Thursday, October 06, 2016

My Memoir Finally

Hello my fellow poets, artists and poet aficionados!

I’m more than pleased to announce that I have just completed publishing my long-awaited biography entitled: Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York. Many of you are aware of the five years I spent along with Hobobob on the street as we ran two memorable open mic venues, The Times Square Shout Out, and The Shout Out at Ottos.

What most of you weren’t aware of is what took place before and afterward. Where did I sleep? How did I manage to provide for my sustenance and upkeep?

Well, it’s all being told now in my memoir!

Here’s a synopsis of what you’ll discover.

Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is the story of my five years living on the mean and unforgiving streets of New York City. Though it deals with a crucial topic it is a testament that homelessness, as tragic as it is, is survivable.

Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is based upon the NPR Radio program This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, which was broadcasted in 2008 across 5oo radio stations in the U.S, to an audience of over 2,000,000 listeners. The radio program was about me and my former homeless partner, Hobobob’s life as artists hacking out an inhospitable existence on the streets of New York, while plying our trade in the poetry world.

However this memoir is based upon my own personal experience of living outdoors and what I had to do to survive.

Even though the initial NPR radio program aired a full 37 minutes, longer than any other pod cast on This American Life at the time, I felt there was yet more to say about the growing phenomenon of homelessness and my particular experience. I also wanted to explicate further upon my time spent without a place to call home and what I learned, which could serve to benefit those who might be unfortunate enough to find themselves in this horrific set of circumstances.

My memoir delves deep into and sheds light upon the hither-to-unknown, shadowy world of the homeless and intends to dispel a lot of the myths associated with this peculiar state of affairs. What is more, it is designed to be a guide to anyone who might be suddenly thrust in this confusing, tangled maze, with the view to returning to a life of normalcy while maintaining their precious sanity.

Covering an assortment of topics germane to homeless life and highlighting the valuable lessons I attained, Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is a tale with a common theme: Being homeless does not mean it is the end of the world. One can not only live through this adversity but also rise out of it, as I’ve done.

So, buckle up your seat belts because you’re getting ready to embark upon a wild and unforgettable journey into the unknown!

I invite you all to visit the ebook sites listed below, purchase an electronic copy and enjoy reading this narrative. What is more, I welcome your comments, constructive criticisms and insights and would love to get feedback from you.

The book is being sold online at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Epub, Mobi (Kindle), Irf, Pdb for Palm and Kobo Ebooks sites, for $3.99 a copy.

For more information and updates you can follow me on my social networks listed below.

Daniel Canada aka Obsidian

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To view a few sample pages or to purchase Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York visit: (Note: You might have to 1st remove “adult content” filter from top right hand corner of Smashword page to access the book, by clicking the “Adult Content” button before searching for book title Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York in the search field).


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It is not sold on at this time.

You can also check out the comments I will be posting about the making of the book, as well as background material on these social media sites:

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