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An Evening with Historian John Boyko

2021-05-10 19:00:00 2021-05-10 20:00:00 America/New_York An Evening with Historian John Boyko Join us as we talk to bestselling historian John Boyko as he talks about his latest book, The Devil’s Trick. Virtual

Monday, May 10
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2021-05-10 19:00:00 2021-05-10 20:00:00 America/New_York An Evening with Historian John Boyko Join us as we talk to bestselling historian John Boyko as he talks about his latest book, The Devil’s Trick. Virtual

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Zoom and Facebook Live

Join us as we talk to bestselling historian John Boyko as he talks about his latest book, The Devil’s Trick.

The Devil's Trick focuses Canada’s Involvement in the American War in Vietnam, a role which historians often overlook. John will talk about how Canada was a combatant, peacemaker, and weapons and sanctuary provider during this long-drawn-out war.

Q&A to follow, so please come prepared with some questions

Note: This event will be taking place over Zoom and Facebook Live.

If you are interested in purchasing The Devil’s Trick, please visit The Bookshelf’s website for ordering information.

John Boyko is the author of seven previous books, including Cold Fire: Kennedy's Northern Front, which was shortlisted for the Dafoe Literary Award for non-fiction, and Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation, which was shortlisted for a Governor General's award for its English-to-French translation, Voisins et ennemis. La guerre de Sécession et l'invention du Canada. Boyko is also an op. ed. contributor to the Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Maclean's and more. He also writes entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia.

The Devil's Trick by John BoykoAbout the The Devil’s Trick: When Brigadier General Sherwood Lett arrived in Vietnam over a decade before American troops, he and the Canadians under his command risked their lives trying to enforce an unstable peace while questioning whether they were merely handmaidens to a new war. As American battleships steamed across the Pacific, Canadian diplomat Blair Seaborn was meeting secretly in Hanoi with North Vietnam's prime minister; if American leaders accepted his roadmap to peace, those ships could be turned around before war began. Claire Culhane worked in a Canadian hospital in Vietnam and then returned home to implore Canadians to stop supporting what she deemed an immoral war. Joe Erickson was among 30,000 young Americans who changed Canada by evading the draft and heading north; Doug Carey was among 20,000 Canadians who enlisted with the American forces to serve in Vietnam. Rebecca Trinh and her family fled Saigon and joined the waves of desperate Indochinese refugees, thousands of whom forged new lives in Canada. Through these wide-ranging and fascinating accounts, Boyko exposes what he calls the Devil's wiliest trick: convincing leaders that war is desirable, the public that it's acceptable and combatants that what they are doing and seeing is normal, or at least necessary. In uncovering Canada's side of the story, he reveals the many secret and forgotten ways that Canada not only fought the war but was shaped by its lessons and lies.

Cost: Free

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Lectures + Talks |

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Phone: 519-621-0460

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Mon, May 10 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Tue, May 11 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Wed, May 12 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Thu, May 13 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Fri, May 14 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, May 15 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, May 16 Closed

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Mon, Jun 07, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Thu, Jun 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm
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Sat, Jun 12, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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