In Sarnia we have quite a well established writing community now. Two nights of poetry a month, book releases throughout the year by our ever active writers and an writing/editing/feedback group WIT
Working together to launch two books this May 15 at the Dante Club are some of the most distinguished within our community. If you get a chance, stop by, it’s free. Let’s face it, when was the last time you had a chance to listen to some amazing writers read their work. So get out and get to this! Support our community.
Also, I am just assuming, but I am certain these books will be made available afterwards if you do not get a chance to get there. Most likely at the WIT table at the Lawrence House on First Fridays and at Artwalk. But I’ll ask. More details to come. Check out the media release below.
Media Release Sarnia
Launch of International Anthology
Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings with a Sicilian Accent will be launched on May 15, 2011, 2:00-4:00 p.m. the Dante Club, 1330 London Road, Sarnia, Ontario. Free Admission.
Sweet Lemons 2 is a 400-page anthology, edited in southwestern Ontario, with contributions from close to 90 authors. Published by Legas of New York, but edited in Canada by Bright’s Grove residents Delia De Santis and Venera Fazio, the anthology celebrates Sicilian writers, culture, and immigrant experiences and includes the work of a number of award-winning writers.
“Encouraged by the success of the first Sweet Lemons anthology published in 2004, co-editor Delia De Santis and I decided a second volume might be equally rewarding,” says Fazio. “The first volume sold out. It featured American and Canadian writers, was included on the Best of Sicily web site and was chosen by the magazine Italian America as one of their best picks for summer reading, 2006. For this second volume, the first of its kind, we took advantage of global networking and included not only North American writers but also authors of Sicilian heritage from other English speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. A few of Sicily’s renowned authors, such as Andrea Camilleri, Elio Vittorini and Maria Messina (Medal of Gold,
award winner) appear in English translation.”
Roughly one-third of the contributors are Canadian and include Sarnia writers Joseph Farina and Carmen Ziolkowski and from London (ON), Jim Zucchero. “Delia and I are also pleased to include the work of two American Book Award winners, Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Daniela Gioseffi as well as a contribution by Inge Israel, who was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France),” adds Fazio.
“As in the first book, this second volume explores the complexities of a Sicilian heritage. We know, for example, that Sicilians are often painted with a broad Mafiosi brush and that’s one of the common myths about Sicilians that both books dispel. Like the first book, we believe this second one will also strike a cord with readers wanting to connect to their Sicilian heritage. For readers not familiar with Sicily, they will discover a unique island with a complex culture and a potent hold over her off springs wherever they may live.”
The May 15th launch will include readings by the Sarnia and London contributors as well as the two editors. It will be hosted by Caroline Di Cocco with special thanks to The Dante Club, The Italo-Canadian Cultural Club – Laziali di Sarnia and the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. The afternoon will also include the launch of Another Trail of Comet Dust: Poems Pulled from Earth, a 24-page poetry chapbook by Lambton County Writer Debbie Okun Hill.