National Arts Centre, Panorama Room53 Elgin Street

Books and Brunch
with Robert Rotenberg,
Richard Gwyn, Pius Adesanmi
and Craig Oliver

Hosted by David Dollin
"Writing with his usual elegance and insight, Richard Gwyn has done full justice to the man whose own story is inextricably interwoven with that of Canada.
— Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919
Craig Oliver - Photo courtesy of CTV
Pius Adesanmi
Richard Gwyn - Photo courtesy of Gordon Fulton
Robert Rotenberg

Enjoy your weekend with good food, good company and short talks by four great authors: 


Bestselling author and one of Toronto’s top criminal lawyers, Robert Rotenberg is back with The Guilty Plea , his second razor-sharp legal thriller. Rotenberg’s insider knowledge of the behind-the-scenes courtroom machinations and his mesmerizing trial scenes make this another scorching page-turner. Here’s your chance to find out why Ian Rankin “Loved it!”


An exciting story, passionately told and rich in detail, Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald is the second volume of Richard Gwyn’s biography of Canada’s first prime minister. The first volume, John A: The Man Who Made Us won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. From Confederation Day in 1867, where this volume picks up, Macdonald finessed a reluctant union of four provinces in central and eastern Canada into a strong nation, despite indifference from Britain and annexationist sentiment in the United States.


In You’re Not a Country, Africa , a groundbreaking collection of essays, Pius Adesanmi, acclaimed literary and cultural critic and professor of literature and African studies at Carleton University, tries to unravel what it is that Africa means to him as an African, and by extension to all those who inhabit this continent of extremes. Crisscrossing the continent, he engages with the enigma that is Africa.


As chief parliamentary correspondent for CTV News, Craig Oliver is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected journalists, a newsman who has reported on the major political figures and news stories of our times with passion, insight and bracing candour. He brings those same qualities to Oliver's Twist: The Life & Times of an Unapologetic Newshound , his many-layered memoir of an extraordinary professional and personal life. 


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