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Hear me read tonight at Write This Down in Brooklyn!

If you’re in or near Brooklyn tonight, I hope you’ll drop by Branded Saloon to hear personal essays by me and some other excellent writers and storytellers . . . Monday, September 30: 7:30-10:30 pm Write This Down: A Creative Nonfiction Reading Series...  read

Catch me in New York City on September 30 and October 2

New Yorkers! I’m participating in two events next week that I hope you’ll be able to come out and see: Monday, September 30: 7:30-10:30 pm Write This Down: A Creative Nonfiction Reading Series Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn At...  read

New(ish) missionary story: "After the Earthquake a Fire"

My novelette "After the Earthquake a Fire" is now available as a 99¢ ebook. This story tells a fictionalized version of some of my experiences as a Mormon missionary in Idaho after I was ejected from Canada. If you finished...  read

This 30-year-old article can't tell you what it's like to be a missionary

This Deseret News article from Saturday, February 28, 1987, can tell you all about what got me arrested earlier that week, but it can't tell you what it was actually like to be a reluctant 19-year-old Mormon missionary in the...  read

This article from 30 years ago today spoils everything about my memoir

Well, maybe not everything. This Salt Lake Tribune article from Saturday, February 28, 1987, may tell you the basics of the central plot elements, but it doesn't tell you what it was actually like to be a reluctant 19-year-old Mormon...  read

What was costly for me, you can read for a pittance

This was another headline 30 years ago today, when my days ahead looked fatter but my wallet was definitely thinner. But what was so costly for me, you can read about for a pittance. While supplies last, signed editions of...  read

This story cost me big, but you can get it for cheap

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...  read

Free shipping on signed editions of my memoir, 30 years after my trial

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...  read

Signed editions of my memoir as low as $11.95, with free shipping!

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...  read

A book giveaway on the 30th anniversary of my bail hearing

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The Accidental Terrorist: Order Your Copy Now!

About the Book

What happens when an ambivalent young Mormon missionary is pushed to the limit in a challenge to prove his faith? Hint: the outcome is explosive. The Accidental Terrorist is the long-awaited memoir from Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated author William Shunn, based on his popular podcast. Available now from Sinister Regard!