Ramesh by any other name …

Is it Jonathan Ferris, Jonathon Ferris, or Ramesh Ferris? In his new book, Better than a Cure, the 30-year-old polio survivor can't seem to make up his mind.

Is it Jonathan Ferris, Jonathon Ferris, or Ramesh Ferris?

In his new book, Better than a Cure, the 30-year-old polio survivor can’t seem to make up his mind.

The book, originally slated for release October 1st, exactly a year after the Whitehorse local completed his 7,110-kilometre journey by handcycle from Victoria, BC, to Cape Spear, Newfoundland, was written to raise awareness about the need to eradicate polio worldwide.

But things took a little longer than anticipated and the new author didn’t end up seeing the finished product until early December.

That’s when the moniker mix-up materialized.

“I know how to spell my own name,” said Ferris.

It’s Jonathan, not Jonathon.

The Ramesh part comes later.

Better than a Cure chronicles Ferris’ cycle across Canada, the boyhood adoption that took him from India to the Yukon – the first international adoption in the territory – and Ferris’ trip back to India to meet his birth mother in 2002.

“I want to use the book as a tool to continue to fight polio worldwide,” he said.

Co-written by local author John Firth, the book came together in less than a year, and the pair decided on Trafford Publishing, a Victoria-based company that offered print-on-demand.

“This isn’t the kind of book that’s going to sell well in stores, per se,” said Firth. “But Ramesh has lots of speaking engagements where he plans to sell the book.”

By choosing a publisher that will print as few as one book at a time, Ferris can keep up with demand without ending up with 1,000 books in his basement, said Firth.

This fall, Firth sent Trafford a final edited copy of the book and a first run was printed.

That’s when Ferris noticed the wonky inconsistencies surrounding his name. Some of his friend’s names were spelled wrong as well.

“These were mistakes that an editor wouldn’t pick up,” said Firth, when asked about the misspelled names.

Trafford assured Ferris the book wouldn’t go to print until the corrections were made, and left it at that.

“But when I came back from my Christmas holidays, people I work with told me they’d seen it for sale, so I phoned my friend at Mac’s (Fireweed Books) and he told me the book was available.”

Ferris called the publisher in an attempt to sort things out; luckily fewer than 20 books had been printed.

Mac’s had already sold two, before yanking the remaining six off its shelves.

“I could go ahead and sell them,” said Mac’s buyer Lise Schonewille. “But we pulled them off out of respect for John and Ramesh.”

But the book is still available on Amazon.com.

“It’s not supposed to be available online,” said Ferris. “This was a communication failure, we asked the publisher to put a hold on the book.”

Because of the confusion, Ferris hopes Trafford will give Better than a Cure some extra publicity when the book is finally released.

Recently bought up by Author Solutions Inc., Trafford has moved to Bloomington, Indiana. A call to its offices ended at Author Solutions. Redirected, the call went back to an electronic menu that put the News on hold for about five minutes before linking to an answering machine.

The whole affair has been frustrating, but Ferris doesn’t want to lay blame when it comes to the publishing mix-up.

“I’m disappointed, but I didn’t lose hope,” he said. “These things happen in life.”

The book’s new release date is slotted for April 12, the day the polio vaccine was first introduced to the public. The book is also selling for $19.55, to correspond with the year the polio vaccine came out, and some of the proceeds are going to Rotary International’s Polioplus campaign.

“I’ve learned lots about self-publishing,” said Ferris. “And I hope to write more books.”

Contact Genesee Keevil at

gkeevil@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chloe Tatsumi dismounts the balance beam to cap her routine during the Yukon Championships at the Polarettes Gymnastics Club on May 1. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Gymnasts vie in 2021 Yukon Championships

In a year without competition because of COVID-19, the Polarettes Gymnastics Club hosted its Yukon Championships.

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Yukon Budget 2.0

If the banks that finance the Yukon’s growing debt were the only… Continue reading

Yukon Supreme Court Chief Justice Suzanne Duncan dismissed an application on May 3 seeking more transparity on the territory’s state of emergency declaration. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Supreme Court rules confidential memo can’t be used in challenge of state of emergency

Court upholds cabinet confidentiality after request to use internal government memo as evidence.

XX
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for May 7, 2021.… Continue reading

The deceased man, found in Lake LaBerge in 2016, had on three layers of clothing, Dakato work boots, and had a sheathed knife on his belt. Photo courtesy Yukon RCMP
RCMP, Coroner’s Office seek public assistance in identifying a deceased man

The Yukon RCMP Historical Case Unit and the Yukon Coroner’s Office are looking for public help to identify a man who was found dead in Lake LaBerge in May 2016.

Yukon Zinc’s Wolverine minesite has created a mess left to taxpayers to clean up, Lewis Rifkind argues. This file shot shows the mine in 2009. (John Thompson/Yukon News file)
Editorial: The cost of the Wolverine minesite

Lewis Rifkind Special to the News The price of a decent wolverine… Continue reading

Letters to the editor.
Today’s mailbox: border opening and Yukon Party texts

Dear Premier Sandy Silver and Dr Hanley, Once again I’m disheartened and… Continue reading

Fire chief Jason Everett (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City launches emergency alert system

The city is calling on residents and visitors to register for Whitehorse Alert

Two young orienteers reach their first checkpoint near Shipyards Park during a Yukon Orienteering Association sprint race May 5. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Orienteers were back in action for the season’s first race

The Yukon Orienteering Association began its 2021 season with a sprint race beginning at Shipyards.

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its May 3 meeting and the upcoming 20-minute makeover.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland met with MP Larry Bagnell and representatives from the Tourism Industry Association via Zoom on May 4. (Facebook)
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland met with MP Larry Bagnell and representatives from the Tourism Industry Association via Zoom on May 4. (Facebook)
Deputy Prime Minister talks tourism in “virtual visit” to the Yukon

Tourism operators discussed the budget with Freeland

Polarity Brewing is giving people extra incentive to get their COVID vaccine by offering a ‘free beer’ within 24 hours of their first shot. John Tonin/Yukon News
Polarity Brewing giving out ‘free’ beer with first COVID vaccination

Within 24 hours of receiving your first COVID-19 vaccine, Polarity Brewing will give you a beer.

Most Read