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Buying Books From from Anywhere

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No matter where you live on this big blue marble, you probably have access to a retailer that carries Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile (J.Gordon Shillingford, 2015). Here’s a link to my list of online and traditional stores that either stock or take special orders for Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile (J. Gordon Shillingford, October 2015): Buying Finding Home in the Promised Land from almost anywhere.

 

News, News, News

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It’s less than a month until Finding Home  in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile  is in bookstores. Launched details coming soon. In the meantime,  I’m pleased to say that Finding Home and I will be at the Whistler International Writers Festival October 16-18.  By the way, I’ve posted a short pre-launch book trailer up on my Youtube channel.

Looking forward to my December Talk with Alberta History Buffs

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This and more at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge this fall:

 
DEC 07 Coal, Culture and Confederation with Jane Harris-Zsovan. 
Three generations of Galt men –John, Sir Alexander and Elliott 
– shared a poetic vision for a united and vibrant Canada.
Lethbridge, the only Canadian city co-founded by a 
Father of Confederation, 
is a living example of the Galts’ Canadian dream.

Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret and I attended Lethbridge’s WOTS

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Lethbridge’s Word on the Street Festival  proved that a small city can successfully put together and event usually found only in larger cities. There were a few first year glitches and oversights, but overall, WOTS was fantastic for Alberta authors and it was wonderful promotion for the City of Lethbridge.

I loved reading from Eugenics and the Firewall  and participating in the “Getting into Writing” panel.A

Above, is a picture of some of the books, including Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret, that were on sale at the University of Lethbridge Bookstore WOTS tent. (If you’re in Southern Alberta, and would like a copy of Eugenics and the Firewall, please drop by the University of Lethbridge bookstore. You’ll also find it in Chapters, McNally Robinson, Audreys, the U of T Bookstore, and dozens more independent and university bookstores throughout Canada.

You can also borrow Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret from a local public library,  including the Lethbridge Public Library, The Edmonton Public Library, University of Manitoba libraries, The University of Saskatchewan Library, Toronto Public Library Queen’s University Library, and the University of Calgary Library.  Here’s a  partial listing of some of the libraries Eugenics and the Firewall is available in throughout Canada and around the world.

Shaw TV interview about books, literacy and Word on the Street

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Click on the Word on the Street icon  on Shaw TV’s website to watch Dan Clovis, Shaw TV Lethbridge, interview Colette Acheson, Project Manager Word on the Street Lethbridge, and me about writing, books, and what’s in store at Word on the Street 25 September,11am to 5pm, at the Lethbridge Public Library and on the adjoining streets.

(There’s also a good screen shot of my books, Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret and Stars Appearing: The Galts’ Vision of Canada, included in this footage.But stay away from the Chinese website on the Stars Appearing link. That book is still available through Volumes Direct.

Eugenics & the Firewall is published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, Inc., represented by the Literary Press Group of Canada, and distributed through U of T press. It’s available online, in university bookstores, independent bookstores,and  through chains such as Chapters.  McNally Robinson, Audreys, Pages, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, &  Booktopia also sell Eugenics & the Firewall.)

Word on the Street Lethbridge

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Here’s a heads up. It’s not on the WOTS website yet, but I will be one of the authors participating in Word on the Street in Lethbridge, Alberta 25 September 2011. 

Word on the Street is a national celebration of reading and advocating literacy. It`s held in cities across Canada every September.Other Word on the Street Festivals will be held in Vancouver,B.C., Saskatoon,Sask., Kitchener, Ont., Toronto, Ont., and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lethbridge is the only Word on the Street location in Alberta this year. Come on down!

Part Three of My interview: Don’t blame the Progressives. Everybody (but the disadvantaged) loved Eugenics

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Part Three of my interview with Denyse O’Leary is up. The people who blame eugenics on a progressive ideas and social programs are going to hate what I say here: 

“It`s not our progressive heritage that made the eugenics scandal possible. It`s the dark side of populism. The self-righteous pack mentality, that allows the grassroots to demand that the rights of the socially, morally or economically defective be violated by the government. Or that turns its back when it sees these rights violated.That mindset made the Sexual Sterilization Act a political necessity under the UFA and the Social Credit administrations. It allowed it to exist for forty years. It also made racial segregation and forced sterilization of defectives and `criminals`thrive in the United States for decades. And it turned a blind eye when Hitler disbanded the German Parliament and began his holocaust of innocents.“Ahh, well, the anti-progressive types who want to remake Alberta into Texas north didn`t like me much, anyway, before I said this. So, I won`t feel much of a loss. Oh and they will absolutely hate this:

“But apparently, we still aren`t supposed mention the fact that most churches and respectable businessmen and women endorsed forced sterilization for reasons as varied as morality to the costs of housing the mentality ill. Worse yet, some national columnists keep insisting that it was only the CCF and the atheists who supported eugenics in Canada. Rubbish.“