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Welcome to Silver Donald Cameron’s blog! Dr Cameron is the author of 19 books and of many plays, films, magazine articles, radio and TV scripts. He is currently the host and executive producer of TheGreeninterview.com and of its feature documentary, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. In 2019, he was appointed the first Farley Mowat Chair in Environment at Cape Breton University, where he earlier served as professor, dean and writer-in-residence. He currently teaches an on-campus/online course called Green Rights.

The Education of Everett Richardson comes home to Petit de Grat

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MEET THE AUTHOR IN PETIT DE GRAT!

LaPicasse Community Centre

Centre Communautaire LaPicasse

On Tuesday, December 10, at 7:00, we’re having a “Meet the Author” event at Centre LaPicasse, the Acadian cultural centre in Petit de Grat. I’ll read some passages from my re-issued book, The Education of Everett Richardson and I’ll be selling autographed copies of the book – and copies of some of my other books as well.

There’s a certain symmetry to this event. The fishermen’s strike of 1970-71 – the subject of the book – took place in three small Nova Scotia ports: Canso, Mulgrave… and Petit de Grat, which is on Isle Madame, Cape Breton. I bought a house on Isle Madame while I was writing the book, and the island as been my home ever since. In a curious way, this event feels as though it brings the story home, at last. If you’re able to get there on Tuesday evening, please join us.

THE CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY LAUNCH

Everette Jr., Linda, Juanita and Silver Donald

Everette Richardson Jr. with Linda, Juanita and Silver Donald

There was symmetry in the Cape Breton University launch of The Education of Everett Richardson on November 25, too. The event was attended by several members of the Richardson family, who travelled all the way from Canso to attend. Here’s a photo of Everette Richardson Jr., his sister Linda and Linda’s daughter Juanita.

I have a confession about the spelling of Everette Jr’s name. During all the time I spent researching the book, I never saw his father’s name spelled with a final “e” — and nobody ever corrected me. But that is indeed the way it was spelled; you can see it on his tombstone. It’s wrong not only throughout the book, but in all the newspaper stories, the legal judgments, even in his own 1987 obituary. My bad — but it’s too late to fix it now, I fear.

I was delighted that the Richardsons made the effort to attend, and the whole launch event was recorded by Telile, the Isle Madame community TV station, and later broadcast. The video is posted on YouTube, here.

FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE

The re-issue of The Education of Everett Richardson prompted me to create a separate Author Page on Facebook. My idea is to deal with professional matters mostly on that page, and with personal stuff on the personal page. For instance, a dozen people responded to my invitation to join my Street Team, and I’ll communicate with them mostly via the Author page, and email. You can find the page here. Please check it out and Like it. 

STREET TEAM

And if you’re interested in joining the Street Team, please send me an email at sdc@silverdonaldcameron.ca

What does a Street Team do? Basically, it’s a voluntary group whose members help to spread the word about the book.Here are some of the concrete things that Street Teams do:

* Write and post reviews on sites like Amazon, Goodreads and the 49th Shelf
* Suggest that libraries acquire the book
* Ask bookstores to stock the book
* Propose the book to book clubs
* Suggest the author as a speaker or as a presenter at literary festivals (for instance)
* Help arrange events
* Do social media posts about the book, re-post the author’s posts – and respond to others
* Identify bloggers who might be interested in discussing the book
* Make any other suggestions for actions that would help the book reach its audience.

The Street Team becomes an author’s inner circle of supporters and advisers. The author keeps in touch with them, trying out ideas with them, and giving them early peeks at what’s coming up. I’m already enjoying this experience – and I can tell you that my Street Team has already been really helpful. Thanks, team!

WEBCASTS ON RIPPLE FX

I’m also enjoying the weekly webcasts I’ve been doing on Ripple FX. Each Monday at 9:00 PM, a colleague and I – usually my CBU colleague Catherine O’Brien – discuss a short excerpt from one of our Green Interviews. The first three webcasts are now online:

November 18, Green Party leader Jo-Ann Roberts and I talk about Steven Guilbeault, now federal Minister of Heritage. Click here to see it.

November 25, Catherine and I discussed legendary primatologist Jane Goodall is here.

December 2 , We discussed long-distance voyagers (and radical simplicity practitioners) Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson, here.

Portrait of Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard

And tomorrow, December 9, Catherine and I will be discussing the trailblazing green businessman Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia sportswear. On December 16 we’ll talk about Marjan Minnesma, whose Urgenda Foundation has forced the Dutch government to cut emissions drastically, and we’ll end the series on December 23, with a conversation about Edmund Metatawabin, residential school survivor and brilliant interpreter of the traditional Cree way of life. To join us, go to
https://www.facebook.com/soundwaveproductions/ at 9:00 PM Atlantic (8:00 Eastern) and look for a button that invites you to join in. Just click on that button.

At this rate, I may well be in touch again before Christmas. But if not, compliments of the season to all of you!