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General Information

Name:  Mary Pat Kelly  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Kelly was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Pat Kelly is the author of a novel ''Special Intentions'', and nonfiction on subjects as varied as Martin Scorcese and the rescue of Scott O'Grady from Bosnia. In her life, she has been everything from a nun to a documentary filmmaker to a producer of short films for ''Saturday Night Live''. She lives in New York. Her latest book, ''GALWAY BAY'', is a novel based on her own family's immigration story from Ireland to the US.

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Galway Bay
ISBN: 0446579009

Grand Central Publishing. 2009

Here at last is one Irish family's epic journey, capturing the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience. In a rousing tale that echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations. Selling both their catch--and their crops--to survive, these people subsist on the potato crop--their only staple food. But when blight destroys the potatoes three times in four years, a callous government and uncaring landlords turn a natural disaster into The Great Starvation that will kill one million. Honora and Michael vow their children will live. The family joins two million other Irish refugees in one of the greatest rescues in human history: the Irish Emigration to America. Danger and hardship await them there. Honora and her unconventional sister Maire watch their seven sons as they transform Chicago from a frontier town to the "City of the Century", fight the Civil War, and enlist in the cause of Ireland's freedom. The Kelly clan is victorious. This heroic story sheds brilliant light on the ancestors of today's 44 million Irish Americans.

In the author's colorful and eclectic life, she has written and directed award-winning documentaries on Irish subjects, as well as the dramatic feature Proud. She's been an associate producer on Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, written books on Martin Scorsese, World War II, and Bosnia, and a novel based on her experiences as a former nun - Special Intentions. She is a frequent contributor to Irish America Magazine and has a PhD in English and Irish literature.

Special Intentions
ISBN: 1874597715

New Island Books. 1998

Describes the story of the life of Margaret Mary Lynch, a young nun living in Ireland during the 1960s, and her decision to leave the convent and find another path to God.

Home Away from Home
ISBN: 0811724603

Stackpole Books. 1995

Captures the memories of American GIs and their Irish hosts and covers one of the most stirring tales of World War II: the key role of 300,000 U.S. troops in Northern Ireland and their training for the invasions of North Africa and Normandy.

Proudly We Served: The Men of the USS Mason
ISBN: 1557504660

Naval Institute Press. 2015

Few Americans know the history-changing story of the men of the USS Mason, the only African-American sailors to take a World War II warship into combat. At a time when most blacks in the Navy were relegated to stewards or laborers, the crew of the USS Mason escorted six convoys across the perilous North Atlantic, helped to win the Battle of the Atlantic and directly influenced President Harry S. Truman's decision to integrate all of America's armed forces. Recommended in 1944 for a commendation for their heroic actions during a violent storm, the Mason sailors finally received that commendation in 1995. The Navy further honored the men by naming a new destroyer (DDG 87) after the crew of the Mason. This book is the basis of an award-winning PBS documentary and the feature film Proud starring Ossie Davis. The USS Mason story is featured in The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Martin Scorsese: A Journey
ISBN: 156025470X

Da Capo Press. 2004

Scorsese's life and work are presented through interviews with the director as well as more than twenty major celebrity figures, providing a rare look at the process and inspiration behind the films of America's premier director. Martin Scorsese: A Journey features exclusive movie stills and on-location photographs and interviews with more than twenty major film stars, including forewords by Steven Spielberg and Michael Powell. The author provides the reader with insights into Scorsese's imagination and influences, and his relationships with his family and colleagues. This updated edition also explores such directorial works as Kundun, Bringing Out the Dead, and the much-talked-about Gangs of New York. An updated chronology, filmography, and index are included.

Martin Scorsese: The First Decade
ISBN: 0913178675

Redgrave Pub Co. 1980

Book by Kelly, Mary Pat

Good to Go: The Rescue of Capt. Scott O'Grady, Usaf, from Bosnia
ISBN: 1557504598

Naval Inst Pr. 1996

Kelly presents the never-before-told story of the rescue of Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady in the words of the men who commanded, planned, and executed the mission in June 1995. Braced to mourn yet another young man lost in an inexplicable conflict, Americans had their faith in the military renewed when Colonel Martin Berndt and members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit lifted the downed F-16 pilot off a Bosnian mountainside. 30 photos.

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Publicist Information

Elly Weisenberg, Senior Publicist Grand Central Publishing Hachette Book Group 237 Park Ave. NY, NY 10017 ph 212-364-1570 fx 212-364-0941