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APRIL

Thursday, April 27
6 p.m.
Olivia Kate Cerrone
The Hunger Saint
The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press 2017) is a historical novella about a young boy’s survival from the sulfur mines of rural Sicily. Set in post WWII-era Italy, this book reflects upon the religious, cultural, social and economic factors that helped normalize the practice of child labor abuse in Italy. The carusi, the child-aged sulfur miners of Sicily, were documented as working as young as six years old. The Hunger Saint draws from years of historical research, along with the oral histories of former miners living in Sicily today.

Olivia Kate Cerrone’s Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Crab Orchard Review’s Jack Dyer Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, xoJane, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, where she was awarded a “Distinguished Fellowship” from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches writing at Suffolk University.
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Friday, April 28
6 p.m.
Francesca Montillo
The Lazy Italian

Francesca Montillo is a native Italian and culinary instructor living in Boston, though she travels back to Italy on a regular basis. She is the founder and owner of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, which offers culinary adventure weeks to Italy as well as private cooking classes and team building culinary events around Boston. Her business allows her to blend her favorite things: Italian travels and cooking.

During the event, Francesca will be presenting a traditional Italian Easter dessert and sharing her own recipe!
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Saturday, April 29
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Chilren’s Workshop
Il Mio Quaderno (My Notebook)
Join Jenny and Francesca of Ogopogo for a fun and engaging children’s workshop, during which children will put together their own colorful and creative notebook.

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Saturday, April 29
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fred Grandinetti
Drawing with Fred – Braccio di Ferro / Popeye

Since 1983, Fred Grandinetti has written about Popeye in books, newspapers, magazines and web sites. He is the host/writer and producer of the award-winning family series Drawing With Fred. The program can be seen on various cable access television stations and celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017.

Join Fred as he talks about the history of Popeye in the United States and Italy where he is known as “Braccio Di Ferro”. He will draw Popeye cartoons for those in attendance. Also watch a special episode of Drawing With Fred featuring Popeye films in Italian. Co-owner of I AM Books, Nicola Orichuia, appears as a cartoon character in this broadcast.

Braccio Di Ferro (Popeye) books will be available for purchase.
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Saturday, April 29
6 p.m.
Les Sampou Quartet
An evocative American Songbook
On April 29, Boston-based Les Sampou Quartet will present an evocative set of American Songbook vocal favorites in the style of such legendaries as Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall, rollicking Blues from the early and mid-1900s, and also feature jazz instrumentals performed by the highly-talented musicians joining together for this very special show. On drums is Davide Lo Cascio, a graduate in Jazz studies of the Conservatory of Ferrara, Italy. Davide, a much sought after session player, has studied with Jazz masters Steve Wilkes, Jeff Ballard, Kenwood Dennard and Billy Kilson. Davide has toured internationally and has tracked on numerous recording projects. He is presently an Assistant Professor for Drums & Ensembles at Berklee College of Music clinics Italy. On keyboards/piano is Hayoung Lyou. Hayoung is a Boston-based pianist who is an alum of Berklee College of Music and presently doing graduated study at New England Conservatory in Jazz and World music. On bass: Soso Gelovani currently studies at Berklee College of Music where he has received the Most Improved Bassist Award. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Soso was surrounded by rich Georgian folk music since childhood. Gelovani studied classical piano began gigging at 18 and continues to perform internationally. He is a versatile musician performing jazz, funk, reggae, electronic to contemporary classical. Les Sampou, on vocals, is an international touring, Rounder Records recording artist from Boston. Les has produced six albums of original material, is presently songwriting for TV/Film, and performs select shows with her Jazz/Blues band.
This is a ticketed event ($15). Reserve your tickets by clicking here.

 

Sunday, April 30
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Primarie Pd di Boston
Boston Primary for the (Italian) Democratic Party

Potranno votare tutti i cittadini italiani muniti di documento di identità italiano valido. I candidati alla carica di Segretario nazionale del Partito democratico sono: Matteo Renzi, Andrea Orlando e Michele Emiliano. Più informazione.

All Italian citizens with valid Italian identity documents can vote. The nominees are Matteo Renzi, Andrea Orlando and Michele Emiliano.

