Everyone has memories. One of my best is of my late grandmother Maria Hoy standing during the service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Prescott, Ont., and politely but firmly disputing a theological point made by the presiding minister.By Claire Hoy6 min
In the corner of an old-fashioned red leatherette booth in a downtown Toronto restaurant, Margaret Atwood is laughing. She has been talking about how difficult it was to start her new novel, The Blind Assassin (McClelland & Stewart), and the celebrated author is suddenly and mightily amused at the memory of how she kept grasping at narrative threads that led nowhere.By John Bemrose8 min
When Ted Rogers was a boy, attending exclusive Upper Canada College in Toronto’s wealthy Forest Hill neighbourhood, he didn’t play baseball. As an infant, he’d lost the sight in one eye and had no depth perception. But he was a fan and he rooted for the city’s minor-league team, the Maple Leafs.By Katherine Macklem5 min
The five robed judges waited impassively in tall chairs behind a long table. But former Indonesian president Suharto, who ruled his country like a feudal emperor for 32 years, failed to show up for his trial in Jakarta, disappointing hundreds of protesters chanting “Hang Suharto” outside the courthouse.By Tom Fennell, Dini Djalal5 min
In Chrétien: The Will to Win, Lawrence Martin’s terrific book about Jean Chrétien's early life, he tells a revealing story about his subject’s formative political years. In 1961, Jean Chrétien was fresh from studying law at Quebec City’s Laval University, where, as Martin writes, he “was so thoroughly exposed to nationalist gospel from so many of his friends that he could hardly help” flirting with that side.By Anthony Wilson-Smith4 min
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