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Individual Author Record

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.

Published Works

    Galway Bay , Grand Central Publishing, 2009Special Intentions , New Island Books , 2008Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland , Stackpole Books, 1995Proudly We Served : The Men of the USS Mason , US Naval Institute Press , 1999Martin Scorsese: A Journey , Da Capo Press, 2003Martin Scorsese: The First Decade , Redgrave Pub Co , 1980Good to Go: The Rescue of Scott O'Grady, from Bosnia, Naval Institute Press, 1996

Selected Titles At Your Library

Galway Bay /
ISBN: 0446579009. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. 2009.

"In the bestselling tradition of Frank Delaney, Colleen McCullough, and Maeve Binchy comes a poignant historical family saga set against Ireland's Great Starvation and the building of Chicago."--Provided by the publisher.

Special intentions /
ISBN: 1874597715. OCLC Number:

New Island Books,. Dublin :. 1997.

A nun abandons the veil in protest of her order's racism. Sister Maura, a white teacher in an inner-city school in 1960s Chicago, comes into conflict with her superiors following a race riot.

Home away from home :
ISBN: 0811724603. OCLC Number:

Appletree Press,. Belfast :. 1994.

Proudly we served :
ISBN: 1557504660. OCLC Number:

Naval Institute Press,. Annapolis, Md. :. ©1999.

Martin Scorsese :
ISBN: 156025470X. OCLC Number:

Thunder's Mouth Press ;. New York :. ©2004.

"In Martin Scorsese: A Journey, Mary Pat Kelly traces Scorsese's life and work through interviews with Scorsese, his family, and colleagues, providing a rare look at the process and inspiration behind the films of America's premier director."--Jacket.

Martin Scorsese, the first decade /
ISBN: 0913178675. OCLC Number:

Redgrave Pub. Co.,. Pleasantville, N.Y. :. ©1980.

"Good to go" :
ISBN: 1557504598. OCLC Number:

Naval Institute Press,. Annapolis, Md. :. ©1996.

"So perfectly executed was the mission to rescue Capt. Scott O'Grady that it amazed even the men responsible. Just, five hours after radio contact was first made with Basher 52 - O'Grady's call sign - the Air Force captain was safely on board the USS Kearsarge. The downed F-16 fighter pilot's rescue from a Bosnian mountainside by Col. Martin Berndt's 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit electrified the nation in June 1995 and renewed many Americans' faith in the military. This book tells the story of the mission in the words of the men who commanded, planned, and carried it out." "To get the inside account, Mary Pat Kelly traveled throughout Europe to conduct more than one hundred interviews, visiting U.S. ships and bases and UN posts in Croatia and Bosnia where participants were stationed. Adm. Leighton W. Smith Jr., commander in chief of U.S. naval forces in Europe and head of NATO forces in the Southern European theater, provides the framework with his day-to-day commentary on the efforts to find Captain O'Grady and a nearly minute-by-minute record of the rescue itself. In concert with Lt. Gen. Michael E. Ryan, commander of U.S. and NATO air forces, the admiral reveals the decision-making process that led to the "Good to Go" order." "Readers then hear from the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) team - the Navy and Marine Corps commanders, pilots, crew chiefs, and grunts who made it happen. Speaking for the Navy are Capt. Christopher Cole, skipper of the Kearsarge, Como. Jerome Schill, and their staffs, from the intelligence officers to the grapes who fueled the aircraft. Captain O'Grady puts his own experiences in the context of overall events."--Jacket.

Speaking Engagements

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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