Just launched the third book in the Tom Severn Eco-Mystery series – White Noise … Black Oil at Talisman Books and Gallery on Pender Island. I’ll be at Y’s Bookstore on Main Street in Vancouver on August 6th at 2:00pm for a reading and get-together.
The ‘Feds’ attempt to put a stranglehold on Tom Severn’s endeavours as an eco-green detective! Contradictions emerge. Government policies and their ‘Action Plan’ started as ‘White Noise’, then began dismantling sound scientific work, environmental protections, research and Coast Guard stations, enacting the Anti-Terrorism bill … an endless list. The ‘White Noise’ became drivel smothering our historically democratic country, pushing it toward fascism. Because of his past case-work Tom Severn becomes one of their targets!!
I am presenting a workshop on self-publishing on May 28th for Talisman Books & Gallery’s Local Author’s month May 15 – June 14, 2014.
Currently, I am writing various forms of fiction and critical essays. Although my background and writing has been in the field of academic research and work, I now explore memoir, poetry, and the short story within a critical frame.
It has been stated that we have more reviews of books than before. Perhaps more importantly, we have fewer and fewer critics, of literature, and of society. I see my essay work as an attempt to probe, jostle, and push, the orthodoxy that seems ‘pre-settled’ by the various forms of media. The celebritization of everything, the currency given to anything and everything that shocks, the positivization of everything however trivial in various media seems destined to eventually lead to the demise of intelligent culture. Fanaticism needs to be out and explored!
- The Jagged Cup. A mystery involving a green, bicycle riding private investigator dealing with environmental issues in and around Vancouver. With levity and humour these provoke thought and provide information about a number of crucial environmental issues.
- Short Stories from the Greek Islands, Always Cleavage to explorations of contemporary life in BC, The Bookstore, are being developed as a collection.
- An essay, The Carpenter’s Triangle, exploring the idea of a more relational, thorough rendering of contemporary life – one that examines the dynamics of the positive, the negative, and the critical in order to observe, research, and act in more wholistic (not holistic – Mr. Gates) forms.