Spotlighting an extraordinary career, this autobiography reviews the author’s accomplishments working?and playing?alongside some of Canada’s greatest writers. These humorous chronicles relate the projects he brainstormed for writer Barry Broadfoot, how he convinced eventual Nobel Prize contender Alice Munro to keep writing short stories, his early morning phone call from a former Prime Minister, and his recollection of yanking a manuscript right out of Alistair MacLeod’s own reluctant hands?which ultimately garnered MacLeod one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for fiction. Insightful and entertaining, this collection of tales provides an inside view of Canadian politics and publishing that is rarely revealed, going behind the scenes and between the covers to divulge a treasure trove of literary adventures.
Douglas Gibson is an award-winning editor. His work has been featured in the anthology The Bumper Book, as well as in Books in Canada, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Saturday Night, and Toronto Life. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
"Gibson is an engaging and on the whole a modest figure and a very fine raconteur. He, too, has had a hell of an interesting life. His book makes for good reading, and he makes his life in publishing sound like great fun." — Globe and Mail (October 29, 2011)
"Gibson's delightful, behind-the-scenes look at some of Canada's most prominent writers is a remarkable, four-decade romp through the back rooms of publishing." — Toronto Sun (December 18, 2011)
"Gibson is a gossip of the first order, the kind who tells all, or at least enough, about his Subjects' foibles, but always in a way that delights in their eccentricities. He writes with charming exuberance." — The Walrus (December 1, 2011)
"This is a delightful book. I have fallen in love with it....Gibson provides insightful and amusing anecdotes....It's all fascinating reading." — Waterloo Region Record (November 19, 2011)
"This is the ultimate CanLit cocktail party book." — Quill & Quire (September 1, 2011)