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Calgary Herald: Missionary gets day's jail, $2,000 fine for bomb hoax - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
This was the headline 30 years ago today. I was, to my vast relief, a free man, but much poorer for the experience.

But what cost me big, you can get for cheap. While supplies last, signed editions of my memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, are only $19.95 in hardcover, and $11.95 in trade paperback. And you can get the ebook edition for a ridiculously low 99 cents!

Not only that, but you can even enter at Goodreads to win one of ten free copies of the trade paperback. But hurry! Like my time in Canada, the days of these sales are numbered.

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Calgary Herald: Missionary guilty in bomb hoax - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Thirty years ago today was the day I returned to court in Calgary, Alberta, to be sentenced after pleading guilty to public mischief.

You could tune in here tomorrow to see how things turned out for me, or you could just pick up a copy of the ebook edition of The Accidental Terrorist on sale for 99¢ and find out the old-fashioned way.

Of the memoir, Kristine Kathryn Rusch said, "The Accidental Terrorist reads like a novel instead of a memoir. Only in novel form, no one would have ever believed these events could have happened. Believe it. William Shunn lived every word of this book. That he can share it so eloquently is a tribute not just to his writing skill, but his strengths as a human being."

Get yourself a copy today.

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Calgary Sun: 'Flight delayed for pal' - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Thirty years ago today, I went on trial in Provincial Court in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. How I got there and what came after is the subject of my memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. Now, three decades later, my publisher, Sinister Regard, is offering U.S. customers free shipping and huge discounts on signed editions of the book:

Hardcover: regularly $27.95 now $19.95

Trade paperback: regularly $15.95 now $11.95

I'll even personalize it for you, if you like. You can also get the ebook edition for only 99¢, or enter at Goodreads to win a free paperback copy! But hurry, supplies are limited. What are you waiting for—a bomb threat?

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Calgary Herald: Missionary faces trial over hoax at airport - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
It was 30 years ago today that my trial over charges stemming from a false bomb threat got underway in Provincial Court in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A kid who didn't want to be a missionary in the first place was now facing up to ten years in prison for trying to prevent another kid from no longer being a missionary. It was an upside-down world, and I was hanging on for dear life.

How I got there and what came after is the story told in my memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. In observance of the 30th anniversary of the events it chronicles, my publisher, Sinister Regard, is offering U.S. customers free shipping and huge discounts on signed editions of the book:

Hardcover: regularly $27.95 now $19.95

Trade paperback: regularly $15.95 now $11.95

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Calgary Sun: Bomb threat a hoax - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Accidental Terrorist by William Shunn

The Accidental Terrorist

by William Shunn

Giveaway ends March 06, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

It was on this day 30 years ago—Tuesday, February 24, 1987—that I was set free from jail on bail of $1,000.

In celebration, I'm giving away 10 free copies of The Accidental Terrorist through Goodreads. Just click on the giveaway button there on the right and sign in to be entered for a chance to win.

And keep tuning in here all week as I continue to share memoir spoilers newspaper clippings from the days of my trial. You can also still get the ebook version of The Accidental Terrorist for a measly 99 cents, and I'll be announcing more specials and sales in the days to come. It's almost too much excitement to take!

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Taboo Tales NYC, Monday, October 10th, 7:00 pm, The PIT, 123 E. 24th St., New York, NY 10010
Tonight I'm very excited to be part of the second Taboo Tales event in New York City. Come out and see us at The PIT and I guarantee you'll leave feeling better about yourself. But get your tickets quick!

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Taboo Tales

I'm very excited to be part of the second Taboo Tales event in New York City on Monday, October 10th. Taboo Tales is the long-running show from Los Angeles where people tell stories about their fucked-up lives. Come out and see us at The PIT on Monday and I guarantee you'll feel better about yourself.

Now, I'll let Taboo Tales tell you more...


We've learned New Yorkers are pretty fucked up so we're putting on our second show on October 10th. It's Columbus Day so tell all your friends to come out and discover this one of a kind storytelling show where we talk about topics no one wants to discuss in public.

Our BRAVE storytellers for this show will be:

  • Allison Guerra
  • Tony Carnevale
  • Kent Koren
  • William Shunn
  • Karen Fratti
  • Bobby Hankinson

    Hosted by Vanessa Golenia and Kejal Macdonald
    Happening at the PIT theater (24th and Lex)
    7pm. Arrive by 6:30pm.

    Save some money and get your tickets in advance!
    $10 online tickets // $13 at the door

    Want to see how much fun we had at the last one? Say no more. Check our event photos.

    SEE YOU THERE!


    More info:
    http://tabootalestheshow.com/about-2/
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1781798598730652/

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    CJAD 800 AM, Montreal
    This past Sunday morning, I appeared on Montreal radio to talk about The Accidental Terrorist. Specifically, I spoke with Dave Fisher on CJAD 800 AM, whose program "Dave's World" is the most popular weekend radio show in Montreal.

    Of course, it was a phone interview, since I'm not legally allowed to travel to Canada. But at least my voice can travel north of the border, even if my body can't.

    A big shout-out, by the way, to the excellent writer Michael Libling, who brought me to the attention not only of Mr. Fisher but also of Peter Anthony Holder, who interviewed me last fall for "The Stuph File Program."

    Listen to the CJAD interview below:

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    The Stuph File Program with Peter Anthony Holder
    It was my pleasure to be the guest of Canadian broadcaster Peter Anthony Holder this week on his odd-news-and-talk show, The Stuph File Program.

    We talked, of course, about my memoir The Accidental Terrorist, about how humor and religion mix, and about the relative merits of Mormonism and Canada. Peter is a charming host, and I had a great time doing his show. You can hear my 12-minute interview segment below:

    Or you can listen to the full episode on Stitcher.

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    I've always believed that I have a pretty good memory—in particular, that I can recall formative events and conversations from years or even decades ago in reasonably good detail. When I started work on my memoir The Accidental Terrorist, I made a list of incidents, events, and bits of lore from my mission that I wanted to include. The more of these that I wrote down, the more others I started to remember. My notes ran pages and pages and pages.

    I'm now working my way through a revision of the book with notes from my editor, Juliet Ulman. The occasional query scrawled in the margin questions details I seem to recall clearly. I've started wondering how much I can trust those old memories, especially the smaller moments I could easily have misremembered or invented. I've started looking for bits I can actually confirm.

    Last night I came to the passage below, which seemed like it should be eminently verifiable. The scene is southern Alberta, October 1986:

    On Friday of that week, we were talking heavy metal when I mentioned that the only band I liked of that sort was Rush.

    "Ah, so you're one of those," said Fowler. "Same as every other missionary in Canada. You know last winter they had a concert scheduled up in Edmonton?"

    "That was the Power Windows tour. What a great show. I saw it in Salt Lake."

    "Well, I was serving in Edmonton at the time. I swear half the elders in town must've had tickets."

    I gaped. In my civilian life, I had the right to choose to see a rock concert if I wanted, whether or not the Church or my father approved. But for a missionary, ordained and set apart as a representative of Jesus Christ, the rules were different. No music, especially not rock music, and especially not live rock music. That was just handing Satan the keys to your soul's front door.

    "Including you?" I asked.

    "Naw, Rush ain't my thing. But anyways, the day of the show this massive blizzard hits. No joke. Shuts everything down. No planes in or out. Concert canceled."

    "Whoa."

    "You're telling me. You think God wanted all those missionaries rocking out in clouds of dope smoke? No way. It would have killed the Spirit dead in Edmonton for a month."
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