Books – Biography

  • Alien Heart

    The Life and Work of Margaret Laurence

    Lyall Powers (Author)

    Margaret Laurence remains one of Canada’s best-known and most beloved writers. Twice winner of the Governor General’s Award for fiction, she was, as the late William French wrote, “more profoundly admired than any other Canadian novelist of her generation.” Alien Heart is the first full-length biography of Margaret Laurence that combines personal knowledge and insights of the woman with a study of her work, which often paralleled the events and concerns in her own life.

    Published August 2005 | Biography, Letters & Correspondence, Literary Criticism

  • Thomas Scott’s Body

    And Other Essays on Early Manitoba History

    J.M. Bumsted (Author)

    What did happen to the body of Thomas Scott? The disposal of the body of Canadian history’s most famous political victim is the starting point for historian J.M. Bumsted’s new look at some of the most fascinating events and personalities of Manitoba’s Red River Settlement. By looking at well-known figures from a new perspective, and by examining some of the more obscure corners of the settlement’s history, Bumsted challenges many of the widely held assumptions about Red River.

    Published November 2000 | Biography, History, Métis Studies, Social History

  • Mac Runciman

    A Life in the Grain Trade

    Paul D. Earl (Author)

    One of the most turbulent periods in the history of prairie agriculture is chronicled in this book about the life and times of Alexander “Mac” Runciman, the Saskatchewan farmer who led the United Grain Growers as president from 1961 to 1981. Mac Runciman: A Life in the Grain Trade tells the story of how Runciman rose through the ranks of the UGG to play a central role in the fierce debates over the modernization of grain handling, subsidized freight rates, and the role of The Canadian Wheat Board.

    Published October 2000 | Agriculture & Food, Biography, Business History, History

  • Dictionary of Manitoba Biography

    J.M. Bumsted (Author)

    Until now, there has been no comprehensive, contemporary source for information on the many Manitobans who have left their mark on history and society. The Dictionary of Manitoba Biography fills this gap, with biographical sketches of over 1700 Manitobans who have made an impact in politics, the arts, sports, commerce, agriculture, and society during their lives. It is an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and general readers interested in Canadian history.

    Published December 1999 | Biography, History, Social History

  • Tell the Driver

    A Biography of Elinor F.E. Black, MD

    Julie Vandervoort (Author)

    A biography of Dr. Elinor Black (1905-1982), the first Canadian woman to gain membership in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.

    Published January 1992 | Biography, Gender Studies, History, Medical History, Women’s Studies

  • Music from Within

    A Biography of the Composer S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté

    Ferdinand Eckhardt (Author)

    A Biography of the Composer S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté

    Published January 1985 | Art & Architecture, Biography, Music

  • Attorney for the Frontier

    Enos Stutsmon

    Dale Gibson (Author), Lee Gibson (Author), Cameron Harvey (Author)

    The purpose of this biography is to bring to public attention the importance of the contributions made by Enos Stutsman, an American, to the history of the province and the Northwest generally. It also attempts to impress and entertain the reader by highlighting Stutsman’s personal qualities.

    Published January 1983 | Biography, History