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Time Warp! Crafting Historical Narratives (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)



Time Warp! Crafting Historical Narratives (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)

The Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal and the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), as part of a webinar series dedicated to writing, an experience animated by Italian-Canadian authors, translators, journalists, publishers and bloggers, are pleased to present “Time Warp! Crafting Historical Narratives”.

Wednesday, November 25, 5pm EST

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Let’s go back in time to the “Decade of Fire” in post-unification Calabria, the late-1910s in an Italian immigrant haven in the Soo, the 1930s in Montreal’s Little Italy and… an alternate reality in which WWII never ended: Welcome to Atomic Mean Time!

Terri Favro, Connie Guzzo McParland, Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli and Rosetta Rosati will transport us in readings from historical fiction, memoir, biography and alternate history. The writers will connect the past to modern-day experiences and discuss their creative process, from digging into family archives and exploring cultural heritage to the nuts and bolts of historical research. How to create a fictional heroine based on an iconic, real-life figure? How to trace a family’s roots across different continents and generations? What are the differences between writing historical fiction and creative nonfiction? What if history had unfolded differently?

The webinar will be moderated by Francesca M. LoDico. The series is hosted by the Secretary of the AICW Executive, Giulia Verticchio.

Terri Favro is the author of Sputnik’s Children, longlisted for CBC Canada Reads, Once Upon A Time in West Toronto and The Proxy Bride, winner of the Quattro-Ken Klonsky Novella Prize. Her popular science book, Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact and Speculation, was a critical favourite. She was a finalist for the CBC Literary Prize for Nonfiction and winner of the Accenti Writing Award. Her latest novel, The Sisters Sputnik, is forthcoming in 2021. Terri lives in Toronto.

Connie Guzzo McParland’s novel, The Girls of Piazza d’Amore, was shortlisted for the Concordia First Novel Award by the Quebec Writer’s Federation. The Women of Saturn, her second novel which was published in 2017, is forthcoming in Italian by Rubbettino Editore. She received Concordia University’s David McKeen Award for Creative Writing for her thesis-novel, Girotondo, and an excerpt won second prize in the Premio Letterario Cosseria in Italy. Connie is the president and co-director of Guernica Editions. She lives in Montreal.

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli’s novel, La Brigantessa (Inanna Publications), won Gold for Historical Fiction in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was nominated for the Canadian Authors Association Fred Kerner Book Award and the Northern Lit Award. Her fiction collection, Pigeon Soup & Other Stories, will be released by Inanna in 2021. Rosanna is also published by Harlequin and Pajama Press. She is a proud recipient of four Ontario Best Practice teaching awards. She lives in Sudbury.

Rosetta Rosati is the author of Maples & Chestnuts, a creative nonfiction collection about her family that spans three generations in Italy and Canada. It was published by Longbridge Books both in English and in Italian as Aceri & Castagni. She immigrated to Canada when was 11 years old but returned to Milan for a career in international banking. Happily retired, Rosetta is now president of Università della Terza Età in Siziano, Pavia where she also teaches English Conversation.

Francesca M. LoDico is a writer and editor in Montreal. Her work has been published in PEN International, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, Maisonneuve and broadcast on CBC Radio. She has received the Accenti Writing Award and been shortlisted for the Bressani Literary Prize and the PRISM International Short Fiction Prize. She is working on a magic realist novel about her childhood in Agrigento, Sicily.

Giulia Verticchio is a newscaster at CFMB Radio, a journalist at the weekly Cittadino Canadese and an Italian language teacher. Born in Rome, she studied in Italy, France and England before moving to Canada for an internship at the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal. She holds master’s degrees from Università di Roma Tre and UQAM. Giulia is Secretary of the AICW Executive.

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Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Time: At 5:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

In collaboration with : Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW)

Entrance : Free