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Former Pictou County teacher releases second novel

Bruce Muirhead.
Bruce Muirhead. - contributed

MONCTON, N.B. – Who knows what to believe anymore?
We’ve got a fast-moving world where social media thrives, we’ve got a man of questionable virtue in the White House, once-respected media outlets who have removed objectivity from the playbook and (for the most part) are either far-right, or leftists whose political-correct narrative can shroud hard truths.
Fake news everywhere, and hardly anybody wins; it helps make for complicated times, especially for young people are just starting to find their way in life.
That’s the theme Bruce Muirhead wanted to explore.
Muirhead, who grew up in New Glasgow and once taught French at high schools in Westville, Pictou, New Glasgow and Stellarton, just released his second novel (CREDIBLE101).
“I have university students always telling me they’re in very confusing times, because there’s so much information out there and not all of it is verifiable,” says Muirhead, who is retired and now living in Moncton.
“I’m almost 80 years old, and when I was growing up, things were much simpler.”
CREDIBLE101 is set in a fictional university town in Atlantic Canada (Muirhead doesn’t identify the province in the book), where, in one class, a philosophy professor asks his students to discuss how they can determine what is true in their world of news/fake news, the internet, and politics to the left and right, a multitude of religions, and people angling to get their hands on other people’s money, through legal means or otherwise.
“There are a lot of millennials trying to get the answers to these questions,” Muirhead says.
For four days, with little input from the professor, students talk at class, at coffee shops or other venues, trying to seek answers. 
The catch? After the four days, the professor wants them to write an exam in the subject.
The students in the fictional class are a melting pot: mostly secular Canadians, sprinkled in with three timid Christians, a person of the Jewish faith, a Muslim and a couple of foreign students.
“I wrote this with one thought in mind – to get people to think.”
CREDIBLE101 is available online through Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, and Muirhead is trying to get his novel sold in retail bookstores.
Muirhead’s first novel was Amir sSalaam (which translates to Prince of Peace). That book was published privately, and all 2,000 copies have been sold.

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