The National Post books blog, The Afterword, featured a piece by Doug on his experience being Hugh MacLennan for Canada Reads this year.
It all began with a very tentative email from a nice woman at CBC Radio in November. She explained that the five books that would be finalists for Canada Reads had been selected. The publicity leading up to the week of on-air debates in February would begin soon, involving not only the advocate for the book on the jury, but also the author.
But they had a problem. One of the books was Two Solitudes, by Hugh MacLennan. And Hugh had passed away in 1990 (a sad fact that I knew all too well, since I had spoken at his funeral). Would I, just possibly, she wondered, be willing to step in to speak on Hugh’s behalf, if that wouldn’t be too much trouble?
Read the rest on The Afterword.
In his role as official representative of Hugh MacLennan for this year’s Canada Reads competition, Doug has created a playlist he thinks complements Two Solitudes. You can listen to the songs and hear him talk about his selections on Shift with Tom Allen here.
As CBC Books gets ready for Canada Reads, they have posted an excerpt of Stories About Storytellers about Hugh MacLennan. You can read it here.
Doug recently did a series of short interviews about Hugh MacLennan and Two Solitudes. Listen to his interview Rebecca Zandbergen on Radio West, the B.C. Interior’s afternoon program, here.
On December 24, Doug was Shelagh Rogers’ guest on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. Listen to the podcast online to hear Doug and Shelagh talk about Hugh MacLennan in preparation for this year’s Canada Reads competition.
Take a little break from the holiday mania at 1 p.m. EST today by tuning into The Next Chapter on CBC Radio 1, In preparation for this year’s Canada Reads competition, Doug will be talking about Hugh MacLennan with host Shelagh Rogers.
As part of his duties representing Hugh MacLennan for this year’s Canada Reads competition, Doug recorded a passage from Hugh MacLennan’s Two Solitudes. Have a listen over at CBC Books.