The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

November 05, 2007 17:38 ET

Media Advisory: Richard Gwyn, Author and Columnist, Discusses His New Biography of Sir John A. Macdonald at Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2007) - Noted author and columnist Richard Gwyn discusses his new book, John A: The Man Who Made Us, at a Fraser Institute luncheon in Vancouver on Wednesday, November 7.

In his new book, best-selling author Richard Gwyn turns his laser wit and wisdom on Sir John A. MacDonald, following Canada's first Prime Minister from his birth in Scotland in 1815 through to the birth of the new Dominion of Canada in 1867.

Gwyn paints a portrait of MacDonald as colourful and intensely human yet at the same time he judges him to be manipulative and deceptive in addition to having an extraordinary grasp of human nature. Gwyn's commentary on Macdonald's pivotal role in Canada's history is original and provocative as he discusses how Canadians rejected joining the Americans, either through annexation or osmosis, to instead form the new nation of Canada.

Richard Gwyn is widely known as a commentator for the Toronto Star on national and international affairs and as a frequent contributor to television and radio programs. His most recent book, Nationalism without Walls: the Unbearable Lightness of Being Canadian, was selected by The Literary Review of Canada as one of the 100 most important books published in Canada. Volume two of Gwyn's biography of Sir John A. Macdonald will be published in 2009.

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Time: 11:45 am-1:30 pm

(Gwyn will speak from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm, followed by 30 minutes of questions)

Location: Fraser Institute Boardroom
4th Floor, 1770 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC

Interested media are invited to attend.

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