More adventures from one of Canada’s premier editors and storytellers
Canada is a country rich in stories, and few take as much joy as Douglas Gibson in discovering them. As one of the country’s leading editors and publishers for 40 years, he coaxed modern classics out of some of Canada’s finest minds, and then took to telling his own stories in his first memoir, Stories About Storytellers.
Gibson turned his memoir into a one-man stage show that eventually played almost 100 times, in all ten provinces, from coast to coast. As a literary tourist, he discovered even more about the land and its writers and harvested many more stories, from distant past and recent memory, to share.
Now in Across Canada by Story, Gibson brings new stories about Robertson Davies, Jack Hodgins, W.O. Mitchell, Alistair MacLeod, and Alice Munro, and adds lively portraits of Al Purdy, Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Laurence, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Margaret Atwood, Wayne Johnston, Linwood Barclay, Michael Ondaatje, and many, many others. Whether fly fishing in Haida Gwaii or sailing off Labrador, Douglas Gibson is a first-rate ambassador for Canada and the power of great stories.
Douglas Gibson worked as an editor and publisher from 1968 until he retired from McClelland & Stewart in 2007. His Douglas Gibson Books was Canada’s first editorial imprint, and lives on. He published his first memoir, Stories About Storytellers, in 2011. He travels widely from his Toronto base, and this book will produce a new show.
“In his ‘retirement,’ Gibson has penned a literary geography of Canada, an enjoyable stream of stories that traverse the country . . . His chatty style and wry wit are endearing . . . Gibson's chronicle is a pleasant page-turner, one to curl up with on the sofa.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“This is a fine collection of anecdotes — at times superb. May it long serve as a stimulating introduction to the subjects of these stories and also may it sell stacks of copies for years to come.” — National Post
“This digressive structural shape of the writing by one of Canada’s best-known editors is what makes this book so appealing. It is conversation, like gossip or good old fashion storytelling. It is like a Sunday ride through a country that is completely unfamiliar, and at every turn there is a surprise and with Gibson there is always that little reward.” — Literary Review of Canada