Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Story of Canada: now a fictional character too

In Elizabeth Hay's new novel, His Whole Life, the protagonist, Jim, is a bookish, precocious young lad. Proof? See page 32: 
He read the children’s versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey twice, and The Story of Canada three times.

In her acknowledgments, Hay adds:
The Story of Canada by Janet Lunn and Christopher Moore, read so avidly by Jim, is worthy of repeated reading by anyone.
Which gives me the opportunity to mention that the new edition of The Story of Canada is being republished by Scholastic Books this fall, fully revised and updated to 2016.
In 2013 the Liberal Party found a new leader in Justin Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Trudeau showed himself to be a skilled and dynamic campaigner. His inclusive style, his idealism, and his promise of "sunny ways" -- borrowed from former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier -- turned the tide. In October 2015 the Liberals formed a majority government. When he formed his cabinet, several of Trudeau's choices for ministers were recent immigrants or Indigenous Canadians, and half were women. Why? "Because it's 2015," he said.
It will not be in stores until October, but this is art for the new cover by Alan Daniel:

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