Mary Bucci Bush has been invited to visit UCLA this February to lecture on her new book Sweet Hope, which is being taught in the Italian Studies department. Sweet Hope unleashes the little known story of Italians who came looking for a better life in La Terra Nuova and found hardship, misery and their own form of slavery instead. Check out the glowing review of her outstanding book in Publishers Weekly here.
Mary Bucci Bush received her M.A. and D.A. from the graduate program in creative writing at Syracuse University, where she worked with George P. Elliott and Raymond Carver. Her short story collection, A Place of Light, was published by Guernica in 2006. Her novel, Sweet Hope, about Italians and African Americans working together on a Mississippi Delta cotton plantation 1901-1906, was recently released with Guernica. She lives in Pasadena, California.