Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Snow Blind: A story retold for the digital age

This has been a wild year for me so far. It's a long story, but I've had to leave Robyn alone in the kitchen and at the keyboard, and she has done a magnificent job while showing more patience than I deserve. 

Now I'm happy to report that I'm more or less back in the swing -- and, in the meantime, I've accomplished a couple of things that I feel good about.

For one, my book Snow Blind is now available in a new, updated Kindle edition. 

Sorry if this disappoints, but Snow Blind isn't an Armenian book. It's the true story of an idealistic young attorney named Howard Finkelstein (seen in the cover photo) who lost his principles and his purpose when he got swept up in South Florida's violent drug wars of the 1980s and became addicted to cocaine.

While it is clearly about addiction and recovery, it's also very much about the human spirit and about the decisions we all make that determine what is truly important in our lives.

Don't have a Kindle? I don't either, but I downloaded a free app that lets me read Kindle books on my iPad -- and there are other options for the Web-connected tablet of your choice.

For those who prefer old-fashioned paper, the print edition of Snow Blind (RavensYard Publishing Ltd.)  is still available from any on-line book seller. (Hint: You can use our handy Amazon.com widget at the bottom of this blog if you like.) 

First published a decade ago, Snow Blind continues to elicit the kind of response from readers that tells me it remains timely and important.

As a writer, I love telling meaningful stories. I was lucky enough to find another such story not long ago.

Really, it found me: Denny Abbott, a nationally known child advocate, asked me to collaborate on a book about his successful fight to end the brutal treatment of black children in Alabama's segregated reform schools  in the 1960s.

The memoir (working title: To Save The Forgotten Children) was recently acquired by NewSouth Books, the folks who have gotten a ton of publicity lately for their new and controversial edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. You'll hear more about this book as it approaches publication. 

Somehow, I find the idea of me sharing a publisher with Mark Twain pretty wild -- but, it's been that kind of year!

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading your new book as I certainly enjoyed 'Snow Blind'!

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  2. Thanks Gina!Denny's book (written by Doug)is supposed to be published in 2012.We'll keep everyone posted.

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  3. Congratulations, Doug, on getting it on Kindle!

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  4. Here's the link to the Kindle edition:
    Snow Blind by Douglas Kalajian. Highly recommended... by me!

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