On Sunday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m., my interview with NC Bookwatch host D.G. Martin will be rebroadcasted on UNC-TV. The 30-minute interview with me about my book originally aired last July. Tune in!
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Today is my sister’s birthday. Today is another anniversary of sorts. Three years ago on March 10, Randi Murray, my agent at the time, called me to say, “Mr. Catanoso, you have a contract.” Thrilling words to hear for the first time. That’s when Judith Regan, former HarperCollins publisher, gave her editor the green light to take a risk on a book about an Italian-American journalist with a saint in the family tree. Tomorrow, I head to New York City to tell folks what’s happened since. Thank you, Randi. Thank you, Judith. Happy birthday, Marlene.
Months before I had this web site and blog, John Thavis, the Vatican bureau chief for the Catholic News Service, got to read an advance copy of My Cousin the Saint. Back in February, three months before it was released, here is what John had to say on his blog.
Excerpt: “Being handed an uncorrected proof of a book with the words, “A relative of mine wrote this,” does not always augur well. But I began paging through it after the dinner and today found myself reading big chunks of it at the office.”
Michelle Fabio, who runs the wonderful site bleeding espresso from her adopted home in Calabria, offers some sound holiday gift-giving advice here , including a much-appreciated book recommendation. Grazie, Michelle.
Filmed and edited by Michael Frierson, film professor at UNC-Greensboro
Bookmarks, Winston-Salem’s highly popular festival of books, will be held Saturday at Historic Bethabara Park, which is north of downtown not far from Wake Forest University. The event is free and open to all. This year’s honorary chairman is D.G. Martin, host of UNC-TV’s Bookwatch program. Authors of fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature will be there through the day talking about their work, talking about writing and signing books. Things get started around 9 a.m. and run through the afternoon. Full details are here.
I will be talking about “My Cousin the Saint” at 10:30 a.m. at the Non-Fiction tent. My wife, singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett, will be perform with friends Scott Manring and Molly McGinn at 1 p.m. on the main stage.
Editor Brian Clarey offers his take on “My Cousin the Saint,” and his alternative weekly, Yes! Weekly, offers its picks for summer reading. Brian’s story begins:
“Justin Catanoso and I have a lot in common. We are both editors of weekly newspapers, and both of us grew up in the Northeast before settling in Greensboro to nurture our families and careers. We are both married to beautiful blondes, and we both have daughters named Rosie. And we share a common heritage.
“Catanoso, like my own mother, is an American of full-blooded Italian descent, and we can both trace our roots back to Calabria, the toe of the boot.
“You can read the history of Italy in his face: his Roman nose and heavy brow, raw intelligence gleaming in his dark eyes, his jaw like an outcropping of rock, his olive-oil skin and hair like black wire.
“He looks like he could be one of my uncles, out there throwing bocce balls on the lawn.”