Free Book

freeThis week, on Wednesday and Thursday, I’m giving away E-book copies of Dystopia. This is a book about prison, about my journey into prison to teach creative writing, and about Mike Oulton’s journey thru prison starting from his arrest in Mexico for smuggling drugs. Mike spent two years in Mexican prisons and eight years in Canadian prisons. You will be surprised to find out which system he liked better.

This book is not a treatise on prison reform – it’s full of stories of the people both of Dystopiaus met in prison. You will see clearly what an American maximum-security prison is like, what happens in a poverty-stricken Mexican prison, and how staff treat inmates in Canadian prisons.

A few quotes from Ed and Mike:

“Let no one say I’m soft on crime. I call for a system that demands of criminals real change. Right now convicts don’t have to alter their behavior, they just have to do their time. Boring, but easy. I call for wardens to devise correctional facilities that really correct, that demand socially acceptable behavior and the personality structure to support it.” Ed Griffin

“There’s no such thing as a halfway crook.” Mike Oulton

“I came to prison to cause a revolution and what I found was a friend.”  Ed Griffin

“Writing changed my life and melted the bars around my soul.” Mike Oulton

Even if you don’t have an E-book, you can download this book to your computer and read it there. Here’s the link:

Kindle for PC: Read eBooks on Your Computer – No Kindle Device Required

The Kindle for PC app lets you read eBooks and e-textbooks on your PC. Download the app today to start reading.

P.S.  I had a very enjoyable weekend at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. There was a time in my life when I figured I could stop going to conferences, stop reading books about writing and stop listening to experts talk about writing. I guess I figured I knew it all. How foolish. We all have a lot to learn and learning never stops.

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4 responses to “Free Book

  1. Dystopia is a great read. Co-written by Ed and Mike; their corresponding views, their different back grounds and of course their different reasons for writing about prison makes it a topic of endless discussion. It is my opinion that it has an important place as a literary and societal piece. Having had the pleasure of knowing them both, made it a personal journey for me. I bought several signed copies and gave them to friends and family who were quite blown away.

    Ed was my my Creative Writing teacher who thought that I might find it interesting to join a group of other writers who participate in these writing works shops held at a medium security prison for men. A dozen or so of us “outsiders” meet with a group of “insiders” to share and critique our written works (some of us, very green, uh hum).

    Compelled to say yes, nervous as hell, I threw myself out of my comfort zone into Ed’s world. I was moved by the honesty and depth from which these men wrote. I was impressed at the level of pure raw talent. I saw the good work, the emotional therapy and healing that writing can bring. I saw the word “Hope” branded on every word. “I” felt empowered to confront my own issues head on with a renewed sence of hope for every possible outcome. Writing is a powerful tool and Ed brought that. Ed brings that every where he goes.

    I met Mike, who was up for parole, pumped, happy, positive, grateful, entertaining…the list goes on. I saw how much Ed was loved and respected and how much he gave to the writing program there. I could write a novel about my experience there (there’s an idea), but suffice to say that I was very naive about the prison system in Canada (still overwhelmed actually) but learned so much more about the human spirit. I am forever grateful for my experiences there and am so sorry that the program has been all but cancelled.

    Distopia is a wonderfully entertaining, heart breaking, heart warming, insightful look into a world most of haven’t got a clue about and should.

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