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07.27.2020 | Celtic Crossing On Locale

During his book tour in Ireland last fall, Len snapped photos of locales used for key scenes in Celtic Crossing. Click here for a visual tour accompanied by relevant passages from the text.


07.01.2020 | Connecticut Authors Trail and Other News

The 2020 Connecticut Authors Trail starts July 8 with virtual events throughout the summer. Join Len online as this year's Douglas Library of Hebron CAT Guest Author. The event will be live-streamed on Tuesday, August 25 and all are welcome. Physicians may be interested in a CME-accredited course on July 24-25 entitled Empowering Physicians to Heal Mind, Body, and Soul, featuring Len as Keynote Speaker. Attendance can be via online streaming or in person at St. Edmund's Retreat, Mystic CT. The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library event originally scheduled for June 13 will happen virtually on Tuesday, July 28. See details at Events.


06.08.2020 | June Event Updates

The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library author presentation planned for next Saturday will be rescheduled as a virtual event; check back soon for details. The Waterford Public Library event originally scheduled for May 13 will happen virtually on Wednesday, July 15. See details at Events.


05.07.2020 | Pandemic Update

The upcoming Mystic & Noank Library author presentation has been rescheduled from Thursday, May 14, to Thursday, June 11, and will take place online. See details at Events. New dates for the Waterford Public Library presentation and Niantic Book Club discussion will be posted soon. Thanks for your patience during these challenging times.


04.16.2020 | Audiobook Preview Online

For audiobook fans, a preview including the Prologue and Chapter One of Celtic Crossing is now available here. It is narrated by the author, who claims no ability to feign an Irish accent or speak in upper registers.


04.07.2020 | New April Event and Pandemic Update

The Mystic Noname Book Club has scheduled a virtual session to discuss Celtic Crossing, its selection for the month, on April 20. See details at Events. Please check back in the coming weeks regarding potential changes to other scheduled events due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Be well and stay well.


03.14.2020 | Upcoming Author Events

The Mystic Irish Parade and Sober St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 22 have been rescheduled for October 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as have Len's book signing events at Bank Square Books and St. Patrick Church. The 5th Annual Local Authors Fest at the Public Library of New London has been canceled. Len is excited to announce several new events for the spring and summer. An author talk and signing entitled Celtic Crossing: A Quest into the Unexpected is scheduled for May 13 at the Waterford Public Library, May 14 at the Mystic & Noank Library, and June 13 at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. See details at Events.


02.26.2020 | The Day Article Published

Award-winning editor Lee Howard of The Day interviewed Len recently at his home in Mystic about Celtic Crossing and how it came to be. The wonderfully crafted article is featured in today's issue online and can be read in its entirety here.


02.16.2020 | Spring Author Events Scheduled

In addition to previously announced events scheduled for March 22 in tandem with the Mystic Irish Parade, there are three new regional events on Len's spring calendar. Patrons of the Garde Arts Center Winter Cinema Series will find Len at an authors' table in the lobby during the March 8 matinée showing of 1917. On March 28, he'll be participating in the 5th Annual Local Authors Fest hosted by the Public Library of New London. Books will be available for purchase and signing at both venues. He's also been invited for a discussion of Celtic Crossing with Niantic Book Club members on May 19, hosted by Chelsea Groton Bank. See details at Events.


02.12.2020 | The Resident Article Published

In the current issue of The Resident, Roger Zotti penned an interview with Len and a thoughtful review of Celtic Crossing. Describing the novel as "powerful," he points out a standout moment late in the story between key characters Aideen and Father Kevin: "A quiet but crucial scene, there's much to ponder in it, the kind of scene actor, writer, director Greta Gerwig (Little Women) would say is recognizing 'the thing underneath.'" Read the complete review here.


01.24.2020 | Mystic Irish Parade Author Events Scheduled

Downtown Mystic is the venue for one of the most vibrant Irish parades in New England, with over 25,000 attendees and nearly 2,000 participants representing a hundred units. Scheduled for March 22—rain, shine, or snow—Len will greet revelers and sign copies of Celtic Crossing at two events along the route. Meet Len at Bank Square Books (corner of West Main and Water Streets) during the parade, or join the post-parade Sober St. Patrick's Day festivities cohosted by Enders Island and St. Patrick Church at the Church Center (32 East Main Street). See details at Events.


01.01.2020 | Mystic Neighbors Article Published

Check out the feature article on Len and Sue in the January 2020 issue of Mystic Neighbors. Previously Groton Mystic Neighbors, the magazine is now distributed to folks on both sides of the Mystic River. Many thanks to author Elizabeth Saede and photographer Margit Fish.


12.29.2019 | "Books and Beyond" Cable TV Interview Airs

Jim Bennett is not only a great chef, he also co-chairs a regional chapter of the Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association and hosts a biweekly cable TV interview show. Len was invited to discuss Celtic Crossing in context of his career in childhood cancer care, research, and drug development. The episode was filmed on December 29, airs periodically for two weeks, and can be viewed anytime on YouTube.


12.12.2019 | St. Mary Student Parish Newsletter Article Published

The Alumni Spotlight feature in the St. Mary Student Parish (Ann Arbor MI) Campus Connection Newsletter Fall 2019 issue highlighted Len's experiences while in medical training and the genesis of Celtic Crossing. Len and his wife were married in the parish the day after he graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. They remained in Ann Arbor to complete their studies before moving to Kalamazoo in 1991.


