Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Book Notes: UTP's Canada 150 collection
Posted by Christopher Moore
University of Toronto Press notes the Canadian sesquicentennial with a Canada 150 list of books "that bear witness to the depth and breadth of the nation’s history and the diversity of its peoples." Quite a lot of history on the thirty-title list, and a lot of historians and historically minded scholars:
Irving Abella, Eric Arthur, Janet Ajzenstat, Jean Barman, Michael Bliss, John Borrows, Phillip Buckner, Sean Cadigan, Ramsay Cook, Donald Creighton, Paula Draper, Gerald Friesen, J.L. Granatstein, Allan Greer, Franca Iacovetta, Harold Innis, Bruce Kidd, Patricia McMahon, Kenneth McNaught, Marc Milner, J.R. Miller, Stephen Otto, Arthur Ray, John Reid, Paul Romney, Robert Sharpe, David E. Smith, Veronica Strong-Boag, Robert Ventresca, James St.G Walker.
Not having published many of my, ahem, major works with UTP, I thought I could examine this list quite dispassionately. Until I came to Donald Creighton, who makes the list on the strength of The Empire of the St Lawrence -- "foreword by Christopher Moore." Blush/gloat: how about them coattails!