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SUNDAY STORY:Set in Newport Beach

Author Liam Callanan's fond memories of the city fill the pages of his second novel.

June 03, 2007|By Jessie Brunner

"To be mentioned in a book is another in a long series of affirmations of the church's important role in the community," said administrator Msgr. Lawrence Baird. "I guess the number of those who are fans of USC at St. John Vianney reflects the general population of the area."

In the past months, the book has drawn favorable reviews from several media outlets, including People magazine and Entertainment Weekly, and Callanan was invited to serve as a panelist for last month's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, where he spoke on the power of fiction.

"It's picked up some great buzz," Callanan said. "It was reviewed in the Britney's haircut issue of People, so I know a lot of people picked that one up."


Though no deals are yet underway, the potential for a film version of the story has not evaded the 38-year-old author and father of four daughters.

"There are no good roles for older women actors, and here's one," he said. "I'm a complete believer that women don't stop getting interesting or sexy after age 22."

To learn more about Liam Callanan and his two novels — "The Cloud Atlas" and "All Saints" — go to .

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