Editor April - 6 - 2011 All, The Social Worker: A Novel5 COMMENTS

I’ve been travelling across Canada and to several countries in Europe and the reaction to The Social Worker has been amazing. Everywhere, there is interest in reading about the work that social workers, child and youth care workers and allied professionals do in child welfare and criminal justice settings. Obviously the novel is hitting a nerve. Just the idea that someone has finally written an insider’s view of what is largely invisible work is encouraging people to order a copy. The good news is that The Social Worker is also available as an ebook. I’m amazed at how quickly ebook readers are growing in popularity. As I travelled, I lugged around Johnathan Franzen’s Freedom, and Emily Donoghue’s Room. Great books, but I must say I’m considering for my next multi-city excursion bringing along a smaller, lighter ebook reader.

However you get the novel, I’m confident it will make for an interesting, intense read. Everything I’ve been trying to say about resilience and what I’ve learned makes kids survive the worst of homes is reflected in the novel. For that reason, I even sent copies of the novel to social work and child and youth care organizations across Canada asking for them to review the novel, or at the very least, pass their copy along to their members. Finally, we have a book about what we do and the challenges that work brings.

If you already have a copy, I would appreciate it if you would post your review on Amazon.ca, Chapters.ca or other websites. The feedback would be much appreciated. Feel free to email me directly too!

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5 Responses to “News on The Social Worker: A Novel”

    steven swim
    April 7th, 2011 at 1:25 am


    It is so awesome to see a book in local bookstores about the profession of social work, maybe i will buy it

    Pat Pyne-LeFort
    April 13th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    WOW, I am so happy that you had the “guts” …yes. the courage to write a book, (and although fiction) it applies to “true lives” of individuals within our “system”. I am an avid reader, and although, I have not read the book, I aim to buy it in the very near future. I became aware of the book as I watched the local Halifax news this eve; I then watched and heard you read a section of the novel via “u-tube”…………I am a nurse, and after I purchase and read the book, I will bring it to the hospital; hoping lots will buy a copy. IF word of mouth is a help (and seems to me this is GREAT publicity)
    then you have found a “GAL” who will promote your book. It is well past time that someone lets the public know what goes on in lives of those that dedicate themselves to helping others….so many times, our hands are tied. Wishing you GREAT and continued SUCCESS with this book.

    Stasha Huntingford
    April 14th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Are you going to be anywhere near Calgary, Alberta any time soon? We would love to have you come speak about the book!!

    Mary Lynn Trotter MSW RSW
    May 10th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Sorry I can’t be at the book launch in Toronto – the book looks great, and is a must read for those of us in the field! I’ll be at my 7 year old’s spring concert. By the way, she was named after the late Larry Uteck, who cleaned up the Halifax harbour you love to run by!

    Terry Smith, LCSW
    July 1st, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Michael: I just finished reading the first few pages of your book, Social Worker, a Novel, and am very impressed. I remember lively and heated discussions in undergraduate and graduate school on the topic of “helping” as social workers. I picked up your book (ereader) at the suggestion of John Wilkenson, Executive Director for NASW Montana. I understand you are scheduled to speak at one of our conferences in October. I am currently working as a social worker/therapist in an out-pt. psychaitric partial hospitalization program for teenagers. The concepts of resiliancy and mindfullness are core principles of our treatment program. I am looking forward to meeting you at the conference.
    Terry Smith, LCSW

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