NEW RELEASE – Rae of Hope – Stories from Survivors

Rae of Hope - Marianne Curtis - cover -front netFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bullying Survivors Share Stories in New Book

 ILE DES CHENES, Manitoba (November 1, 2014) – Marianne Curtis, Amazon bestselling author and head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch, is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors on November 16, just in time for Bullying Awareness Week.

“When the province proposed Bill 18, I considered sharing my bullying story publicly for the first time. As I pondered going public, I received hundreds of letters of support from people thanking me for being courageous and giving them a voice. That was when I realized that I needed to help those who have been silenced by their abusers, and help others share their stories. By sharing our stories, we take back our power and are no longer victims.”

            Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors is a collection of real stories, written by real people who have suffered at the hands of bullies.  In each story, contributors dig deep into their own painful memories, to vulnerably expose their horrors with the hope that their survival will inspire others to fight.

             This collection includes contributions from across Canada, the US and UK.  Read stories of bullying survivors, including submissions from Leah Parson’s, whose daughter “Heather” was bullied to suicide in 2013 in Nova Scotia; Jenna Nickie, the “Warrior Mom” from Saskatchewan; Evan Wiens, who fought successfully for a gay-straight alliance within a Christian-based school district; and Candace Maxymowich, a budding politician subjected to international online bullying during a civic election campaign also contributed to this project. Also, Gina Dickason, founder of Families Impacted by Bullying shares her daughter Jade’s story for the first time ever. 

            Along with real stories, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors includes vital information that could help readers identify and stop bullying in their home or community.

On November 16, 2014, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors will be released worldwide as a paperback and e-book on Amazon by Emerald Publications. It will also available in several stores locally, including McNally Robinson in Winnipeg. Copies can be ordered online through the author’s website and various online bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Apple.

A complimentary downloadable version is available to media upon request for review purposes.


An official book launch is taking place at Jake Epp Library in Steinbach on November 18, 2014 at 7pm. There will be a number of special guests, including some of the contributors. The author is encouraging attendees to wear blue in support of the Stop Bullying message.

 About the Author

Marianne Curtis is a well respected newspaper journalist from southern Manitoba, Canada with

Nearly twenty years of media, publishing, and freelance writing experience. Her first book, a personal memoir called Finding Gloria hit the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Bookstores in Winnipeg, and on Amazon in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. Curtis’s other published titles include: Moondust and Madness: a collection of poetry, Behind Whispering Pines, Brian’s Last Ride and A Discreet Betrayal.  

In 2013, she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying,  and sexual assault.


The author is available for public appearances, including (but not exclusive to) book clubs, libraries, media interviews and speaking engagements.


Marianne Curtis, author