Annual Sagra del Libro Book Fair in Little Italy, NYC

Gerald Meyer at IAWA and Order Sons of Italy in America Book Fair February 26 2016

Dr. Gerald Meyer, VMF co-chairman, giving a talk about his book, Vito Marcantonio, Radical Politician 1902-1954.

Friday, February 26, 2016
The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) kicked off its 25th anniversary with the Sagra del Libro Book Fair. This event represents an historic collaboration between the Order of the Sons of Italy, Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 and Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) that was initiated by IAWA’s recently departed Board Member and friend, Emelise Aleandri and was, in fact, dedicated to her memory.

All, not just Italian American authors, publishers, literary event organizers and artists displayed, read out loud and sold their books, materials, and services at the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, often referred to as the San Gennaro Feast Church at 113 Baxter Street in the heart of Little Italy, New York City.

In past years on a Sunday in May most bookstores remained open in Italy to support and promote its writers. This initiative was called “Celebrazione dei Libri” (Celebration of Books). IAWA’s Sagra del Libro continues in the spirit of that movement by celebrating Italian-American literary culture and including other cultures as well.

Authors Anna fillameno with Gigi Sssante and Maria Lisella

Authors Anna Filameno with Gigi Assante and Maria Lisella

Besides the co-sponsors — the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA), and the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, other organizations and their members attended.

Eight Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) members participated, five of whom are published authors, who aside from retailing their published works, took turns at the podium giving talks about their respective research.

Side by side with VMF was the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition representative, Rose Imperato, who brought flyers about the annual commemoration event scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 at the sight of one of the worst industrial tragedies in U.S. history. On March 25, volunteers are invited to Chalk for the Triangle Workers. Visit http://rememberthetrianglefire.org/events/month/

Gil Fagiani and Maria Lisella are founding members of both the VMF and along with Bob Agnoli who chaired the Sagra are also Board members of IAWA. The Church of the Most Precious Blood generously provided the venue for the event.

Maria Lisella
@MLJourneys
VMF Vice President