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~ Events ~

Online previews and praise for the PBS series beginning Tuesday February 17, 2015 at 9pm suggest that it'll be well worth watching. The Italians of Louisiana and the events in my book are featured in the first episode.

For my English friends ~ THE ITALIAN AMERICANS, a new four part documentary series, premieres Sundays at 8pm from 5 January 2014 on PBS America (Virgin Media 243 & Sky 534). I did an interview about the New Orleans incident, which I believe will be featured in part one, "La Famiglia."
The entire documentary is scheduled for viewing in the U.S. in 2015.

Monday November 8, 2010
Bridgeport CT
Bridgeport Area Cultural Italian Organization
6:30 pm

Past Events ~

Wednesday May 6
East Jefferson Italian American Society, Metairie LA

Tuesday May 5
Italian American Society of Jefferson
1910 Monroe Street, Gretna LA
7:30pm ~ open to the public

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 6 p.m.
After a sensational trial, eleven Italian Americans acquitted in the murder of New Orleans police chief David Hennessy were killed in the largest group lynching in American history. The 1891 incident caused an international diplomatic conflict, heightened the association of the word “mafia” with Italian immigrants, and remains one of the most traumatic episodes in Italian-American history. Initially, Hennessy was described as a victim of murderous Italian thugs. Recent scholarship, instead, has redefined the accused as victims of a wide-spread government conspiracy to expel the city’s Italian immigrants who were perceived as an economic and political threat. Tom Smith, author of The Crescent City Lynchings: The Murder of Chief Hennessy, the New Orleans “Mafia” Trials, and the Parish Prison Mob (Lyons Press, 2007), will explore the contending historical views of this lynching and to establish a narrative of politics, racism, and violence.
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street 17th Floor
New York, N.Y.
Building management requires people attending events after business hours to pre-register with the Calandra Institute by calling (212) 642-2094. Be prepared to show a photo ID to the building’s concierge.

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Book signing April 5 2008
Breakwater Books, 81 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT


Wednesday November 14
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave, Metairie LA

Thursday October 4
Lecture & book signing, Noi Italiani D’Oggi (NIDO) National Italian-American Heritage Month series, Poughkeepsie Library, 93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY.

Thursday June 14 Connecticut Library Consortium
Annual Meeting, Middletown CT

Thursday May 17
Lecture & book signing at Cheshire Public Library,
104 Main Street, Cheshire CT 7 pm

Sunday April 29 5-6 pm
Book signing
N.O. Jazz & Heritage Festival book tent
Sponsored by New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association

Saturday April 14
Book signing, 2pm
Borders Books, Milford CT

Saturday April 7
Book signings, Borders Books
Poughkeepsie (Wappingers Falls) NY 11:30am
Mt. Kisco NY 3pm

Tuesday March 20
Radio interview with WICC's David Smith
"The Exchange" 3pm EST

Tuesday March 20
Lecture & book signing at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT 7:30 pm

Sunday March 18
WWL CBS tv New Orleans 10:30am
"Sunday Morning" with Dennis Woltering

Thursday March 15
Lecture & book signing at Octavia Books,
513 Octavia St., New Orleans LA 6 pm

Saturday March 3
Book signing
Borders Books, Meriden CT

Thursday February 22
Lecture & book signing
Torrington CT Library

Wednesday February 21
Lecture & book signing
The Book Vault, Wallingford CT

Wednesday February 7, 2007
Lecture & book signing
New Canaan CT Library