I wanted you to know that I will be in Chicago in November, 2017. This is a heads up. I will give you more information on times when they are all set. Please stick one of these on your calendar. This is the kick off of the Chasing Mercury Book Tour. Chicago is also the opening location of Book 2 in the Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy. (Now you are in on that secret.) So far my schedule looks like:Read More
Reading at LitQuake/LitCrawl 2017.Read More
Just returning from the Minamata Convention on Mercury Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where delegates who developed the movement around Making Toxic Mercury poisoning history, raised questions of needing to focus on more than the small scale gold mining provisions in the mercury convention. Chasing Mercury was well received by many of the delegates who are looking forward to reading it. Arriving home I happilyfound Chasing Mercury is now available in audiobook edition as well as ebook. See all retailers http://www.septemberwilliams.com/novel-synopsis/Read More
Just when you think nothing more significant can happen to connect the pieces of your life -- something does.Read More
Born in Minamata, japan in 1956, Ms. Shinobu Sakamoto is a survivor congenitally afflicted with Minamata Disease. As early as age 15 she became an eloquent spokesperson and advocate for environmental justice, ending mercury pollution and protection of the rights and care of those with Minamata disease, severe human mercury poisoning. Minamata disease was initially recognized in the late 1950s, at Minamata Japan, and has the distinction of being among the first industrial toxin identified illnesses. Ms. Sakamoto has travelled from Japan to address the international community this week at the United Nations Environmental Program sponsored first conference of the parties signatory to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The convention (treaty) has gone "into force" this past August 2017.Read More
There is something inherently exhausting about compacting 3 years of work into 12 hours of audio recording -- I guess it's what makes diamonds. I had a great 4 days with Greg, a super sound engineer at Command Productions in Sausalito, recording the audiobook edition for Chasing Mercury. It's off to the distributors and hopefully it will be available by the end of this week or next...
Big news! I’m going to Geneva with Chasing Mercury next week. I'll be covering the 1st Conference of the Parties Signatory to the Minamata Convention on Mercury since the treaty went into force, August 16, 2017. The primary themes of Chasing Mercury were inspired by the signing of the Minamata Convention by a UNESCO initiative in 2013 at the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, nearly sixty years after the toxic effects of the persistent organic pollutant methyl mercury was found to cause Minamata disease— and forty-five years after a ballerina named Sicily met a powwow dancer whistleblower journalist name Forest.
I woke up this morning to find Chasing Mercury, my romantic suspense, saga, and my now owning its significant part memoir, being in the top 100 best sellers in two amazon categories #12 in Kindle Memoirs and Biographies> Environmentalists & Naturalists. https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/10332450011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_1_5_last and #46 in the same categories of books. It changes every hour but has been inthe same grouping most of the past two days. Go figure...
I had a great interview with Glenn Ellis this morning- despite it being 6AM for me--9AM for him on the East Coast. Though we were talking about End of Life cross cultural issues Chasing Mercury--which is all that too-- crept in.Read More
From Chasing Mercury, Chapter 17, San francisco Bay 1969-1972
“Paco often traveled through the back alleys of Venice, as he had that night, to reach our house. He tried the back door. Locked, as it should have been, he started to knock. That was when he heard the sound of our front windows shattering. Kicking the door open, he had a line of sight through the living room to the front yard. Two unfamiliar shadows held cigarette lighters. Whoosh, whoosh—Molotov cocktails, gasoline soaked cloth wicks in Coke bottles, flew through the already broken glass.Read More
“HOT ENOUGH TO BLISTER THE skin, the Santa Ana Winds ravaged Los Angeles. Sirens raced down Manchester to the hospital on the other side of the cul-de-sac. They were loud and frequent, stopping us from opening the windows to let even the hot breeze blow through. From the ranch house picture window we could see black clouds from fires burning eight miles south. Newscasters called it a riot. Later, the people who lived in that part of the city, and history, would call it The Watts Uprisings.Read More
As many of you know I am a member of that National Writers Union and the International Federation of Journalist. I review films for their bioethics content and publish on www.bioethicsscreenreflections.com which is picked up by a number of Bioethics on line publications. I don't see my hat a s a novelist being different from that as a journalist ( After all Chasing Mercury is about a Powwow dancer whistle blowing journalist. Journalism keeps me in contact with stories film or otherwise.)Read More
Today I found a box at my front door. At first I thought it was expresso pods. When I opened it two gorgeous hard covered books were in it. Toxic Water, Minamata Japan - a book offered by Bearport Publishing for children's school libraries , and for which it was my honor to consult, is out and ready to be purchased by a school library near you! Let them know it exist. This is a book that is a part of Bearport's environmental disaster series helping the next generations understand what has happened in the past.Read More
“The horse is out of her control. ‘Thirty-five miles per hour’ wind on her cheek tells her. Sicily panics. They head straight for the river. Feeling she is about to tumble, she chooses to guide the fall. Slipping one foot out of the stirrup, she swings a leg over the saddle while holding tight to the reins, stealing herself for a hell of a tumble...
