MY COUSIN THE SAINT
A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Archive for June, 2009

One Essential Question

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


Shot on location in Reggio Calabria by Michael Frierson, film professor at UNC-Greensboro.

Not Strictly Spiritual

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

A lovely endorsement from blogger Mary DeTerris Poust is here, second item. An excerpt: “It is a wonderful book that will make you want to get on the next plane to Italy to find your long lost relatives.”

Now in paperback

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

My Cousin the Saint
Released today, by Harper Perennial. Available here. Take a look inside here.

All the way from Calabria

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Ok, I’m just a little excited. The paperback version of My Cousin the Saint comes out tomorrow, and I just got a little help from a wonderful American blogger in Calabria in getting the word out — Michelle Fabio, author of the popular Web site bleeding espresso. I was really happy to be able to excerpt her online review of my book in the paperback. Her post is here.

Uncle Tony’s story

Sunday, June 14th, 2009


Filmed in Chorio, Italy, March 2008 by Michael Frierson, UNC-Greensboro.

Review: 31 Days of Italians

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The web site “31 Days of Italians,” which celebrates Italy, Italians and Italian-Americans every day of the month, reviews My Cousin the Saint here. Just in time for the paperback release in four days! (But who’s counting?)

Voices and Viewpoints

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

A year ago, I had a wonderful in-depth interview regarding the release of My Cousin the Saint with Denise Franklin, host of WFDD’s Voices and Viewpoints program, out of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Given the release of the paperback on June 16, WFDD will rebroadcast that interview this Friday at 1 p.m and 6 p.m. on 88.5 FM. The station can be picked up throughout the Triad and western North Carolina, or roughly a third of the state.

“Book of the moment”

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

A long and admiring story in TheAlternativePress.com, based in North Jersey, discusses the Dominican nuns at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, NJ.

According to the story: “During the main meal, at noon, the nuns may sit in silence and eat or one sister reads from a book that they may be jointly reading as a group at the time. Currently, the book of the moment is “My Cousin the Saint” but they do have a full library available to them equipped with the classics as well as classical music.”

Delay for JPII?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

giansanti of JPII
The blog Clerical Whispers reports: “The beatification of Pope John Paul II may be delayed as the Vatican seeks more documentation regarding his almost 27 years as pope, Italian newspapers reported in late May.”