Vincenza Scarpaci, author of “The Journey of the Italians in America” (Pelican, 2008) has been touring select U.S. cities since the release of her book in November 2008. As part of her encore West Coast tour, she will be giving a presentation and signing books in the Weed library May 24 at 2 p.m.
The Journey of the Italians in America, a selection of the Sons of Italy National Book Club, has been heralded by the Shoshone News Press as “a work of epic scope and soulful storytelling,” and the Italian America magazine called it “a ‘must-have’ for every family and an excellent book to donate to schools and public libraries.”                                
In the book, the Eugene, Oregon-based author examines more than 400 unique photographs, celebrating the ways in which Italians have influenced many aspects of American life, including arts, agriculture, industry, religion, cuisine, sports and politics.
The daughter of a Sicilian immigrant, Scarpaci received her Ph.D. in U.S. history from Rutgers University with a specialty in immigration history. A recipient of the prestigious Ameritan Award from the Maryland Order of the Sons of Italy for her philanthropic efforts, she is also an accomplished educator and lecturer.
Scarpaci will be making appearances throughout May and June in California, Oregon and Washington.
Local Italian refreshments will be provided during her presentation in Weed.