I went out and purchased the latest Quill & Quire Magazine today. Inside is a brochure from Penguin Publishers salivating over their new series of Extraordinary Canadian Biographies that they will be publishing over the next 3 years. The General Editor of this series is John Ralston Saul. There is a total of 18 books. Here are the first 12.
Emily Carr by Lewis DeSoto
Lord Beaverbrook by David Adams Richards
Nellie McClung by Charlotte Gray
Mordechai Richler by M. G Vassanji
Lester Pearson by Andrew Cohen
Big Bear by Rudy Wiebe
Norman Bethune by Adrienne Clarkson (former GG)
Stephen Leacock by Margaret McMillan
Pierre Elliott Trudeau by Nina Ricci
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin by John Ralston Saul
Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont by Joseph Boyden
L.M. Montgomery by Jane Urquhart
The remaining six books will be published in March and September 2010. According to the brochure there is a companion TV documentary series to be produced. This series will be aired on OMNI and the Biography channels. The website www.extraordinarycanadians.com does not yet seem to be working.