Synopses & Reviews
Ill kill him!” said Mavis Gallant. Pierre Trudeau almost did, leading him (Run!”) into a whizzing stream of traffic that almost crushed both of them. Alistair MacLeod accused him of a home invasion” to grab the manuscript of No Great Mischief. And Paul Martin denounced him to a laughing Ottawa crowd, saying, If Shakespeare had had Doug Gibson as an editor, there would be no Shakespeare!” On the other hand, Alice Munro credits him with keeping her writing short stories when the world demanded novels. Robertson Davies, with a nod to Dickens, gratefully called him My Partner Frequent.” W.O. Mitchell summoned up a loving joke about him, on his deathbed. Stories About Storytellers shares these tales and many more, as readers follow Doug Gibson through 40 years of editing and publishing some of Canadas sharpest minds and greatest storytellers. Gibson is a terrific storyteller himself, and through his recollections we get an inside view of Canadian politics and publishing that rarely gets told. From Jack Hodgins Vancouver Island to Harold Horwoods Labrador, from Alice Munros Ontario to James Houstons Arctic, Doug Gibson takes us on an unforgettable literary tour of Canada, going behind the scenes and between the covers, and opening up his own story vault for all to read and enjoy.
Spotlighting an extraordinary career, this autobiography reviews the authors accomplishments workingand playingalongside some of Canadas greatest writers. These humorous chronicles relate the projects he brainstormed for writer Barry Broadfoot, how he convinced eventual Nobel Prize contender 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 MacLeods own reluctant handswhich ultimately garnered MacLeod one of the worlds most prestigious prizes for fiction. Insightful and entertaining, this collection of tales provides an inside view of Canadian politics and publishing that is rarely revealed, going behind the scenes and between the covers to divulge a treasure trove of literary adventures.
About the Author
is an award-winning editor. His work has been featured in the anthology The Bumper Book
, as well as in Books in Canada
the Globe and Mail
, the National Post
, Saturday Night
and Toronto Life
. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.