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Author event - David Laing Dawson

  • Mar 20, 2013 · 7:15 PM
  • The Freeway Coffee House

Author visit with Hamilton's David Laing Dawson -main focus Slide in all Direction but please see the website listed below for his complete works. Copies are available through the Hamilton Library system not sure about Burlington for those who access that system.  If someone finds out can you please add a comment to the meetup.

A new compelling story of crime, addictions, love and redemption, played out in the shadows of a post-industrial steel town. Known as a Canadian Elmore Leonard, Dawson is perhaps a little kinder and gentler but no less real.

The Hamilton Spectator: January 31, 2009

 

http://www.bridgeross.com/dawson.html

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  • Karen

    I do not normally post - my comments usually follow in the email of the next day.
    I feel that perhaps it is for me to repeat some comments made in that email in order to contend with some comments I have received via email.
    Our personal like or dislike of Mr. Dawson does not bear comment on this page - his written work yes - his personality no.
    I do not censor the written word before I build the schedule - nor do I intend to start.
    After allowing a few comments to filter onto this page I think everyone can appreciate that although they each have their own feelings they are not ALL negative.
    In the future I will still encourage open and honest comments but I must insist that any comments that cannot be backed with fact be kept to ones own thoughts.
    Some of the postings have proven to be offensive to others of the group and yes - I will take emails from anyone who cares to ask anything further.
    Karen
    Organizer.

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Earl I.

      Hi Karen, Can you send me contact info on David so I can invite him to speak at my Rotary Club? Thanks Earl

      March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Earl - I'm his publisher and he can be reached at the Gallery on The Bay at Bay and Barton[masked]

      March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found the evening interesting. I worked as a Public Health Nurse in the north end of Hamilton in the 80's. I experienced profanity, infant/child neglect and worked alongside Childrens Aid. I had a client who was stabbed to death by the father of her newborn baby. I say this to show that I have an idea of what goes on or went on in that neighborhood. I felt that the author depicted life in the north end accurately. I also worked in Community Mental Health and found that too many psychiatrists did not listen to their patients. David said that he listened to his patients. I believe he did as he seemed to be able to get into their heads. The addicts, the revolving door of the jail, the humanity was clearly seen, I feel. I actually found the end of the book interesting. I was left thinking that either things would continue to improve OR that he might crash again.
    It would have been interesting to go around the circle and hear everyone's comments about the book.
    Thanks Karen!

    March 22, 2013

  • Laurie

    David Laing was lacked refinement. The conversation was stilted and lacked substance. I felt this writing style was weak and the plot was predictable.

    March 21, 2013

    • Laurie

      Thank you for setting up the meeting, Karen! I was hoping that David was able to provide more insight and self promotion. Other authors have given us reason to read future endeavours.

      March 22, 2013

  • Sue

    I came away from the meeting thinking that I would never have pictured David Laing as a psychiatrist. Although it was interesting to read about some of the places that I know in Hamilton, and some that I was warned as a teenager to stay away from when I ventured to the 'big city' with my friends, I also did not find it particularly well written. I had a very hard time with the street lingo used, though I understand the purpose in using it. David's comment about not talking with children or teenagers, made his dislike of them obvious, but I agree with Ying Pei, that perhaps he was trying to be witty or humerous. It obviously fell flat. That's okay, I don't have to agree with him to read his books or even like them, but that's why I joined a book club - to widen my literary horizons. I will say that David accurately depicted the style of life of an addict. Not all addicts are bad people, they just have bad problems.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Karen, I think that by now you probably have read some of the comments. At first I thought perhaps it was just me that felt very uncomfortable until I read a few more comments. I loved seeing everyone again but I have to admit the highlight of my night was the cookie I had with the oreo inside. :)

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was disappointed. I've been to other other events where the author was more appealing and engaging. I did read the book, it was okay, not my favorite. I did appreciate the background from the author as to how he came to write this book. However some of his comments left me upset with regard to his practice as a psychiatrist with families and children. One of our members asked if he works with...speaks to the children, his reply was something like..."No, why would I want to speak to children or adolescents...why would anyone want to?" I found this offensive. Our children and adolescents are our future, we need to speak to them and with them. Most of all we need to listen to them.
    So I couldn't bare anymore from him, I left early.

    March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      His answer is surprised to me too. I think he wants to be humorous, but he did it in a wrong way. What he meant maybe it's harder to communicate with children.

      March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Paula, I was tempted to leave also but thought that maybe he would redeem himself.

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I feel much better now that I read a few other comments...I thought that perhaps I was being overly sensitive having had family members who struggle with addiction and mental illness. His lack of empathy was disturbing to me. So...onto the next book.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was late in starting the book but finally downloaded it onto kobo. I was only half way through it by the time of of meetup. I found it poorly written and only came to the meeting to see who could have possibly written this...an ex-con or ex-addict? It made sense to find out that Mr. Dawson was a psychiatrist...a legal, glorified drug pusher. I understood completely why he held back this information on his background. I will possibly finish "Slide in all Direction" but doubt if I will read more of his work.

    March 21, 2013

  • Earl I.

    Good conversation. Makes me eager to read Dawson's other books!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    not bad

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    At the last moment, I found out I couldn't make it. Have fun.

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but I cannot attend this month but will be at a meeting in April

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm reading his book <<slide in all direction>> recently, which is a interesing book.

    March 15, 2013

  • Dennis A.

    Unfortunately I have concert tickets for this night.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will be out of town

    March 11, 2013

  • PeaceofaPuzzle

    Bel Canto was an excellent book and we had a great discussion! Thanks to all who attended and contributed to the discussion!

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have another appoointment that evening.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just got tickets to a see Rain as a present, happens to be the same night :(

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just thought I would mention since I'm David Dawson's publisher that the book is also available in kindle and kobo versions for under $10 in case anyone is interested

    January 6, 2013

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