Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | March 24, 2013

March 25, 2013 Host Kathleen Marshall Speaks With Author and Performer Annie Lanzillotto About Her New Book, ‘L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir’

Annie Lanzillotto

Annie Lanzillotto

      Annie Lanzillotto was born and raised in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx. moving to Yonkers with her mother when she was ten years old.  Yet, despite the move, despite her B.A. with honors from Brown University in medical anthropology, despite her world travels, despite her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence University, despite her two bouts with cancer, Annie proudly remains an Italian Bronx butch icon.

L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir chronicles Annie’s life from her earliest memories in her parent’s home in the Bronx, through her current on-going work with cancer patients at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  Hers is a remarkable story of love and perseverance in the face of adversaries such as domestic violence, drug abuse, intolerance, misogyny, and cancer.  It is filled with Italian-American Bronxisms, and is written with a distinctly Bronx accent.

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“Annie’s adventures as a Bronx-born tomboy are one-of-a-kind. The writing is exuberant and lyrical; the characterization masterful. Told with pathos, wit, and unflagging energy. If you’re looking for a memoir in high-definition surround sound, look no further.”— Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger,Tiger: A Memoir

“It’s a book made of dismantled padlocks, and of doors, opened and closed; of spoons clanking against radiators in an attempt to speak or scream; of Ivy League classism and World War II racism; of language ‘spoken and broken.’ Equal parts humor, guts, and grief, it’s a disarming story of all that a person—body, mind, and soul—can undergo without going under, in which ‘Bronxite’ is a new kind of rock.” — Mary Cappello, author of Awkward: A Detour and Called Back

To listen to Through the Eyes of Women’s 30 second promo for this show just click on the following link:      TTEOW Annie Lanzillotto Promo

Click the following link to hear the mp3 of Kathleen’s conversation with Annie Lanzillotto aired on Through the Eyes of Women 3/25/2013.  Click the link only once, then be patient while the mp3 loads. Follow the prompts in the audio/music playback program you have chosen for your computer to playback and/or save the show.          3-25-2013 Kathy Annie Lanzillotto

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