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Mary Lou Finlay

A well-known and respected Canadian journalist for 35 years, Mary Lou Finlay was host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens from 1997 to 2005. In addition to interviewing and hosting, her broadcasting work has included making documentaries across Canada and the US, in Poland, El Salvador, Russia and Vietnam, and producing profiles of such notables as Gerard Pelletier, Rene Levesque, Jean Chretien, Brian Mulroney, Timothy Findley, David Cronenberg and Jackie Burroughs. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she is taking part in a series of conferences on the subject of emergency planning. In the past year, Mary Lou has been awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa, from Dalhousie University, and has also received the Meritas Tabaret Award from the University of Ottawa.

Work on Offer:

THE AS IT HAPPENS FILES
Knopf Canada, fall 2008

“...he managed to tread water for hours until rescue...”

Taken from Mary Lou’s time as host of As It Happens, CBC radio’s longest-running current affairs show, The As It Happens Files is a look back on some of the more memorable real-life characters who have shared their stories over the years. This is a book filled with what all As It Happens listeners love: a little humour, a touch of the eccentric and stories about the triumph of the human spirit.

From the elderly Florida gentleman of the title, who’s boat foundered off-shore in a storm and managed to tread water for hours until rescue . . . to the Ontario man whose ambition is to make a suit that will withstand a violent encounter with a grizzly bear . . . to the guy who’s walking naked across the UK . . . to the president (and sole member) of the Apostrophe Society who made it his mission to correct a grocery store sign in Seattle, already devoted listeners and new readers alike will enjoy the breadth and depth of topics covered. The As It Happens Files entertains, amuses, and inspires.

Manuscript available
Rights: World
, excluding Canada and the U.S.
Translation Rights available


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