OIW president exchanges notes with other writers
at the annual Governor General’s Literary Awards

OTTAWA — George Laidlaw, President of the Ottawa Independent Writers, found common ground with other authors at the annual Governor General’s Literary Awards Thursday, December 13.

Mr. Laidlaw, one of Canada’s most prolific authors of both children’s and adult novels, said he and Michael Ondaatje discovered an intellectual kinship regarding 19th century novelist G. A. Henty. Mr. Ondaatje and Mr. Laidlaw found that they both had been greatly influenced by Henty.

“I also had the pleasure of speaking with Karollyn Smardz Frost and her novel I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land, an excellent story about the escape of African-Americans and their journey to freedom in Canada.

“We shared a common interest because one of my works in historical fiction, Journey North to Freedom on the Underground Railroad, covers similar ground.”

Mr. Laidlaw said the evening was an interesting mix of authors, politicians, and others in the public eye.

“Of course I was pleased when the governor general told me that her daughter prized one of my books.”