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/24-7PressRelease/ - EDMONTON, AB, CANADA, January 08, 2007 - Yesterday, at a special annual memorial service for residents of Hope Mission and other people in the community who have died in the past year, Edmonton author Cheryl Kaye Tardif, whose brother Jason Kaye was murdered in downtown Edmonton on January 23rd, 2006, made a special announcement. "I will be donating a portion of my royalties from my novel Whale Song to the three main organizations that helped my brother most: The Bissell Centre, the Mustard Seed Church and Hope Mission."
Tardif went on to explain. "Whale Song was the only book of mine that my brother had ever read, and this April it will be re-released, bigger and better, with a special dedication to my brother. Whale Song is Jason's book now."
She also thanked the media and Edmonton Police for their delicate handling of her brother's murder, which is still an open case. Jason Kaye was found, beaten and dead, in an alley not far from the Mustard Seed Church in Edmonton's downtown east side, an area that is home to countless homeless and disenfranchised people.
Tardif ended her short speech with these words. "It is my hope that this money will be used to better the downtown area for all people, especially those less fortunate...that our streets be made safer, especially for those who walk them and live on them." She also added, "I'm doing this for myself, for my brother Jason and for all the 'Jasons' out there, because no one should go hungry, or be forgotten...or die alone in a cold, dark alley.
Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif (ISBN: 1-60164-007-2) can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters.ca, and at any bookstore. Booklist calls it "moving...sweet and sad."
For more information on Cheryl Kaye Tardif and her novel Whale Song, please visit http://www.cherylktardif.com and http://www.whalesongbook.com.
For information on Jason Kaye: http://www.jaysporchmonkeys.com
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