Wordfest presents Governor General David Johnston – FREE
The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation
[gdlr_button href="https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/mZ0SV0n64955jdDC5" target="_self" size="medium" background="#358CCB" color="#ffffff" border_color="#999999"]Please RSVP[/gdlr_button] Join Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library for an evening with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, who presents his new book, The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation. A book signing will follow the event. Governor General David Johnston offers a spirited and inspiring exploration of the moments, virtues, habits and decisions that have made Canada unique in the world. Written as a series of letters to characters and individuals living and dead, eminent and unknown, The Idea of Canada is a record of the social forces that have shaped, consumed and inspired the author to think of Canada as an idea long worthy of expression and now searching for refinement. The author sets his thoughts out to friends and icons as disparate as singer Céline Dion, astronaut Chris Hadfield, His Highness the Aga Khan, the Unknown Soldier, Olympian Clara Hughes, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, lawyer Purdy Crawford, author John Buchan, former Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, Quebec mayor Régis Labeaume, and a 10-year old Inuit boy who asked simply, “Who are you, anyway?” Copies of The Idea of Canada will be available for sale after the event. All royalties from sales will be donated to the Rideau Hall Foundation to support the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, an official honour in the Canadian honours system that recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and celebrates a wide range of voluntary contributions.
About David Johnston
One of Canada’s most respected and beloved governors general, David Johnston is a graduate of Harvard, Cambridge and Queen's Universities. He served as dean of law at the Western University, principal of McGill University, and president of University of Waterloo. He is the author or co-author of 25 books, holds honorary doctorates from over twenty universities, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. Born in Sudbury, Ontario, he is married to Sharon Johnston, and has five daughters and 12 grandchildren. [gdlr_divider type="solid" size="100%" ] [gdlr_button href="https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/mZ0SV0n64955jdDC5" target="_self" size="medium" background="#358CCB" color="#ffffff" border_color="#999999"]Please RSVP[/gdlr_button] [gdlr_space height="20px"] [gdlr_divider type="solid" size="100%" ]