Events

Our Voices: The Italian American Writers Association

When: May 26, 2022 — 7 p.m. EST

Where: Zoom Webinar (Register Here)

Join us in conversation with Italian American Writers Association’s Maria Lisella, Julia Lisella, and Jennifer Martelli, to discuss the group’s work and the impact it has on the Italian-American writing communities of New York and Boston.

I AM Books in partnership with NIAF presents “Our Voyage: Italian American Stories” — a 10-event series focusing on Italian American authors and literary themes.

These one-hour conversations are free and open to the public, but registration for the Zoom event is required:


Elisa Speranza: The Italian Prisoner

When: June 2, 2022 — 6:30 p.m. EST

Where: I AM Books – 124 Salem St., Boston MA 02113

The Italian Prisoner is an engrossing tale of wartime love, family secrets, and a young woman’s struggle to chart her own course at an inflection point in American history. This debut work of inspired by a true but little-known story involving Italian prisoners of war on the New Orleans home front during World War II.

This event is free and open to the public. However, due to seating limits, please register for this event by clicking below:


Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

When: June 9, 2022 — 7 p.m. EST

Where: Zoom Webinar (Register Here)

Join us in conversation with authors Bill Dal Cerro and David Witter, authors of “Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience”.

I AM Books in partnership with NIAF presents “Our Voyage: Italian American Stories” — a 10-event series focusing on Italian American authors and literary themes.

These one-hour conversations are free and open to the public, but registration for the Zoom event is required:


Carmen Marsico & Zafarán: Music from the Mediterranean

When: June 26, 2022 — 5 p.m. EST

Where: I AM Books, 124 Salem Street, Boston MA 02113 (Purchase Tickets Here)

Award winning Italian vocalist, songwriter and dancer Carmen Marsico hails from the mountainous and wild region of Basilicata. A dramatic landscape that also inhabits her heart and can be heard in her music. She has immersed herself in the traditions of the south of Italy and tirelessly dived deeper into research of the origin of sound. Together with the group she has created a new bold direction, a crossroad between the old and the new, between history and imagination. The group crosses time and boundaries, and incorporates traditions from all over the Mediterranean with a focus on the folk traditions of Basilicata as well as Gypsy migration patterns.

“Zafarán” comes from the word Arabs used to describe the ground down long red peppers, typically cultivated in some areas of Basilicata, into a powder. It was then adopted into the dialect in Basilicata to indicate this kind of pepper.