Self-Published Acts of Plagiarism

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A man from Alberta, Canada, tried to pass off bestselling author Robert Mason’s memoir Chickenhawk as his own. And readers weren’t the only ones duped by Dennis Surrendi’s lies. His stepdaughter stated that the family had no reason to think his experiences in Vietnam had happened to someone else.

Mason said he won’t sue for damages; he simply asked for a public apology and that Surrendi stop selling his plagiarized book.


Kelly Lynn Thomas reads, writes, and sometimes sews in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creative work has appeared in Sou’wester, Thin Air Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, metazen, and others, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She is hopelessly obsessed with Star Wars and can always be found with a large mug of tea. She also runs the very small Wild Age Press. Read more at kellylynnthomas.com. More from this author →