MAY 2018
Saturday, May 26
6 p.m.
Gian Faraone in concert

Incorporating the signature sounds of the great voices from the big band era combined with the romantic style from his Latino-Italian roots, Gian Faraone delivers a heartfelt modern throwback to the timeless classics.

Born and raised in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, the talented and charismatic crooner moved to the U.S. at the age of 21 (2008) after winning a scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. A multi-cultural upbringing and fluency in three languages (Spanish, English and Italian) has given Faraone a continental appeal. After graduating from Berklee, Faraone has performed for numerous well-respected audiences, including performances for the Governor of Massachusetts, the Mayor of Boston at the annual gala “We Are Boston”, “The Boston Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony” for two consecutive years, The City Hall Plaza Concert Series, The Boston Symphony Hall, The Berklee Performance Center, The New York Friars Club, Birdland Jazz Club, among other important venues in The U.S. In his native land, Faraone has performed to sold-out crowds all across the nation. His latest tour titled “Dear Sinatra”, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela which celebrated Sinatra’s centennial, broke records of attendance in every city.

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EVENT POSTPONED
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.

 

Sunday, May 27
3:30 p.m.
LeggiAMO Insieme
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.

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June 2018
Saturday, June 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, June 2
4 p.m.
Double author event celebrating two Italian American communities.

Anthony Riccio – From Italy to the North End
Taken together, the photographs in From Italy to the North End document the arc of the Italian American experience on both sides of the Atlantic. Even as they forged new identities and new communities in the United States, Italian American immigrants kept many of their Old World traditions alive in their New World enclaves. Although elevators have replaced walkups and fancy Italian restaurants and upscale boutiques have replaced mom-and-pop storefronts, the “old neighborhood” and its Italian village roots survive in these photographs of la vita di quotidianità.

Stephanie Longo – Italians in Lackawanna County
Boasting one of the nation’s largest and most diverse Italian American populations, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, joins old and new with events such as La Corsa dei Ceri or St. Ubaldo Day in Jessup and La Festa Italiana on Scranton’s Courthouse Square. Every town in the county with an Italian population has its own story. Whether the people can trace their origins to Guardia or Gubbio, Felitto or Perugia, the Italians of Lackawanna County all share one thing in common: a strong sense of pride in their ethnic origins. In Images of Modern America: Italians of Lackawanna County, readers will find familiar images of summertime traditions, as well as new representations of how the region’s Italian community seeks to preserve its heritage.
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Saturday, June 9
6 p.m.
Maria Terrone and Marisa Frasca

Marisa Frasca is a bilingual poet, translator, book reviewer and the author of Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom. Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, among them: The Stillwater Review; Italian Americana: Cultural and Historical Review; The Red Wheelbarrow, Voices in Italian Americana, Embroidered Stories from the Italian Diaspora; No Distance Between Us; Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women; The Journal of Italian Translation. Frasca serves on the Executive Board of Arba Sicula, an organization dedicated to preserving and disseminating the Sicilian language and Sicilian folklore. She holds a BA in creative writing from The New School and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Born in Vittoria, Italy, Frasca resides in Manhasset, New York.

Maria Terrone, poetry editor of the journal Italian Americana, is the author of the poetry collections Eye to Eye (Bordighera Press, 2014); A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Prize, Ashland Poetry Press); The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works), and a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2. Her work, which has been published in French and Farsi and nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, Poetry Daily, and in more than 25 anthologies. At Home in the New World, her first book of creative nonfiction, will appear from Bordighera Press this fall and will include essays published in Green Mountains Review, Witness, Briar Cliff Review, The Common, Potomac Review and other journals. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. www.mariaterrone.com

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Saturday, June 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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Saturday, June 16
6 p.m.
Andrea L. Dottolo and Carol Dottolo
Italian American Women, Food and Identity

