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Visit Kawartha Lakes Library for an evening with Canadian author Ted Barris

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August 23, 2016 - Kawartha Lakes Public Library proudly presents an evening with award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Ted Barris on Thursday September 8 at 7:00 pm at the Lindsay Branch.

Barris is the author of 18 bestselling non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada. In June 2014, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award (shared with Chris Hadfield).

His newest book, Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited, will be the subject of his presentation on September 8.  Fire Canoe is a Mark Twain-like retelling of 19th steamboat history on Canada’s major western waterways. Set in a time when Mounted Police, fur traders, gold seekers and settlers mixed with aboriginal pilots, stevedores and crew, these first-hand tales depict a frontier Canada rife with speculation, gambling, rebellion and a dog-eat-dog steamboat competition in the wild Canadian West.

For more than 40 years, Ted’s writing has regularly appeared in the national press – Globe and Mail, National Post, as well as magazines as diverse as Legion, Air Force, esprit de corps, Quill and Quire, and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario. He is a full-time professor of journalism and broadcasting at Toronto’s Centennial College and a patron of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society supporting that author’s works and memory in his hometown, Uxbridge.

In 2011, he was one of 19 civilians presented with the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Commendation. In 2012, the Air Force Association of Canada selected Ted Barris to receive Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014, Ted addressed members of the U.S. Stalag Luft III POW Association, who recognized his work in the Great Escape book with a Certificate of Honor.

For more information about Mr. Barris visit his website at  Support for this special evening has been provided by the Friends of the Lindsay Library. 


For further information, please contact:

Diane Lansdell
South Area Supervisor, Kawartha Lakes Library
705-324-9411 Extension 1265

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