Bill Sherk and Keep Up If You Can

Bill Sherk and Keep Up If You Can

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It’s author Wednesday and today we have Bill Sherk who is the author of one of new releases Keep Up If You Can!

CS: Tell us about your book.

Bill: My new book “KEEP UP IF YOU CAN: Confessions of a high school teacher” (April 2012) looks back on my 31 years of teaching history to high school students in Toronto.

CS: How did you come up with the idea for this work?

Bill: My editor at Dundurn Press (Shannon Whibbs) is a former student of mine at North Toronto Collegiate.  After she helped me with my latest book on old cars (published April 2011), we both felt that my “creative and dynamic and sometimes unorthodox” teaching style could form the basis for a new book and would be of interest to anyone who has ever gone to school.

CS: How did you come up with the title?

Bill: Shannon suggested the KEEP UP IF YOU CAN title because that is the challenge I gave to every class while standing on top of my desk at the front of the room just before leading my students through an aerobic workout to a lively rock ‘n’ roll beat.  The title also means that I will gladly help any student who has trouble keeping up with the course work.

CS: Describe the most memorable response you’ve received from a reader.

Bill: Most memorable response from a student:  Two of my ancient history students travelled through the Middle East in the summer after they took my course.  They sent me a postcard describing what they had seen and ended their message with these words:  “Being here reminded us of you.”

CS: What is your new project?

Bill: I’m over half-way along in writing my first novel, an action-packed adventure that befalls a teenage boy in the summer of 1957.  Here are the first four sentences:    “Seventeen-year-old Dean Armstrong slammed into the back of a parked car at 30 miles an hour.  He was riding a bicycle.  He somersaulted over the handlebars and landed in the driver’s seat of a convertible, right beside a voluptuous young blonde.  The trouble that followed is still talked about today…”

Bill Sherk taught high school history in Toronto for over 30 years. Currently he is a feature writer for Old Autos and also writes a weekly syndicated column, “Old Car Detective,” for thirty Canadian newspapers. He is also the author of I’ll Never Forget My First Car and Old Car Detective. Sherk lives in Leamington, Ontario.