Authors Michael Mirolla and Anthony M. Graziano will present readings from their books followed by audience-author discussion of Italian-American identity.
Anthony M. Graziano’s La bell’America: From La Rivoluzione to the Great Depression is a sweeping narrative with the style and flair of Barbara Tuchman, and a lovingly crafted reminiscence. In this picture of Europe’s 19th century and the massive immigration of Italians to America, Graziano writes of wars and conflicts, of popes and kings fighting the people’s demands for democratic government. When religion and royalty failed them, leaders created dictatorships and threw the world into bloody conflicts, killing hundreds of millions and destroying Europe. Caught up were the poor, powerless common people who became the immigrants, pushed from Europe and pulled to America. Their history is made alive through the author’s deeply personal account of his family’s immigration and
survival through the Great Depression.
Anthony M. Graziano, professor emeritus at the State University of New York, Buffalo, is the author of 17 books, 50 articles, and a dozen manuals and CDs on research methodology, childhood disorders, and many related topics. He also likes to cook Italian meals for family and friends. His family emigrated from Italy in the 1920s.
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 shaped 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.
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