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GREAT SCOTS: Canadian Fiction writers with Links to Scotland, from 1867 to Today

  • Arts Court Theatre 2 Daly Avenue Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2 Canada (map)

The Scottish Society of Ottawa(SSO), in partnership with Ottawa Public Library, presents a talk by the Canadian Literature publishing icon, Douglas Gibson and his new show: GREAT SCOTS: Canadian Fiction writers with Links to Scotland, from 1867 to Today.

Douglas Gibson is an editor, publisher, writer and raconteur. He was born and raised in Scotland, and moved to Canada in 1967. He built an impressive career in Canada as one of the nation's best-known and respected editors and publishers of Canadian Literature, most recently as the former president and publisher of McClelland and Stewart.

During the 65-minute show, Gibson will take us through our Canadian history, talking about the storytellers against their historic background. Among the authors described in detail are predictable Great Scot names like Hugh MacLennan, Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Laurence, W.O. Mitchell, and Alice Munro but also some surprising names, like Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspe, Mavis Gallant, Ralph Connor, and Stephen Leacock.

This will be an entertaining and informative evening presentation in the beautiful Arts Court Theatre.

Perfect Books will be selling Douglas Gibson’s recent publications at the event: Stories about Storytellers and Across Canada by Story. We thank The Lord Elgin Hotel, our hotel sponsor of choice, for this support of this event.

Following is a reading list relating to books to be discussed.

A STORY AS SHARP AS A KNIFE Robert Bringhurst, Douglas & MacIntyre

LES ANCIENS CANADIENS Philippe Aubert de Gaspé, Fides, Translated by Jane Brierley, CANADIANS OF OLD, Vehicule

THE IMPERIALIST Sarah Jeanette Duncan, New Canadian Library/M&S

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Lucy Maud Montgomery, Tundra Books /M&S (Other Montgomery titles are also published by Penguin/M&S)

THE MAN FROM GLENGARRY Charles Gordon/Ralph Connor, New Canadian Library/M&S

SUNSHINE SKETCHES OF A LITTLE TOWN Stephen Leacock, New Canadian Library/ M&S

TWO SOLITUDES Hugh MacLennan, New Canadian Library/M&S

WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND W.O. Mitchell, Illustrated by William Kurelek, M&S (Unillustrated edition also M&S)

THE DIVINERS Margaret Laurence, New Canadian Library /M&S

FIFTH BUSINESS Robertson Davies, Penguin

ALIAS GRACE Margaret Atwood, M&S/ Vintage

HOME TRUTHS Mavis Gallant, M&S

MERCY AMONG THE CHILDREN David Adams Richards, Anchor Canada


THE ORENDA Joseph Boyden, Penguin

THE PROGRESS OF LOVE Alice Munro, Penguin


The SSO is pleased to add this literary celebration to the 2019 OttScot Festival.