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New book spotlights local writer, artwork

The editors of “Routledge History of Italian Americans pored through thousands of images in their search for the best ones to illustrate their new compendium, which encompasses 40 contributors and 660 pages.

For the cover, they ultimately settled on “The Migrants,” a painting by John Cadel that hangs in the permanent art exhibit that bears his name at the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italian in Stone Park.

Cadel was a teacher at the Art Institute in the 1970s when the Rev. August Feccia, then the director of the cultural center, commissioned the work. The artist passed away in his native Fanna, Friulli, a few years later.

Published with a grant from UNICO National, “Routledge History of Italian Americansaims to be a comprehensive reference book of Italian Americana for the current generation.

Dominic Candeloro, curator of the library at the cultural center, authored a chapter in the book titled, “World War II Changed Everything.”

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