AICW : The Association of Italian Canadian Writers


ASSOCIATION OF ITALIAN CANADIAN WRITERS
ASSOCIATION DES ÉCRIVAIN(E)S ITALO-CANADIEN(NE)S
ASSOCIAZIONE SCRITTORI/SCRITTRICI ITALO-CANADESI

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FEBRUARY 1, 2012  - The drama and heartbreak of a little-known dark period of Canadian wartime history comes to life in AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians
 
Montreal, February 1, 2012: During the Second World War, an estimated 7,000 Italian Canadians, some immigrants, others Canadian-born, were rounded up by the RCMP. More than 600 were sent to internment camps in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Some had property and businesses confiscated. Many more were classified as enemy aliens, their movements and activities restricted.
 
Italian-Canadian bricklayers and doctors, miners and accountants were led away in handcuffs, simply because of their ethnic origin.
 
Canadian politicians and journalists referred to the prisoners as “slimy subversive elements” and “jackals.” Although many remained behind barbed wire for years, none was ever charged with spying, sabotage or any other offense.
 
AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians will launch two volumes in five cities during March 2012.
 
The books are being published as part of AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians, a national project created to increase public awareness and knowledge about these events, with the aim of bringing about a greater understanding of the broader issues such as racism and discrimination in historical and contemporary terms.
 
Simultaneously published as print books and e-books, the books are Beyond Barbed Wire – a collection of essays examining the internment from historical, social, literary, and cultural perspectives; and Behind Barbed Wire – a collection of short fiction, memoir, poetry, drama and visual art inspired by the internment.
 
Launches will be held in Vancouver (March 6), Montreal (March 16), Ottawa (March 18), Halifax (March 24) and Toronto (March 31).
 
Excerpts from both books are previewed in several issues of Accenti Magazine.
 
Beyond Barbed Wire was previewed in the Fall 2011 Issue of Accenti Magazine with three essays: “Volumes Commemorate Italian Internees” and “When Mass Hysteria Leads to Injustice”, both by Jim Zucchero, and “Italian Enemy Aliens: How Canada Declared War on Its Own Citizens” by Michael Mirolla.
 
On newsstands now, the Winter Issue of Accenti includes a preview of works from Behind Barbed Wire: Terri Favro’s “Angel of Petawawa” recounts an Italian Canadian soldier’s journey home from Petawawa and the events surrounding a friend’s internment; “Hello to Our Friends, If There Are Any Left” by Paula Mascioli and Giulia De Gasperi tells the life story of Paula’s grandfather, internee Leo Mascioli; and Darlene Madott introduces “Horses,” a pen and ink drawing by her late father John Madott, that celebrates the perseverance of Italians in helping create the Canada we know today. For full stories, see www.accenti.ca
 
AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians is produced by the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), in partnership with Guernica Editions and Accenti Magazine, with the Columbus Centre as co-publisher of the book of essays Beyond Barbed Wire. The project is funded by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Community Historical Recognition Program - CHRP).
 
Founded in 1986, the Association of Italian Canadian Writers is a nonprofit organization that brings together a community of writers, critics, academics, and other artists and promotes Italian Canadian literature and culture within an ethnoculturally diverse society. To learn more, please visit www.aicw.ca
 
Opened in 1980, Columbus Centre, an affiliate of the nonprofit organization Villa Charities, is the largest Italian Canadian cultural centre in Canada. Located in Toronto, the centre provides extensive educational, athletic and cultural programs and special events, and houses the renowned Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. With more than 100,000 visitors each year, Columbus Centre is the piazza and heart of the community. Visit www.villacharities.com/ICWW2
 
Since 1978, Guernica Editions has published over 300 titles and 500 authors from around the world. Many of its fiction and nonfiction books deal in one way or another with the pleasurable understanding of different cultures. Visit www.guernicaeditions.com
 
Founded in 2002, Accenti Magazine brings together readers and writers around the idea of shared cultural experience and heritage, to encourage creative expression and celebrate common cultural values. An independent voice, Accenti provides a platform for aspiring writers and photographers. Visit Accenti Online at www.accenti.ca.
 
Follow AICW Remembers on Facebook and Twitter (@AICWCanada) for all the latest news and updates.
 
INFO, MEDIA REQUESTS & REVIEW COPY OF BOOKS:
Tel (514) 329- 3254, ext 106
 
 
 

OCTOBER 25, 2011 - The AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians Project gets a new look

Only months away from the publication of two books on the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War, the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) is very excited to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website.
 
Found at www.aicw.ca, the website will be the principle platform for the AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians project. With just one click, visitors will have access to all the latest news, updates, videos and social media activities associated to the project.
 
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OCTOBER 3, 2011 - The AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians Project continues its awareness campaign with three articles in the Fall 2011 issue of Accenti

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), with partners Guernica Editions and Accenti Magazine, is gearing up for the Winter 2012 publication of two very important books on the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. As a preview of some of the essays and stories to appear in the anthologies, the Fall 2011 issue of Accenti Magazine – on newsstands this week – features three stories on the subject.

· In “Volumes Commemorate Italian Internees” Jim Zucchero explains that the Community Historical Recognition Program instituted by the Government of Canada is a welcome step in exposing past wrongs and gaining a new understanding of problematic historical events.
 
· Zucchero examines how revisiting and re-examining difficult episodes from our past allows us to become attuned to the lessons of history that can guide our social policies, laws and practices in “When Mass Hysteria Leads to Injustice.”
 
· Michael Mirolla explains exactly what happened in June 1940 in “Italian Enemy Aliens: How Canada Declared War on Its Own Citizens.”

The full stories are available online at www.accenti.ca.

AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians is a national project created to increase public awareness and knowledge about the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War, in the hope of bringing about a greater understanding of broader issues such as racism and discrimination – in both historical and contemporary terms. The project consists of the production and distribution of two books on the internment – in traditional print media and as electronic books. One book will take a critical look at the internment from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including historical, political, social, economic, legal, literary, religious and cultural analysis. The companion volume will consist of works with a creative focus: short fiction, memoir, poetry, drama and visual arts.
 
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JUNE 20, 2011 – The AICW launches AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians project.

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), in partnership with Guernica Editions and Accenti Magazine, is very proud to announce the launch of AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians. AICW Remembers is a national project created to increase public awareness and knowledge about the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War, in the hope of bringing about a greater understanding of broader issues such as racism and discrimination – in both historical and contemporary terms.

“The story of the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War is still not discussed in Canadian history books. With this project, the AICW hopes to raise awareness about this important chapter in our collective history,” explains Licia Canton, AICW President.

The project consists of the production and wide distribution of two companion books on the internment – in traditional print media and as electronic books. As well, selected material will appear in issues of Accenti Magazine. One book will be devoted to scholarly material, with a focus on critical analysis of the internment from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including historical, political, social, economic, legal, literary, religious and cultural analysis. The companion volume will consist of works about the internment with a creative focus: an anthology to include works in various literary genres (short fiction, memoir, poetry, and drama), and that may incorporate representation of visual arts such as photography, painting, sculpture and multimedia projects.

The AICW has put out a call for submissions for both publications. The books will be published in Winter 2012.

In the coming year, AICW Remembers will feature various events in major cities across Canada. A website devoted to the project will be launched this summer.

The AICW Remembers social media campaign is already underway on Facebook.