Contact: Mark Givens / 909-293-9270 /

Title: My Father's War Stories As Told By Toys
Author: Tom Ahern
Category: Nonfiction
Publication Date: May 6, 2019
Pages: 324
Binding: paperback
ISBN: 978-1-949790-02-3
Suggested Retail Price: $20.00

Claremont, CA – February 07, 2019 – Pelekinesis is pleased to announce the upcoming release of My Father's War Stories As Told By Toys, new nonfiction from Tom Ahern, available May 6, 2019 worldwide.

The house was small, built on the GI Bill. In its knotty-pine kitchen, beneath the gaze of countless wooden eyes darkened by cigarette smoke, “My dad told war stories.”
Scores of war stories, for endless hours, for years, in unusual detail.
Tom Ahern has authored a dozen books. Today, he is an internationally recognized expert on charity communications. He also won an NEA Fellowship in fiction.
This is his untamed memoir of growing up in an Irish-Scottish-American, Catholic-Protestant household ... where any mention of sex was taboo, men were seen as weak, women as strong, and religious warfare arrived with supper.
Tom's dad was a 1919 flu-epidemic orphan. Survived the Great Depression. Survived combat in World War 2. Survived a lifetime in a factory. Survived a son who turned on him, as the Vietnam War drifted into “nuts.” Survived a wife who rose to the management of a daily newspaper, then killed herself. This is one insider’s perspective.

My Father's War Stories As Told By Toys by Tom Ahern will be available through Small Press Distribution, Baker & Taylor, Bertrams, directly from the publisher's website, and in fine local bookstores worldwide.

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For more information please contact Mark Givens at 909-293-9270 or

About the author

Tom Ahern’s literary career peaked abruptly in 1984 when the New York Times said a few nice things about his first full book of short stories. He graduated from Brown University with a MA in Creative Writing, and for more than three decades now, he’s paid his bills as a successful commercial copywriter.
Then he began writing “how-to-improve” books that became industry standards: his 7th fundraising book will appear in 2019.
In 2016, the New York Times mentioned Ahern again. “Tom Ahern ... is one of the country’s most sought-after creators of fund-raising messages.” This is his first non-how-to-improve book in quite some time.

About the publisher

Pelekinesis is a small book publishing company focusing on the development of independent authors and artists by creatively embracing the evolving publishing paradigm and utilizing modern distribution platforms. Full catalog and press material can be found at


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