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An Evening: Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women's Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora

(Oct 08, 2014)

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of identity, a cultural touchstone as powerful as pasta and Neapolitan music. The lives of these Italian women are woven into the artifacts of memory and imagination: embroidering, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women's Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora (University Press of Mississippi, 2014), edited by Edi Giunta and Joseph Sciorra, is an interdisciplinary collection including academic essays and creative works from Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the United States. The entire collection explores multiple interpretations of the relationships between needlework and immigration from a transnational perspective during the period of the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century.

On Nopvember 14 at the Calandra Institure, New York, a number of the book's contributors will participate in a presentation, including B. Amore, Phyllis Capello, Paola, Corso, Jo Ann Cavallo, Maria Frasca, Lucia Grillo, Maria Grillo, Karen Guancione, Joseph Inguanti, Annie Rachele Lanzillotto, Tiziana Rinaldi Castro, TippyAcamantis, Joan Saverino, and Maria Terrone.

Thursday, November 14, 2014, at 6:00PM
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43 Street
New York
Free and open to the public