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JUNE

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

Thursday, August 3
6 p.m.
Mark Farina
Casey and the Flying Fortress

Mark Farina tells the story of his father-in-law, a WWII B-17 bomber pilot, and his crew–including two men from Boston.
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SEPTEMBER

Friday, September 9
6 p.m.
Michelle McPhee
Maximum Harm

Emmy-nominated investigative reporter and award-winning journalist Michele McPhee has spent two decades covering terrorism, murder, mobsters, and corruption for television, newspapers and radio. In “Maximum Harm,” she examines the Boston Marathon bombers’ roots in Dagestan and Chechnya, their struggle to assimilate in America, and their growing hatred of the United States—a deepening antagonism that would prompt federal prosecutors to dub Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “America’s worst nightmare.”

 

 

 

Thursday, September 14

6 p.m.

Richard Mancuso

The Good Don

In 1929, as the Great Depression hit and millions of Americans lost their jobs, Sal Mancuso dropped out of high school to support his family in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. His business savvy and determination led to the growth of a shadowy business that would make Sal the provider for dozens of families between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges and make him a superstar in the neighborhood. Most who knew Sal knew him as Honest Sal, and only decades later as an old man would he share his storied and surprising past with his son.

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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.

 

 

Friday, September 29
6 pm
Samuele Pardini talk and book signing

“In the Name of the Mother” examines the investment of black male writers and intellectuals in Italian immigrants and Italian Americans and the response of Italian American writers and artists to American blackness in the 20th century. Samuele Pardini links the African American literature under examination to the Mediterranean tradition of the Italian immigrants and read them both against the white intellectual discourse that defines modernism and transatlantic modernity in the West. This historically overlooked and, for the most part, critically unexamined encounter offers a hybrid, transnational model of modernity capable to produce democratic forms of aesthetics, social consciousness, and political economy. This volume emphasizes the racial “in-betweenness” of Italian Americans rearticulated as “invisible blackness,” a view that enlarges and complicated the color-base dimension of American racial discourse.

 

OCTOBER

Wednesday, October 11
6 pm – 2 pm
Crystal King

Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut, “Feast of Sorrow,” features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.

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NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 4
6 pm
Poetry Open mic featuring Louisa Calio

Details to follow.

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Saturday, November 11
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Tomie dePaola book signing

Join us and favorite children’s book author Tomie dePaola for a special book signing!
This event is free. A high turnout is expected, so please plan to come early.

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Thursday, November 16
6 p.m.
Let’s talk Abruzzo

A presentation by Linda Dini-Jenkins and Vicky Sirianni. The two Italian-American women will talk about how they decided to buy one, then two, apartments in Sulmona and how the region has stolen their hearts. They will talk about landscape, food, wine, traditions, tourist destinations, the people… and how being “adopted” by an Italian family there has changed their lives.
More details to follow.

 

 

Friday, November 17
6 p.m.
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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