So today Sarah Kornfeld wrote a beautiful review of Chasing Mercury on Amazon. It was all beautiful but what mad me so happy was that the chick put me and bell hooks in the same paragraphs - whether it's appropriate or not -- it sure made me smile! She is so very dramatic! Go to Amazon and read the whole thing -- and write one yourself -- or at least see if any of the others help you wanna read Chasing Mercury -- I'm amazed ant the time and thought people put into reviews -- It's really a kind thing to do - to honor someones hard work. At $2.99 a copy I don't expect to get rich but the idea that someone think I can make people think, love and resist evil and indifference -- that makes me very happy.
The on going story of the waterways of Chasing Mercury.“The Restaurant Lindenhofkeller, established in 1860, is above the Limmat River. Waiting to be seated, Forest points out the river’s course. “It begins at the outfall of Lake Zürich,” he says, extending a long bronze index finger into the magnificent view beyond the city. “From Zürich, it flows northwesterly…”
Sicily aims her camera toward the snaking stream. CLICK, CLICK. She captures six shots, surreptitiously including Forest” Excerpt From: September Williams. “Chasing Mercury.”
So... I went to a wedding this past weekend-- was gorgeous. It got me thinking about how gorgeous wedding are all similar -- it's the shoes women choose to wear, rarely worn again elsewhere. I was also shocked that 60 copies of Chasing Mercury were sold the next day -- love stories beget love stories?
Whoops forgot the photoDid you know each chapter in Chasing Mercury is named for a waterway.? I'm going to start with a photo of Chapter 1 - the St Lawrence seaway just out side of Montreal. Then, I will do the other 28th over time. You will see what Forest and Sicily saw.Read More
In my on going devotion to see works of art as inspiration for my writing, I've recently visited and met Stol Len at his San Francisco exhibition. Sto Len is an environmental artist among other things. In the “Waste” print series. Utilizes a completely natural, if damaged, environment to create his work, navigating waterways by rowboat, Sto uses highly polluted areas like the Newtown Creek in NY as his medium by marbling what is floating on top of the water. Capturing both natural substances and a wide array of man-made pollutants, these prints contain the results of industrial pollution. Dumped oil, discarded toxins, litter and sewage overflow mix with algae, sticks, plants, dust, and dirt to create intricate patterns and painterly splashes. July 22 – Aug 31 2017 Opening Saturday July 22 6- 10pm: Runoff – A solo exhibition Parlor, 235 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
This past Saturday night, being pushed by artist friends, I saw two art shows. One with Marta Johansen's new installation at Ramon's Tailor Shop in down down san Francisco. It was a push to reach out to a new crowed -- the one fond by happenstance at a gallery and talk about Chasing Mercury with them. It turns out that Marta's fluidity of line and Sto Len's polluted with oil laden water cooler canvases are both works of people deeply tied to the environment -- A perfect place for a writer who names her chapters after waterways. Finding kindreds among fields of arts beyond literature is a good way to expand Chasing Mercury's readership