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A-R International: Glenn Dixon

Glenn Dixon
Authors-Readers International

Author, musician and documentary film maker

Glenn Dixon’s third book, Juliet’s Answer (Simon & Schuster) has been published in eleven countries and translated into five languages including Chinese, Spanish and German. He was the 2014 writer-in-residence for the Vancouver International Writers Festival and his second book, Tripping the World Fantastic was shortlisted for the W.O. Mitchell Award. He has traveled through more than 75 countries and written for the New Yorker, National Geographic Magazine, the New York Post, Walrus Magazine and the Globe and Mail. He lives In Calgary, Canada.

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I was Glenn Dixon’s sales rep when he published Pilgrim in the Palace of Words in 2009. Even though we both lived in Calgary at the time, we didn’t meet until he took part in a multi-author event in downtown Calgary. (I still have the paperback ARC of this book.) I continued to promote Glenn after I left repping, and we had some friends in common so I saw him around town occasionally.

 

During this time, Glenn was retiring from teaching and planning his next book, Tripping the World Fantastic, for which he’d be travelling to music venues around the world. It just so happened that Dennis and I were going to be on Bequia while Glenn was travelling in South America and the Caribbean, so he took a side trip to visit us! Glenn has the distinction of being the only author I knew before-hand who has come specifically to visit us here! (I’ve already promoted two other “Bequia” authors on Authors-Readers International, Betty Caroli and Felicity Harley, but I met them here first before knowing they were authors.)

Glenn Dixon has also had great success with his most recent book, Juliet’s Answer, which I have  read as well, and found it to be an exceptionally good story!

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Juliet’s Answer – A Memoir
One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak

In fair Verona where we lay our scene…

When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he does something unusual. He travels to Verona, Italy, to become a scribe of Juliet, Shakespeare’s fictional character, all in an attempt to understand his heartbreak. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet, letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart.

Glenn’s journey takes him deep into the charming community of Verona, where he learns the traditions of the townspeople and becomes involved in unravelling the truth behind Romeo and Juliet—Did these star-crossed lovers actually exist? Did they live in Verona? Why have they remained at the forefront of hearts and minds for centuries? And what can they teach us about love? At the same time, we learn about Claire, Glenn’s unrequited love, the source of his heartbreak. Was she truly his soul’s match, or was she, like Rosalind in Shakespeare’s classic play, a mere infatuation who pales in comparison the moment his real Juliet enters his life?

When Glenn returns home to Canada and resumes his duties as a Grade 10 English teacher, he undertakes a lively reading of Romeo and Juliet with his students, engaging them in passions past and present. But in an intriguing reversal of fate and fortune, his students—along with an old friend—instruct the teacher on the true meaning of love, loss, and moving on.

An enthralling tale of modern-day love steeped in the romantic traditions of eras past, this is a memoir that will warm your heart.

And here’s a link to a short video about the book.

What Glenn Dixon is working on now: I do have a novel coming out – probably the spring of 2021. It’s signed to Simon & Schuster in Canada and the United States (so far – Juliet’s Answer has been published in eleven countries so I’m hoping for something similar).

For more information about Glenn Dixon, his books, films, and travel please see his website.

Glenn Dixon was a guest on Reading Recommendations in Jan. 2017.

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Tripping the World Fantastic: a journey through the music of our planet

FREE download of In the Teeth of the Gods by Glenn Dixon!

From Glenn Dixon

I’m doing an experiment this year. I have my next travel book coming out in April but also have an indie e-book out now. “In the Teeth of the Gods” is a fantasy novel about the Mayan collapse (timely, huh?). For five days starting right now – it’s a free download. Please take one – it’ll help me drive up my search engine results (and I think it’s a pretty good read). Pass this on to your friends too!

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Here’s the link that will take you to the site where you may download your free copy

I wrote about Glenn’s book in a Friday Reads blog post just over a week ago. I’m still reading this book – savouring it, actually! – and will report back once I’ve finished.

In the meantime, take advantage of this offer and download your free copy today before the offer expires!

Friday Reads – In the Teeth of the Gods by Glenn Dixon

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This weekend, I’ll be reading a new novel written by Calgary author (and friend!), Glenn Dixon. Glenn not only sort-of cheered me on (as I remember, his actual words may have been, “Are you crazy???”) and took photos while I had my head shaved during the Bare Naked Noggins Head Shave for the Epilepsy Association of Calgary on Nov. 15th, but he also has the distinction of being one of the few authors from Calgary who has visited me on Bequia!

Glenn previously wrote and published an excellent non-fiction title, Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: A Journey Through the 6000 Languages of Earth, and in 2013, he will be releasing a new non-fiction, Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet. (Research for this book was what brought him to my part of the Caribbean.) Both books are published by Dundurn Press of Toronto.

In the Teeth of the Gods: The great ballgame and the apocalypse of Mayan thrones is currently available as a Kindle eBook. For more information and to order a copy, check out Glenn’s website. Glenn is also an accomplished videographer and musician. Have a look at the book trailer on the site.

So, before the world ends on Dec. 21st – according to the Mayan calendar – I’ll be spending what time I have left reading about the first and real Mayan Apocalypse. Although I hope the world doesn’t end as predicted, because I’m looking forward to reading that new book of Glenn’s coming out next year about the music of the world!