For a deep dive into Italian Internment During WWII, here’s a great talk given by Humanities Professor Laura Ruberto of Berkeley City College.
The West Bank Historical Society’s March 2021 newsletter (page 22) The Algerine has a great write-up on Sal Serio and the American-Italian Research Library. Mr. Sal was instrumental in helping me unlock the fascinating stories of the Jackson Barracks POWs and was an invaluable research partner. An expert genealogist, he also helped track down the descendants, and remains an ardent cheerleader and promoter of the novel and the backstory. If you’ve ever thought about tracing your Italian roots, Mr. Sal is the man to see.
Here’s a great piece about the history of Sicilian corner groceries in New Orleans, featuring Sal Serio, of course.
Here’s an excerpt from Justin Nystrom’s Creole Italian in the Southern Foodways Alliance’s on-line journal. It’s a good history of the Sicilian French Quarter.
I was thinking about writing a blog post about the parallels between the COVID19 crisis and life on the New Orleans home front during World War 2. Luckily, 64 Parishes magazine did it for me here.
Rose works as a bookkeeper at Higgins Industries. Here’s a link to read more about Andrew Jackson Higgins and the boats that helped win World War II. And here’s a great little mini-documentary on Higgins’ role during the war.
Even Nazi POWs were appalled at the treatment of African-Americans in the U.S. Heather Gilligan’s Medium post tells one story.
Sicilian Jazzman Louis Prima figures into THE ITALIAN PRISONER. Here’s an article with a little more background on him.
New Orleans writer John Pope combed through some oral histories at the National WWII Museum for this portrait of the many women who worked in non-traditional jobs during the war. Here’s a link to his September 24, 2020 nola.com story.
For a deep dive into some photographs that inspired various aspects of the book, click here.