 

MAY

Friday, May 5
6 p.m.
Jane Healey
The Saturday Evening Girls Club

Boston-based author Jane Healey joins I AM Books to present her newly published novel “The Saturday Evening Girls Club,” based on a true story…

For the young women living in Boston’s North End in 1908, the Saturday Evening Girls Club is an escape from the drudgery of daily life. For Caprice, Ada, Maria and Thea, it’s the one time each week the friends can be together. They support each other’s dreams and help each other navigate romances and family clashes, cultural prejudices, loss and heartbreak. Through it all one thing is certain – they could not get through it all without their friendship, and the Saturday Evening Girls Club.
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Sunday, May 7
2 p.m.
Opera Talk Italy
Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida

Opera Talk Italy – Sabrina Ellis introduces her new company and provides an entertaining and informative talk on Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, “Aida.”
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Thursday, May 11
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
NEMPAC Shakespeare Workshop:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Do you like Shakespeare, but sometimes wish you had a viewing guide? Want to understand the play better as you watch it, and to join fellow adults for a fun evening of catered snacks and Shakespearean insight? Join NEMPAC to enjoy refreshments and camaraderie with fellow theatre-goers while board member Doug Bowen-Flynn provides insights about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, soon to be performed in Boston by Actors’ Shakespeare Project from May 10 – June 4, Boston’s professional Shakespearean theatre company. Appetizers will be catered by Manda & Me

This is a ticketed event ($30). Reserve your ticket by clicking here.

This event is presented by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center as part of its ongoing lecture series on Shakespearean plays.

CANCELED
Thursday, May 11
6 p.m.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
All That Lies Between Us

 

 

Friday, May 12
6 p.m.
Marianne Leone
Ma Speaks Up

Marianne Leone’s Ma is in many senses a larger than life character, one who might be capable, even from the afterlife, of shattering expectations (and glass picture frames). Born on a farm in Italy (or, perhaps, in rural Massachusetts), Linda finds her way to the US under dark circumstances, having escaped a forced marriage to a much older man (a hunchback?), and marrying a good Italian boy (but not in the church). She never has full command of English, especially when questioned by authorities, and when she is suddenly widowed with three young children, she has few options. To her daughter’s horror and misery, she becomes (though briefly), the school lunch lady.
Ma Speaks Up is a record of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, with the wrong family, in the wrong religion. Though Marianne’s girlhood is flooded with shame, it’s equally packed with adventure, love, great cooking, and above all humor. The extremely premature birth of Marianne’s beloved son, Jesse, bonds mother and daughter in ways she couldn’t have imagined. The stories she tells will speak to anyone who has struggled with outsider status in any form, and of course to mothers and their blemished, cherished, girls.
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Saturday, May 13
10 a.m.
Stephen Puleo
American Treasures
Author Stephen Puleo presents his latest book, “American Treasures,” at the North Street Bennett School.
This event is presented by the Friends of the North End Library, in collaboration with the North Street Bennett School and I AM Books. More details here.

Friday, May 19
6 p.m.
Sean Stellato
No Backing Down
No Backing Down is the true story of the 1994 Salem High school football team, which was composed of players from the most challenged personal circumstances. The book sheds a rebirth of the Witch Trial hysteria of 300 years past and recaps miracle victories in the face of the obstacles of a Halloween Day teacher’s strike and a superintendent publicly declaring their coach to be equal to cult leaders Jim Jones of the Guyana mass suicide and David Koresh of the Waco Texas massacre.

With a foreword by Doug Flutie and endorsements by Evander Holyfield, Mike Eruzione, Mike Ditka, Mark Bavaro, Adam Schefter and Sports Illustrated.
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Saturday, May 20
I Piccoli Lettori
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Children’s reading group in Italian (ages 0-4)

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.

leggiamo_insiemeSunday, May 21
3:30 p.m.
LeggiAMO Insieme
Children’s reading group in Italian (ages 4-7)
The volunteer group Nati per Leggere of Greater Boston, in collaboration with I AM Books presents LeggiAMO Insieme, full immersion Italian story time and play. For children 4-7 and their parents. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 21
5 p.m.
Newtalians

Boston-based band Newtalians is coming to I AM Books with its fresh interpretation of Italian classics, including songs by Pino Donaggio, Mina, Gino Paoli, Matia Bazar, Giorgia and more. Be ready for some jazz, funk and ska!

This is a ticketed event ($5). Reserve your tickets by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 24
6 p.m.
John Gennari
Flavor and Soul – Italian American and its African American Edge

In the United States, African American and Italian cultures have been intertwined for more than a hundred years. From as early as nineteenth-century African American opera star Thomas Bowers—“The Colored Mario”—all the way to hip-hop entrepreneur Puff Daddy dubbing himself “the Black Sinatra,” the affinity between black and Italian cultures runs deep and wide. Once you start looking, you’ll find these connections everywhere. Sinatra croons bel canto over the limousine swing of the Count Basie band. Snoop Dogg deftly tosses off the line “I’m Lucky Luciano ’bout to sing soprano.” Like the Brooklyn pizzeria and candy store in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever, or the basketball sidelines where Italian American coaches Rick Pitino and John Calipari mix it up with their African American players, black/Italian connections are a thing to behold—and to investigate.

