Doug Gibson: "The Evolution of Storytelling"
One of Canada’s pre-eminent publishers, Doug Gibson will be discussing the evolution of publishing and storytelling in Canada—how new technologies are improving or potentially compromising the industry today. And he may just tell a few stories from his new book. Mr. Gibson has recently written a memoir, Stories about Storytellers. In it, he recounts stories from his distinguished 40-year career that saw him publish some of Canada’s finest: Alistair MacLeod, Alice Munro, Peter Gzowski, Robertson Davies and Pierre Elliot Trudeau—just to name a few!
About Doug Gibson
Since he came to Canada in 1967, armed with degrees from St. Andrews and from Yale, Douglas Gibson has spent his career as a book editor and publisher. He established the first editorial imprint in Canada at McClelland & Stewart in 1985, and was the publisher at M & S (The Canadian Publisher” in those days) until 2004 ,when he moved back to concentrate on his imprint, Douglas Gibson Books. He “retired” in 2008, at sixty-five. His book, Stories about Storytellers, describes his work with authors he knew well, and is graced by an Introduction by Alice Munro. The list includes W.O. Mitchell, Hugh MacLennan, Peter C. Newman, Robertson Davies, Mavis Gallant, Brian Mulroney, Morley Callaghan, Barry Broadfoot, Pierre Trudeau, Harold Horwood, Jack Hodgins, Val Ross, James Houston, Charles Ritchie, Peter Gzowski, Bob Hunter, R.D.Symons, Alistair MacLeod, Paul Martin, Alice Munro, and many others. Since the book’s publication in the fall of 2011 he has toured the country with a stage show of the same name, giving 35 performances from Halifax to Haida Gwaii. He lives in Toronto and is a long-time member of the Couchiching Board … after meeting his wife, Jane, at the Couchiching Conference in 2001.
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON