Anthology Takes On Alternative Facts

In News by Paula Hammond - Features Editor

The Alternate Truths Anthology was formed when, on February 23, 2017, Phyllis Irene RadfordBob Brown, and friends, asked what they could do in response to Donald J Trump becoming America’s 45th President.

“We decided that what we could do was write – join that noble tradition of using the pen to poke the powerful. So the Alternative Truths anthology was born. And pens became word processors and ideas became stories.”

Kellyanne Conway was not the first political operative to apply flexibility to truth. But she gave us the best ever description of the premise when she coined the phrase, Alternative Facts, in describing what George Orwell had, for all previous generations, labeled as New Speak. Like beauty, truth, especially political truth, is in the eye of the beholder, and for years Americans have tolerated the common elements of exaggeration and rhetoric from their politicians. But not since the early days of the nation has such a mockery of truth been made in the name of politics, and in that vein we present to you, Alternative Truths.”

Alternative Truths is a look at the post-election America that is, or will be. “We attach no manacles to the word truth to bind it to our visions, but instead we free it to find its own way through the minds of the two dozen writers who have shared their vision of the future in either sensitively written allegorical tales such as Relics by Louise Marley, or the raw humor of Adam Troy-Castro in his Q & A, which takes on the verbal veracity of Donald J. Trump. Whomever, or what ever you like, you will find it here with an absolute appreciation for the fact that we live in a great country where you can still publish a book like this. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the ink of patriots. And patriots these writers are, for they speak truth to power, and do so in the public square. And they do so because of the Constitution of these United States and the vigilance of groups like the American Civil Liberties Union. Because of this, we are treating the ACLU as a part of this work and a writer’s share of the royalties will be donated to their unending quest for the freedom of the American People to express themselves.”

The Alternative Truths Anthology will be available to buy in print and e-book from Amazon from 28th April.