In Flavor and Soul, John Gennari spotlights this affinity, calling it “the edge”—now smooth, sometimes serrated—between Italian American and African American culture. He argues that the edge is a space of mutual emulation and suspicion, a joyous cultural meeting sometimes darkened by violent collision. Through studies of music and sound, film and media, sports and foodways, Gennari shows how an Afro-Italian sensibility has nourished and vitalized American culture writ large, even as Italian Americans and African Americans have fought each other for urban space, recognition of overlapping histories of suffering and exclusion, and political and personal rispetto.
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JUNE

 

Saturday, June 3
I Piccoli Lettori
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Children’s reading group in Italian (ages 0-4)

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.

Wednesday, June 7
6 p.m.
Katherine Wilson
The Mother-in-Law Cure – Learning to Live and Eat in an Italian Family

Full of lighthearted humor, sumptuous food, the wisdom of an Italian mother-in-law, and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, this warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad. Thanks to a surprising romance—and a spirited woman who teaches her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love—a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean.

In this warmly funny and spirited memoir, American-born Katherine Wilson arrives in Naples, Italy, for an internship at the U.S. Consulate. One evening, she meets handsome Salvatore and finds herself immediately enveloped by his elegant mother, Raffaella, and the rest of the Avallone family. From that moment, Katherine’s education begins: Never eat the crust of a pizza first, always stand up and fight for yourself and your loved ones, and consider mealtimes sacred—food must be prepared fresh and consumed in compagnia. Unexpectedly falling for Salvatore, and captivated by Raffaella’s companionship and guidance, Katherine discovers how to prepare meals that sing—from hearty, thick ragù to comforting pasta al forno. Through courtship, culture clashes, marriage, and motherhood, Katherine comes to appreciate carnale, the quintessentially Neapolitan sense of comfort and confidence in one’s own skin. The Mother-in-Law Cure is a sumptuous story that is a feast for the senses. Goethe said, “See Naples and die.” But Katherine Wilson saw Naples and started to live.
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Friday, June 9
6 p.m.
Newpoli
Newpoli performs Tempo Antico
NEWPOLI is a group of exceptionally talented musicians who specialize in Southern Italian Folk Music, mainly from the regions of Campania and Puglia.
Their 2013 album Tempo Antico introduced audiences in the United States to the ancient melodies and harmonies of southern Italy and the group has since become one of the most sought performers of traditional Italian folk music.
This is a ticketed event ($15). Reserve your tickets by clicking here.
Thursday, June 29
6 p.m.
Diana Pishner Walker – Book presentation and signing

Diana as a first time author shared her non-fiction book ” I Don’t Want To Sit In The Front Row Anymore”, written as a memoir after the loss of both of her parents Anna and Louis Pishner within 7 months of each other.
She was a presenter at the Author’s Forum during the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, participated in JUMPSTART, and was included in a book signing at the Monongahfest with other WV writers along with many other book signings in Harrison and Marion County.
She recently participated in a Book Signing with other WV writers at the Arts and Antiques Marketplace in downtown Fairmont, WV.
Diana recently released “Spaghetti and Meatballs: Growing up Italian” and “Hopping to America.” “Spaghetti and Meatballs” is a children’s book about her childhood. The book is illustrated by Ashely Teets and being published by Headline books.
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JULY

Saturday, July 15
I Piccoli Lettori
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Children’s reading group in Italian (ages 0-4)

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.

Saturday, July 29
I Piccoli Lettori
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Children’s reading group in Italian (ages 0-4)

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.

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

Monday, September 18
6 p.m.
Cettina Donato Quartet
Persistency

Cettina has been performing as arranger, composer and conductor for several symphony and jazz orchestras including the Bari Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, The New Talents Jazz Orchestra, the Messina Symphony Orchestra, the Late Night Jazz Orchestra and many others. She wrote hundreds of arrangements in a wide range of music (jazz, classical, pop). Cettina’s arrangements have been played, and still are, by jazz and classical orchestras featuring some of the finest jazz players such Stefano Di Battista and Fabrizio Bosso just to mention a couple. In the United States of America Cettina founded her own Orchestra called Cettina Donato Orchestra, based in Boston and featuring musicians from all over the world.

This event is part of Sounds of Italy’s Allegro Concert Series, in collaboration with I AM Books.
This is a ticketed event ($15). Reserve your tickets by clicking here.

PAST EVENTS

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

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