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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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Calgary Herald: Bomb threat sends crews into action - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
There's no way to make this pretty. Thirty years ago today—Monday, February 23, 1987—I was arrested at Calgary International Airport, by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (Disappointingly, no horses were involved.) I had not awakened that day planning to commit a crime. I ended the day in jail.

Perhaps tempting fate, I began my celebration today debarking from an international flight in Reykjavík, Iceland. (The flight had landed without incident.) I am now writing this post on a patio at the Blue Lagoon spa, having just spent an hour drifting around the hot-spring-fed pool with my wife, sometimes with silica mud or algae on our faces. It just started to snow.

You, on the other hand, can celebrate with me by picking up a copy of my memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, which explains what happened before, during, and after that fateful arrest. All ebook versions are on sale for only 99 cents! Prices are slashed on signed print editions too!

Share the gospel. Tell your friends. Happy anniversary, wherever you are.

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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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    Our Dependency on Foreign Keys, art by Hayrettin Karaerkek
    The second and concluding part of my new science fiction novelette, "Our Dependency on Foreign Keys," is available today at the online magazine Across the Margin. (Part One appeared yesterday.)

    When last we left our not-so-heroic hero Pell "Franny" Franziskaner, he was no closer than he was at the start to figuring out who is sabotaging his cocktail party and threatening to kill him, nor to completing or even figuring out the task he's been given by the super-duper advanced A.I. called Hondo. But at least he's invented a cool new party game called dueling holaoke! Will Franny unravel the mysteries before it's too late? And will Hondo ever make an appearance at the party?

    Learn all the answers now...

    Part One: http://acrossthemargin.com/odfkpo/

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    Our Dependency on Foreign Keys, art by Hayrettin Karaerkek
    A brand-new story of mine, "Our Dependency on Foreign Keys," is available today at the online magazine Across the Margin.

    Or actually, the first half of this 11,000-word story is available today. The second half will go live tomorrow morning.

    And to be honest, it's not exactly brand-new, either, though this is the first time readers are seeing it. According to an old blog post, I was working on this story during a trip to Malta and the Middle East in May 2008. It was one of those stories that started with the title, and as I worked out the basic situation of the story the plot and its world, things grew very complicated indeed, even given that I decided to set it in the same near-future historical continuum as a couple of my earlier stories. I clearly remember the bar in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood where I was sitting when I named the main character Pell Franziskaner. According to my records, I finished the first draft around the time Barack Obama began his first term as president.

    The story was a difficult one to write because I needed it to be light and frothy but dense at the same time. I took the Jeeves and Wooster stories as my model, though I think you'd be hard-pressed to see that in this final version. Connie Willis's screwball comedies like "Blued Moon" were an inspiration too, though again...

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    The Accidental Terrorist 30th Anniversary Sale

    Signed editions
    cheaper than your
    local Mormon
    missionaries.

    Order yours now!

    William Shunn

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