Il giorno della civetta

Leonardo Sciascia (b. 1921, Racalmuto; d. 1989, Palermo) is one of Italy’s foremost authors. A novelist, essayist, playwright and politician, Sciascia used his writing to expose the corruption inherent in Italian society; specifically, the collusion between the government, the Church … Continue reading

Using Italian: A Guide to Contemporary Italian

As an ex-instructor of Italian, I often get asked to recommend grammar books for students at all levels of learning. My favorites tend to be those that contain information about authentic Italian language; in other words, the ways in which … Continue reading

Almost Blue

Carlo Lucarelli (b. 1960, Parma) is an author, director, screenwriter, journalist, and host of the true crime show Lucarelli racconta. Celebrated for his noir sensibility and gritty portrayal of Bologna, Lucarelli is a founding member of a distinguished group of mystery … Continue reading

Gioco pericoloso

Gabriella Genisi (b. Bari, 1965) is a critically acclaimed author of fiction, children’s literature and mystery. Her Inspector Lolita Lobosco mysteries, which feature a busty 36-year-old Sophia Loren–Sabrina Ferilli lookalike, was adapted for TV by RAI with Micaela Ramazzotti in … Continue reading

Nicky Persico

Nicky Persico (b. 1964, Bari) is an attorney, journalist and author. At the urging of writer Lara Cardella, Persico published his first short story, “Stellina (Starlet),” in 2010. His latest work is an intriguing “smart thriller” about stalking entitled Spaghetti … Continue reading