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Brown Bag Lit Event Co-hosted with IAWA

Monday, January 8, 2024
ONLINE: 12:00 PM  1:00 PM EST

Giovanna Bellesia Contuzzi and Victoria Offredi Poletto will discuss translating My Language is a Jealous Lover by Adrián N. Bravi into English. They will read from the text and share their process of translating and working together on the project.

Register for free link here.

Order this and other Brown Bag Lit authors’ books here.

Cosponsored by Brown Bag Lit and IAWA – Italian American Writers Association.

IAWA New York Sagra Del Libro


   Jefferson Market Library in collaboration with IAWA – The Italian American Writers Association, is hosting a “Sagra Del Libro” (Italian-American Book Festival) on Saturday, December 9 from 2:30-4:30 pm at Jefferson Market Library,
425 Avenue of the Americas
is located near 9th Street in Greenwich Village.

   Admission is free to all. 

ALL WRITERS are invited to display and sell their published books or anthologies their work appears in at this event. Tables will be set up for the display of books and promotional materials, and authors will be available to speak with attendees and sign books.

   Lively presentations or readings by the authors will make for a fascinating afternoon of celebrating our Italian-American writers. Authors interested in joining this event should immediately email IAWA or contact Sagra del Libro to reserve a spot or for additional information.

 About IAWA: The Italian American Writers Association was founded in 1991 to promote Italian-American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian-American writing.

The Sagra Book Festival Committee is chaired by Kathy Curto, Maria Lisella and Christina Bruni.

We look forward to welcoming you to an enjoyable Italian-American cultural celebration.


IAWA New York Literary Series November 2023

Three Rules of IAWA: Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books

IAWA New York
@ Jefferson Market Library
425 6th Ave, near 9th St., 1st Floor
In the Willa Cather Room

IAWA Presents Thriller Authors from Connecticut:
Cynthia Herbert-Bruschi Adams and Pat Dunn aka T.M. Dunn
Saturday, November 18 @ 2:30 –4:30

Sign up for open mic in lobby.

Writer of mixed genre, Cynthia Herbert-Bruschi Adams’ The Red Toque, Love and Loss in the Time of Tito is a novel/biography of WWII told through the voice of her mother-in-law who came of age in Slovenia just prior to WWII. Adams is Professor Emerita from the University of Connecticut. Post UConn she began commercial writing and has since published a memoir and three Gothic New England horror novels. https.//

Patricia AKA T. M. Dunn is the author of the psychological thriller, Her Father’s Daughter (Crooked Lane Books, 2023.) Her other books include: Last Stop On the 6 (Bordighera Press, 2021) and Rebels By Accident (Sourcebooks, 2014). Dunn has served as Senior Director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and coaches aspiring and established writers and teaches creative writing workshops. She is one of the co-founders of Key to the Castle Workshop; co-host of the Westport Library’s podcast, Go Ahead, Write Something; and co-chair of programming for Sisters-in-Crime CT.

To join or renew your membership:

IAWA Boston Literary Series November 2023

3 rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

IAWA-Boston Presents

Linda Dini Jenkins & Gail Thomas
Saturday, November 18, 2023
6:00 – 8:00 pm EST at I AM BOOKS: 124 Salem Street, Boston

Arrive at 5:45 to sign up for the open mic

Linda Dini Jenkins is a poet and essayist. She is the author of Becoming Italian: Chapter and Verse from an Italian American Girl and Up at the Villa: Travels with My Husband. Her poetry has appeared in VIA, Ovunque Siamo, and Poeti italo-americani e italo-canadesi. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

Gail Thomas has published six books, most recently Leaving Paradise. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Among her awards are the Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press, the Narrative Poetry Prize from Naugatuck River Review, the Massachusetts Center for the Book’s “Must Read,” Quartet Journal’s Editor’s Choice Prize, and Seven Kitchen Press’s chapbook award.

Join or renew your IAWA membership here:

IAWA New York and Boston October Literary Series

IAWA in Two Cities

Saturday, October 21, 2023 & November 18, 2023

in New York and Boston

Saturday, Oct. 21

IAWA NEW YORK @ 2:30 PM – Journalists Tell Park Tales


Theresa Cometto is an Italian American journalist working for Corriere della Sera and is the author the recently translated Emma and the Angel of Central Park.

Stephanie Azzarone, author of Heaven on the Hudson: Mansions, Monuments, and Marvels of Riverside Park, a tale of a singular neighborhood and its personalities.

