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Diaspora Series: Multiculturalism and Cultural Identities in the 21st Century

RSVP REQUIRED – To ensure the safety of all attendees there will be limited seating capacity for this event. Please RSVP in advance to reserve your spot.

The use of masks and face coverings is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, as required under City of Toronto bylaw no. 541-2020.

Reading and Presentation of “Ritorno alle Origini”

Saturday, October 17 at 3:00pm

Join Rosanna Lo Presti for a reading and presentation about her book “Ritorno alle Origini”. It is the story of a migrant who sought well-being in another country that was not possible in her own. In fact, in this story, the author has included much of her own story and experiences. Rosanna Lo Presti helps the reader understand the human side of being a migrant, the adversity they are faced with and the important goals that, with commitment and dedication, with love and passion, everyone can reach.

This presentation will be predominantly in Italian.

Price: This is a “Pay What You Can” program. Donations welcome at the door.
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

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Reading and Presentation of “My Father, Fortune-tellers & Me: A Memoir”

Saturday, November 28 at 3:00pm

“My Father, Fortune-tellers & Me: A Memoir” is a powerful and witty coming-of-age story of fate versus free will. As the daughter of southern Italian immigrants joined in an acrimonious arranged marriage, Eufemia Fantetti weathered the devastating consequences of her mother’s treatment resistant schizophrenia for years before moving to the West Coast to escape the constant turmoil. In her search for meaning beyond a host of ancestral superstitions — malocchio, maledictions and stregheria—she writes, cracks jokes, meets counselors, studies the sky for planetary alignment, consults her trusty tarot deck for guidance and visits her dad’s psychic healer for a prescription for prescience. Fantetti’s story is a darkly hilarious, tender chronicle of family, destiny and resilience.

Presented by Dr. Gina Valle, Chair of Villa Charities Culture Committee. In conversation with Bruna Di Giuseppe-Bertoni, author and community member.

Price: This is a “Pay What You Can” program. Donations welcome at the door.
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

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For more information, please contact cultural@villacharities.com or call 416-789-7011 ext. 248.