terrific radio show yesterday with myself & host Stephan Allison.

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Welcome

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IMMIGRANTS - according to Anthony Valerio

Love IMMIGRANTS! Prof. Rebecca West


ENJOYED RADIO INTERVIEW YESTERDAY!

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NEW WORK

IMMIGRANTS - according to Anthony Valerio

Portraits of immigrants, some famous, some not-so-famous. All essential. All important.
from the Author's Note:"...the individual pieces contained herein illustrate how in fact and imagination we all derive from one another, learn from one another, share with one another."

"Valerio's knowledge of Italian experience and his scholarship are quite evident. He really knows both his history and his subject very well. No less important is the fact that he is a first-rate writer who can really tell a good story."
--Bestsellers

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Radio spot Thursday December 15, 2016-

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Just released - Worldwide Publication of Dante in Love!


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Just out--New Digital Edition of--

CONVERSATION WITH JOHNNY

Subsequent artistic attempts at humanizing the don include Analyze This and The Sopranos. Both of these productions feature don characters in therapy. Valerio's use of the therapy device, though, is unique and visionary. It not only predates these films, but also shows the don in control, as therapist, not patient. This configuration emphasizes the power of Italian culture to nurture individual identity. Johnny, the don, serves as cultural nursemaid to the reborn Italian-American, Nicholas.

“The Mafia don as therapist--This comic premise anchors the vignettes that form Conversation with Johnny, allowing Valerio the freedom to demonstrate his virtuosity as poet, comedian, fantasist, philospher, and cultural historian.”
--Professor George Guida, City University of New York

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

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review just in by the great poet Rose Romano
I just bought a copy of Conversation with Johnny by Anthony Valerio. I also just finished reading it. That’s not a coincidence. It’s one of those books that you gobble up, snorting and drooling.
Thank goodness there are some writers in this world who aren’t suffering from Lip Flapper’s Syndrome. The book, double-spaced, is less than 240 pages long but it’s got enough stuff for a book that’s a lot longer. There’s little description but it’s very vivid. There’s little in-depth psychological claptrap to justify the characters’ behavior, but these people are as real as you are. Valerio knows what to put in and what to leave out.
He just sits there, types up a good story, and then stops typing—right in the middle of a sentence.
Johnny’s a don and this writer guy talks to him about his problems and stuff. Sometimes I couldn’t tell when the writer was talking to Johnny and when he was talking to me. But that’s okay. The story goes straight from beginning to end but the writing goes around in circles, hops over fences, stops off to buy some fruit, gets hit by a car, gives a talk about Dante. It’s a story that hovers over you long after you close the book.
I’ve added Conversation with Johnny to my pile of books that I read over and over just to keep me company.


All inquiries re rights to Conversation with Johnny and all works please contact Stefano Bisacchi at-stefano@​tempirregolari.it

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AV


Just out: Creative Bestsellers: Concept to Sales
my supportive writing workshop video: 2+ hours of tips, techniques, anecdotes.
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A Supporting, Nurturing, Creative Environment-
Some of the Segments:
The Magic of Creative Writing
The Devices Writers Use: Time, Images, Narrative Voice
The Revision Process
Writers’ Block

The Writer’s Life (This is really what it is)

Publishing:
Ins/​Outs & Tips on Self-Publishing: How-to
Through a Literary Agent: Cover Letters

For Teachers of Writing: Two Working Exercises

Anecdotes & Lessons of Writers I've worked with:

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Harold Brodkey
Shel Silverstein

Recent review:Jump start your project!

What a great course! I think it has helped free me from old, unhelpful habits. I feel I have some tools now to bring to a close a project I have been working on for longer than I like to think about. Valerio is easy to listen to and really knows his way in and around the various stages of writing projects, from the creative process to editing. He’s engaging, encouraging, and inviting and the course itself is very easy to follow and the video is excellent. I recommend!


Anthony Valerio is an author, editor and teacher. His books include The Mediterranean Runs Through Brooklyn, Valentino and the Great Italians, Lefty and Her Gangsters, The Little Sailor, BART: A Life of A. Bartlett Giamatti, Anita Garibaldi: a Biography, Toni Cade Bambara's One Sicilian Night and JOHN DANTE'S INFERNO, a Playboy's Life. His stories have appeared in the Paris Review and his work has been anthologized by The Viking Press and Random House. His most recent work is JOHN DANTE'S INFERNO: The Screenplay. Mr. Valerio has taught at New York University, The City University of New York and Wesleyan University. He is a member of PEN and The Authors Guild.



"He's just crazy enough-He knows his people-He knows his craft-He gets in, tells his story and gets out-It's what good writing should be."

