Meet Nate at Toronto’s Word on the Street 2019 Festival

By Nate Hendley

I will be working a shift at the Crime Writers of Canada booth at Toronto’s Word on the Street literary festival on Sunday September 22 from 1 – 2:15 pm.

For those who don’t know, WOTS is a huge, outdoor literary jamboree that features publishers, writers, editors, writers groups and media outlets, hosting booths and giving presentations.

The event takes place at the Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto (right on Lake Ontario).

You can find the CWC at Booth WB4 in the “Writers Associations” section.

C’mon by to say ‘hi’ or buy an autographed book.

The above photograph was taken at the CWC booth at Word on the Street 2017.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)

New Film Takes Police Perspective in Hunt for Bonnie and Clyde

By Nate Hendley

I recently watched, The Highwaymen on Netflix.

This new film focuses on the hunt for bandits Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s, as led by former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer (played by Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (played by Woody Harrelson).

Taut and well-made, The Highwaymen is an excellent corrective to Arthur Penn’s wildly popular 1967 movie, Bonnie and Clyde, which depicted the duo as glamorous scofflaws with a Robin Hood mentality.

In real-life, Bonnie and Clyde were a pair of murderous sociopaths who primarily robbed gas stations and grocery stores and gunned down small-town cops in cold blood.

The Highwaymen shows Bonnie and Clyde in all their feral nastiness—ambushing police and executing them with glee. The movie gets other small details right (Clyde’s weapon of choice was the fantastically lethal Browning Automatic Rifle for example, not the Thompson sub-machine gun, as is commonly depicted).

In the Arthur Penn movie, Bonnie and Clyde are killed in a roadside attack when a posse led by Hamer open fire without warning from hiding spots. In The Highwaymen, Hamer confronts Bonnie and Clyde and orders their surrender. Hamer and his fellow policemen (who also step out of hiding) only start shooting when Clyde reaches for his gun.

While it’s unclear which movie offers a more accurate portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde’s deaths, The Highwaymen goes a long way in deglamorizing a pair of awful killers.

I wrote about Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree in my book, Bonnie and Clyde: A Biographypublished by ABC-CLIO.

My book is available at Amazon and the ABC-CLIO website, among other sources.

Click here to watch The Highwaymen movie trailer.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)

The Minerva Reader Reviews “The Boy on the Bicycle”

By Nate Hendley

The Minerva Reader has posted a nice review of The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (my book about Ron Moffatt, who was wrongly convicted of murder at age 14 in Toronto, in 1956):

“Intriguing, immediately engaging, often disturbing and filled with fascinating facts … The Boy on the Bicycle is written with such vivid attention to detail that this story of injustice and human cruelty will live in your mind long after you’ve read it. This is true-crime at its finest.”

Click here to read the full review.

The Boy on the Bicycle was released by Five Rivers Publishing based in Neustadt, Ontario.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased through AmazonChapters-Indigo and the Five Rivers website.

Copies are also available at Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)

Arthur Ellis Crime Book Awards

By Nate Hendley

 

The Crime Writers of Canada hosted the Arthur Ellis Excellence in Crime Writing book awards last night in Toronto.

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle was nominated in the non-fiction category but alas, did not win. Still, it was an honour to be nominated. The photograph shows me holding my Arthur Ellis Finalist certificate.

Congratulations to Sarah Weinman who won the non-fiction Arthur Ellis award for her book, The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World.

Click here for a list of all the Arthur Ellis winners.

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto.

It can be purchased online through AmazonChapters-Indigo and at select bookstores including Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street, Toronto) and Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website, http://www.natehendley.com/, offers more details about his books and background)

The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards

By Nate Hendley

Miramichi Reader finalist 2018

Fellow crime writer Ann Shortell has been ‘longlisted’ in The Miramichi Reader’s “Very Best! Book Awards” for her novel, Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale.

Ann was nominated in the category “Best First Book, Fiction or Non-Fiction”.

My own crime book, The Boy on the Bicycle (about the true-life wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto in 1956) was longlisted previously, in the Miramichi’s Reader’s 2018 book awards, for Non-Fiction.

“These are books that I consider exceptional in some way; books that I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t want them to end. Or, if it was a non-fiction title, one that is well researched and the author has made it interesting to read, not just pages of facts,” writes Miramichi Reader sage James Fisher.

To read all the longlisted titles, past and present, click here.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased online through AmazonChapters-Indigo and at select bookstores including Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street, Toronto) and Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website, http://www.natehendley.com/, offers more details about his books and background)

True-Crime Talk at Probus Club

By Nate Hendley

I gave a well-attended presentation to members of the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario on April 30 based on my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

This book examines the horrifying account of Ron Moffatt, who was 14 years-old when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto in 1956.

The real culprit, serial killer Peter Woodcock, murdered two more children in Toronto before finally being caught.

Probus Clubs are designed to “provide Fellowship, Friendship and Fun for men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years” according to the group’s website.

I spoke previously to the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo about my book, The Big Con, which looks at notorious scams and hoaxes.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and at select bookstores including Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street, Toronto) and Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website, www.natehendley.com, offers more details about his books and background)

(The above photograph was taken April 30, 2019 at Nate’s Probus Club lecture)

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Good Review of “The Boy on the Bicycle”

By Nate Hendley

“Intriguing, immediately engaging, often disturbing and filled with fascinating facts … This is true-crime at its finest.”

Nice review of my true-crime book, The Boy on the Bicycle on Goodreads.

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the largely forgotten 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased through AmazonChapters-Indigo and the website of publisher, Five Rivers.

Copies are also available at select bookstores, including Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street, Toronto) and Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).

Click here to read the entire review.

Click here to see my own profile on Goodreads.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)

Crime Book Awards to be Announced May 23

By Nate Hendley

 

The winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing will be announced May 23, 2019 at a gala event in Toronto.

The Awards are presented by the Crime Writers of Canada, of which I am a member.

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle (about the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto) was nominated for an Arthur Ellis crime-writing award in the non-fiction category.

Coverage of the Arthur Ellis nominations was extensive.

Click on any of the following links to view some of this coverage:

CBC Books website

Five Rivers Publishing

The Rap Sheet blog

Crime Writers of Canada

Quill & Quire

The Boy on the Bicycle was released by Five Rivers Publishing based in Neustadt, Ontario.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased through AmazonChapters-Indigo and the Five Rivers website.

Copies are also available at select bookstores, including Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street, Toronto) and Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)

Crime Writers of Canada Library Panel May 16

By Nate Hendley

NEW CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA PANEL

A panel of distinguished authors from the Crime Writers of Canada representing a wide variety of genres will be appearing May 16, 2019 at the Mt. Pleasant branch of Toronto Public Library.

Panellists will offer readings, discussions and answer questions about their chosen literary path.

Panellists include:

Rosemary McCracken (author of the Pat Tierney mystery series)

Katherine Prairie (an author of thrillers who will be showcasing her book, “Blue Fire”)

Bill Prentice (whose novel, “Why Was Rachel Murdered?” was recently nominated for a CWC Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing)

A.G. Pasquella (who will present “Yard Dog”–the first in a series of noir/crime thrillers)

The event will be moderated by me (Nate Hendley True-Crime Author Page).

The library is located at 599 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto (near Eglinton Avenue East).

The event is from 6: 30 – 8 pm and is free. Registration not required.

Here is a blurb about the event on the Toronto Public Library website: https://tinyurl.com/y6jlneyt

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)