Michael W Pieri


Michael W. Pieri spent 30 years in the newsroom of The Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest newspaper. His interest in the often tragic lives of immigrants more than a century ago -- and The Star’s battles to help them – resulted in a life-long fascination with his city’s history. In 2005, Michael co-produced a TV documentary on publisher Joseph E. Atkinson – a Canadian hero – who crusaded for a kinder and fairer society for all. Michael is currently researching the early history of The House of Industry, when Canada had its own Oliver Twists.


The Amazing Adventures of Cholly Blake
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 109,150. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada
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A newspaper’s grossly overblown account of a Great Lakes ‘sinking’ dramatically changes a humble sailor’s life in 1879 -- and turns him into a Canadian hero. The fantastical exploits of Cholly Blake include piracy, duels, treasure-hunting, a thrilling raft voyage, terror in a runaway balloon, visits to a vile “sweating den” -- and they nearly trigger an accidental "war" with the United States.

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