Writing Cultural Difference is a welcome addition to Canadian literary studies. The publication of this volume certainly dispels the belief that Italian-Canadian writing was a passing phenomenon three decades ago. The new generation of writers no longer focuses on immigration or speaks the dialect of their grandparents, but that heritage inspires their creative works. “Italian-Canadian writers have so much left to say -- so much more to write and a lot more to publish,” writes Licia Canton. “We write in quiet seclusion. We focus on creating compelling characters. We are the writers and the Canadians that we are because we share a common heritage. That's what brings us together; that's what keeps us writing.” An important volume of creative and critical texts, Writing Cultural Difference features contributors from Canada, Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom: Michelle Alfano, Ralph Alfonso, David Bellusci, Licia Canton, Gary Clairman, Sheldon Currie, Domenic Cusmano, Liana Cusmano, Marisa De Franceschi, Giulia De Gasperi, Delia De Santis, Sonia Di Placido, Caterina Edwards, Gil Fagiani, Eufemia Fantetti, Terri Favro, Venera Fazio, Isabella Colalillo Katz, Maria Lisella, Darlene Madott, Carmelo Militano, Michael Mirolla, Gianna Patriarca, Tony Pignataro, Joseph Pivato, Olga Zorzi Pugliese, Joseph Ranallo, Maria Cristina Seccia, Osvaldo Zappa, Jim Zucchero.
Italian immigrants have created a culture that bridges Italy and Canada. They have contributed to all aspects of Canadian living. Whereas the first generation worked to build the urban skyline of Canadian cities, their descendants work to shape the artistic and literary landscape of our country.