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Salone di Cultura: Lettura

at Massimo Bruno’s Kitchen Studio – 501 King Street East, Toronto ON 

Thursday October 16th, 2014 – 6:30 Doors Open | 7pm Event Begins

Tickets: $75 (includes cocktail style dinner + wine) –

RSVP event only!  Click on THIS to Purchase TIX & RSVP 

This October sees the kick off to a new Salone di Cultura series, with the launch of a fascinating exploration of the influence of a traditional skill. We are proud to present to you, “Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora”

“Embroidered Stories” (University Press of Mississippi) is an interdisciplinary collection of creative work by authors of Italian origin and academic essays. The creative works from thirty-seven contributors include memoir, poetry and visual arts while the collection as a whole explores a multitude of experiences about and approaches to needlework and immigration from a transnational perspective, spanning the late nineteenth century to late twentieth century. This is the first book and anthology on needlework in the Italian diaspora and features a unique combination of creative works inspired by the material culture and the critical readings of the material culture.

At the centre of this book are the representations of Italian immigrant women’s domestic needlework. The book explores the many processes by which a simple object, or even the memory of that object, becomes something else through literary, visual, performative, ethnographic, or critical reimagining. While primarily concerned with representations and interpretations of needlework rather than the needlework itself—its origins, design patterns, and techniques—the editors and the contributors to Embroidered Stories remain mindful of its history and its associated cultural values, which Italian immigrants brought with them to the United States, Canada, Australia, and Argentina, and passed on to their descendants.

The presentation on October 16th will feature 6 writers from the anthology. These authors include: Edivige Giunta (editor), Louise DeSalvo, Joanna Clapps Herman, Maria Mazziotti Gillan and from Toronto Gianna Patriarca. As well, audience involvement is integral to the Salone di Cultura so, this particular event will be interactively moderated in a Q&A format by CBC’s Senior Producer/Broadcaster for Metro Morning, Ms Mary Wiens.

The culinary brilliance of chef Massimo Bruno will include a cocktail style dinner prepared and inspired by the regions discussed in the anthology “Embroidered Stories”

This is an RSVP event only. Purchase of tickets ensures one’s reservation — Click on THIS to Purchase TIX & RSVP 

More about the particpants for Salone di Cultura: Lettura:

Embroidered Stories –

CBC’s Ms. Mary Wiens —

Massimo Bruno –

Espresso Manifesto


WHAT: Salone di Cultura: Lettura presents “Embroidered Stories”

WHERE: Massimo Bruno’s Kitchen Studio – 507 King Street East, Toronto ON

WHEN: Thursday October 16th, 6:30pm Doors Open | 7:00pm Event Begins

TICKETS: $75.00 includes cocktail style dinner + dessert + wine and espresso


Click on THIS to Purchase TIX & RSVP 


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