February 5, 2016

Haut says he has received some criticism of book

Will sign copies in Standish and Saginaw

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com

STANDISH — Local author and former Standish-Sterling Central High School Principal Dennis Haut said he has received some criticism about his new book “Listen to the Echo Truth & Justice Betrayed,” but that criticism is not directed at the content of the book.

“I have had people tell me they don’t like the style I wrote in, and that was it,” he said. “I decided to write in a way that eliminated commas and got rid of useless words, ‘like,’ and ‘that.’ Many older people don’t understand that way of writing.”

“Listen to the Echo” is currently available online and in 25,000 stores nationwide, and covers a number of controversial topics about Standish-Sterling Central High School, including student-teacher relationships and Haut’s battles with school administration.

Haut said everything he has written is true.

“I just wanted to share my experiences and show people what is going on in these schools,” he said.

Haut said “Listen to the Echo” uses the first names of all of the people Haut said he dealt with during his time as principal. He said he changed the last names, but kept them similar to the actual last names.

“I wanted people to know who these people in the book were,” he said. “I wanted to protect the innocent, but I also wanted people to know who I was talking about.”

Haut said he does not have a grudge against Standish-Sterling Community Schools and said he believes the district is a good one.

“My book is about the people at the school,” he said.

Haut said he will be signing copies of his book in Standish and in Saginaw.

Haut will be at Pamida in Standish from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, and will be at Barnes and Noble in Saginaw from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

“Listen to the Echo” debuted on Aug. 28 in paperback and e-reader formats.


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