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Heart of a Man

September 8, 2020

This as-yet-unpublished book has already been part of my life for some years. I have read every story, poem and essay and all the editor’s introductions, some of them in many iterations. I have commented on the content and design. Shoals of emails went back and forth across the eight-hour time difference between Somerset and California, between me and an old friend I have not set eyes on since 1967.

In March 2001, Bill Amatneek guest-edited an issue of Storytelling Magazine. He called it The Men’s Issue and chose eleven true stories by men, about experiences that could only have happened to a man, and showing something of what it is to be a man.

The response was dramatic. The issue sold out, and a further 2000 copies were printed. It was women who were calling up to order extra copies as gifts, sometimes ten at a time.

Bill writes —

I knew as The Men’s Issue was coming together that if women embraced it, I would assemble an anthology of men’s writings.

Heart of a Man returns the embrace.

Its works are from the lives and creativity of writers with diverse takes on male life. Revealing themselves in story, poem and personal essay, they grant access to their lives. 

In showing the truths of these men, this book hopes to bring women and men closer together. 

All that remains is to raise enough money to print the first thousand copies.
I’m biassed of course, but I truly hope that will happen. This important book is an enjoyable and illuminating read.

You’ll find the Kickstarter here. It’s already off to a good start on the first day!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Gabe permalink
    September 9, 2020 6:23 am

    I’d love to read it, assuming it gets to print.

  2. October 10, 2020 8:39 pm

    Update: yes, it reached and exceeded the target!

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