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Great Scots! Canadian authors with links to Scotland

April 21 @ 7:30 pm8:45 pm


This free event takes place on Wednesday April 21st at 7.30pm. To register for this free event, email Kathryn Witt.  You will then be sent the appropriate Zoom login information on Monday 19th April.  Please register no later than Sunday, April 18th. 

After performing over 200 shows around the world about Canadian authors, Douglas Gibson and his tech savvy wife Jane have produced this new 60-minute online show featuring many of Anthony Jenkins’ caricatures of the selected fiction writers Douglas will bring to the screen.

Among the authors described in detail, many of whom he edited in his 40 year career in publishing, are predictable names of authors like Hugh MacLennan, Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Laurence, W.O. Mitchell, Robertson Davies, and Alice Munro, our Nobel-Prize winner, but there are many more. Some, like Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspe, Mavis Gallant, Ralph Connor, or Stephen Leacock, may well surprise many attendees.

It will be a journey through history, with stories and anecdotes placing authors against their historic background. For each of the chosen authors, the show includes a burst of music from his or her time, along with examples of iconic works of art that were being produced then—a tribute to Canadian artists in general.

And many of you will know Douglas as a former President of the St Andrews Society of Toronto. He is contributing this show in the hope that people who enjoy it will make a donation to the Society.

Born in Scotland in 1943, Doug Gibson came to Canada in 1967. He spent his career as an Editor and Publisher, becoming what the Globe and Mail called “a publishing icon.” The fiction authors he edited over the years include Hugh MacLennan, Morley Callaghan, Robertson Davies, Terry Fallis, Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro. The non-fiction writers he helped behind the scenes range from Ken Dryden to Pierre Trudeau, from Barry Broadfoot to Brian Mulroney, and from Greenpeace’s Bob Hunter to Paul Martin.

Since he “retired” from McClelland & Stewart in 2008, he has become an author. His first book, STORIES ABOUT STORYTELLERS: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others appeared in 2011, with an Introduction by Alice Munro.

In 2015 he brought out ACROSS CANADA BY STORY: A Coast-to-Coast Literary Adventure. Attendees of the event will automatically be entered into a draw to win a copy of Doug’s book.



April 21
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm