An Evening with Douglas Gibson…and Many Famous Canadian Authors.
“a breezy, conversational account of Gibson's work and relationships with some of the most significant figures in Canadian writing, from historical figures (Stephen Leacock, Hugh MacLennan) to global superstars (Alice Munro, Alistair MacLeod); from political figures (Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney) to involved observers (Peter C. Newman, Peter Gzowski); from the larger-than-life (James Houston, Bob Hunter) to the firmly rooted (Jack Hodgins,Vancouver Island and Mavis Gallant, Paris)."
“…As good as Stephen Leacock. Even Charles Dickens.”
Friday, September 28, 2012 – 8 p.m. Blyth Memorial Community Hall
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More About the Show:
STORIES ABOUT STORYTELLERS: An Evening With Doug Gibson … And Many Famous Canadian Authors
(Prepare To Meet Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Mavis Gallant, Hugh MacLennan, Peter C. Newman, Brian Mulroney, Morley Callaghan, John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul Martin, James Houston, Peter Gzowski, W.O Mitchell, and many more).
This one-man show consists of Doug Gibson, in traditional Publisher’s uniform of navy blazer and grey flannels, strolling about the stage — from a podium, to centre stage (where Morley Callaghan fights Ernest Hemingway, and a polar bear guts a sled dog ), to a chair at a desk/ restaurant table — telling stories about the authors he got to know well in the course of his amazing career as their Editor and Publisher.
Each of the 21 authors he discusses at length appears on a central screen behind him, in a lively caricature specially created by the mischievous Tony Jenkins of the Globe and Mail. Bursts of music also enliven the 65-minute show (which can be expanded to a full 90-minute version, which runs almost two hours, if a 15-minute Intermission is included, which is optional). Shorter versions are also available, on request.
Over 20 versions of the unique show have been given across Canada since October 2011, producing reactions like Gordon Sinclair, of the Winnipeg Free Press, who writes about the “captivating ” way Doug Gibson “pays tribute to our great storytellers by conjuring the all-but-lost art of the great raconteurs”. David Cheoros, the Director of Edmonton Litfest , calls him “a living link to the foundation of our country’s literature and also an impish and charming performer. His lifelong passion for these writers is contagious.” Most notably, the Ottawa blogger Nigel Beale told his readers to “run” to see the show, which he compared to performances by “Stephen Leacock. Charles Dickens, even.”
More recently his show at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton in March held 300 people “spellbound” , while in Port Colborne , Ontario, after a February show William Thomas wrote: “As host of Readings At The Roselawn I have introduced almost every great Canadian writer over the past 20 years. And although I do remember a handful of standing ovations, I have never seen 300 people leap from their seats so fast and stay on their feet so long. Good on you, Doug – the editor who is outshining his stable of stars.”
The evening has been described as “unique”, and “hilarious”, and “full of great stories”. It could only come from someone who has had a long and fascinating career working behind the scenes with some of the most memorable men and women of our era, notably during his time as the Publisher of McClelland & Stewart from 1988 to 2004.