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IAWA Presents an Evening of Murder, Mayhem and a Love for Sicily with John Keahey and Tony Iovino on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

IAWA Presents an Evening of Murder, Mayhem and a Love for Sicily with John Keahey and Tony Iovino on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

IAWA . (December 19, 2011)
“Keahey’s exploration of this misunderstood island offers a much-needed look at a much-maligned land.”—Paul Paolicelli, author of Under the Southern Sun: Stories of the Real Italy and the Americans it Created.

New York, NY- On Saturday, January 14, 2012, the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents John Keahey, an award-winning journalist and travel writer and Tony Iovino, an attorney, author and community activist.


    John Keahey first visited Sicily in 1986. Enchanted by what he found -he returned often while reporting and writing two travel narratives for Thomas Dunne Books/St.

Martin's Press: A Sweet and Glorious Land: Revisiting the Ionian Sea (2000) and Venice Against the Sea: A City Besieged (2002).
    His latest book, Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean, is a travel narrative that captures Sicily and its various cultures through his eyes and the eyes of Sicilian authors of the 19th and 20th centuries, most notably Leonardo Sciascia (1921-1989) of Racalmuto, province of Agrigento. Keahey says it is his attempt to capture how Sicilians, or Mediterranean islanders, who claim to live north of Africa rather than south of Italy, differ from other Italians and how they have preserved their  culture.
    A resident of Salt Lake City, Keahey is a veteran journalist who worked for wire services and newspapers for 35 years and 15 years in the corporate public-relations world.
    Tony Iovino’s latest novel -- Notary Public Enemy (Diversion Press, 2011) is a fast-paced murder mystery set on his native Long Island. The founder and host of the Summer Gazebo Readings, an acclaimed outdoor series that features distinguished poets and authors each Monday in June, July & August in Oceanside, N.Y.
    Iovino’s essays and poems have appeared in print and in on-line literary magazines and anthologies, including USA Today: The Journal of the Society for the Advancement of Education, BlogCritics Magazine, Poetry Cemetery, Stellar Showcase Journal, Subtle Tea, A Long Story Short, Clearfield Review, Meanderings:  A Collection of Poetic Verse, Long Island Sounds: 2009 An Anthology of Poetry From Maspeth to Montauk And Beyond, PPA Literary Review, the Long Island Quarterly and others.

    The reading takes place Saturday, January 14, 2011, 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., at the Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, (212-989-9319); The evening starts with Open Mic readings of five minutes each. Since 1991, the organization has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series at Cornelia St. Café every month. For membership information, visit

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