Sales of New Book by Alameda Author to Benefit Homeless Program

Invisible Society Fables

Local author Phil Canalin has penned a new collection of short stories that captures the experience of being homeless in a unique way. Invisible Society Fables uses story lines and morals of classic childhood fables while converting them to contemporary tales of homelessness in a straightfoward, respectful manner.

These fables show the ironies and intricacies of circumstance while gently reminding the reader that anyone can be homeless — neighbors, friends, family, you and I. Most passersby choose to ignore the homeless person huddled on the curb, moving swiftly past, avoiding eye contact, literally side-stepping any connection. In the end, the book asks the question, who seeks to hide and who becomes invisible?

Independent Publisher Divertir Publishing has agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds for sales of Invisible Society Fables to the locally based nonprofit Building Futures with Woman and Children. Half of the net proceeds for sales of both the paperback and electronic versions of the book will be donated.

"What caught my attention about the manuscript was the clever way the author tells these short stories about homelessness," said Ken Tupper, publisher at Divertir Publishing. "The author uses the morals for famous Aesop fables as the basis for each story in order to create a book which tackles tough topics while still leaving a reader with hope."

Divertir Publishing is an independent publisher located in Salem, New Hampshire.

Building Futures, a nonprofit organization founded in 1988, is based in San Leandro and serves those in need throughout Alameda County. It provides resources, programs and services to help county residents build futures free from homelessness and family violence.

Residential programs Building Futures supports include the Alameda and San Leandro Midway Shelters (55 beds), Sister Me Home domestic violence safe house (20 beds), and Bessie Coleman Court (52 units of temporary and permanent supportive housing). It also provides a 24-hour crisis line and a domestic violence outreach program.

In addition, the Building Futures Housing Resource Center provides case management and housing assistance to help individuals and families avert homelessness or become quickly rehoused after becoming homeless.

Invisible Society Fables is currently available from most major online bookstores as a paperback version, in addition to electronic versions for both the Kindle and Nook. Fables follows Canalin’s 2013 tale of playing softball in Alameda, Slow-Pitch Softball, More than Just a Game. Find out more about Canalin at www.philcanalin.com.

To support Building Futures, contact Patricia Quintana Bidar, director of development and communications at pbidar@bfwc.org, or visit www.bfwc.org for more information.