New York in 1783, founded the famous Astor dynasty, and became the first American multi-millionaire.

William Waldorf Astor was not the rough-and-tumble scrapper that his great grandfather had been. He was a sensitive and cultured man who immersed himself in art, architecture, and literature. In the process, he created some of the finest houses, gardens, and collections in the world (and founded the legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York). This richly illustrated lecture will feature Astor’s most magnificent houses, from his English country estates – Hever Castle in Kent, the ancestral home of Anne Boleyn, and Cliveden House, the magnificent Thames-side palace of dukes and princes – to his stunning London home, Astor House.

But, possibly the house that meant the most to this American expat was his sublime villa on the Amalfi Coast. Dominating the Bay of Naples in the charming town of Sorrento, with spectacular views of Mount Vesuvius, Villa Astor is an Italian landmark with a rich history dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. Astor fell in love with Italy during his tenure as American ambassador in Rome and it remained the abiding passion for the remainder of his life. He purchased the villa that now bears his name and turned it into a paradise of art, beauty, architecture, and exquisite gardens. Even in his English houses, Italy was never far away: his gardens were redolent of Rome, while his collections were filled with ancient Roman art.

This lecture will trace the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most enigmatic tycoons and the splendid houses, art collections, and gardens he created, all featured in Curt DiCamillo’s 2017 book, Villa Astor: Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast.

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Thursday, March 29
6 p.m.
New Italian Migrations

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APRIL 2018

Saturday, April 21
Literary Reading and Open Mic with the Italiana American Writers Association
6 p.m.

IAWA in Boston!

IAWA presents…
A literary reading and open mic beginning at 6 p.m.
(sign ups at 5:45)

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MAY 2018

Saturday, May 26
6 p.m.
Annie Lanzillotto reading and signing

Author, singer/songwriter, poet and Lambda Literary Award finalist Annie Lanzillotto (L is for Lion) presents her latest book from Guernica Editions.

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POSTPONED
Joseph Sciorra talk and book signing

Joseph Sciorra’s Built with Faith offers a place-centric, ethnographic study of the religious material culture of New York City’s Italian American Catholics. Sciorra spent thirty-five years researching these community art forms and interviewing Italian immigrant and U.S.-born Catholics. By documenting the folklife of this group, Sciorra reveals how Italian Americans in the city use expressive culture and religious practices to transform everyday urban space into unique, communal sites of ethnically infused religiosity.

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PAST EVENTS

I Piccoli Lettori - Italian children's book reading

I Piccoli Lettori: Italian Children’s Book Reading Club

Carmela Favorito (Carmela's Story) - Jan. 9, 2016)

Carmela Favorito: “Carmela’s Story” – January 9, 2016

Valeria Petrone (Red Truck) - Jan. 3, 2016

Valeria Petrone: “Red Truck” – January 3, 2016

Mary Ann Esposito (Ciao Italia Family Classics) - Dec. 12, 2015

Mary Ann Esposito: “Ciao Italia Family Classics” – December 12, 2015

Tomie dePaola (Strega Nona) - Dec. 6, 2015

Tomie dePaola: “Strega Nona” – December 6, 2015