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Two New Anthologies on the Internment of Italian-Canadians

Beyond Barbed Wire: Creative Works on the Internment of Italian-Canadians

An eclectic mix of readings about the internment of Italian-Canadians as well as musical/literary interludes by prominent local and out-of-town writers will take place during Books and Biscotti, Sunday, August 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dante Club, 1330 London Road (side entrance hall) in Sarnia.

Guest readers include: well-known Italian Canadian writers/editors Jim Zucchero, Delia De Santis and Venera Fazio from London and Bright’s Grove; and from Sarnia, award-winning poets Norma West Linder and James Deahl, former Sarnia-Lambton MPP Caroline Di Cocco and emerging singer-songwriter Elena Feick.

Six books are expected to be launched in this free community presentation hosted by the Dante Club in conjunction with the Italo-Canadian Cultural Club/Laziali di Sarnia and the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW).

Two of the books Behind Barbed Wire: Creative Works of the Internment of Italian-Canadians and Beyond Barbed Wire: Essays on the Internment of Italian-Canadians (Guernica Editions) are historically significant and are receiving national attention.

Fazio said that in these books “Italian Canadians reclaim a painful and unjust event in history, an event Italian Canadians and Canadians in general have up to now been silent about. Together the two books document the event and give voice to those who suffered.”

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