Edmonton author R.L. Prendergast makes an impact with Canadian best-selling novel


    EDMONTON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Only a year on the shelves in Indigo, Coles,
and Chapters, Edmonton author R. L. Prendergast's novel "The Impact of a
Single Event" has found an enthusiastic national audience - quickly making it
a National Bestseller.
    Prendergast has found strong sales in stores this past year. This year
he's adding to the book's retail success by promoting his novel through social
networks, book signings, readings, and other traditional promotional means.
    "I'm really grateful that readers have taken it upon themselves to spread
the word about my book," said Prendergast. "Word-of-mouth is the most powerful
promotional tool there is. When people become passionate about something, they
really do share it with everyone they know. It's very powerful."
    "The Impact of a Single Event" is told through a chain of linked voices,
tied together by an antique journal first written in during the mid-nineteenth
century. The mysterious story that unfolds reveals an underlying philosophy -
be true to yourself and live life in the present.
    "I think people are drawn to the novel for two reasons," explained the
author. "First off, the characters and the narrative are compelling. People
are drawn into the journal entries; they want to understand the significance
of each entry and each character.
    "I believe the biggest reason people have responded so well is the book's
message. It offers real inspiration in a way that's not heavy-handed or
difficult to grasp. When someone's inspired, they want to share their
inspiration with the people closest to them. I think that's what's really
getting people talking about this novel."
    Prendergast is putting word-of-mouth to further use through his recently
launched Facebook page dedicated to fans of the book. Fans can find more about
the author, upcoming signings and reviews at
    It's not only reader recommendations that are driving the success of the
book. "The Impact of a Single Event" has also garnered strong reviews across
the country. Andrea Rodda, Manager of Chapters in Dartmouth Nova Scotia said,
"We loved this book - to the point where we were in tears discussing it." The
Red Deer Advocate enthused, "This novel has the flavour of a yarn told from a
different age, and it is mysterious and compelling."
    "The Impact of a Single Event" is available in Chapters, Coles and Indigo
stores across Canada. It is also for sale in most independent bookstores and
online at www.amazon.com and www.chapters.indigo.ca.
    Up-to-date information about the book and the author can be found at
www.theimpact.ca and on Facebook - search for "R.L. Prendergast" and become a
fan, or go straight to
http://www.facebook.com/pages/RL-Prendergast/114552036523 to view the fan

    Reviewers can request a copy of the book by contacting the author at

    Book Summary:

    A terrible car accident occurs. Richard and Sonia, a couple with a
crumbling marriage, stop to help the critically injured victims. In the
process, they find a 140-year-old journal by the side of the road. Six
different people have written in the journal. Though the entries span three
centuries the writers share a quest: the search for meaning in their lives.
These stories take Richard and Sonia on a personal and historic journey:
across Canada to the jungles of India and back to the Canadian Rocky
Mountains, where a final mystery awaits.

For further information:

For further information: R. L. Prendergast, Author, The Impact of a
Single Event, (780) 293-6999, rlprendergast@theimpact.ca

Organization Profile


More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890