Montreal and McGill
6 May 2011 in
Last week I was in Montreal where I delivered the annual Hugh MacLennan Memorial Lecture, for the Friends of the McGill Library.
The lecture was a big deal for me. I left home at 17 to go to McGill on a scholarship, but I did not thrive - or rather, I did thrive, but in all the wrong ways. By the time I was 19, I had lost my scholarship and dropped out of university. So to be invited back to give this lecture was a huge honour for me. And, despite my nerves, it turned out to be a great evening, at least as far as I’m concerned. There was a big audience, which included my sister Joanne and her husband Doug (when I dropped out of McGill I went to live with them in the Yukon, so it was great to have them there to help mark my return), and my friend Lubin Bisson (Lubin and I shared the same corridor in the McGill residence, Molson Hall), and my Canadian publisher, Kim McArthur. It was wonderful to have them all there with me. And afterwards, the Friends of the Library took us to dinner at the McGill University Club, and we had a great time there, with hilarious tales from Lubin, and general mirth about the fact that Montreal still had men-only taverns back then, where you could get 33 glasses of beer for $10, in ‘Verres Sterilises’ no less.
I’m hoping to publish the lecture eventually, more on that when I have it.
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