Great Escape story featured at Shedden Remembrance

Each fall, for much of the past decade, Ted Barris has made special arrangements to be available to speak at the annual Southwold Township Remembrance observance. The organizers have invited Ted back to speak on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, as part of its annual tribute to veterans. This year, Ted brings a talk and visual presentation about his brand new book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Great Escape, (with Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, etc.). But as Ted will demonstrate drawing from his book, the most famous WWII POW breakout was not a story of British heroes and Yankee know-how. The Great Escape was very much a story of Canadian leadership and courage. It’s more exciting than the Hollywood movie. And it’s all true!.

When: 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

Where: Southwold Township Centre, Shedden, Ontario.

Contact: Michele Lant, 519-769-2010, mlant@twp.southwold.on.ca

Barris brings Great Escape talk to North Burlington Probus

The North Burlington Women’s Probus Club has invited back Ted Barris as its guest speaker this fall. Members may recall (back in 2011) his presentation on the importance of getting veterans to talk. On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, Ted brings a talk and visual presentation about his brand new book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Great Escape, (with Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, etc.). But as Ted will demonstrate drawing from his book, the most famous WWII POW breakout was not a story of British heroes and Yankee know-how. The Great Escape was very much a story of Canadian leadership and courage. It’s more exciting than the Hollywood movie. And it’s all true!.

When: 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Where: Burlington Arts Centre, Burlington, Ontario.

Contact: Sue Auld, 905-632-6433, suzanne.auld@bell.net

Barris presents Great Escape story at Harvest Cafe

The annual “Harvest Café” in Flesherton, Ontario, has invited Ted Barris as a special guest this year. On Friday evening, Oct. 25, 2013, Ted brings a talk and visual presentation about his brand new book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Great Escape, (with Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, etc.). But as Ted will demonstrate drawing from his book, the most famous WWII POW escape was not a story of British heroes and Yankee know-how. The Great Escape was very much a story of Canadian leadership and courage. It’s more exciting than the Hollywood movie. And it’s all true!.

When: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

Where: Grey Highlands Public Library, Flesherton, Ontario.

Contact: Wilda Allen, 519-924-2241, flepub@bmts.com

Barris tells real story of Great Escape at The Albany Club

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, Ted Barris speaks at The Albany Club in Toronto about the most famous Second World War prison break. In his renowned storytelling style, Ted brings a talk and visual presentation about his brand new book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Great Escape, (with Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, etc.). But as Ted will demonstrate from his book, the most famous WWII POW escape was not a story of British heroes and Yankee know-how. The Great Escape was very much a story of Canadian leadership and courage. It’s more exciting than the Hollywood movie. And it’s all true!

When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

Where: The Albany Club, 91 King Street East,

Contact: Ed Sparling, Pres. Fort York Legion Branch 165, 416-398-0424.

Barris brings story of D-Day to Scarborough Historical Society

Royal Winnipeg Rifles in landing craft en route to Juno Beach, June 6, 1944.

During a return visit to speak to the Scarborough Historical Society, Ted Barris will pay tribute to a group of veterans whose unique experience changed the complexion of the Second World War. Based on his bestselling 2004 book, “JUNO: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944,” Ted looks at some of the unheralded Canadians who made the greatest military gamble of the Second World War succeed. Operation Overlord depended on the lightning strike capability and efficiency of all three Allied armies – U.S., British and Canadian – on D-Day. Ted Barris’s definitive book on the Canadian story that day will be the focus of this year’s talk.

When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

Where: Bendale Library, 1515 Danforth Rd., Scarborough, Ont., 416-396-8910.

Contact: Jan Howe, 416-759-6052, janicelhowe@sympatico.ca

Barris MCs and launches new Great Escape book

Ted Barris has hosted the Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts “Books & Authors Night” for a quarter century. Shelley Macbeth and Blue Heron Books celebrate “B&A’s” 28th year on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, by featuring Ted interviewing several popular authors and inviting questions from the audience, as well as a chance to meet the authors over the autographing table. But there’s something a little different this year. In addition to his hosting/interviewing duties, Ted will also be interviewed by fellow author Linwood Barclay about Ted’s latest book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the blockbuster movie The Great Escape, (with Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, etc.). But as Ted will demonstrate when he speaks and reads from his book, the most famous WWII POW escape was not a story of British heroes and Yankee know-how. The Great Escape was very much a story of Canadian leadership and courage. It’s more exciting than the Hollywood movie. And it’s all true!

When: 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

Where: Uxbridge Music Hall, 16 Main St. S., Uxbridge, Ontario.

Contact: Shelley Macbeth, Blue Heron Books, 905-852-4282, shelleymacbeth@hotmail.com

Barris speaks to North York Newcomers Club

Ted Barris has interviewed nearly 5,000 veterans. The experience has enlightened him about everything from veterans’ treatment by he federal government to post-tramatic stress disorder.

As part of its spring 2013 program, the North York Newcomers’ Club has invited Ted Barris to address the membership on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. He will speak about the job of getting veterans to speak about their experiences; his talk is based on one of his recent bestselling books, “Breaking the Silence: Veterans’ Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan.” Copies of a number of Ted’s books will be on hand for sale and autographing.

When: noon., Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Where:

Contact: Sue Lynch

Barris joins salute to Korean War vets at Oshawa Legion

Members of Canada’s Special Force sent to Korea from 1950-1953 to restore the 38th Parallel border between North and South Korea.

Veterans, families and dignitaries will assemble during the day at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 43) in Oshawa, Ontario, to pay tribute to the nearly 30,000 Canadians who served in the first defence of the United Nations Peace Charger in Korea between 1950 and 1953. Ted Barris will be in attendance and has been asked to speak following the 11 a.m. Remembrance ceremony.

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43, 471 Simcoe Street, Oshawa

When: luncheon, Saturday, May 25, 2013

Contact: Myrna Picotte, 289-200-6706

Barris speaks to Kinsmen at 420 Wing about D-Day

Troops of the highland regiments wade ashore in the second wave of D-Day landings in Normandy – June 6, 1944.

During a return visit to speak to the Oshawa Kinsmen, Ted Barris will pay tribute to a group of veterans whose unique experience changed the complexion of the Second World War. Based on his bestselling 2004 book, “JUNO: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944,” Ted looks at some of the unheralded Canadians who made the greatest military gamble of the Second World War succeed. Operation Overlord depended on the lightning strike capability and efficiency of all three Allied armies – U.S., British and Canadian – on D-Day. Ted Barris’s definitive book on the Canadian story that day will be the focus of this year’s talk.

Where: 420 Wing building, at Oshawa Airport (Stevenson Road)

When: 9 a.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013

Contact: Todd Doyle, 905-243-0703

Pursuits group in Midland features Barris talk on Vimy

Ted Barris speaking in Orillia at the Stephen Leacock Festival.

“Pursuits,” a non-profit group based in Midland, Ontario, will feature a visit from Ted Barris on April 8, 2013. Ted Barris has been invited to deliver one of his most sought-after talks – his recounting of the “Victory at Vimy.” It’s a unique telling of the famous WWI battle at Vimy Ridge, that, he says, gave birth to Canada’s nationhood. Barris will offer insights and images gleaned from some of the individual accounts – old interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries of the Canadian Corps troops – he assembled in the research/writing of his book “Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917.”Copies of a number of Ted’s books will be on hand for sale and autographing.

When: 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2013.

Where: Midland Public Library, Midland, Ontario

Contact: Jennifer Lawton, 705-245-0202, jennyhillstudio@gmail.com