Upcoming Readings at Jefferson Market Library in New York:

Saturday, Nov. 18

Pat Dunne Last Stop on the 6

Cindy Adams The Red Toque: Love and Loss in the Time Of Tito

Saturday, Dec. 9_SPECIAL EVENT

Open Mic & Sagra del Libro … pre-Holiday Book Sale & Social … Promote Your Book

Saturday, Oct. 21



Edvige Giunta author of Writing with an Accent, Talking to the Girls: Intimate and Political Essays on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, edited with Mary Anne Trasciatti, received the 2023 Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Anthology in Feminist Studies in American and Popular Culture.

Kym Ragusa author of the memoir The Skin Between Us; the Italian translation of her memoir, La pelle che ci separa, won the John Fante Prize in 2009.

Upcoming Readings at I Am Books  in Boston:

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023

Gail Thomas, Trail of Roots

Linda Dini Jenkins, Becoming Italian: Chapter and Verse from an Italian American Girl and Up at the Villa: Travels with my Husband.

Thursday, November 30, 2023, Special Event:

Novelist Anthony Marra, author of Mercury Pictures Presents, reading from his new novel, and in conversation with Olivia Kate Cerrone, author of The Hunger Saint.

To renew or join IAWA, go to

IAWA New York Literary Series October 2023

Three Rules of IAWA:

Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books

IAWA New York

@ Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Ave, near 9th St., 1st Floor

Willa Cather Room

Journalists Tell Park Tales

Stephanie Azzarone & Maria Teresa Cometto & Open Mic

Saturday, October 21 @ 2:30–4:30 (sign-up in lobby)

Stephanie Azzarone is the author of Heaven on the Hudson: Mansions, Monuments, and Marvels of Riverside Park, a colorful tale of a singular neighborhood and the personalities who make it special. A native New Yorker who has lived on Riverside Drive most of her adult life, she has contributed to The New York Times and New York magazine, and ran an award-winning Manhattan public relations agency. She recently obtained her New York City Sightseeing License and is looking forward to further sharing her knowledge of the Riverside area through walking tours.

Maria Teresa Cometto is an Italian American journalist and author based in New York City. Born in Novara, Italy, she moved to New York in 2000. She has been working for almost 30 years for Italy’s leading newspaper, “Corriere della Sera” Her most recent book, Emma and the Angel of Central Park, was recently translated from Italian to English by Bordighera Press. She was awarded the title “Cavaliere (Knight) dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in 2017 for her activism in promoting Italian culture and language in America.


IAWA Boston Literary Series September 2023

3 rules of IAWA: Read Each Other, Write or Be Written, Buy Each Other’s Books!

IAWA-Boston Presents

Clay Ventre & Meghan Miraglia

Saturday, September 16, 2023


(arrive 5:45 to sign up for open mic!)

 To renew or become a member of IAWA, go to

Clay Ventre is the author of It’s Not Love Till Someone Loses an Eye, from Nixes Mate Press. His work has been included in Jubilat and elsewhere. He is the editor of Incessant Pipe Journal and the founder of the Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon. Ventre lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

Meghan Miraglia is a poet, educator, and eldest daughter with a penchant for talking with her hands. Managing Editor of Soundings East, Meghan’s work appears, or is set to appear in The Mom Egg Review, The Santa Clara Review, and others.


IAWA New York Literary Series September 2023

Three Rules of IAWA:

Read each other, Write or be written, Buy our books

 IAWA New York

@ Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Ave, near 9th St., 1st Floor

Willa Cather Room adjacent to Children’s Reading Room

(Please wait in lobby to enter room.)


Maria Mazziotti & Michael Palma & Open Mic

Saturday, September 9 @ 2:30 [sign up for Open in LOBBY]-4:30 pm

Maria Mazziotti Gillan has published 23 books including her latest book, When the Stars Were Visible (2021). Founder/Exec. Dir. of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and Professor Emerita in at Binghamton University, her accolades are vast: the American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us; a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts from the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem State Univ.; The Clara Lemlich Award; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers; and the George Garrett Award for Community Service in Literature from AWP.

Michael Palma is the author of the poetry collections A Fortune in GoldBegin in Gladness, and the forthcoming Local Colors, as well as Faithful in My Fashion: Essays on the Translation of Poetry. He has published twenty translations of modern Italian poetry, including prize-winning volumes of Guido Gozzano and Diego Valeri with Princeton University Press. His translation of the Inferno was published by Norton in 2002 and reissued as a Norton Critical Edition in 2007 and in the Norton Library series in 2021. His fully rhymed translation of the complete Divine Comedy will be published by Liveright in 2024.