The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello in the Crowsnest Pass Herald

By Ezra Black

It’s hard to believe that Italians were once visible minorities.

But that was the reality for Adriana Davies.

At a book signing on Feb. 23, the Italian-born author and historian recalled being subject to taunts growing up in rural Alberta.

“You quickly learned you couldn’t bring smelly cheese, even provolone, in your sandwich to school,” she recalled. “I remember, my sister, brother and I, we only wanted Velveeta cheese with white bread.”

The Italian-Canadian immigration experience inspired Davies to write her latest book The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello.

“I was interested in the history of the Italian people and the issues they faced in the immigration experience,” said Davies. “For me the story of Picariello was really a part of this immigration history and I wanted to know more. Ultimately I wanted to see whether he was guilty or not.”

Read more in the Crowsnest Pass Herald.