People

Meet the Author: Janice Therese Mancuso

June 2019 |
Francesca Mignosa (FM): Your last name, Mancuso, is traditionally a Sicilian last name. Your father was originally from Trapani in Sicily and your maternal grandfather from the Napoli area. How did your Southern Italian origins influence your...

About the Author: Elena Ferrante

June 2019 |
I would like to begin with a confession. Last November, when I started watching the HBO series, “My Brilliant Friend,” I knew nothing about Elena Ferrante. The series seemed nothing more than a story of two girls growing up in Napoli. Then I...

From Sauce Man to Ambassador (…ok, I’m still the Sauce Man!)

June 2019 |
As I reminisce over the recent past, I never would have thought the relationships with our family in Italy would had ever been created, let alone be this strong. To discover where my grandmother was born and raised and where my great-grandparents...

June Birthdays

June 2019 |
As summer approaches, birthday celebrations for some of our favorite Italians are underway as well. American actress Leah Remini, who’s father hails from Sicily, celebrates her birthday on June 15. She is best known for her role as Carrie on “The...

First Generation Italian Greats Refused to Follow Their Fathers' Footsteps

May 2019 |
I primi anni del 1900 hanno visto l’America aprire le porte ad immigrati provenienti da molte parti dell’Europa e dell’Asia, che arrivavano condividendo il sogno comune di un’opportunità per migliorare le impossibili condizioni di vita lasciatesi...

May Birthdays

May 2019 |
Another month to celebrate historical figures both past and present, May is a chance to honor important influences of the Italian culture. Niccoló Machiavelli, born May 3, 1469 in Florence, was an Italian historian, diplomat, philosopher, humanist,...

Umberto Eco

May 2019 |
Literature, as is the case with all forms of art, evolves. At times it is more of a revolution than an evolution where the old rules are completely cast aside for more unconventional forms of expression. In the world of literature, we can see this...

April Birthdays

April 2019 |
As we celebrate the arrival of spring, we also celebrate the birthdays of well-known Italians and Italian Americans. Perhaps the most famous of those born in April is Leonard da Vinci; the multi-talented Italian was born on April 15. Christopher...

Meet the Author: William Giovinazzo of "Italianitá: The Essence of Being Italian and Italian-American"

April 2019 |
In “Italianitá,” William (Bill) Giovinazzo explores the culture and history of Italians and Italian Americans – from the time when the Greeks colonized Italy to the influx of Italian immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries to John Travolta...
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