Novel Young Adult On Racism Detroit Riot And Justice

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When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 7 pm to 9 pm

Where: Darwin’s Cafe, Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino BC


In 1967 David Floody watched from the Canadian shores of the Detroit River as the fires of racial hatred consumed Detroit in a five-day riot. That unforgettable experience became the basis for his novel The Colour of Pride. David will give a brief overview of the riot, of his experiences attending an integrated high school and something of the art and culture of Motown in the mid-sixties.

David will read short excerpts from the novel to reflect the storyline: A year after the Detroit race riot, fourteen-year-old, White Canadian ballplayer, Frank Phelan, befriends and defends Black, fourteen-year-old Detroit Junior Tigers pitcher, Ellie Fitzgerald, from a racist bully at the 1968 World Series, and must confront his values in doing so.

David will sign copies of the novel at the conclusion. There will be drinks available for purchase.

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David Floody is a Canadian, Young Adult novelist living and writing in Tofino, British Columbia on the far west coast of Vancouver Island, in breathtaking Clayoquot Sound. His Young Adult novel, THE COLOUR OF PRIDE, is set in 1968, a year after the David witnessed the fires of hatred consume Detroit in a five-day race riot. White fourteen-year-old ballplayer, Frank Phelan, defends and befriends Black teenaged ballplayer, Ellie Fitzgerald, from a brutal racist bully during a crucial game of the 1968 World Series. Frank suffers the worst beating of his life. But his baseball hero, Detroit Tigers player Al Kaline, comes to his and Ellie's rescue. The worst day of his life, becomes the best day of his life, and Kaline gives Frank his own baseball cap with the word "Pride" written on the bill, along with all the Tigers team signatures. David's latest Young Adult novel, INSECT YOUTH, is a coming-of-age sequel to The Colour of Pride, set two years later. Frank Phelan, now sixteen, discovers first love with the mysteriously beautiful Starr Summers. But when he and Starr aree exploring a deep railway, they have a violent encounter with his enemy, Dixie, and Frank is knocked unconscious. Frank later suspects Starr has been sexually assaulted when she becomes silent and withdrawn, but she will not talk about it. When the law fails him and Starr runs away. Frank is the only one who can deliver justice to the older punk. In that same valley, in the middle of a BB gun war, Frank puts his finger on the trigger of his powerful Perazzi pellet gun with its telescopic sight. Frank has Dixie's face in his crosshairs. If Frank pulls the trigger, he steps across a thousand lines and can never again step back. He whispers Starr's name. "In moment he fires, Frank sees himself reflected in the lens of Dixie's eye."

7 Responses

  1. diziler

    Right away I am going to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming again to read more news. Rhianon Tiler Dorri

  2. dizi

    Wow, this paragraph is fastidious, my sister is analyzing these things, thus I am going to inform her. Victoria Delbert Cottrell

    • David Floody - Implosion Press
      David Floody

      Ths. Victoria! Sadly, with George Floyd and BLM, the racism and injustice continue and require us to be aware and active locally when we can. David.

  3. Enriqueta

    After I originally commented I appear to have clicked
    the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time
    a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the exact same comment.
    There has to be a means you can remove me from that service?

    • David Floody - Implosion Press
      David Floody

      Very sorry, Enriqueta! A few others have occasionally been having the same problem with rss feed button. So far, I have had no luck disabling that element. If continues, I may just remove that rss feed. Then you can visit when you think of it. Annoying. Best, David.

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