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 author, journalist and broadcaster. For more than forty years, his writing has appeared in the national press and he has authored seventeen non-fiction books. In 2014, his Globe and Mail national bestseller, The Great Escape, received the national Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. He lives in Uxbridge, Ontario. He presents The Great Escape.
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.
J.L. Granatstein is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the department of History at York University. His scholarship has won numerous awards, including the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal, the Vimy Award and the Pierre Berton Award. In 1996, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada. Granatstein has received honorary degrees from the University of Western Ontario, the University of Calgary and McMaster University, among others. He presents The Greatest Victory: Canada’s One Hundred Days, 1918. This fascinating narrative tells the story of the Canada-led offensive that began on August 8, 1918 and ended with Armistice on November 11.