Beverly Akerman MSc

Beverly Akerman MSc
Location
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Birthday
April 26
Bio
Beverly Akerman's award winning short story collection, 'The Meaning of Children,' was released in 2011 and in cyberspace the next year. Find it at http://amzn.to/KznFvA. After over two decades in molecular genetics research, Beverly realized she'd been learning more and more about less and less. Skittish at the prospect of knowing everything about nothing, she turned, for solace, to writing, winning myriad awards for her efforts. She recently received her third Pushcart nomination. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, The National Post, The Montreal Gazette and on CBC Radio One (Canada’s NPR-equivalent), as well as in numerous lay publications and learned journals. It pleases her strangely to believe she’s the only Canadian fiction writer ever to have sequenced her own DNA. TV & Radio Interviews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0i9teebBxk; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyOp2wQlxvk; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djOXwJasZes http://beverlyakerman.blogspot.com Twitter: Beverly_Akerman

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Salon.com

Sometimes “the law is a ass” Mr. Bumble said, and it looks like the debate on Quebec’s proposed charter of “values”—or lack thereof—is one of those times.

Despite the symbolic blood-letting of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission, which basically found there was… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2013 5:10PM

E-BOOK GIVEAWAY April 5th to 8th!



THE MEANING OF CHILDREN: Nearly 7,000 copies scooped up to date, world wide.


Beverly Akerman’s multiple award winning fiction collection, The Meaning of Children, available for FREE download April 5th to 8th, 2013.

(You needn’t own a Kindle: FREE reading apps available here )

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JANUARY 10, 2013 11:52AM

Downton Abbey Jumps the Shark

 


Downton Abbey's season 3 premiere: Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville, foreground) continues to do dopey things, his mother-in-law, Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine) is fizzle and a gasbag, and viewers are reminded of familiar Downton truisms: “Downton’s in peril. Wills… Read full post »




It has certainly been a great week!
 
A fantastic long weekend spent with friends, including 

the lovely, amusing, erudite, and 

always effervescent Miss Pauline...

(above with hubbly and bubbly!)

 

 

After a few action-packed high-culture days in Toronto at the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs biannual conference, I arrived back in Montreal to familiar familial bedlam, co-starring my favourite swisster-in-law and the youngest of her brood, twin two-year-olds, g/

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As Mordecai Richler infamously said, "Oh Canada. Oh Quebec."

We may have crappier weather here, but Quebec’s social climate should be the envy of the rest of Canada, what with free college education, more generous and flexible maternity leave, paternity leave, $7-per-day daycare, pharma… Read full post »

[From the award winning fiction collection 'The Meaning of Children,' available FREE May 26th at Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/KznFvA]


Some folks say your hands can tell the story of your life. Well, my hands cain't talk, but they've made

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Detail of an illustration created for the print version of this story. - Detail of an illustration created for the print version of this story. | Mike Ellis for The Globe and Mail
Detail of an illustration created for the print version of this story.
Mike Ellis for The Globe and Mail


Publishing

How to become an e-book sensation. Seriously.

Beverly Akerman

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Okay,  possums, I've gone and done it...Perfect for Mother's Day: The Meaning Of Children, 99 cents on Kindle!

 

That's 90% OFF! A steal for an awardwinning collection of literary fiction,


Here's the latest review, from TMOC's Facebook page:


From reader Judith Litvack: "EnteriRead full post »

[We interrupt the regularly scheduled, unrelenting promotion of the blog author's book, The Meaning Of Children, for something completely different...and altogether serious.]

 

Okay, I know I must have better things to do--and probably, so do you!!--but I must tell you I practically blew a gas… Read full post »

 Well, dear friends, the moral of this story is once a scientist, always a scientist!

 

 

Akerman

 

 

 

I've made a big deal about how I left a 20+ year long career in molecular genetics research for the big time career of the obscure short… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2012 9:39PM

No More "Dear Old McGill"

Hail, Alma Mater, we sing to thy praise;

Loud in thy Honour, our voices we raise.

Full to thy fortune, our glasses we fill.

Life and Prosperity, Dear Old McGill.

~McGill University Song Book

 

 

It started at McGill on March 3rd, 2012. A site reminiscent of Wikileaks went up,

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MARCH 5, 2012 3:34PM

About to take the e-book plunge...

Well, I think I may have done it, created a cover for the e-book version of my award-winning collection of short fiction, The Meaning Of Children. I did it using a photo my Dad took of me, oh, you know, at least 20 years back! ;) Back in the day/… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 21, 2012 9:10PM

All agog about "Gollywog!"

Though decades separate Bonnie Farmer’s two plays, her new Gollywog has the makings of a hit.

Playwright Bonnie Farmer
Bonnie Farmer was born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, and came to Montreal as a toddler when her mother went to work as a cook… Read full post »
DECEMBER 2, 2011 8:43AM

Sowing a farm in the city


 

 

Greenhouse becomes a hotbed of urban agriculture

The greenhouse on top of Concordia’s Henry F. Hall Building boasts an eagle’s eye view of the city, but it’s no ivory tower.

Increasingly, the greenhouse is a hub of community building and a hotbed of ur/… Read full post »

  [For more of my best writing, including news of my book, The Meaning Of Children, please visit my other blog!]
 


Beverly Akerman's story "Spilt Milk," a more compact version of her "Sea Of Tranquillity," has made the short list for Aesthetica's Creative Works Competition. "Sea of… Read full post »

 

 

Enforcing long-gun registry does prevent crime

 

 

Why do critics of the long gun registry persistently ignore this simple truth? By BEVERLY AKERMAN

 Originally published in The Hill Times, March 29, 2010 


 

MONTREAL—Does it make sense to assum

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Five years later…

First off, I think today is a day for offering our condolences to the

 Photo

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AUGUST 30, 2011 1:00PM

"Are books dead?"

book-rip



If you're a writer--or "just" a reader--you need to read this amazing article!! “Are books dead, and can authors survive?” It's by Ewan Morrison, based on a talk he gave at the Edinburgh Book Fair.
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 [For more of my best writing, including news of my book, The Meaning Of Children, please visit my other blog!] 


Just had to share some of the incredibly moving feedback I've been getting from readers of my new book, The Meaning Of Children (available at fine bookstores,… Read full post »


I'm honoured to announce that my book, The Meaning Of Children, has been submitted by my publisher, Exile Editions to be considered for The Giller Prize, Canada's "richest literary award for fiction."
You can find the listing for The Meaning of Children and the… Read full post »

  [For more of my best writing, including news of my book, The Meaning Of Children, please visit my other blog!] 

I was just re-reading this interview and I thought I would post the whole thing. Thanks again, Meg Pokrass & Fictionaut!

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JUNE 8, 2011 5:05PM

On being edited...

[For more of my best writing, including news of my book, The Meaning Of Children, please visit my other blog!] 

An emerging writer lives on a high wire, where self-confidence—the bulwark against frequent rejection--counterbalances humility, because who doesn't have a lot to be hu… Read full post »





I'm thrilled to announce the Toronto Launch of The Meaning of Children! May 31st at the Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth. Part of The Exile Writers Series, we will also be toasting the launch of Claude Tatilon's A Pinch Of Time (David Homel's translation of the/…

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The Rwandan genocide still slashes through the lives of its survivors, including Concordia student Beatha Kayitesi (BA ’11). But community support can bring opportunities for great healing.

Kayitesi survived the genocide and other atrocities that killed 800,000 Tutsi and pro-pea/…

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