Ron Smith

I was a sales rep for Ron Smith’s publishing company back in the day, and was shocked to learn recently that Ron had suffered from a massive stroke a few years ago. The good news is that I discovered this news when reading an announcement for this book Ron wrote about the experience and his recovery. So I’m now very pleased to be able to bring attention to readers around the world about this very important book by Ron Smith.

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke Non-fiction: Memoir

Quick description: “What is a stroke?” This is the question that plagues Ron Smith as he emerges from the carpet bombing of his brain. The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke is a first-person account of a massive ischemic stroke to the brain stem. Smith takes the reader inside the experience and shows how recuperation happens ― the challenges of communication, the barriers to treatment, the frustrations of being misunderstood and written-off, the role of memory in recovering identity, the power of continuing therapy, and the passionate will to live.

Full of arresting anecdote, enlivened by a vivid and vigorous style, the book tells of successes and failures and draws on the newest research in stroke treatment.

This is a necessary book for stroke survivors still dealing with the effects of their trauma and for care-givers, vital to the process of recuperation, who feel hampered and harried by concern and confusion. The book is a caring companion, offering support to people navigating the fear and bewilderment that accompanies a stroke. For medical professionals, the book offers insights into the workings of the brain, the power of the brain to heal, critiques of conventional limits imposed on therapy, and suggestions for ways to improve care.

More than an evocative memoir, more than a breathtaking journey out of stroke and back to a literary life, The Defiant Mind is a beautifully written love story; it is a glimpse inside the tender and fulfilling relationship between the author and his wife. Smith makes clear that defiance (with unconditional support) is the first step to making hope a reality.

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Brief biography:
Ron Smith the author and editor of several books. For close to forty years he taught at universities in Canada, Italy, the States and the UK. In 2002 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of British Columbia and in 2005 he was the inaugural Fulbright Chair in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. In 2011 he was awarded the Gray Campbell Award for distinguished service to the BC publishing industry where he has played an essential role in the growth of literary, historical and public policy publishing. He now lives with his wife, Patricia Jean Smith, also a writer, in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.

Links to buy Ron’s book:
At most bookstores, on Amazon, or directly through the publisher, Ronsdale Press

Ron’s promo links:
Website
The Defiant Mind Journal
Ronsdale Press
The World Stroke Organization
CBC News article: ‘They’re little steps, but they all add up’: Stroke survivor sends a message of hope in new book
CBC Radio North by Northwest interview
CBC Radio On the Island interview
Vancouver Sun review (appearing also online at Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal, and other Postmedia publications)
BC BookWorld review

What are you working on now?
A new children’s book and a novel

Ron’s reading recommendation:
Anything and everything by John Berger. I particularly like A Fortunate Man and here is where we meet.

Rick Bergh – update on a non-fiction series

Rick and Erica Bergh were previously featured on Reading Recommendations in March 2016. Rick is back now to talk about a new book in a series he has been publishing.

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Finding Anchors: How to Bring Stability in Your Life Following a Cancer Diagnosis

Rick Bergh shares the principles he has studied, taught and lived out for more than 30 years in this practical, inspiring and hopeful guide that will help anyone stabilize their life following a cancer diagnosis.

Far beyond a collection of good ideas, this book lays out 17 tried-and-true principles from hundreds of people, including Rick’s own personal journey with his wife and four children. They courageously found ways to face their mom’s cancer diagnosis while inspiring friends and family to join them on this significant journey.

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Brief biography:
Rick Bergh is a transitional loss counselor, speaker, thanatologist and an ordained Lutheran minister.. He serves on the board of the Alberta Hospice and Palliative Care Association (AHPCA) and chairs the communication committee for the Palliative Care Society for the Bow Valley. He has spoken at and trained professionals in hospitals, palliative care associations, faith communities, businesses, and community groups. His popular blogging website, intentionalgrief.com is followed by numerous people. He is also a frequent guest speaker on CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera (DNTO). He is a grandpa to three grandchildren. He and his wife, Erica, live in Cochrane, Alberta. His first wife died at age 47 following a 5-year battle with ovarian cancer, leaving behind four children.

Links to buy Rick’s book:
amazon.com or amazon.ca
indigo.ca
Chapters retail locations in Calgary, Alberta

Rick’s promo links:
Rick’s website
Intentional Grief

What are you working on now?
My third book in this series. It is called Looking Ahead: How Your Dying Impacts Those Around You.

Rick’s recommendation:
I am currently reading Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days by Harvey Max Chochinov