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Norah Dooley - Italian Folktales - Medford Public Librray

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Norah Dooley - Italian Folktales  - Medford Public Librray

Time: October 5, 2010 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: Medford Public Library
Street: 111 High Street
City/Town: Medford MA
Event Type: story, concert, italian, folk, tales, immigration
Organized By: Norah Dooley
Latest Activity: Sep 30, 2010

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Celebrating Italian Heritage month....
"Stories Nobody Told Me and a few I’ve heard a million times "
Norah Dooley tells Italian Folk tales at the Medford Public Library, October 5th, 2010
111 High Street Medford, MA 02155-3870
TEL(781) 395-7950
Traditional Italian folk tales serve up common story motifs with a distinctive flavor. Norah Dooley, a professional storyteller, picture book author and granddaughter of Italian immigrants tells these stories con brio.

Dooley, ( yes, her father was Irish-American) says
“ Despite a large extended Italian family in my background, I came to my cultural heritage through the back door of my enthusiastic but slapdash scholarship”. She read the works of Italo Calvino and then the 16th and 17th century folklorists, Bocaccio, Straparola and Basile. “These ‘dead white guys ‘ inspired me to tell my versions of their timeless tales”, says Dooley. As many European storytellers before her, she also found inspiration in the ancient Panchatantra texts from India and the old Buddhist Jataka tales. “The "recipes" used to dish up these tales are very old, but the combination of ingredients and seasonings come from Italy.”

The immigration story she will tell is part of a series of stories about her maternal aunt/godmother “ I heard bits and pieces of her story all the while I was growing up. But it wasn’t until I was an adult and my mother set me down to hear it out from beginning to end, that I began to understand who my Aunty Vera was.”

My godmother, our Aunty Vera on left, center, our nonna, Carrie Pastorino DiBrizzi ( yes, Carrie in Everybody Cooks Rice is named for her) , the redhead is Uncle Gigi's wife and my mom in the upper right corner, seated on right is Aunt Mamie.

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Comment by Karen Chace on September 30, 2010 at 9:55am
The program sounds amazing Norah. Unfortunately, next week is jammed packed with last minute wedding details, out of town folks arriving, etc. I will have to catch you wonderful storytelling another time.

Wishing you a full house!

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