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Roy MacSkimming

Roy MacSkimming

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Roy MacSkimming's new novel, Laurier in Love, portrays Sir Wilfrid Laurier enmeshed in a passionate, enduring love triangle as he leads Canada into a new century. Both epic and intimate in scale, the story is told through the eyes of two remarkably realized women, Zoe Laurier and Emilie Lavergne. "MacSkimming's prose," writes the Ottawa Citizen, "places Laurier into some of the most erotically charged situations ever penned for a prime minister." MacSkimming's previous novel, Macdonald, recreates the final days of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's indomitable first prime minister. The Globe & Mail called it "[an] engaging novel handled with imagination, sympathy and verve, making a hugely enjoyable read," and Nino Ricci said, "MacSkimming not only brings Macdonald to life, he brings him into our hearts." MacSkimming's The Perilous Trade, a study of Canadian book publishing, was a Globe & Mail Best 100 book of the year and a finalist for the 2003 National Business Book Award. MacSkimming has published two other novels, Formentera and Out of Love, both translated into French. He has also written Gordie, an unauthorized biography of hockey legend Gordie Howe, and Cold War, an account of the great 1972 Canada-Soviet hockey series. A native of Ottawa, MacSkimming co-founded New Press in 1969. He has been books editor and literary columnist at The Toronto Star, an official with the Canada Council for the Arts, and policy director of the Association of Canadian Publishers. He lives near Perth, Ontario.

Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto areas


The Perilous Trade: Publishing Canada's Writers. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003, 2007.
Gordie: A Hockey Legend. Vancouver/Berkeley: Greystone/Douglas & McIntyre, 1994, 2003.
Cold War: The Amazing Canada-Soviet Hockey Series of 1972. Vancouver/Berkeley: Greystone/Douglas & McIntyre, 1996.
Coups de Coeur (Out of Love). French trans. Montreal: Les Herbes Rouges, 1995.
Out of Love. Dunvegan/Toronto: Cormorant Books, 1993.
Formentera. Toronto: New Press, 1972
Formentera. French trans. Montreal: le Cercle du livre de France, 1976
Macdonald. Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2007
Laurier in Love. Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2010


Finalist, National Business Book Award for The Perilous Trade, 2003.
Recipient of the Janice E. Handford Small Press Award for contributions to the advancement of Canadian book publishing, 1998.
Finalist, Ottawa-Carleton Book Award for Cold War, 1996.
Finalist, National Magazine Award for "Stapleton's Got the Puck," Saturday Night, 1996.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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