Shane Joseph

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Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada. He began writing as a teenager living in Sri Lanka and has never stopped. Redemption in Paradise, his first novel, was published in 2004 and his first short story collection, Fringe Dwellers, in 2008. His novel, After the Flood, a dystopian epic set in the aftermath of global warming, was released in November 2009, and won the Canadian Christian Writers award for best Futuristic/Fantasy novel in 2010. His story collection, Paradise Revisited, was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. His latest novel, Milltown, was released in the spring of 2019. His short stories and articles have appeared in several Canadian anthologies and in literary journals around the world. Hi ...more

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Shane Joseph My autobiographical novel, one that introduces the world I came out of and the one I now inhabit is The Ulysses Man, and is my recommendation . But I …moreMy autobiographical novel, one that introduces the world I came out of and the one I now inhabit is The Ulysses Man, and is my recommendation . But I have written science fiction (After the Flood) , romance -adventure (Redemption in Paradise, In the Shadow of the Conquistador) with political and philosophical undertones, and immigrant stories (Paradise Revisited) . It also will depend on the reader's taste as to what subject matter they prefer.
Oh, and I nearly forgot - for those wanting urban stories set in Toronto that feature the marginalized, there is also the collection "Fringe Dwellers."(less)
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Pandemic Ponderings

Since we shut down our economy over a month
ago, I’ve been watching each day go by with a sense of bewilderment and
dismay.  My earlier hope for a better
world is now held hostage by a sense of being useless, unable to determine what
comes next. Is this what residing in a nursing home would be like when my time
comes? The loss of those simple pleasures that were always taken for granted:
dining out in a

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message 20: by Dolors

Dolors Thanks for the friend invite, Shane. I am ashamed to confess I haven't read the most famous book in history, but your reasons for reading it might make me change my mind! :)


Linda Abhors the New GR Design Thanks for the invite!


message 18: by Milton

Milton Esitubi Mary Anita And The Second Liberation In Kenya Consider reading this book full of African passion and flavour, culture, social life and politics


message 17: by Jesse

Jesse Hanson I really appreciate your including me, Shane. jesse


Gabriele Wills Congratulations on your award, Shane!!!


message 15: by Shane

Shane Marilena wrote: "http://jenniferprado.blogspot.com/
Interesting interview! Bravo! I haven't known about James Goonewardene. But I read today :)
http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.p..."


Glad I was able to help. I was a member of the drama workshop that James ran for the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and acted in many of his radio plays. That is the time I got interested in writing



Marilena http://jenniferprado.blogspot.com/
Interesting interview! Bravo! I haven't known about James Goonewardene. But I read today :)
http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.p...


message 13: by Shane

Shane Okay - I have added my books to the bookshelf and added some pictures of me and the band(s) performing
Shane


message 12: by Ali

Ali Hi Shane,

I just want to let you know that it's your turn to post in the 'Authors and Their Instruments' Group!

We look forward to it!

:)


message 11: by Bradley

Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend. =)

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Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson


message 10: by Martha

Martha Thanks for adding me, I am always looking for book suggestions!


message 9: by Shane

Shane I'd be honoured. And I welcome your feedback too! - Shane


Shadonna Thanks for the connection. Have a great week!


message 7: by Shane (last edited Feb 04, 2009 08:10AM)

Shane Hi Jeannie - thanks for the note. I took a look at your website. Your co-operative effort with another writer must indeed be an interesting venture. I recently co-ordinated the publication of an anthology of short stories for writers in Northumberland County, Ontario where I live and it was an arduous but rewarding process. I hope your Sri Lankan friend was able to give you a description of that country. My first novel "Redemption in Paradise" was based in that country and tried to portray the effects of its 30-year civil war on a group of western tourists ( including two Americans). The Sri Lankan press ( government controlled) did not take too kindly to my "poking under the rug" as it were and were indifferent to the book although it sold well( and continues to sell) among the Sri Lankan diaspora around the world.
Keep in touch!
Shane


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Shane and thanks so much for the friendship. I used to work with a girl from Sri Lanka...I'd never heard of it until then. Anyway...I love your website! It's very creative and interesting.
Bleesings,
Jeannie


message 5: by Shane

Shane Please do - and I would welcome your feedback as well. Regards!
Shane


Jessica Hello,

Thanks for adding me. I look forward to reading your work.

-J.


Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.


message 2: by Shane (last edited Dec 14, 2008 06:42AM)

Shane Jerry wrote: "I really enjoyed your book, Redemption in Paradise. Thanks for inviting me to this site to learn more about books. I hope your short story launch last month was very successful.
Jerry

Jerry - thanks for your kind sentiments and for giving me 4 stars. The launch of the anthology Changing Ways was a great success - over eighty people showed up (we were expecting 60) and we nearly ran out of books. Our launch for my second book Fringe Dwellers is this Thursday Dec 18th at 7pm at the Bohemian Penguin in Belleville, Ont. If the spirit moves you to take a drive in - do show up!
regards! Shane
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message 1: by Jerry

Jerry Jordison I really enjoyed your book, Redemption in Paradise. Thanks for inviting me to this site to learn more about books. I hope your short story laugh last month was very successful.
Jerry




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