Editor's Notes


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True North Perspective
Vol. 9, No. 01 (343)
Friday 17 January 2014
Editor's Notes

One Shameless Plug

For those of you who missed the book launching of The Old Man's Last Sauna, I'll be at Brittons, 846 Bank Street, a few steps north of Fifth Avenue, on Saturday 18 January, 1 to 3 p.m. The book launching was standing room only with the Kevin Dooley and Friends band playing traditional music.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Association of Journalists has a freelancer's mailing list, which permits members one Shameless Plug per year. On Sunday 29 December 20I3, I filed the following plug (with a few changes to up-date the information). Below that are two of the responses.

Shameless Plug: The Old Man's Last Sauna by Carl Dow

“Life is scary, frustrating and sometimes funny. All of these themes are explored in Carl Dow’s collection of short stories, told with the pristine elegance that we haven’t seen since the likes of Stephen Leacock or even Pierre Berton.” - From a review of The Old Man’s Last Sauna by award winning author Emily-Jane Hills Orford.


I'm taking advantage of our allotment of one shameless plug per annum not to point to https://truenorthperspective.com (now entering its 9th and still woefully under-funded year), but to announce the achievement of my life-long ambition, to become a published author of fiction with the release of my collection of short stories, The Old Man’s Last Sauna.

This spring will see the publication of my first novel, Black Grass, to be followed by a sequel on which I am already hard at work.

But the book in hand is a truly eclectic collection that ranges from the eerie to laugh-out-loud funny, enraging to thought-provoking and disturbing. There’s even something (and maybe my personal favourite) for the child in your life, Our School Bus Is Missing.

Another reader has said The Old Man's Last Sauna takes you “to many different areas of life . . . in bold honesty and also in child-like glee,” adding that the stories will “treat your imagination and [lead] to experiences that will test your capacity to forgive.”

The book is available in paper and e-book editions, and autographed copies of the first edition are still available directly from the publisher, the BumblePuppy Press, at http://ed-rex.com/bumblepuppy/books/last_sauna/order_1st-edition. Full details for all editions are at http://ed-rex.com/bumblepuppy/books/ordering.

For those who will be in Ottawa on Saturday 18 January, I will be signing books at Brittons, 846 Bank Street, west side, a few steps north of Fifth Avenue in The Glebe. I'd  love to meet you there!

Thanks to Shannon Lee Mannion and Al Emid, and to all the others who breathe life and substance into the CAJ Freelance List. And a special thanks to Al who recently reminded me that I have an annual opportunity to toot my own horn. A Happy New Year to us all.

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher


Author, author! Congratulations, Carl. And Happy New Year to all on the list.

Norah Fountain
Communications Specialist

Hello List Members

Some years ago I turned left when I should have turned right and ended up as Moderator of this List. Way back then, some of you were around when I was 'tidying it up' and  made it work in the end.

Now this List is the most active of all lists under the CAJ umbrella and freelancers need support. Most recently Carl Dow set the tone for what we have to do in 2014 - get out there and pursue our dreams. Heaven knows if it were just $ we could all do other things but for different reasons we chose this profession.

Thanks again to Carl Dow for setting the tone for the New Year!

Al Emid
Journalist Author Broadcaster and CAJ Freelance List Moderator