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

Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

A new archbishop in New York

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

From today’s Times: “Archbishop Dolan, a church historian whose studies have focused on the contemporary American Catholic experience, made it clear on Wednesday that he understands he was chosen for his formidable skills at communications and public relations, and that he intends to use them.”

The whole story is here.

Scenes from NYC

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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Last week, March 12, I had the great honor of speaking about my book at the Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College.
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There was a nice turnout and a very receptive audience. I took questions for more than 30 minutes — a lively discussion about southern Italy. Thanks to Joe Sciorra and Anthony Tamburri for the invitation.
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The following night, March 13, I had a blast speaking at the famous Old Town Bar on 18th Street in Manhattan. It was crowded and noisy and a great deal of fun, more of a shout than a talk.
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Owner Matt Meagher, a friend of my sister’s, was good enough to invite me and make books available. Thanks Matt….Photos by Emilia Catanoso

On the road

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I’m happy to say I will be in New York City next week for a couple of book talks and a book signing:

March 11: I will be a guest speaker during the evening service at St. Athanasius Church, 6120 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn. The service starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. A book signing will follow the service.

March 12: I will speak as part of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute‘s Writers Read Series. The institute is part of Queen College, CUNY, and is located at 25 W. 43rd St., 17th Floor, in Manhattan. This event begins around 6 p.m., and the institute requests that those coming call to RSVP: 212-642-2094. A book signing will follow the talk.

March 13: I will be at Old Town Bar for a book signing. This will start around 6:30 p.m. The historic literary hangout is owned by friends of my sister’s who have generously arranged this event.

As a special family treat, my wife, singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett, will perform on March 13 at Googies Lounge in the Village (154 Ludlow Street) at 7:30 p.m.

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

For those of you planning ahead, I am delighted to report that I will be speaking about My Cousin the Saint at Queens College in Manhattan on March 12, a Thursday, at 6 p.m. I have been invited to participate in the Writers Read Series sponsored by the college’s esteemed Calandra Italian American Institute.

The address is 25 W. 43rd St and the institute is on the 17th floor. The presentation is free and open to all, but I’m told seating is limited.

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.

A museum for Italian Americans

Monday, September 15th, 2008

News flash for the AP wire:

NEW YORK (Sept. 15) —A museum dedicated to Italian Americans has reopened where it belongs—in Little Italy. The Italian American Museum originally opened in 2001 in midtown Manhattan, but it has just completed a move to 155 Mulberry St. at the corner of Grand Street. The museum’s mission is to explore the cultural heritage of Italian Americans and their European roots.

Story here. Museum web site here.