How do we do justice to an experience that we didn’t live through? Three historians share their research process, and debate the rewards and pitfalls of writing historical non-fiction. Bert Archer hosts and moderates.
This event is part of 2014’s Festival focus, Remembering the Story: IFOA@35 Remembers the Great War, a programme featuring works that explore the societal changes in Canada and across the world around WWI.
Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He regularly writes for the national media and has hosted many CBC Radio programs and shows on TV Ontario. His 18 bestselling non-fiction books include Juno, Behind the Glory, Deadlock in Korea, Victory at Vimy and Breaking the Silence. In June 2014, his book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.
Being able to create books, plays and performances about history is a dream job for Hugh Brewster (Canada) since he’s always been enthralled by history. As an author, he has written fourteen books for young readers and adults. On Juno Beach won the Information Book Award in 2005 and At Vimy Ridge was a Norma Fleck Award winner in 2008. Other titles include Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, a Governor General’s Award nominee in 1998 and an adult book RMS TITANIC: Gilded Lives on a Fatal Voyage which was a national bestseller and published in six countries in 2012. His latest book is From Vimy to Victory: Canada’s Fight to the Finish in World War I.
Jack Granatstein writes on 20th Century Canadian history. He has been described as “the most prolific Canadian historian of his generation” with more than 75 titles to his credit. He was born in Toronto in 1939. He attended RMC and Duke University, served in the Canadian Army, then joined the History Department at York University. He was instrumental in creating the new home for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, where he was Director and CEO from 1998 to 2000. He is co-curator of the Museum’s Hundred Days 1918 exhibit. Granatstein’s many books include: The Greatest Victory: Canada’s One Hundred Days, 1918; The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History; and Who Killed Canadian History?