Italian American Press
Founded in 2001        Italian and Italian American Authors and Books
The Italian American Press helps promote books primarily written by authors of Italian heritage who write about Italian American and Italian culture, heritage, and/or history. Many of these writers publish, distribute, and promote their own books, and they are often overlooked by the media. Reading stories of Italian American culture and history will educate, inform, and entertain people of all nationalities.
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Royanna: An Extraterrestrial Affair by Raphael Ferraro Mystery, adventure, and a touch of romance in this science fiction tale about an encounter between a human and an alien.
Con Amore  by Janice Therese Mancuso A modern day romance combining a bit of suspense, interwoven with the history of Italy, the foods of each region, maps of Italy, and recipes.
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An intimate journey through the remarkable Venetian urban landscape, with evocative photographs by the award-winning filmmaker and photographer Riccardo De Cal. Each image is accompanied by an essay from a cadre of notable international architects and architectural writers, who explore the elements that make Venice unique in the world. Dream of Venice Architecture  reveals the incredulity of her beauty, from the mysterious sotoporteghi [covered passageways] to the complexity of Carlo Scarpa’s “immaculate detailing.”
The true rag-to-riches story of an Italian fisherman who survived the occupation and bombardment of his home village during World War II, jumped ship to the United States at age 18, and went on to earn his citizenship, become a local business leader, found a successful youth soccer club, and raise a loving family.
Originally designed as an evening class taught at community colleges, this self-guided language book starts with the basics of Italian grammar and pronunciation and pairs it with the traditional foods of Italy and its food history. Twenty units relate the essential foods of Italy to conversational skills, building up to a working vocabulary of 600 words and phrases that can be used to discuss a variety of food-related subjects in Italian. Includes written exercises and unit reviews with online answers and tutorial videos.
During the end of the nineteenth century, Sicilian workers – looking for a better life – traveled to New Orleans after being recruited to work on Louisiana sugar plantations. Based on facts and heavily researched, the lives of Sicilian immigrants are examined as they travel from Sicily to southern America. Volume XVII in a series of books on Sicilian Studies published by Legas.
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The incredible story of Luigi Del Bianco, the chief carver of Mount Rushmore, told by his namesake and grandson, Lou Del Bianco. Filled with historic documents and photographs, and family memorabilia, the book chronicles three stories – the carving of Mount Rushmore, the life of Luigi Del Bianco, and Lou’s quest to have his grandfather recognized as the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.
Former United States Diplomat and Ambassador John J. Maresca played a key behind-the-scenes role in the negotiating process that brought about the historical changes ending the Cold War in Europe. This informal and personal story chronicles the evolution of events – lasting from 1970 to the early 1990s – that eased the break-up of the USSR and brought what was called Eastern Europe into harmony with the West.
Author Interview: Andrea Parisi Author Interview: Lee Casazza
Author and photographer, Lee Casazza, has been perfecting Italian-American recipes for over 48 years. Her knowledge of Italian cooking and kitchen experience offers a refreshing new look at North America’s favorite food in one of the most complete and authentic collections of delicious home style Italian- American recipes.
NEW THIS MONTH Music is part of the Italian lifestyle, and for the Italian immigrants who settled in New Orleans during the last decades of the 1800s, the music of African Americans beckoned them. A combination of cultures – Italian immigrants shared similar socioeconomic status with African Americans, and were also victims of stereotypes and prejudices – along with the traditions of the festival processions of the old country, created a blending of musical interests and styles. Through original interviews and extensive research, journalists Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter present a look into the beginning of Jazz and how it developed through the contributions of Italian and Italian American musicians.  A chapter of ”Fascinating Facts” and a detailed bibliography complete the book.
NEW THIS MONTH An Italian “I Remember Mama,” set in Brooklyn in the mid-1900s. In a series of vignettes spanning over 50 years, Joseph Polacco writes about “the abundant roads lit by Mom,” and compares “her passing as the dimming of a light in so many people’s lives.”  The book includes photographs – some of the “old neighborhood;” a guide to all the stops along the West End Line, part of the NY City transit system that ran from Coney Island north to Central Park (and also featured in the car chase scene in The French Connection); and a glossary of  (mostly Italian) words commonly used at the time.
Author Interview: Bill Dal Cerro