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 IT’S GOING TO BE A PARTY!

Margaret Atwood and the Pelee Island Bird Observatory invite you to spend an evening with Giller Prize winner Elizabeth Hay May 8th at Beach Grove Golf and Country Club in Windsor. Tickets are $125 per person. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the cost. Complimentary wine on each table. Silent and live auctions.
For tickets, contact
paulvasey@gmail.com

Hope you’ll be able to join us. Promises to be a wonderful evening.

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A VICTIM’S STORY

 

Barry Lopez talks, for the first time, about the sexual abuse he endured as a boy (beginning when he was seven). Remarkable

 

http://www.npr.org/2013/01/10/168964002/in-sliver-of-sky-barry-lopez-confronts-childhood-sexual-abuse

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HELP WANTED

An American professor is interested in hearing what young readers think of A Troublesome Boy. If you’d like to be part of her inter-active blog, click on the link below.

http://wowlit.org/catalog/9781554981540/

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Inside the Walls of a Publishing House (con’t)

Mark Medley continues his year-long exploration of life inside a publishing house – in this case, the house which published A Troublesome Boy. For those who have never been on the inside, it’s a great opportunity to see what goes on as authors and the publishers try to figure out the best way of getting books into the hands of readers and readers’ money into the hands of the publisher.

Here’s the link:

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/10/05/a-publishers-year-how-to-host-your-publisher/

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PRIZES, PRIZES

Ever wonder how books find their way to the juries which award literary prizes? Wonder no more. An excellent story from The National Post reveals how publishers decide which books they’ll submit (there is a limit per publisher). The prize in question is the Giller Prize and the story outlines the agonizing process the House of Anansi went through to select the books it would submit. Very revealing.

Here’s the link:

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/09/07/a-publishers-year-getting-to-the-giller/

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A VOICE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS?

Here a link to a story about a Roman Catholic cardinal who has some thoughtful and critical things to say about his church. Worth reading:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/01/us-italy-bishop-idUSBRE87U10220120901

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REALLY?

   A Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing boys as young as 8 apparently told his victims that his attacks were ‘what God wanted’.
   Here’s the link:
   http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/sex-victims-speak-of-sleepless-nights-and-a-loss-of-faith/story-e6frg6nf-1226457719514

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WELL, WELL

…. heartfelt? Read his original comments and judge for yourself.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ny-priest-apologizes-for-saying-priests-are-seduced-in-child-sex-abuse-cases/article4510121/

WONDERING ….

…. what the victims of pedophile priests think when they read something like this.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/new-york-priest-criticized-for-suggesting-children-seduce-priests-in-some-sex-abuse-cases/article4510121/

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION

I recently received some very thoughtful feedback about the book from a couple of professors in the United States (one from Arizona, the other from Hawaii). Their comments prompted me to join the discussion on the University of Arizona’s website (see below). If you’d like to follow the conversation (or even better, join the conversation), click on the link.

 

http://wowlit.org/catalog/9781554981540/

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 SHUFFLING 

A U.S. federal judge in Oregon has dismissed a clergy sexual abuse that was the first to try to hold the Vatican responsible for moving an offending priest into unsuspecting parishes.

A (sadly) familiar tale. The late Father Andrew Ronan abused children in Chicago.

Church officials in Chicago knew Ronan abused kids. But he was transferred to Oregon and (not surprisingly) the abuse continued.

Click here to read the story published in The National Post:

http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/08/20/u-s-federal-judge-dismisses-clergy-sex-abuse-case-against-vatican/

 

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  WRITING: Not a Matter of choice

I’ve read all kinds of articles (and a few books) about the writing process. One of the recurring themes is choice. Do writers choose to write, or does the writing choose them? Many writers will tell you it’s a matter of the latter.

And here’s a very good article about that question from today’s (August 16) edition of The National Post. The article is written by R.J. Ellory.

Here’s the link:

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/08/14/r-j-ellory-to-persist-or-not-to-persist/

 

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THE MIND OF A MOLESTER

(Posted August 7, 2012

We read and hear and see much about child molesters in the news. We have learned the facts of what these pedophiles have done. And we have learned something from their victims about the damage and the pain this child sexual abuse has caused. The victms are often very eloquent when it comes to describing the fallout of the abuse.

Rarely, though, do we get a glimpse into the minds of the molesters.

Now a California court has ordered the release of a 27-page essay, written by defrocked priest Rev. Robert Van Handel as a therapy assignment. As described in an Associated Press story (see link below), the essay, which details some of the abuse Van Handel inflicted upon children in his charge ‘a glimpse into the mind of the molester’.

Here’s the link to the Associated Press story:

http://news.yahoo.com/sex-history-window-pedophile-priests-mind-082106333.html

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Protecting the church, not the children

Posted on July 26th, 2012

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, is the first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex-abuse complaints against Roman Catholic priests. The judge who sentenced him to serve from three to six years in prison said Lynn let children suffer at the hands of pedophile priests rather than stand up to his bishop.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-monsignor-sentence-20120724,0,19600.story

 

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Hear No Evil, See No … (Part 2)

Posted on July 12th, 2012

And this, a more comprehensive story, from the CBC website

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/nfl/story/2012/07/12/penn-state-jerry-sandusky.html

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Hear no evil, see no ….

Posted on July 12th, 2012

This might sound familiar ….

http://www.thestar.com/sports/football/article/1225309–jerry-sandusky-report-penn-st-disregarded-children-s-welfare

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Selling Books

Posted on July 6th, 2012

As all (okay, not all, but many) authors will tell you, it’s tough to get noticed. You work for years on your novel, it finally gets published and you hope against hope that people will hear about it, read about it and, of course, buy it.
Mark Medley continues his insightful series on life behind the doors at Groundwood Books/House of Anansi, publishers of my new book A Troublesome Boy.
Follow this link and you’ll meet the people who are trying to make those connections – and get some publicity and readers – for their authors’ books.
It’s been a great series.

Read on:

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/07/06/a-publishers-year-the-hard-sell/

 

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