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Aunt Pig of Puglia

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“Lyrical and funny and wise, Catto’s one-of-a-kind family memoir is a stunning valentine to story telling.” –Catherine Browder, author of Secret Lives”An intimate, rather than private look at family life, Patricia Catto applies an impeccable ear and a Coppola-like eye to paint a wonderfully exquisite, moving memoir of the Italian-American experience. Grazie!”

–Joey Nicoletti, author of Cannoli Gangster

“Brisk, frank and always funny… With surpassing compassion, Catto animates the mothers, fathers, seers, ne’er-do-wells, misanthropes and heroes, whose sincerity and humor bring the lost world of Aunt Pig to spiny, sweet, crackling life.”

–George Guida, author of New York and Other Lovers: Poems

AUNT PIG OF PUGLIA: a family remembrance a magic realism memoir by Patricia Catto

ART: orginal images by Debra Di Blasi

SOUND: original spoken word by Patricia Catto; produced by Jaded Ibis Productions

About the Author
Patricia Catto was born in Auburn, New York, of Italian immigrants. She is the author of Wife of Geronimo’s Virile Old Age: Poems, and many stories, articles and essays. For 20 years, Patricia has taught at Kansas City Art Institute, offering a variety of courses exploring eco-psychological approaches to literature, and formal poetry writing centered on forms from the classical world to the contemporary marketplace. In the late 1990s she added the raks sharki dance element to her poetry classes and, in 2004 and 2006, traveled to India to study this form. Patricia’s courses in Folk Literature of the World are her signature and reveal a deep interest in the archetypal manifestations and soul motifs of our species. In 2001 Patricia began a series of dance-lectures entitled “Veil as Sacred Space,” and has presented this workshop around the country. She lives in Bisbee, Arizona with her dogs, Habeebah, Ugoberto, Vito and Rhett Butler.