In honor of Italian Heritage Month, Q Space will be hosting a hybrid project “Exposing Italian Roots: From Memoir to Metafiction” featuring Michael Mirolla and Anthony M. Graziano on Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 PM, 382 College Street, Toronto. This event incorporates a book launch, readings from both writers, a shared discussion and an interactive Q&A.
Born in Italy, and arriving in Canada at the age of five, Michael Mirolla calls himself a Montreal-Toronto corridor writer (because he spends so much time travelling between the two cities). In his latest collection of stories, The Giulio Metaphysics III, Mirolla explores the fluidity of identity and the power of the word. Mirolla will share how his Italian roots have morphed in his writing, becoming the basis for a metafictional examination of identity. Michael Mirolla’s publications include the novels The Ballad of Martin B, The Facility, Berlin and The Boarder; two short story collections, The Formal Logic of Emotion and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales; a bilingual Italian-English poetry collection, Interstellar Distances/Distanze Interstellari; and the poetry collection Light and Time. Awards for his writing include The Journey Prize Anthology; The Solange Karsh Medal; the Bressani Prize for Berlin; first prize, The Canadian Playwriting Competition; the Macmillan Prize in Creative Writing; and a Canada Council Arts Award. A new collection of poetry, The House on 14th Avenue, and a new short story collection, Lessons in Relationship Dyads, are forthcoming from Signature Editions and Red Hen Press respectively.
Anthony M. Graziano’s La bell’America: From La Rivoluzione to the Great Depression, An Italian Immigrant Family Remembered is a sweeping narrative with the style and flair of Barbara Tuchman. A lovingly crafted reminiscence detailed through a child’s eyes, this story of real people provides a fresh understanding of history, of the sociological changes due to the vast exodus from Europe of the last two centuries. Blending history and personal drama, La bell’America is a poignant message to readers in the 21st century. According to the author, “This is a book in celebration of immigrants. It speaks to us because we are all immigrants.”
“This is a delightful, passionate and memorable rendition of a familiar and glorious tale. As the son of immigrants who are very much like the Grazianos, I was especially moved. Thank you for telling our story.” —Governor Mario M. Cuomo
As we move from the past to the future with these Italian stories and storytellers, we realize the importance of identity as well as its fluidity.
Don’t miss out on this event and these amazing authors, as well as what is sure to be an incredible Q&A! Mark your calendars now!