A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Posts Tagged ‘Cape May County’

First anniversary

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

One year ago today, My Cousin the Saint was released across the United States and in Canada. It was a pretty thrilling day, and has been a very gratifying year. I’ve had the opportunity to give more than three dozen radio and newspaper interviews, had an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, stories published in Catholic and Italian-American magazines and have made more than 60 book talks to groups in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts and in New York City.

And through this web site, I’ve received heartwarming notes from readers across the country (and a few farther than that). The book has even connected me with Catanoso relatives I had never met before in the United States, Argentina and Brazil (Thiago Catanoso of Sao Paolo even visited me in NC last summer!). I am enormously pleased that my story of faith, family and miracles has resonated with so many people.

With the paperback due out in about a month, I am hopeful it reaches even more. Thank you all for reading and being in touch.

Book talks in Cape May County

Monday, May 4th, 2009

I’m happy to say that I’ll be returning to Cape May County, N.J., next week for book talks. At 7 p.m., on Saturday, May 16, I’ll be at the Avalon Free Public Library. The talk is actually at the adjacent Avalon Elementary School in the gym. Details and directions are here.  And on Sunday morning at 10:30, I’ll be at St. John of God Catholic Church in North Cape May. Directions are here.

Books will be available! Come on out! Tell your friends! You might even meet a few characters from the book!

A Talese holiday tradition

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to receive a dust-jacket blurb from one of America’s great writers of nonfiction, Gay Talese. It was a very generous gesture. Turns out, as this story indicates, the generosity of Talese and his book editor wife, Nan, is legendary this time of year in New York City.

Talese’s classic work Unto the Sons remains the quintessential immigration story. He, too, traces his Italian roots to Calabria, and his father, like my grandfather, settled in Cape May County, New Jersey, and started a business that flourished. For Talese’s father, it was a men’s and women’s clothing store in Ocean City. My aunts and uncles were frequent customers.

Catholic Star Herald

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Debbie Barsotti, a talented reporter for the Catholic Star Herald (Camden, NJ diocese), writes about “My Cousin the Saint” in this week’s issue of the paper. An excerpt:

“In Catanoso’s book, the stories of both his grandfather and the sainted cousin come alive. There is historical perspective about life on both continents. ‘In order for me to write about them,’ Catanoso said, ‘I knew I needed to provide enough history to bring them life in the context of their time. Otherwise you couldn’t appreciate the courage of both of them.’ “

The whole story is here.

Beautiful day

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Justin and Judi

Sunday was a special day for me in Cape May County. I had a wonderful turnout for my first book signing. The stars of Part I — my father, and his brothers and sisters — came out. And so did scores of new and old friends. Jim Vanore, writer with The Herald of Cape May County, came with his wife, and posted this coverage of the event on his blog. Thank you, Jim.

UPDATE: My brother Len took this photo of me with Judi Salasin, a dear family friend who spent real valuable time with my brother Alan when he was sick in 2004.

Family reunion

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

connie and len

An enduring theme in my book is that of family. This Memorial Day weekend, I head north to Cape May County, New Jersey (from Greensboro, NC) to be with mine. My brother Lenny is hosting a book event and signing for me at his gorgeous retail village on Route 9 outside Avalon; my sister Marlene will be there, as will my dad and mom, who is baking cookies. I suspect there will be some aunts and uncles and cousins there, too, several of whom are featured in the book (though none of whom are saints!). It will be at Woodland Village and we’re getting started Sunday at 1 p.m.

If you’re visiting the Shore for the weekend, please stop by. We’d love to see you.

UPDATE: These are my parents, Connie and Len Catanoso