Literary Nonfiction. THE ART OF READING ITALIAN AMERICANA is a celebration of the "Art of Reading," in which the reader and writer engage in dialogue. This book covers the ten-year period since Fred Gardaphé's DAGOES READ, from 1995-2005, and includes most of the reviews he published in Fra Noi during that period, along with a few longer reviews and review essays published elsewhere, to provide an in-depth view of the production of Italian American writers. This book, then, offers an answer to the question raised so many years ago in the New York Times: "Where are the Italian American Writers?"
Fred Gardaphé is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. He is Associate Editor of Fra Noi, editor of the Series in Italian American Culture at State University of New York, and co-founding-co-editor of Voices in Italian Americana. His books include: Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative, Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer, MOUSTACHE PETE IS DEAD: EVVIVA BAFFO PIETRO! THE FRAI NOI COLUMNS 1985-1988 (Bordighera Press, 2010), Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Studies, From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster, THE ART OF READING ITALIAN AMERICANA (Bordighera Press, 2011), and READ 'EM AND REAP: GAMBLING ON ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITING (Bordighera Press, 2017).Author City: BELLPORT, NY USA