Stories About Storytellers

Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others
Product Number: EB00074855
Released: Oct 01, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781770900493
Publisher: ECW Press
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Description

The legendary Canadian book editor presents this "remarkable, four-decade romp through the back rooms of publishing" (Toronto Sun). Scottish-born Douglas Gibson was drawn to Canada by the writing of Stephen Leacock-and eventually made his way across the Atlantic to find a job in book publishing, where he edited a biography of none other than Leacock. But over the decades, his stellar career would lead him to work with many more of the country's leading literary lights. This memoir shares stories of working-and playing-alongside writers including Robertson Davies, Mavis Gallant, Brian Mulroney, Val Ross, W. O. Mitchell, and many more. Gibson reveals the projects he brainstormed for Barry Broadfoot; how he convinced future Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro to keep writing short stories; his early-morning phone call from a former prime minister; and his recollection of yanking a manuscript right out of Alistair MacLeod's reluctant hands-which ultimately garnered the author one of the world's most prestigious prizes for fiction. Insightful and entertaining, this collection of tales goes behind the scenes and between the covers to divulge a treasure trove of literary adventures. "He makes his life in publishing sound like great fun." -The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Author(s): Douglas Gibson
Original Publish Date: Oct 01, 2011

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