Posts made in April, 2008

Greatest Albertan

Posted by on Apr 28, 2021 in Other Writings | 0 comments

The Calgary Herald is running a “Greatest Albertan” contest. For obvious reasons — because I have a book about him coming out in the fall — I would want to nominate Ernest C. Manning. But perhaps you might want to nominate him as well! Contest deadline is May 12.

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Next Up: The Manning Biography

Posted by on Apr 18, 2021 in Other Writings | 0 comments

The manuscript is with the publisher now. I start the revisions at the end of this month. This has been a huge project for me — the first full-length biography of the man who was premier of Alberta for twenty-five years. There have been three biographies of Ralph Klein, and none of Ernest C. Manning, the longest-serving premier. Go figure. When Manning was first elected premier, in 1943, Alberta was much like Saskatchewan: a have-not province in which agriculture was the principal driver of the economy. Then came the discovery of oil in Leduc in 1947, and Alberta’s money worries were no more. Manning, a farm boy from Saskatchewan with little formal education, directed the transformation of the province from Depression-era poverty to modern, oil-based affluence. It’s quite the story. He was the Rocky Marciano of Canadian politics; the heavyweight champ who never lost a bout and retired undefeated. The book is scheduled for publication, by Fifth House, in October...

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Bargain offer ends soon

Posted by on Apr 14, 2021 in Other Writings | 0 comments

My sincere thanks to all those who took advantage of the bargain pricing on my book, Songs of an Irish Poet: The Mary O’Leary Story. I have mailed autographed copies to readers in Canada, the United States, Ireland and England, and made many new friends. However, I regret to say I cannot extend this offer indefinitely, because I have discovered that the cost of air-mailing a single copy of the book - to England and Ireland, in particular - is more than the $12.50 discount price. So, regretfully, I will have to terminate this special offer on April 30 2008. On May 1 the cost will go back to the regular list price of $19.95 CDN, and a small shipping charge will also apply. You can continue to take advantage of the special offer for the next two weeks by clicking...

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