Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

July 16, 2017

Tags: Mattanza, first edition, first printing, author signed, personalized inscription, eBay, Favignana, book, first, nonfiction, giant bluefin tuna, fishermen, tonnaroti, tradition, gone, extinct, history

For sale by me on eBay:
15 copies of my first book, Mattanza, in pristine condition, signed by me and with a personalized inscription. I have kept these books in temperature- and humidity-controlled storage since they were first printed. Hardcover first printing, first edition, illustrated, with end papers.
Click on the caption to see my auction on eBay.

Rai 1 channel special on Palermo

January 7, 2017

Tags: palermo, monuments, beauty, history, culture, architecture, art, historic center, video, rai 1

A beautiful video on the core beauties of Palermo. First broadcast 31 December 2016, You can enjoy the images even if you do not understand Italian. Click on the caption to see the show.

Prison wall art at Palermo's Inquisition jail

August 8, 2016

Tags: palazzo steri, art, dungeon, religion, fanatic, grafitti, heretics, inquisition, jail, prison, walls, drawings, history, preservation, awesome

I have toured this place a couple of times. It is incredible.
From the Guardian:
By age 20 Francesco Mannarino had seen more of life than was good for him. The son of a Sicilian fisherman, he had been seized as a boy by Muslim pirates and converted, perhaps forcibly, to Islam.

In the early 17th century apostasy was not an offence so long as the convert reported promptly to the officials of the dreaded Inquisition after being ransomed or recaptured. Mannarino did so, but something must have failed to convince them he was still truly a Christian and he was thrown into the dungeons alongside Palazzo Steri in Palermo. (more…)

Palermo of a thousand cultures

February 17, 2016

Tags: palermo, cultures, history, beauty, popular, historic, rai, television, line verde orizzonti


From Linea Verde Orizzonti (Green Line Horizons) , a presentation of RAI -tv, a fifty-minute show in Italian highlighting the mixture of cultures that made and makes Palermo what it is. Here is the link in case the embed code did not work:
http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media/ContentItem-2131e4ab-219a-465a-b12d-45c3404dc6a5.html#p=0

Sicily: Culture and Conquest to be at British Museum

January 29, 2016

Tags: sicily, culture, conquest, artifacts, British Museum, show, museum, history, story

From The Guardian:
"In 1066 the Normans were not just conquering grey, cold England. They were also in sunny, fertile Sicily creating what became one of the most enlightened cultures in Europe.
The little known story of the other Norman conquest is to be told in an exhibition exploring 4,000 years of history on the island (more…)

Palermo has the largest Ficus macrophylla on the continent

October 22, 2015

Tags: Ficus macrophylla, palermo Villa Garibaldi, largest, Europe. record-holder, aerial roots, Orto Botanico, Botanic Garden, palermo, sicily, italy, europe, garden, tree, giant, loved, culture, history

Here it is: Ficus macrophylla at Garibaldi Park at Piazza Marina, near the sea
Its siblings in the Orto Botanico (Botanic Garden) are rivals for the title of largest Ficus macrophylla in Europe. I love their aerial roots, majestic girth and shade.

Last Day in Palermo

April 30, 2014

Tags: palermo, Mondello, sferracavallo, grotta perciata, Pietra Tara, bronza age, village, megalithic, Monte Gallo, Capo gallo, garden, hisotic, scaglia, francesca Mercadante, Pippo LoCascio, patrimony, preserve, nature preserve, marine reserve, guardians, angels, beauty, history

Piergiorgio Leone at the Grotta Perciata, Mondello
And I spent the morning in Mondello and Sferracavallo, by the sea. In Sferracavallo to see a complete, intact, protohistoric Bronze Age megalithic village, and in Mondello on the slopes of Monte Gallo to visit a panoramic, historic garden planted in the early 1900's, with archeological treasures from 10,000 years ago. (more…)

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