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Featured Non-Fiction: My Life as a Dame by Christina McCall

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Featured Non-Fiction: My Life as a Dame by Christina McCall

House of Anansi Press, 2008

In February 1956, a remarkable young woman named Christina McCall began her working life as an editorial secretary at Maclean's magazine. It was a legendary time there, when the likes of Pierre Berton, Robert Fulford, June Callwood, Peter Gzowski and Peter C. Newman graced the magazine's pages. McCall would come to join that illustrious group, and be considered not only one of the best political writers of her generation, but a pioneer for women in journalism and one of Canada's most brilliant minds.

For the first time ever, the best of Christina McCall's articles and essays have been collected in one definitive volume alongside never-before-published excerpts from her unfinished memoirs. Covering topics from the Alberta oil boom to the rise of divorce rates in Canada to in-depth profiles of the Ottawa establishment, this collection showcases the best of McCall's analyses of Canadian society, politics, the media, and womens rights.

Christina McCall (1935-2005) was a writer of literary non-fiction who worked as a socio-political analyst for Maclean's, Saturday Night, Chatelaine and the Globe and Mail. With her husband Stephen Clarkson, she coauthored Trudeau and Our Times, the first volume of which won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1990.

The editor of My Life as a Dame, Stephen Clarkson, is a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of several books, including the prize-winning Canada and the Reagan Challenge. He lives in Toronto.

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