The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) and editors Giulia De Gasperi, Maria Cristina Seccia, Licia Canton and Michael Mirolla present Writing Cultural Difference: Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works.
A unique volume of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scholarly essays, Writing Cultural Difference is a welcome addition to Canadian literary studies. The publication of this volume certainly dispels the belief that Italian-Canadian writing was a passing phenomenon three decades ago.
“Italian-Canadian writers have so much left to say – so much more to write and a lot more to publish,” writes Licia Canton in the Introduction. “We write in quiet seclusion. We focus on creating compelling characters. We are the writers and the Canadians that we are because we share a common heritage. That’s what brings us together; that’s what keeps us writing.”
The AICW is accepting proposals for its 16th biennial conference to be held in Padula, Italy, from August 11 to 14, 2016. Inspired by the location of the conference which combines the slow pace of tradition and history with the fast-paced urban moment, this conference seeks to bring together academic papers and literary readings that engage with the themes of physical, aesthetic, and symbolic mobility and change in Italian-Canadian literature and culture. Writers and artists, academics and researchers, from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals to present creative or critical works in Italian, English or French. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.