I’m happy to announce a new show in the nation’s capital this month. Please tell your friends!
It is ” GREAT SCOTS: Canada’s Finest Fiction Writers with Links to Scotland, 1867 to Today”
You, and other book-loving friends, can see it at 7.00 P.M. ON MONDAY, JANUARY 21 at
THE ARTS COURT THEATRE, Suite 240, OTTAWA ART GALLERY, 7, DALY AVENUE.
As usual, this new 65-minute show will rely on the superb author portraits by Anthony Jenkins, presented on-screen by the wizardry of my “lovely and talented assistant”, my wife Jane. She also supplies the bursts of music from the decade in question, and the iconic works of Canadian photography and painting from the time….. while I roam around the stage , shamelessly celebrating our greatest Canadian writers.
As keen readers of this blog know, I’ve already given over 100 such shows based on STORIES ABOUT STORYTELLERS. Already, we’ve presented over 90 shows based on my second book, ACROSS CANADA BY STORY, with more to come! Meanwhile, we’ve given GREAT SCOTS in Guelph (for the Launch at the School of Scottish Studies), and in Montreal, Quebec City, Saint John, Charlottetown, Antigonish, and Halifax, with a show booked for October in Vancouver.
The authors celebrated in the show include not only predictable “M-names”, like MacLennan, Mitchell, MacLeod and Munro. You’ll find unexpected authors with names like Aubert De Gaspe, Connor, Gallant, Richards, and even…gasp….Leacock! There will, of course, be a Q and A session at the end, and over-ripe fruit may be thrown.
This show is being jointly sponsored by the Ottawa Public Library and by The Scottish Society of Ottawa . (For further details , see their site at https://ottscot.ca/ ott-scot-festival )
Tickets are FREE, and already we’ve heard from Ottawa friends who are coming, and even from a couple driving up from the USA. So please book your ticket now, and bring along — or alert — your friends who’d be interested.
And come along and say hello!
Are you covering Farley Mowat in your talk in Ottawa on authors with Scottish connections?
His great great uncle was Oliver Mowat, one of the founders of Canada. Oliver’s father was from my village in Scotland (Canisbay , Caithness). Farley visited multiple times and I remember meeting him a few times as a kid as he loved Caithness and Scotland. My uncle made him a peat tuskar (spade) after he helped us with dig peats one year.
The Ottawa show is supposed to deal only with our Fiction Writers. But in my ACROSS CANADA BY STORY show I deal with my mischievous friend Farley, and if you speak up at the Q and A session, I’ll be delighted to talk about Farley. See you there! Doug
I will definitely be there! Looking forward to hearing your talk.