Quando Sono Italiana/When I Am Italian
A Reading/Performance by Joanna Clapps Herman and Michela Musolino, facilitated by Maria Giura
In her book When I Am Italian, Joanna Clapps Herman raises the question: To what extent can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian? The granddaughter of Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s, Herman takes a complicated and nuanced look at the question of to whom and to which culture she ultimately belongs. During this evening of reading and song, Joanna will read short excerpts about memory and grief as well as stories about her Italian childhood in Waterbury, CT and visiting Italy for the first time. She’ll also read some short poems about the joy of recently becoming una nonna. Internationally recognized Sicilian-American singer Michela Musolino will start and close the evening with a few Southern Italian songs. Q & A as well as a book signing will follow for those who wish to buy Joanna’s book.