October is National Anti-Cyberbullying Awareness month, if you weren't aware!
Join us today, as we join with Booksparks and speak about bullying!
You might have seen the devastating news about teen Amanda Todd who took her own life this month because she was cyber-bullied. Perhaps you were bullied, are being bullied, or have a child who is going through this. Through author Ilie Ruby’s research for her new book, The Salt God's Daughter, she found heart-breaking stories of 17 young women who were bullied to the point of taking their own lives like Amanda Todd. She recently talked about those women and her new book with Shape magazine in a beautiful essay found here: http://www.shape.com/
Note from Ilie: The stories of the women who populate The Salt God’s Daughter were inspired by the confluence of real life and a Celtic myth, which I learned from a folksong my mother played on the guitar, The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry. While the myth is the map, its many roads reflect the experiences of my grandmothers, of my mother, of my friends, and of seventeen young girls I never knew but whose histories found me. My wish was to illuminate the female experience through generations–not only those times that are shrouded in shadows, but also those that are lovely and beautiful, and made indelible with light. At its heart this is a story about true love, sometimes found between mothers and daughters, in the secrets of sisters, and in the arms of the first person with whom you shared your heart. When all is said and done, this novel belongs to resolute sisters Ruthie and Dolly. They are my champions. Their journey of discovery and survival is the heart of this story.
Set in Long Beach, California, beginning in the 1970s, The Salt God’s Daughter follows three generations of extraordinary women who share something unique—something magical and untamed that makes them unmistakably different from others. Theirs is a world teeming with ancestral stories, exotic folklore, inherited memory, and meteoric myths.
In recognition of October being National Anti-Cyberbullying Awareness month, we are proud to speak out with BookSparksPR, book lovers and author Ilie Ruby against bullies.
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