Visiting Author - Roy MacGregor

Wednesday, October 2nd.  -  2:00 p.m. Beaverbrook Library

Be sure to save this date: You won't want to miss the chance to meet our celebrated guest author and hear his first-hand account of traveling right across Canada to understand the importance of our awe-inspiring rivers.

Roy MacGregor has been a journalist for 47 years and was with the Globe and Mail for the last 17 of those years.

Over the course of his long and varied career, he has won multiple National Newspaper and National Magazine Awards, as well as twice receiving the ACTRA Award for television screenwriting.

He is the author of more than 50 books, 30 of them in the internationally successful Screech Owls hockey mystery series for young readers. His most recent book  Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada won the 2018 Ottawa Book Award.

He has written books on Canada, the canoe, hockey, nature, the James Bay Cree, and on painter Tom Thomson. His Home Team: Fathers, Sons & Hockey was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award and his memoir about his father, A Life in the Bush, won the prestigious U.S. Rutstrum Award as the best book on the wilderness.

In 2005, Roy MacGregor was named an Officer in the Order of Canada. In 2012, he was the media inductee into The Hockey Hall of Fame, and in 2015 he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. He lives in Kanata, Ontario, with his wife Ellen.

Singing Pebble Books will have the author's book for sale and signing at this event.

Original  Highways:
Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada

Here are the stories of Canada's original highways, and how they sustained our spirit, identity, and economy in the past, still do so at present, and how they will continue to influence our future.

No country is more blessed with fresh water than Canada. From the mouth of the Fraser River in BC, to the Bow in Alberta, the Red in Manitoba, the Gatineau, the Saint John, and the most historic of all Canada's rivers, the St. Lawrence,  Roy MacGregor has paddled, sailed and traversed their lengths, learned their stories and secrets, and the tales of centuries lived on their rapids and riverbanks. He raises lost tales, like that of the Great Tax Revolt of the Gatineau River, and reconsiders histories like that of the Irish would-be settlers who died on Grosse Ile, and the incredible resilience of settlers in the Red River Valley.

Along the Grand, the Ottawa and others, he meets the successful conservationists behind the resuscitation of polluted wetlands, including even Toronto's Don, the most abused river in Canada (where he witnesses families of mink, returned to play on its banks). Long before our national railroad was built, our rivers held Canada together; in these sixteen portraits, filled with yesterday's adventures and tomorrow's promise, MacGregor weaves together a story of Canada and its ongoing relationship with its most precious resource.

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