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Bev Geddes -- Book Launch

Sunday Oct 22 2017 2:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Launch of The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (Laksa Media Group) co-presented by the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.

This anthology of speculative fiction captures the breadth and depth of caring and of giving and delves into the world of caregiving and caregivers--a segment of our population that is often taken for granted. Recommended by Publishers Weekly.

Contributor Bev Geddes is a school-based speech/language therapist, and freelance writer, working for various organizations such as Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Her Aurora Award short story finalist, "Living in Oz," appears in the Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts anthology and her two speculative fiction novels, The Shellyman, and Secrets of Shalott, have recently been completed. When not reading, writing, or running away to her cabin at the lake, Bev enjoys playing the instrument of angels—her Celtic harp, aided and abetted by a menagerie of cats, a dog, and children.

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The Sum of Us

- Trade Paperback

by Susan Forest - $19.95 - Add to Cart

The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts Who are THE SUM OF US? Children giving care. Dogs and cats giving care. Sidekicks, military, monks, ghosts, robots. Even aliens. Care given by lovers, family, professionals. Caregivers who can no longer give. Caregivers who make the decision not to give, and the costs and the consequences that follow. Bound to us by invisible bonds, but with lives, dreams, and passions of their own. If we believe that we are the protagonists of our lives, then caregivers—our pillars—are ghosts, the bit players, the stock characters, the secondary supports, living lives of quiet trust and toil in the shadows. Summoned to us by the profound magic of great emotional, physical, or psychological need, they play their roles, and when our need diminishes . . . The caregivers fade. These are their stories: a henchman looks after a supervillain, the soldier in charge of the governor's children, a cat helps his patients pass on, an android tends to a terminally ill patient, a service dog looks after an ice hockey player, a young apprentice guides a blind welder, an old couple with diminished capabilities depend on each other to survive an earthquake, an aging tutor overcomes the reservation of her pupil to build a submersible vessel, a hospice director trying to do the right thing, a pious monk makes the final decision, and many more. Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors capture the depth and breadth of caring and of giving. They find insight, joy, devastation, and heroism in grand sweeps and in tiny niches. And, like wasps made of stinging words, there is pain in giving, and in working one’s way through to the light. Our lives and relationships are complex. But in the end, there is hope, and there is love.The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts Who are THE SUM OF US? Children giving care. Dogs and cats giving care. Sidekicks, military, monks, ghosts, robots. Even aliens. Care given by lovers, family, professionals. Caregivers who can no longer give. Caregivers who make the decision not to give, and the costs and the consequences that follow. Bound to us by invisible bonds, but with lives, dreams, and passions of their own. If we believe that we are the protagonists of our lives, then caregivers—our pillars—are ghosts, the bit players, the stock characters, the secondary supports, living lives of quiet trust and toil in the shadows. Summoned to us by the profound magic of great emotional, physical, or psychological need, they play their roles, and when our need diminishes . . . The caregivers fade. These are their stories: a henchman looks after a supervillain, the soldier in charge of the governor's children, a cat helps his patients pass on, an android tends to a terminally ill patient, a service dog looks after an ice hockey player, a young apprentice guides a blind welder, an old couple with diminished capabilities depend on each other to survive an earthquake, an aging tutor overcomes the reservation of her pupil to build a submersible vessel, a hospice director trying to do the right thing, a pious monk makes the final decision, and many more. Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors capture the depth and breadth of caring and of giving. They find insight, joy, devastation, and heroism in grand sweeps and in tiny niches. And, like wasps made of stinging words, there is pain in giving, and in working one’s way through to the light. Our lives and relationships are complex. But in the end, there is hope, and there is love.