11.14.2019 | Kalamazoo College BeLight Article Published

Len was interviewed by freelance writer Chris Killian for an insightful BeLight Newsletter story on the author, his novel, and life experiences at his college alma mater. A Faithful Journey appears in this month's issue.


10.25.2019 | St. Baldrick's Foundation CEO Posts Author Q&A

Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick's Foundation, recently spoke with Len about the writing of Celtic Crossing and its meaning to him as both author and pediatric oncologist. From Pediatric Cancer Doctor to Researcher to Novelist: A Q&A with Dr. Len Mattano was posted today on the SBF Blog website.


10.10.2019 | Indiana and Ireland Author Events Scheduled

The University of Notre Dame, home of the Fighting Irish, will host an author event on the evening of Thursday, October 17, at the Geddes Hall Coffee Shop. Celtic Crossing: A Quest for the Meaning of Life in the Context of Death is open to all. An author Meet & Greet will take place at Alan Hanna's Bookshop in Rathmines, Lower Dublin, on Tuesday, October 29. This independent shop is featured in the novel. See details at Events.


09.26.2019 | Discussion Guide Bonus Questions Available

Interested readers and book club members will be pleased to find additional discussion questions not included in published versions of the book now posted here.


09.19.2019 | Michigan and Ireland Author Events Scheduled

Events hosted by the University of Michigan Medical School, WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, and Kalamazoo College are now on Len's book tour schedule for October. Celtic Crossing: A Literary Exploration of Spirituality and Religion in the Terminally Ill will take place on the evening of Tuesday, October 15, at the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown facility. Family Cancer Syndrome: 50 Years of Lessons is the title of Pediatric Grand Rounds on Friday morning, October 18, at Bronson Gilmore Center Auditorium. Later that morning, Len will share insights on his career transition From Oncologist to Novelist during the weekly Community Reflection at Stetson Chapel on the K College campus. See details at Events.


09.19.2019 | The Sun Article Published

Editor Nancy Burns-Fusaro of The Westerly Sun covered the release of Celtic Crossing with a feature in today's issue. The article closed with an invitation to attend the book launch event at Enders Island on Sunday, September 22.


09.17.2019 | Celtic Crossing Officially Released

Len is pleased to announce that his debut novel, Celtic Crossing, has reached store bookshelves nationwide. Also available online in paper and digital formats, those who pre-ordered copies will receive them this week. Len encourages all to share their comments on Paraclete Press, Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, BAM!, and social media sites of their choice. Questions posted to this website that are of interest to all may be answered in the soon-to-premiere Q&A tab. Sláinte!


09.10.2019 | Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper Articles Published

A story covering the release of Celtic Crossing was simultaneously published by sister newspapers covering a swath of midcoast Maine in today's issues of the the Boothbay Register and the Wiscasset Newspaper. The article mentions upcoming author Meet & Greet events in Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, as previously announced.


09.04.2019 | Author Promotes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Celtic Crossing, Len Mattano's new inspirational suspense novel, will be showcased by St. Baldrick's Foundation during September’s Children's Oncology Group meeting in Atlanta. This gripping story is about a grandmother and grandson—last of a long Irish lineage plagued by cancer—on quest to find the ancient curing cross of Saint Patrick in time to save the child. Family cancer syndrome is real: those with the inherited condition are at an extraordinary risk for cancer. As a pediatric oncologist, Mattano hopes that Celtic Crossing will both promote Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and encourage readers to contemplate universal themes affecting us all. "I'm proud to be a career-long member of the Children's Oncology Group—the world's largest pediatric cancer research organization—and to advance the cause of St. Baldrick's Foundation, an incredible charitable organization that raised nearly $200 million on behalf of childhood cancer research during the past five years."


09.01.2019 | Rhode Island and Midcoast Maine Author Events Scheduled

Patrons of Savoy Bookstore & Café and Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops will have the opportunity to meet the author, hear about Celtic Crossing, and have copies signed during three fall events. Len will be in Boothbay Harbor ME the afternoon of September 28, Damariscotta ME the afternoon of October 1, and Westerly RI the evening of November 13. See details at Events.


08.22.2019 | Southwest Michigan Author Event Scheduled

Celtic Crossing: An Author Event with Dr. Len Mattano will take place at Bronson Gilmore Center in downtown Kalamazoo on the afteroon of Sunday, October 20. All are welcome to join the festivities, including a talk, reading, and book signing. Book sales provided by this is a bookstore, Kalamazoo's independent bookstore. See details at Events.


07.04.2019 | Video Trailers on YouTube

Video trailers highlighting the contemporary, biblical, and historical storylines of Celtic Crossing are featured on Len's YouTube channel and posted on the Multimedia tab of this website. The first went live on April 7, the second today, and the third set for August 1. Viewers will be immersed in worlds old and new, transported by selections from The Protecting Veil, an orchestral suite by Sir John Tavener.


04.04.2019 | Launch Event Scheduled

The official launch of Celtic Crossing will be celebrated the afternoon of September 22 at Enders Island, Mystic CT. Len will greet the public, read an excerpt from the novel, and sign copies. The author is indebted to Fr. Tom Hoar for graciously hosting this seaside event. Cohosted by Mystic's own Bank Square Books. See details at Events.


03.08.2019 | Celtic Crossing Release Date Announced

Paraclete Press has set a release date of September 17 for Len's new inspirational suspense novel, Celtic Crossing. Advance orders are available through the publisher and online booksellers now, and will appear in bookstores on release.