Kenneth Whyte, editor-in-chief of Maclean’s, is about to embark on a cross-country tour to promote his new book, The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst. Whyte will hit eight cities in 15 days to “read from, discuss and debate his lively and provocative re-interpretation of the controversial legacy of the great newspaperman,” according to a press release.
"Biographies of William Hearst tend to present him as a deeply disturbed man who used his power and enormous wealth for selfish, dishonest, and destructive purposes—that's the Citizen Kane version —or as a rich and reckless huckster," Whyte, founding editor-in-chief of the National Post, is quoted as saying. "I see him, especially as a young man— the period of life covered in my book—as a great journalist with strong principles who made an enormous difference in journalism and the public sphere, much of it to the good, some of it even heroic."
Maclean's has published an interview with Whyte about the book (how's that for shameless self-promotion?).
An excerpt from the book, published by the National Post, can be read here.
(Writers interested in pursuing a 1970s Rolling Stone-style "on the road with" piece can send a proposal to email@example.com.)
NOV. 17, 7:30 PM
Knox Church, Words Worth Books
Reading with Mary-Lou Finlay
NOV. 18, 7 PM
Chapters, 788 Robson Street
On-stage interview with Ken MacQueen
NOV. 20, 7:30 PM
Greenwoods' Bookshoppe, 7925-104 St.
On-stage interview with Todd Babiak
NOV. 24, 7 PM
Chapters, 5005 Dalhousie Dr. N.W.
On-stage interview with Donna McElligott
NOV. 26, 7 PM
Indigo, 55 Bloor Street West
On-stage interview with Seamus O'Regan
NOV. 30, 10 AM
Books and Breakfast, sponsored by Paragraphe
Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke St. West
For tickets call (514) 845-5811
DEC. 1, 7 PM
Engaging Ideas Series, Burlington Central
with A Different Drummer Books,
For tickets call (905) 639-0925
DEC. 2, 7 PM
At the Bookshelf (in cinema), 41 Quebec St.
On-stage interview with Mary Lou Finlay
For tickets call (519) 821-3311