Winter’s Tales Author Reading Series presents Douglas Gibson

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Thursday, November 8, 2018
Douglas Gibson

Douglas Gibson is Canada’s most famous living book publisher and editor. In his 45-year career, he edited and published luminous constellations of Canadian authors including Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Alistair MacLeod, Ken Dryden, Brian Mulroney, Hugh MacLennan, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell, Mavis Gallant, and Barry Broadfoot.

Gibson will tell stories about his work and friendships with Canada’s celebrated authors at the next Winter’s Tales Authors Reading Series event on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 pm in the Carriage House of Charlottetown’s Beaconsfield Historic House.

In 2011, he published his memoir, Stories About Storytellers. Book in hand, he took his self-proclaimed “road show” to more than one hundred communities around Canada, from Newfoundland to Haida Gwaii. That tour resulted in his second book, Across Canada by Story, and a second “stage show.”

In the new book and show, he tells stories of the many people he encountered with strong connections to Canada’s literary culture: friends of the authors, devoted readers, booksellers and librarians, teachers and students, local authors and supporters. He celebrates not only the stars, but also the galaxy of people who cherish and nurture our heritage as it crystallizes in book form.   

Douglas Gibson was born in the village of Dunlop in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, and worked on farms during the summer. He immigrated to Canada in 1967 and became managing editor at Doubleday Canada in 1969. He was appointed editorial director and then publisher at Macmillan of Canada, then publisher at the great Canadian publishing company McClelland & Stewart from 1988 until 2004. At M&S, he established Canada’s first editorial imprint, Douglas Gibson Books. “No one has done more for Canadian Literature than this man,” wrote Alistair MacLeod.

Gibson’s show is hosted by the UPEI English Department, with support from the UPEI Dean of Arts and The Canada Council for the Arts. Admission is free. All are welcome.

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