Half A Reason To Die
Half A Reason To Die is the new fictional short story collection from writer-filmmaker Chip Duncan. Each story is inspired by real life events experienced by the author during his thirty years of global travel as a documentary filmmaker. But this time Duncan has turned to fiction – and the author colors his personal experience with dramatic characters and imagined worlds where truth can be found in a profound and compelling way.
“It's an entertaining ride,” says Duncan. “The stories run the emotional gamut. Each is written in the first person, yet each narrator uses a different toolbox to tell the story. Some narrators are female, some are male, some are irreverent, some are journalistic veterans steeped in cynicism. Their common denominator is giving voice to a compelling story about people and places that help define what it means to live a human life.”
Novelist CJ Hribal, author of The Company Car and American Beauty says: Chip Duncan’s Half a Reason to Die is like sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell spooky stories—about murder, mayhem, and love and hope and sex and dreams, to paraphrase a famous rock band. The stories these narrators relate—full of heartbreak and mystery and life’s hard won truths—won’t let you go.
International Recording Artist Chris Spheeris says: Half A Reason To Die is touchingly human and intimate, courageous, tragic, humorous and honest. Chip Duncan reaches deep into physical, emotional and psychological spaces that most people never consider.
Kevin McCarey, author of Islands Under Fire and Oceans Apart says: Chip Duncan is a gifted storyteller. His intriguing characters and heart wrenching revelations make Half A Reason to Die a compelling read.
Writer/photographer Chip Duncan explores explores the human toll of disaster and conflict in South Asia and Africa
Finding hope in the face of international crisis isn't easy to do, but award-winning filmmaker and journalist Chip Duncan discovers just that in an engaging new account of humanitarian efforts in the world's most challenging and deadly trouble spots.
Duncan chronicles his travels to some of the most heartbreaking and desperate places on the planet. He introduces us to displaced inhabitants of refugee camps in Darfur, homeless children and widowers following a devastating earthquake in Pakistan, and the strong survivors of a generation of warfare in Afghanistan. What Duncan finds are compelling and hopeful stories of people who defy the word victim while embracing the future.
Duncan visited Afghanistan in 2005 with a team from Save the Children (SaveTheChildren.org) along with acclaimed actor Ben Kingsley and fellow volunteer Mike Speaks. On behalf of the international humanitarian group Relief International (RI.org), Duncan, Kingsley and Speaks visited Pakistan in early 2006. Their goal was to document the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 75,000 people and left as many as 2 million people homeless. Following their trip, Duncan and Kingsley embarked on an extensive fundraising trip for Relief International that included major events in California, Wisconsin and New York. In January, 2008, Duncan visited North Darfur, Sudan for Relief International. He is also a member of the Relief International Board of Directors. For more information on the work of Relief International, please visit RI.org.
Enough To Go Around also includes stories behind work Duncan has completed in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Attempting to rise above the often-irrational fear that arose as a result the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 Enough To Go Around shows the pitfalls of ignoring history and dehumanizing entire populations. The end result is not only a moving portrait of displaced people and humanitarian aid workers, it's an examination of how many in the West fail to see the hope and beauty of the developing world. With respect to two decades of experience in the developing world, Duncan says, "While we have much to share and teach, we also need to listen and learn. Empowerment is a two-way street, and enlightenment can be found anywhere."
As much art as it is an impassioned plea, Enough To Go Around challenges readers to live up to the responsibility that accompanies privilege by reaching out in a spirit of compassion and collaboration.
The foreword for Enough To Go Around was written by New York based philanthropist, Jennifer Buffett. Ms. Buffett is an inspiration to many and a leading voice around the world on issues related to the empowerment of girls and women.
This book was made possible, in part, by the generous support of Colleen & David Martin, M•CAM (www.m-cam.com), Charlottesville, Virginia and by Cook & Franke SC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and by Michael Skipper, New York City.
Enough To Go Around -- Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Darfur (ISBN 978-1-59079-198-1; $34.95 US), published by SelectBooks, Inc., is available now in bookstores or through www.DuncanEntertainment.com..