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Virtual Author Talk: Len Mattano

July 28, 2020|12:00 am

Author Talk: Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020, 10:00 AM

Join us for a “Coffee Talk” with Len Mattano author of “Celtic Crossing.”  BYO coffee to an internet-enabled device near you, and Zoom in for a chat with a local novelist.  Q & A will follow a short presentation. We hope to see you there!

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsd-2vqD8oGNWKBd-RHZMpz6SO0Kkdpa7k  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting!

Len Mattano is an author and physician whose experiences caring for children with cancer underlie the heart of this story. When not at their home in Mystic, Connecticut, Len and his wife work from their strictly seasonal cabin in East Boothbay, Maine.


For generations Aideen Callaghan’s ancestors were miraculously cured of cancer through the power of a holy relic—the very relic that inspired the Celtic cross—until it vanished from history in 1866 and became Irish lore. Raised on faith but with an inheritance of death, Aideen has been at odds with religion since losing her daughter to a brain tumor. Now it is her orphaned grandson who lies dying. In desperation Aideen turns to a priest-scholar, Fr. Kevin Schaeffer, for help. Armed with a priceless family Bible and a sacred pendant worn by Aideen’s great-grandmother—the last to be cured—Fr. Kevin abandons his research in Dublin and sets his sights on finding the relic in time to save the child.


“Mattano makes a moving debut with this story set in contemporary Ireland that…will be of interest to faith readers who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but prefer lower stakes.”

Publishers Weekly

“Wistfully beautiful.”

     —John Jude Palencar, master American fantasy artist for Game of ThronesLord of the RingsThe Inheritance Cycle, and others

“To read this novel is to embark on a pilgrimage that takes us to an unexpected and holy place.”

Suzanne M. Wolfe, award-winning novelist, author of A Murder by Any NameThe Confessions of X, and Unveiling

“While humanity struggles to understand why a loving God allows such things [as childhood cancer], Mattano’s messengers offer God’s miraculous gifts of faith, hope, and love.”

Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick’s Foundation

“This is a story that will cause sleepless nights as readers turn just one more page—over and over—being drawn with the characters into their own spiritual journeys.”

Rev. Thomas F. X. Hoar, SSE, PhD, President & CEO, St. Edmund’s Retreat, Enders Island, Mystic CT

“For a refreshing touch of spiritual reawakening, reward yourself with Celtic Crossing.”

Raymond J. Hutchinson, MS, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean, University of Michigan

“Move over Andrew Greeley! Here is a novelist with your talents and multi-layer plotting, the sort of which you would be proud.”

Paul L. Maier, PhD, Professor of Ancient History (Em.), Western Michigan University; best-selling novelist, author of The Skeleton in God’s Closet and others



July 28, 2020
12:00 am
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