My book, The Beatle Bandit was nominated for a Heritage Toronto Book Award 2022.

The Beatle Bandit tells the true-life story of Matthew Kerry Smith, a troubled young veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy who robbed Toronto-area banks to fund a one-man revolution.

The winning book will be announced in October.

“The 24 nominees for the 2022 Book Award, highlight the breadth and depth of the Greater Toronto Area’s heritage,” explains the Heritage Toronto website.

The Beatle Bandit won the 2022 Crime Writers of Canada Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book.

These annual awards honour the best in Canadian crime and mystery writing.

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle, tells the story of Ron Moffatt, who was wrongly convicted of murder in Toronto at age 14 in 1956 on the basis of a coerced confession.

The Boy on the Bicycle was listed as “Recommended Canadian True Crime Summer Reading” by the Writing About Crime podcast on May 13, 2020.

Writing About Crime focuses on Canadian crime and criminals.

The Boy on the Bicycle was nominated by the Crime Writers of Canada for an Arthur Ellis crime-writing award on April 17, 2019. Now called the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, these honours recognize crime writing across a variety of genres.

The Boy on the Bicycle was longlisted for “The Very Best!” Book Awards 2018 by The Miramichi Reader, in the category of Non-Fiction.

Click here for The Miramichi Reader’s review of The Boy on the Bicycle.

A childrens’ book I wrote about Prime Minister Jean Chretien was nominated for a “Red Maple” award in 2007 by the Ontario Library Association.

The photograph below shows Mr. Chretien holding my book at a publishing event.