Book Reviews

Book review: The Bastard of Saint Genevra by Diane Gallagher

Book review: The Bastard of Saint Genevra by Diane Gallagher

by the Rev. Dawn Braithwaite, MDiv Dawn Braithwaite is the community leader at the Cowichan Centre for Peaceful Community and manages the not-for-profit Global Initiatives Fair Trade Store.  An activist and a feminist, she is a world traveller and an avid reader. *   *   *   *   * The Bastard of Saint Genevra is a story […]

Review of Capuana’s Sicilian Tales Translated by Buscemi

Review of Capuana’s Sicilian Tales Translated by Buscemi

This is Diana Belchase doing a video review of Santi Buscemi’s translation of Luigi Capuana’s Sicilian Tales. Sicilian Tales is Santi Buscemi’s translation of Luigi Capuana C’er una volta. A bilingual edition with an introduction to Sicilian literature, it contains 20 fairy tales written for children in the Capuana family. Buscemi claims “this collection is […]

The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue

The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue

Jennifer Pulling’s story is far from the usual tale of romance and renovation, laced with amusing anecdotes about restoring a local palazzo. In her book, The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue, the journalist and author relates how she decided to undertake the more heart-rending task of trying to improve the welfare of Taormina’s cat population. With […]

Giovanni Meli: A Poet Remembered

Giovanni Meli: A Poet Remembered

By Gaetano Cipolla Professor Emeritus, St John’s University President and Editor of Arba Sicula   2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Meli, Sicily’s most celebrated poet, who died of pneumonia on December 20, 1815. Prof. Giovanni Ruffino, director of the Centro di Studi Filologici e Linguistici Siciliani, in collaboration with Sicily’s […]

Reading the Feminine: Women Writers in Sicily

Reading the Feminine: Women Writers in Sicily

In the course of researching the works of authors concerned with matters Sicilian, be they foreigners or native-born and bred, we are constantly dismayed at the ratio between men and women. Readers will not need telling in whose favour that ratio falls. As we’re not only talking about islanders, but the literary world as a […]

The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife

The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife

So how on earth does a high-flying business consultant in London ended up living in a small fishing village in the provinces of Palermo? Veronica Di Grigoli’s book The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife takes us on her own personal odyssey, navigating through many monstrosities, perils and everyday adventures along the way. The […]

The Sicilian Wife

The Sicilian Wife

Caterina Edwards’ novel The Sicilian Wife (Linda Leith Publishers, Westmount, Canada, 2015) is a clever interpretation of the Mafia noir genre, a great page turner which manages to evoke a refreshingly authentic portrait of contemporary Sicily. Edwards, a skillful storyteller delicately weaves together the stories and lives of two forthright Italian women, Fulvia the daughter of […]

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