Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold
Boasting one of the nation’s largest and most diverse Italian American populations, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, joins old and new with events such as La Corsa dei Ceri or St. Ubaldo Day in Jessup and La Festa Italiana on Scranton’s Courthouse Square. Every town in the county with an Italian population has its own story. Whether the people can trace their origins to Guardia or Gubbio, Felitto or Perugia, the Italians of Lackawanna County all share one thing in common: a strong sense of pride in their ethnic origins. In Images of Modern America: Italians of Lackawanna County, readers will find familiar images of summertime traditions, as well as new representations of how the region’s Italian community seeks to preserve its heritage.
Stephanie Longo is known as an expert on the Italian American history of northeastern Pennsylvania and has authored several works on the subject, including Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Italians of Lackawanna County and Dunmore, all published by Arcadia Publishing. A graduate of both the University of Scranton (BA, MA) and Regent University (MA), she has made it her mission to continue to preserve the history that her ancestors brought to the United States from Guardia dei Lombardi, Italy. Through her work, the City of Scranton, the Borough of Dunmore, and Guardia have been named sister cities. A dual citizen of the United States and Italy, Ms. Longo resides in Dunmore and is presently the director of marketing and communications at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, as well as the book reviews editor for Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing.