Chris Pacelii of Al's Beef, Chicago and author Arthur Cola pause in their
discussion of his new book:
The Books of Arthur Cola
Christmas in October Comes to “Little Italy”
Chicago: Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine will be the hub of an early Christmas celebration as Chicago born Italian-American author, Arthur Cola returns to “Little Italy”where his family lived in his youth. The author will be introducing his newestnovel: Stolen Christmas which in his words “is a celebration of the history,heritage and faith traditions of the neighborhood which was the center of Italian immigration in years past and new immigrants from south of the border in recent years.” Thus his story centers around two of the iconic symbols ofthe near west side area of Chicago. They are Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine and St.Ignatius High School. But that’s not all. Many of those businesses which havemade “Little Italy” a renaissance area of the city have come out in support ofthe author’s story and his proposed film project. Besides the National Shrineof Our Lady of Pompeii, you’ll find that Al’s Beef, Tuscany Restaurant, RosebudRestaurant, De Pasada Mexican Restaurant, Conte di Savoia European Imports,Pompeii Restaurant, Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, University Village Association, and Festa Italiana are all mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the book as well as actually being woven into the plot of the storywhich also features Notre Dame of Chicago, Holy Family Church, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Old St. Patrick’s Church. Also featured is Willis Tower in downtown Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral and the Chicago City Hall as well as the Maxwell St. business and market area.
“StolenChristmas” is David and Goliath tale in which a young pastor struggles with alarge corporation which is scheduled to take over the property of Our Lady ofPompeii Church and demolish it at Christmas time. A third grade Hispanic boy atthe church’s school learns of the doom day and takes the initiative to enact a dastardly deed to stop Christmas and thus delay the destruction of his Churchand School. That’s when he encounters his sister and her secret Italian-American boyfriend from St. Ignatius High School who present a modern day Romeo and Juliet relationship and a white bearded elderly gentleman whocomes to be known as Mr. Nick. They band together to confront the corporation and soon the elderly gentleman teaches not only the teens, the boy and their families but also the entire city the power of faith and hope in this tale of a Christmas miracle.
The Our Lady of Pompeii book event will take place after each Mass on Sunday October 20beginning with the 8:30 a.m Liturgy. 11 a.m. The author will sign his new book and alsohave available a selection of his other novels which include Celtic tales (Papaand the Leprechaun King, The Shamrock Crown) and Italian legends (The StoneCutter Genius, The Brooch). You’ll also meet the author’s team, that is his family, who will be inviting visitors to meet the author.