San Francisco author Carl Russo will read from his new book "The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide." Complimentary Sicilian wine will be served during a discussion about the making of this controversial work. The event is presented by Left Coast Writers.
Written for tourists and arm-chair travelers alike, The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide (Strategic Media Books, $18.95) 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.
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.