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Conversation and Book-Signing with the Governor General

October 19, 2016

Conversation and Book-Signing with the Governor General
at the University of Waterloo

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present his recently published book The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation at the University of Waterloo on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 5 p.m.Following the presentation, His Excellency will engage in a short question period and participate in a book-signing session. The event will take place in the new Hagey Hub in the Hagey Hall addition.

About the The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation
In letters to characters and individuals living and dead, eminent and unknown, The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation touches on a wide range of topics: learning, law and justice, kindness and courage, innovation, Aboriginal education, bilingualism, mental health, hockey and more. Presented in three parts—“What Shapes Me”, “What Consumes Me” and “What Inspires Me”—these letters are about Canada and are written to Clara Hughes, Chris Hadfield, the Aga Khan, former governors general, Canadian teachers, an Inuit boy His Excellency met in Repulse Bay, and many others. He hopes that the book will inspire readers of all ages to think about Canada, what they want for their country and how to shape its future as a smart and caring nation.


Media wishing to attend the book event are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the University of Waterloo.


Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

Shona Cook
Publicity Manager, Signal/McClelland & Stewart

Pamela Smyth
University of Waterloo


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