Mark Rotella

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September 15, 2016
Beyond Ellis Island

A round table discussion of the past, present, and future of Italian/American literature that includes readings and discussion with writers Anthony Julian Tamburri, Fred Gardaphe, Robert Viscusi, Louisa Ermelino, Maria Lisella, Mark Ciabattari and Mark Rotella.

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Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria

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Events

November 19, 2015
Italian American Lecture Series: Roundtable: Biographers, Journalists, Historians Assess Sinatra
Hofstra University
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, 7:45pm
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PAST EVENTS

October 11, 2015
Jenna Esposito Columbus Weekend CD Release Celebration
Birdland Jazz Club
New York, NY
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May 28, 2015
BEA Selects-Cookbooks
Bookexpo America 2015
Uptown Stage, 10-10:30am
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May 28, 2015
Death of a Happy Man: Conversation with the author Giorgio Fontana about his literary journey
Bookexpo America 2015
Eastside Stage, 2-2:50am
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May 9, 2015
Calabria in USA @ NYC
Reading from Stolen Figs
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April 3, 2014
The Changing Food Web (social media workshop for food writers)
The 2014 Roger Smith Conference on Food
Winthrop Room, Second Floor, 1-5pm
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October 24, 2013
What Make a Bestselling Cookbook?

International Association for Culinary Professionals
Webinar
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September 15, 2013
Mark Rotella presents his books: Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria and
Amore: The Story of Italian American Song

Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo
380 Monmouth Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
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April 2, 2013
Italian-American Experience Lecture Series: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
HempsteadNY 11549
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February 8-9, 2013
Cookbook Reviews in the Digital Age panel
The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference
Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
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November 16, 2012, 8:30am
The Digital Kitchen
The Digital Kitchen: Adapting Cookbooks in the App Age
Louis L'Amour Room
Random House, 2nd Floor
1745 Broadway
New York, NY

September 28, 2012, 7:30pm
Amore: The Story of Italian American Song
Neumann-Goretti H.S. Auditorium
10th & Moore Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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December 7, 2011, 6:30pm
Amore: The Story of Italian American Song with Author Mark Rotella in conversation with David Hajdu
103 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
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November 12, 2011, 12pm
Dominic Chianese in Conversation with Mark Rotella
92Y Tribeca Lecture Hall
200 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
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October 17, 2011, 7pm
Amore: The Story of Italian American Song with Author Mark Rotella
Ocean County Library, Brick Branch
301 Chambers Bridge Rd.
Brick, NJ 08723
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August 30, 2011, 8:30pm
Feinstein's at Loews Regency
540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street)
New York, NY 10021
(212) 339-4095
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May 12, 2011, 7pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 567-8030
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January 20, 2011 at 1pm
92Y Tribeca
200 Hudson Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10013
212.601.1000

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 6pm
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor
New York, New York 10036
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Performing Italian in the American Songbook
Mark Rotella

In the years after World War II and before the advent of the Beatles, Italian-American performers captivated the American public with a smooth, classy brand of pop singing. Mark Rotella, author of Amore: The Story of Italian American Song (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), identifies this time as "the Italian Decade," when singers like Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Connie Francis, and Frank Sinatra, among others, topped the music charts. From street corners to nightclubs to the Vegas Strip, Italian-American performers exhibited a distinctive style-what Rotella characterizes as "cocky and tender, tough and vulnerable, serious and playful, forward-thinking and nostalgic"-that shaped pop music in the United States.

Sunday, September 12, 7pm
Brooklyn Book Festival
Pizza D'Amore
AMORE: The Story of Italian American Song by Mark Rotella. Author Mark Rotella will speak about his book and song selections from the book will be performed for dinner guests at Brooklyn’s own Pizza D’Amore.
Location: Pizza D’amore, 2147 Mill Avenue
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Price: Included with dinner, reservations: 718-251-5608

Sunday, September 12, 7pm
Brooklyn Book Festival
Pizza D'Amore
AMORE: The Story of Italian American Song by Mark Rotella. Author Mark Rotella will speak about his book and song selections from the book will be performed for dinner guests at Brooklyn’s own Pizza D’Amore.
Location: Pizza D’amore, 2147 Mill Avenue
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Price: Included with dinner, reservations: 718-251-5608

Tuesday, September 28th, 7pm
Montclair, New Jersey
Watchung Booksellers

Monday, October 4, 7pm
Holbrook, NY
Sachem Library

Monday, October 25th, 7pm
New York, NY
Barnes & Noble, Tribeca

Saturday, October 23
Washington, DC
National Italian American Foundation Gala Event 

Friday, November 12, 3:00-4:15pm
Pop Goes the Culture
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Conference Room
Organized by AIHA; Chair: Dawn Esposito.
Marc Rotella, Publishers Weekly, "The Songs of Assimilation: Amore: The Story of Italian American Song"
Michele Fazio, "Red Wine: Teaching Italian American Radicalism Through Folk Music"
Simone Cinotto, University of Pollenzo, "Italian Americans and The Politics of Consumption"
Lawrence Baldassaro, University of Wisconsin, “A. Bartlett Giamatti: Immigrants, Baseball, and American Identity"

Wednesday, November 17, 7pm
St. Petersburg, FL
Borders

Thursday, November 18, 7pm
Tampa, FL
Inkwood Books

Saturday, November 20
Miami, FL
Miami Book Fair