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The Italian background
The Journey to Canada
Home is where the heart is
Marisa De Franceschi was born in Muris (Udine), Italy, in 1946. She came to Canada with her parents in 1948, and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. Her father is Italian from Muris, Udine Province in Italy, while her mother is an Italian born in Windsor, Canada.

Marisa graduated from the University of Windsor, and taught for over twenty five years. Her short stories, articles, and book reviews have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications including, Canadian Author & Bookmark, The Mystery Review and The Dynamics of Cultural Exchange. Marisa’s work has appeared in a number of anthologies and she has twice been the recipient of the Okanagan Short Story Award. Surface Tension was her first novel. De Franceschi has completed a second and is working on a third. Her work includes:

  - “The Providers”, which is a short story for Canadian Author & Bookmark, published in 1980.

- “Stories About Real People”, is a series of readings, stories to make everyone laugh, published in 1982 by Mardan Publishing.

- “Royal Blood”, a short story, Canadian Author & Bookmark, 1984.

- “The Providers” and “Royal Blood” were included in the anthology Pure Fiction, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, in 1986.

- “Peonies trying to survive”, is a short story, Ricordi: Things Remembered, published in Toronto by Guernica Editions, in 1989.

- “Surface Tension”, is her first novel, published in Toronto by Guernica Editions, in 1994. It is a story about an Italian immigrant family, who lives in America and the challenges that this family faces.

- “Things Remembered”, a short story, Investigating Women, published in Toronto by Simon & Pierre, in 1995.

- Book Reviews for “Canadian Author & Bookmark”, “The Mystery Review”, “The Windsor Star” and numerous newspaper and magazine articles for a variety of Canadian publications.

- Marisa De Franceschi was the editor of “Pillars of Lace: The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Women Writers”, in 1998. “Pillars of Lace” is an eclectic collection of the finest writing by Italian-Canadian women, from a variety of genres: poetry, short stories, film scripts, novels, personal memoirs and journalism. She also edited “The Many Faces of Woman”, a short story collection, published by River City Press, in 2001.

- “Family Matters”, De Franceschi’s heartbreaking recollections of childhood, a prose series, published in 2001 by Guernica Editions.

Today, Marisa still resides in her hometown of Windsor. She has completed another novel and a collection of prose poetry and she also contributes to the magazine "Accenti."
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