July 12, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Sicilian Mafia GuideSpaceholder San Francisco author Carl Russo will read from his new book, The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide, at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m. Complimentary Sicilian wine will be served during a discussion about the making of this controversial work.

Written for tourists and arm-chair travelers alike, the book is a geographical history of the Cosa Nostra on the Italian island of Sicily, the picturesque birthplace of organized crime.

Since 2006, Russo has photographed Mafia landmarks in Sicily: where the murders happened, where the godfathers lived, and 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 tales of murder and mayhem, packed with 202 photographs of the actual locations.

“Mafia landmarks are found everywhere in Sicily, an unfortunate byproduct of the island’s tragic history,” says Russo. “By mapping theses strange sites and telling the amazing stories behind them, I want to show readers that the Mafia is not a romantic relic of the past.”

WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA. (415) 927-0960
COST: Free

Carl Russo is a San Francisco author who has written for the Oakland Tribune, Indiewire and other publications. He was a radio producer and DJ at KUSF-FM, San Francisco, for more than a decade. He fell in love with Sicily on his first trip to the island in 1999 and has returned many times since. In 2010, he started a blog, MafiaExposed.com, which became the basis for his book.


1 Comment so far

  1. Carl Russo on June 24, 2014 11:15 pm

    Thank you, Laurie, for posting this event! I hope to meet your readers over a glass of vino siciliano in Marin.

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