The noted Canadian publisher Douglas Gibson discusses his memoir, Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others (ECW Press, 2011), with Joseph Planta.
|Stories About the Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others by Douglas Gibson. (ECW Press, 2011)
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
One of the more delightful books of this fall season is the eagerly anticipated Stories About Storytellers from Douglas Gibson. In this country he’s described as a ‘living legend,’ and a ‘publishing icon.’ For over forty years, he has edited and published thousands of Canada’s best books. He joined Macmillan of Canada in 1974 as editorial director, and then became its publisher in 1979. In 1986, he joined McClelland & Stewart as editor and the publisher of books under his own imprint, Douglas Gibson Books. In 1988, he became the Publisher at McClelland & Stewart. In 2004, he went back to concentrate on his imprint, and though he ‘retired’ in 2008 at the age of 65, he publishes under his imprint at M&S still. This book has some incredibly fascinating stories, as well provides a wonderful insight into the book trade. Stories About the Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others is published by ECW Press. And this fall, he’s embarking on a book tour across the country to promote this book and share some of the countless stories from his years of publishing. Mr. Gibson will be in Vancouver in October. Tuesday, 18 October 2011 he’ll be headlining an event at the Vancouver International Writers Festival; the next night he’ll be at Bolen Books in Victoria. Check out the website at www.douglasgibsonbooks.com for details on the book and this tour that that takes him across the country. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Toronto this day, Douglas Gibson; Good morning, Mr. Gibson.