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At the GCTC "Trudeau Stories" by Brooke Johnson.

Logo for the Great Canadian Theatre production of Trudeau Stories

Who exactly was Pierre Elliott Trudeau?  Although he's been dead for nearly 17 years, this is a topic which continues to interest us.  The Great Canadian Theatre Company is presently showing the one woman show Trudeau Stories written and acted by Brooke Johnson who tells us the story of  her unusual friendship with the former prime minister.  She met Trudeau when she was 23 and he was 65, a year and a half after he left office.  They shared a love for outdoor sports, poetry and the theatre (she was a second year student at the National Theatre School in Montreal) and maintained a  friendship until he died 15 years later. This touching and funny story  has a lot to say about the nature of friendship and the private persona of a very public man. The play opened to a sold out audience at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on January 12 and will continue at the GCTC until January 29th.  Tickets are still available.

GCTC 2016-2017: Trudeau Storiesby Shayna_library

As part of the Ottawa Public Library's "Stages and Pages" partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of Trudeau Stories by Brooke Johnson which will be playing at the GCTC January 10-January 29, 2017.

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    Citizen of the World

    The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Volume One, 1919-1968
    By English, John
    This first volume of the definitive biography of Trudeau recommended by Brooke Johnson traces his early years where he developed his political leanings and concludes with his election as leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of Canada.
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    Just Watch Me

    The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-2000
    By English, John
    This second volume of the definitive biography of Trudeau recommended by Brooke Johnson is based on exclusive access to Trudeau’s private papers and letters and was described by the Globe and Mail as “the most illuminating Trudeau portrait yet”. It covers his political career, his most far reaching and controversial moments (repatriation of the Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the enactment of the War Measures Act during the October Crisis) and his post political life.
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    The Essential Trudeau

    By Trudeau, Pierre Elliott
    This book edited by Ron Graham presents through collections of Trudeau’s writings an interesting summary of his political beliefs. It also includes an introduction by Trudeau as well as new additional commentaries by Trudeau on some of his previous writings and speeches.
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    The Teeth of Time

    Remembering Pierre Elliott Trudeau
    By Cook, Ramsay
    This book written by noted historian Ramsay Cook covers his nearly 40 years of friendship with Trudeau that continues until his death.
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    Colleagues and Friends Talk About the Trudeau They Knew
    This book includes more than 140 anecdotes and remembrances from a variety of people who know Trudeau. They included well known political and entertainment figures as well as his sons friends, his canoeing buddies and household staff.
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    This description of Trudeau written by award winning novelist Nino Ricci tries to reconcile the various images and opinions Canadians held of Trudeau to form his own ideas of the man.
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    The Magic of Instant Connections
    By Brafman, Ori
    Also in e-book, audiobook and downloadable audiobook. A psychological perspective of why some people just click and form lasting relationships whether these relationships are romantic, collegial or business oriented.
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    Signed, Sealed, Delivered

    Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
    By Sankovitch, Nina
    This book explores what makes letter writing so special. She looks at examples of significant letters throughout history to extol the virtues of letter writing.
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    Paul Joins the Scouts

    By Rabagliati, Michel
    This graphic novel written by Montrealer Michel Rabagliati tells a coming of age story of a young boy who joins the cub scouts, goes to camp with his troop and becomes involved in the events surrounding the FLQ crisis in 1970.
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    October 1970

    A Novel
    By Hamelin, Louis
    This book was nominated for the Giller Prize and selected as an Amazon Canada best book. It is a thrilling fictional account of the events surrounding the October crisis and follows a freelance writer’s investigation of the death of an FLQ hostage 30 years after it happened.