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Novelist Corban Addison Tackles Human Trafficking in "A Walk Across the Sun"

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JB: Wow! You sure have a lot going on. And Garden definitely sounds like something I'll look forward to reading. John Grisham wrote a blurb for A Walk Across the Sun . While it's not unusual for authors to write a blurb, Grisham has made a point of never doing one - until yours. How did you pull off this coup?

CA: John was very generous with his support. A mutual friend introduced us. He had a preexisting interest in the subject of human trafficking and was intrigued by my project. He offered to take a look at the manuscript after I finished it. Of course, I hoped that he would like it, but the whole thing was a bit nerve-wracking. I'll never forget the email I got from him after he read it. It was a pivotal moment in my quest to get published. The glowing endorsement he offered me elevated my manuscript above the slush pile with agents and editors. It didn't guarantee a book deal, but it gave me credibility in the industry and helped people take me seriously. And it's been wonderful with readers. People love John's books. Our writing styles are a bit different, but we share a passion for justice and for stories well told.

Grisham blurb by courtesy of the author

JB: And you're both very good at what you do.  Your website is a tool that carries your passion about the subject of trafficking forward. What can readers expect to find if they go there?

CA: I built my website both to be a portal for my readers to learn more about the story behind A Walk Across the Sun and to offer people ideas about how they can engage in the fight against human trafficking. Fiction is an immensely powerful medium and can inspire conscientious action. But it has its limits. On my website, under the "Learn More" tab, I offer people additional resources to expand their knowledge of human trafficking. Also, under the "How to Help" tab, I point people to an array of non-profit organizations doing great work in the field. I hope readers interested in advancing in the cause of modern abolitionism will join me and my wife in supporting the many heroes around the world who have dedicated their lives to the work of justice and rescue.

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JB: Your book was an eye-opener and I highly recommend it. Thank you so much for talking with me, Corban. It was a pleasure.


Thanks to Laurie Rosen for suggesting this book.

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Addison's website

Some other Brunwasser pieces on trafficking and prostitution: 
"Women to Go-Chicago" Event Spotlights Sex Trafficking, Not Take-Out June 9, 2012 

Evanston Entrepreneur To Host Event on Sex Trafficking July 1st June 26, 2012 

Times Square Rabbi Helps America's Runaway Kids July 8, 2010
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Times Square Rabbi Helps America's Runaway Kids, Part Two July 12, 2010

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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