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Annie Rachele Lanzillotto reads from "L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir" (SUNY Press, 2013)
Calandra Italian American Institute 25 W. 43rd St., 17th fl. New York, NY 10036

This poignant memoir takes readers into a world of immigration, gay subculture, cancer treatment, mental illness, gender dynamics, drug addiction, and domestic violence -- a world peopled by a vast array of Italian-American characters. In the street, Annie Lanzillotto bounced her Spaldeen ball on the stoop; inside, she tapped calls for help on the heat pipes when her father beat her mother. Later, she was forced to quit college by the discovery of a massive tumor inside her chest, a circumstance that initiated her truth-seeking journey for survival. The journey crescendos with a return home to the timeless wisdom of Lanzillotto's immigrant grandmother, Rosa Marsico Petruzzelli.

Date: March 13, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Fees: Free
Phone: (212) 642-2094
Fax: 212-642-2030

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