This mother-daughter research team explores how Italian American working-class women from Syracuse, New York, use food as a symbol and vehicle which carries multiple meanings. In these narratives, food represents home, loss, and longing. Food also stands in for race, class, gender, sexuality, immigration, region, place, and space. The authors highlight how food is about family and tradition, as well as choice and change. These women’s narratives reveal that food is related to celebration, love, power, and shame. As this study centers on the intergenerational transmission of culture, the authors’ relationship mirrors these questions as they contend with their similar and disparate experiences and relationships with Italian American identity and food. The authors use the “recipe” as a conversational bridge to elicit narratives about identity and the self. They also encourage readers to listen closely to the stories at their own tables to consider how recipes and food are a way for us to claim who we are, who we think we are, who we want to be, and who we are not.

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Friday, June 22
6 p.m.
Lorenzo Petruzziello
The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy

Alex recently moved to Italy for an opportunity at a PR firm in Rome. His first client is the beautiful Danish chef Pernille Bjørn, a popular model, TV personality, and cookbook author just entering the booming televised cooking show market in Italy.

Alex’s single minded-career focus is soon thwarted by Emily, an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t heard from in almost a decade.

Italy’s modern culture and enchanting sights set the backdrop to this Rome-antic comedy.

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Sunday, June 24
4 p.m.
Newpoli: An Acoustic Evening

Boston-based Newpoli returns to I AM Books for an intimate acoustic set that will showcase some of the group’s new material, along with some fan favorites from albums such as Tempo Antico.

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Saturday, June 30
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, June 30
Literary Reading and Open Mic with the Italian 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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September 2018
Saturday, September 22
6 p.m.
Paola Bidinelli – bilingual book presentation
With poet Ani Gijka and flutist Elaine Huff
Muta Celeste

Italian author Paola Bidinelli presents her latest novel, Muta Celeste, with readings in Italian and in English. Reading in English by poet Ani Gijka, with musical accompaniment by flutist Elaine Huff.

Muta Celeste è una lunga pagina di diario. L’autrice, Costanza, protagonista delle vicende narrate, racconta la storia vera di una bambina abbandonata all’età di cinque anni dai suoi genitori e affidata alle cure degli zii adottivi. Celeste registra questa decisione come una punizione per lei e cresce alimentando dentro di sé un lacerante senso di colpa. Di lì a poco mostrerà i primi segni di carenza affettiva chiudendosi sempre più in se stessa fino a diventare autistica. La famiglia, di stampo borghese, vive questo disagio con forte senso di imbarazzo e Celeste viene internata in una clinica per malati di mente, dove ormai tredicenne le cure si rivelano inefficaci. Finisce per chiudersi nel mutismo assoluto. Costanza, che ha conosciuto Celeste quando entrambe avevano sei anni, ormai adulta e nel tentativo di ritrovarla e di recuperarla alla vita, dopo varie vicissitudini prima fra tutte il dissenso della famiglia, riesce a scoprire dove si trova e ad arrivare a lei. Una storia di silenzi, di nostalgie, di straordinaria amicizia.

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October 2018
Saturday, October 13
6 p.m.
Joseph Sciorra
Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City

Over the course of 130 years, Italian American Catholics in New York City have developed a varied repertoire of devotional art and architecture to create community-based sacred spaces in their homes and neighborhoods. These spaces exist outside of but in relationship to the consecrated halls of local parishes and are sites of worship in conventionally secular locations. Such ethnic building traditions and urban ethnic landscapes have long been neglected by all but a few scholars. 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. The folk aesthetics practiced by individuals within their communities are integral to understanding how art is conceptualized, implemented, and esteemed outside of museum and gallery walls. Yard shrines, sidewalk altars, Nativity presepi, Christmas house displays, a stone-studded grotto, and neighborhood processions-often dismissed as kitsch or prized as folk art-all provide examples of the vibrant and varied ways contemporary Italian Americans use material culture, architecture, and public ceremonial display to shape the city’s religious and cultural landscapes. Written in an accessible style that will appeal to general readers and scholars alike, Sciorra’s unique study contributes to our understanding of how value and meaning are reproduced at the confluences of everyday life.

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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