UPEI Chancellor Emeritus Norman Webster launches new book, November 26
Renowned journalist, columnist, editor, and philanthropist Norman Webster, who served as UPEI’s chancellor from 1996 to 2004, will launch his new book, Newspapering: 50 Years of Reporting from Canada and Around the World on November 26, 2020 at 7 pm ET.
From the publisher, Barlow Books:
In this collection of articles, Norman Webster takes readers on a journey through his 50 years of newspapering—in Canada, China in the early 1970s, the UK of Maggie Thatcher, and around the world. Webster, a distinguished international journalist, worked at a time when you couldn’t rely on Google for your basic facts. You had to go there, look, ask questions. It’s old-style reporting from a journalist with a sharp eye for the absurd, as the title (from a reporting trip to Tibet) suggests. As a renowned editor, Webster writes about some of the big issues in Canada, such as the Quebec Neverendum, the sovereignty debate that consumed the province and the country for three decades. Unlike so many political players in the world today, he is thoughtful and measured in his analysis. His book is entertaining and inspiring for readers of politics, and for journalists looking for award-winning examples of international reporting and editorial columns.
The book launch will be conducted on Zoom and will feature an interview with the author. Michael Goldbloom, principal and vice-chancellor of Bishop’s University, will introduce recollections of friends and colleagues, including Roy MacGregor, Joan Fraser, Doug Gibson, Geoff Stevens and Jeff Simpson. Click here to attend: https://www.masseycollege.ca/event/virtual-book-launch-newspapering-norman-webster/
Born in Summerside, PEI, Norman Webster grew up in Sherbrooke, Quebec and is a graduate of Bishop’s University. He attended St. John’s College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar before beginning an award-winning career in journalism. He is a former editor-in-chief of both The Globe and Mail and The Montreal Gazette. Webster was elevated by UPEI to Chancellor Emeritus in 2006, and is a member of the Order of Canada.
The UPEI Robertson Library recently digitized the video of Norman Webster's installation as Chancellor.