--Shel Silverstein




About ANITA GARIBALDI, a Biography

"In Valerio's hand, Anita Garibaldi emerges as the courageous but vulnerable woman from Sao Paulo, Brazil, whose singular and precious spirit was caught in the times. Anita Garibaldi is a romance discovered in history's embrace. Valerio creates the Brazilian ethos in its emerald presence as the brilliant nerve in Garibaldi's brave but short time. This biography has a texture like a Renior film, broad and expansive, swimming along in voluble seas."-Afaa M. Weaver Simmons College Boston

About JOHN DANTE'S INFERNO, a Playboy's Life
A 21st Century Virgil! September 28, 2012
By John McCormick (Chicago)
A great writer once remarked with considerable relish that "Dante was a pornographer!" He was referring to the author of *The Divine Comedy.*

One might think that Anthony Valerio, who parallels the life of *Playboy* insider John Dante with the narrative of Dante Alighieri's *Inferno,* would risk making elements of the latter seem salacious or cheap.

On the contrary, Valerio elevates what others certainly would have rendered pornographic--the exploits of a consummate ladies man in the tradition of Don Juan, Casanova, Valentino--to the level of epic poetry.

*John Dante's Inferno* is the latest and perhaps bravest of Valerio's incomparable chronicles of singular Italian American lives; an erudite, reverent, wry, wise and, yes, bawdy biography of Giovanni Aimola aka John Dante--Italian immigrant, night club owner, restauranteur and life-long right hand man to *Playboy* founder, Hugh Hefner.

Valerio's voice is as much a character in this work as is any of the artists, celebrities, gangsters, and of course women (intriguing, beautiful, daring and too often terribly vulnerable women) who cross its pages. Readers will laugh aloud at Valerio's nonplused, bemused reactions to some of the more outrageous statements uttered by the likes of Dante, Hefner, and Shel Silverstein, who also plays a pivotal role in this tale of physical pleasure and, at its core, emotional longing. They will mourn the death in exile suffered by this Dante and wonder whether he ever attained anything like the *Paradiso* described by his namesake.

Seamlessly weaving 13th century Florence with 20th century Chicago and Hollywood, Valerio lays bare the timelessness and full depth of male lust and desire--at their most base and transcendent. Both men and women among readers will recognize anew what a glorious and ridiculous creature is the male of the species.

About LEFTY & HER GANGSTERS, a novel of Power & Sex

“Subsequent artistic attempts at humanizing the don include Analyze This and The Sopranos. Both of these productions feature don characters in therapy. Valero's use of the therapy device, though, is unique and visionary. It not only predates these films, but also shows the don in control, as therapist, not patient. This configuration emphasizes the power of Italian culture to nurture individual identity. Johnny, the don, serves as cultural nursemaid to the reborn Italian-American, Nicholas. “ Melus

About THE LITTLE SAILOR, a Romantic Thriller

"The private, woman-filtered experience of communal life, Valerio’s quintessential métier, the animating principal of his entire literary corpus." --George Guida, VIA Magazine

About TONI CADE BAMBARA'S ONE SSICILIAN NIGHT, a Memoir

"The process by which a great love begins is as hidden as the birth of the universe or the conception of a human being. Here Anthony Valerio, who has lived it, allows us to see it without violating its mystery. This is his story of the improbable but profound recognition that ignited between him -- an "Olive" man, Italian-American writer -- and the acclaimed, doomed Black novelist and activist Toni Cade Bambara. It is so delicate, touching, suspenseful -- I hardly breathed the whole time." "amba12" (New York, NY USA)

"Anthony Valerio's fiction bears likeness to our best dreams when the fantastical elements of the subconscious play themselves out in a vivid replica of reality."

--The Baltimore Sun

New Work - Dante in Love - a modern literary translation of Dante's classic A New Life

Fiction. Translation
a haunting beautiful eternal story of unrequited love--
Italian and Italian American Studies. Biography
Illiterate and poor, the daughter of a herdsman in 19th century Brazil, Anita Ribeiro was lifted from a life of obscurity to one that is the stuff of romance and adventure. When she and a young Italian exile by the name of Captain Garibaldi met in 1839, they joined in the cause of founding a Brazilian republic. Later they went on to lead the defense of Montevideo from an Argentine siege—just one episode among many in their idealistic, nationalistic crusade in a time of immense revolutionary upheaval. It was Anita who taught Garibaldi the guerrilla ways of the gauchoS≪/i>, and they lived as man and wife through a series of adventure and wars. Returning to Italy in 1848 to fight for a united republican Italy, as revolution swept throughout Europe, Anita and Garibaldi were tragically separated by her untimely death the following year. Garibaldi went on to ultimate fame as the father of modern Italy—while Anita's story drifted into the mists of legend. This book, the first full biography of the remarkable life of Anita Garibaldi, tells the true story of a fascinating and important woman.
Italian History, Biography, Women's Studies
Biography
Memoir
"The substance of this memoir is what makes us human when we come home from struggling in the world." --Afaa Michael Weaver
Biography. New Print Edition. http://www.amazon.com/BART-Life-Bartlett-Giamatti/dp/0977282481/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362605171&sr=1-3&keywords=anthony+valerio
"A Wonderful Read."
–Larry King, Newsday
Memoir/Fiction
"The Little Sailor is a literary gem from one of our foremost writers. Anthony Valerio's evocative prose woos the characters onto the page and into the hearts of its readers. His charming, eccentric, deeply moving women emerge from a world of distant memories with extraordinary force and passion–sensual, enticing, unforgettable–and the reader is mesmerized."
–Edvige Giunta

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