The diplomat as storyteller
Dale Eisler's curriculum vitae is a bit awe-inspiring A renowned columnist and magazine journalist from Saskatchewan, he leaped into government as an assistant deputy minister at Finance in 1988. Then, a few years ago, he became Canada's consul-general in Denver, Colorado.
Now, as if those weren't enough laurels to rest upon, Dale has gone and fulfilled a dream that many print journalists have -- he's written a novel. Called Anton's Story, here's a little plot summary from the website.
In a land laid waste by the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution, civil war, economic calamity and famine, a young boy tries to cope with a reality of violence and suffering he could not understand. Together with his friend, he slowly begins to understand the truth of his life in a small, German-speaking village on the Russian steppes. The two share a friendship deepened by the misery they endure in an adult world gone mad.
Dale Eisler will be launching the book later this week at the National Archives in Ottawa. I'm sure he'd be delighted if the event was mobbed with book buyers. Or simply order the book online -- all the details are on the website.