George Fetherling has been a wide-ranging and prolific figure in Canadian writing since the late 1960s. The Montreal Gazette has called him "a mercurial, liberal intelligence...the kind of which English Canada has too short a supply." Xtra described him as "something of a national literary treasure." He is a novelist, poet, memoirist and cultural commentator who has written or edited 50 books. He has been the weekly books columnist of the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, the Vancouver Sun and other leading newspapers, and has been writer-inresidence at the University of Toronto, Queen's University and the University of New Brunswick. Writing in his Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, W.H. New stated that "Fetherling's constant subject is Canada, its history, mores, and culture, and his writings can be read as a dialogue between the personal and the political, as inquiries into the values of Canadian society..." Fetherling divides his time between Vancouver and Toronto.