Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Green Apple Books on Clement is excited to host author, Carl Russo, as he presents his book The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide. We’ll host the event in the Granny Smith Room at 7pm with complimentary Sicilian wine.
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The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide is the first book of its kind in any language: the ultimate Cosa Nostra experience. Since 2006, author Carl Russo has photographed Mafia hotspots on the Italian island of Sicily: where the murders happened, where the godfathers lived, where their victims are buried. From the sunbaked fishing villages of the Mediterranean to the darkest alleys of Palermo, western Sicily is the exotic backdrop for more than 100 meticulously researched tales of murder and mayhem, packed with 200 photographs of the actual locations.
The book’s historical sweep covers 150 years of revolutions, world wars, politics and popular culture—all inextricably bound to Cosa Nostra. They include the childhood home of gangster Lucky Luciano, the hideouts of the fearsome bosses of Corleone, the tombs of the "Robin Hood” bandit and the legendary dons, the roots of the American and Canadian mafias, the Allied landing, pistol-packing priests, political assassinations, playgrounds of the new Mafia and the anti-Mafia movement.
Each site and association is depicted in sharp prose and revealing images, bringing many stories to English for the first time. Whether you’re planning a trip to Sicily or sticking to the comfort of your armchair, this provocative book will take you closer to the Sicilian Mafia than you dared to think possible.
BIO: Carl Russo is a Bay Area native who has written for the Oakland Tribune, Indiewire and other publications. Russo fell in love with Sicily on his first trip to the island in 1999 and has returned many times since. In 2010, he began a blog, Mafia Exposed, which became the basis for his book.
Russo was also a radio producer and disc jockey at KUSF-FM, San Francisco, from 1990 to 2003. In 2005, he made a short comedy called Baby Pepper, which screened at 48 film festivals in 13 countries.