By Jamie Rieger
Sales for Brett Loney’s book, Rebel With a Cause: The Doc Nikaido Story have surpassed his initial expectations for his book about the unique Bow Island physician.
In a written statement to the Commentator, Loney says that he has sold 615 copies to date, including 180 through online sales through FriesenPress, Amazon and ITunes. In addition, 50 copies have been sold in the United States and he has sold four books in the United Kingdom.
“In addition to the great turnout at the Bow Island launch, about 80 people attended my reading a few nights later in Lethbridge sponsored by the Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area. Another 60 people showed up in late October at my book launch in Halifax at the new central library,” Loney writes.
The book has been reviewed in the Halifax Chronicle Herald and was featured in an eight-minute interview on CBC Information Morning (the local CBC morning show in Halifax) http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2678628126 . An article on the book also appeared in Nikkei Voice, an online newspaper for Japanese Canadians and on the Japan Today English language web newspaper site.
Loney was also congratulated for Rebel With A Cause in the Nova Scotia Legislature in a Member’s Statement read by local MLA Diana Whalen.
“In all, it’s been a fabulous year for me and the book. I always hoped I would sell 325-350 books, but never imagined I would sell 500, let alone 600. Thanks to the support of Fred Mellen, Robin Dann, Margaret Anderson and so many others this book will hopefully help preserve the memory of a remarkable man, Dr. Harry Nikaido. Of course I also owe a huge thanks to the people of Bow Island and area for buying the book,” he writes.