He also proved himself a formidable book promoter, giving a lively illustrated talk anywhere people would have him by land and sea. Now he returns with Across Canada by Story, a book about the tour itself, full of more stories of writing in and of Canada from the 'sixties to today.
Historians of Canadian writing and CanLit in general will be mining Gibson's stories and observations for a long time -- start of a golden age, or memory of a lost moment, who knows?
The Vikings and their Enemies by Philip Line got my attention.
It's an American edition of a British scholarly study, and in its way, a bit like the "American Aircraft" line of books, though of another era. It is very narrowly fixed on tactics and weaponry. But if Northern European warfare of 750-1100 interests you, this is surely the latest word on the subject at the moment. Canadian alert: The words "Iceland," "Greenland," "Vinland," and "North America" are not found in the index -- those aspects of things Norse are clearly peripheral to this study.
History's People by Margaret MacMillan is one of the heavily promoted books of this fall season, I'm happy to say. Because it's good to see history getting noticed. Good to have a new Margaret MacMillan, too. This one is a series of essays on people from history who have interested her, from Bismarck to Elizabeth Simcoe to Babur.
And good that Anansi and CBC Ideas, which together publish the Massey Lectures -- to be broadcast this winter -- are going to have a bestseller and a talk-starter in this book. Anansi's promised me a copy and I'm looking forward to getting into it.
Canada's History about Donald Creighton, based on a very engaging chat I had with Donald Wright of UNB, who has been working on a Creighton biography.
I haven't read Donald Creighton: A Life in History yet, but I plan to. It is out from University of Toronto Press now, and a friend of this blog is deep into it, so we may have a longer notice of it before long.