Canada’s Maverick

Canada’s Maverick

Posted on May 9 by admin
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As part of our Ask and Author Wednesdays we have a guest post today by Helen Forsey author of Eugene Forsey, Canada’s Maverick Sage.

It’s over a month since my book came off the press, but my “to do” list shows no sign of getting any shorter. My desk is piled with letters, lists and stick-it notes with phone numbers to call and websites to check. Each call or email leads to three more, and I’m still discovering new leads.

Reaching the whole range of potential readers for Eugene Forsey, Canada’s Maverick Sage is an exciting challenge for me and for Dundurn. Neither the book nor its subject fit into any of the usual pigeonholes. “Watchdog for the body politic” isn’t an easy category to find on Google or in a bookstore.

But it does describe my Dad. Trade unionist, academic, parliamentarian, humourist, critic and gadfly – those terms only hint at the breadth of his involvement in the life of this country and his ongoing legacy.

If the book were just a biography, things might be simpler. But Eugene Forsey, Canada’s Maverick Sage is destined to be, itself, a tool for change – a source of information and inspiration on matters of continuing relevance today. Writing it meant exploring issues of social justice, nationalism, faith, education, language, partisanship and democracy itself.

So it’s not just political junkies or history buffs who will want this book. I’m hoping it will also provoke and delight others – especially new Canadians and young people – who may never have heard of my father. Much has changed in the two decades since he died, but the need for his wit and wisdom has never been greater. As The Hill Times put it in a recent headline, “Where’s Eugene Forsey when you need him?”

Well, a lot of him is in the book. That’s why I’m working through my “to do” list, so that people from sea to sea to sea will get to read and use it.

Helen Forsey, like her father, Eugene, is a social activist and writer who worked overseas with CUSO and other international voluntary organizations. An ardent feminist and environmentalist, she winters in Ompah, Ontario, and summers at Pouch Cove, Newfoundland.