About the Book
My Favourite Crime is a collection of essays that are at once personal and political. The first section describes the author's tumultuous relationship with his father, exploring his struggle to make sense of his father's criminality as well as his own, and the temptation to lapse back into crime when one has been raised with it. The ways that writing can help us transform our understanding of our family and of ourselves, and give us a new future, is a recurrent theme.
The second section is long-form journalism and continues the theme of writing with several stories from overseas: illuminated gospels on Patmos, the Greek isle where St. John composed the Apocalypse and where refugees are locked in a house without food or water; an American soldier who transitions between genders while serving in Afghanistan; children accused of sorcery who are exorcised in Kinshasa’s revival churches; female vigilantes and women’s coalitions as a response to rape culture in India.
The third section is a collection of dispatches from Afghanistan, describing expat life there along with observations about the war, and the fourth contains selected articles from a number of countries: Cuba, Colombia, Iraq, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Québec, and the United States. The final section includes essays on writing, especially the importance of political writing.
About the Book
A collection of essays that are at once personal and political, covering a variety of topics, ranging from the author's tumultuous relationship with his criminal father and the ways writing can help us transform our own understanding to long-form journalistic dispatches from around the globe.
Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of Vandal Love (Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book); Of Bonobos and Men (Nautilus Book Award for investigative journalism and Grand Prize winner); Cures for Hunger, a memoir about his bank-robber father (selected as one of the best memoirs of 2012 by Amazon.ca); and Into the Sun (Midwest Book Award for literary fiction and selected by Radio Canada as one of 2017's Incontournables and one of the most important books of the year to be read by Canada's political leaders). Béchard has reported from India, Cuba, Rwanda, Colombia, Iraq, the Congo, and Afghanistan. He has been a finalist for a Canadian National Magazine Award and has been featured in Best Canadian Essays 2017, and his photojournalism has been exhibited in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. His articles, fiction, and photos have been published in newspapers and magazines around world, including the LA Times, Salon, Reuters, The Guardian, Patagonia, La Repubblica, The Walrus, Pacific Standard, Le Devoir, Vanity Fair Italia, The Herald Scotland, The Huffington Post, The Harvard Review, The National Post, and Foreign Policy Magazine. His website is denibechard.com