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Reading roundup: Your guide to new releases from local authors

Retired London Free Press reporter/columnist Morris Dalla Costa’s first book explores the life of Bobby Marr, a London-born, Texas-raised Vietnam War veteran who returned from the war and soon found himself in a hospital bed with a bullet hole in his back from a police shootout.

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Where Have You Been Bobby Marr?: Retired London Free Press reporter/columnist Morris Dalla Costa’s first book explores the life of Bobby Marr, a London-born, Texas-raised Vietnam War veteran who returned from the war and soon found himself in a hospital bed with a bullet hole in his back from a police shootout. Published by Dreaming Big Publications and available on Amazon for $15 in paperback or $5 in ebook format, or at Brown and Dickson Bookstore, 567 Richmond St., after Nov. 27.

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The Perfect Pawn: Londoner Alexander Laine’s novel tells the story of America’s richest man, William Prescott, who is dying and with the help of family and advisers develops a “ruthless and daring” plan to expand the wealth and power of his empire, a plan that depends on “the perfect pawn.” Self-published, The Perfect Pawn is available for $14.95 in paperback on amazon.ca and $5.47 in ebook.

The Correct Fury of Your Why Is A Mountain: Poet, journalist, filmmaker, curator and playwright Kevin Andrew Heslop’s first book of poetry “communicates Heslop’s sense of balance as a visual artist, curator, and poet who weights the page with visual harmony,” press materials say. Published by Gordon Hill Press, $20, available from all major book retailer websites.

Running Reds: Chris Darby’s “reflections from a lifetime in EMS” spans more than four decades of his work as a paramedic, from the tragedies, dramas and humour to heartaches and technological advances. The self-published book offers keen insights into what goes on behind the scenes and out of the public’s view at emergencies, including many that made headlines. Available online at amazon.ca for $29.47 (hardcover), $23.99 paperback, and $5.99 ebook.

Willow’s Wonderful Wigs: The latest from London children’s author Susan Ross, Willow’s Wonderful Wigs, with illustrations by Nick White, is described in press materials as “a humorous, whimsical tale of love, friendship, creativity and happy endings” about a girl battling cancer and her mouse friend’s efforts to help. It comes with instructions on how to make your own mouse. Published by Giggles Press, its is available online at amazon.com, amazon.ca, barnesandnoble.com and susanross.ca for $10.

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It’s a Mitig!: Indigenous author Bridget George’s children’s book, which uses Anishnaabemowin words and English to help teach children Ojibway, won the children’s category of the annual Periodical Marketers of Canada Indigenous Literature Award. Published by Douglas & McIntyre, It’s a Mitig! is $22.95, available online and at all major book retailers.

Hearing Lies: London author Olivia Smit’s second novel is a sequel to 2020’s Seeing Voices. Hearing Lies tells the story of two young people: Skylar, who can’t wait to return to Golden Sound, and Mike, whose plans for a work internship fell through, forcing him to return. Both must face and deal with changes and challenges and the pursuit of truth.  Published by WhiteSpark Publishing, Hearing Lies is available in ebook ($6.15), paperback ($20) and hardcover ($35.86) and is available online and in store from major book retailers.

Fred & Marjorie: Award-winning author and Western University graduate Deborah Kerbel’s latest graphic novel tells the story of Dr. Frederick Banting’s discovery of insulin and the dog, Marjorie, who played a pivotal role in the discovery. Published by Owlkids, Fred & Marjorie is available from all major book retailers online and in stores for $19.95.

The Healing Power of Singing: Singer-songwriter Emm Gryner’s first book is “part study in the art of singing, part guide to finding one’s voice, and part memoir” of a musical career that included touring with David Bowie, “a must-have for anyone who knows they should be singing,” press materials say. Published by ECW Press, it’s available at Fanfare Books in Stratford and from all major book retailers online and in store for $24.95 (paperback) and $12.79 (ebook).

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It’s All About Me: My Life in Broadcasting: Iconic London broadcaster Bill Brady’s memoir is filled with interesting insights into the radio and TV industry and Brady’s on-air career. Published by Binea Press Inc., it’s available for $25 at several bookstores including Oxford Book Store, Indigo North (Fanshawe Park Road), Chapters London South on Wellington Road, Fanfare Books in Stratford and The Book Keeper in Sarnia.

The Lost Time Accidents: London poet Síle Englert’s debut collection covers a range of subjects and themes, including science and history, feminism, women’s bodies and motherhood, social justice and climate change. Published by icehouse poetry, its available for $19.95 online and in store at Coles in Masonville Place, Indigo North and Chapters London South.

Marley and Shelly’s Playdate: This is children’s author Nichola Zacher’s third book about Marley, who’s feeling sad about the loss of her grandfather, and a playdate adventure organized by her mother during which she and Shelly the turtle are reminded of safety rules. Self-published, it’s available in hardcover for $29.99 online or by messaging Zacher on her Facebook page.

Barney Dreyfuss: Pittsburgh’s Baseball Titan: Retired London Free Press reporter/columnist Brian (Chip) Martin’s latest book tells the story of Barney Dreyfuss, who founded the Pittsburgh Pirates, built Forbes Field – the National League’s first concrete-and-steel ballpark – pushed to create the office of commissioner to govern the game and helped initiate the modern World Series. Published by McFarland & Co., it’s available in paperback $39.95 or ebook $15.98 from all major online bookstores.

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Faith in Adultery: London author and poet Kathleen Elizabeth Sumpton’s sixth book follows last year’s Poems from Quarantine. This novel, based on a true story, is about a young woman who decides to focus on developing a romantic relationship. It’s a satire on modern relationships and the one ingredient that can enhance or destroy them: communication, press materials say. Published by Tellwell Publishing, it’s available online and in store from all major book retailers for $9.99 (ebook), $17.99 (paperback), and $22.99 (hardcover).

23 Years, 23 Minutes, 13 Angels – The Veil Between Spirit and Reality:   Author Kate Hyland aims to provide support for people navigating “pain and suffering, sadness and lack of hope,” in a work described as a “spiritual lesson book of true stories.” Published by FriesenPress. it’s available at The Mustard Seed, 502 Springbank Dr., and online at FriesenPress bookstore, Amazon and all major book retailers in hardcover ($31.99), paperback ($17.99) and ebook ($9.99).

Colourful Birthday: The first instalment of Amherstburg children’s author Suzanne Varney’s Super-Duper Triplets series features Lacy, Lexy and Lucy getting ready for their birthday, but facing one problem: Nana and Papa can’t get over the bridge to visit. Can they find a way to get Nana and Papa to their birthday party? Published by Friesen Press, it’s available in ebook ($4.99), softcover ($12.99) and hardcover ($21.99) formats from all major online bookstores.

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Wonderful Christmas: Varney`s latest Super-Duper Triplets offering sees Lacy, Lexy and Lucy baking cookies, decorating the tree and cleaning in preparation for Christmas when their family always pops crackers, but the crackers are missing. Where can they be? Published by Friesen Press, it`s available in ebook ($4.99), softcover ($12.99) and hardcover ($21.99) from all major online bookstores.

Heart of Africa: Bernie Gilmore presents a “personal and insightful” record of time spent with a team from London in Ethiopia in the mid-1980s during the famine and hunger crisis considered one of the worst humanitarian events of the 20th century. Published by PageMaster Publishing, it’s available online on Amazon and pagemasterpublishing.ca  for $20.

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