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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
John MacLachlan Gray

John MacLachlan Gray is the author of a novel, many magazine articles, and several stage musicals, a book on tattoos, Lost in North America: The Imaginary Canadian in the American Dream (1994), Local Boy Makes Good (1987), and the internationally acclaimed Billy Bishop Goes to War (1982) with Eric Peterson. He has contributed sixty-five satirical pieces for The Journal on CBC Television, and is a frequent speaker on cultural issues. Among his many awards are the Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Vancouver.



LATEST John MacLachlan Gray NEWS

April 2014 : Look Out for Billy Bishop! The Singing Fighter Pilot Tours Canada in 2014

BOOK AWARDS

Billy Bishop Goes to War - 2nd Edition

Winner of the 1980 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

Winner of the 1982 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

Winner of the 1999 Jessie Richardson Award: The Sun Readers’ Choice Award (Vancouver Playhouse)

BOOK AWARDS

Local Boy Makes Good

Winner of the 1988 Canadian Authors Association Award

BOOK AWARDS

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Winner of the 1980 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

Winner of the 1982 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

Winner of the 1999 Jessie Richardson Award: The Sun Readers’ Choice Award (Vancouver Playhouse)

QUOTES OF NOTE

Lost in North America (ebook)

More than just well written, entertaining and humorous, this book is also (gasp) moving.
Montreal Gazette

QUOTES OF NOTE

Billy Bishop Goes to War - 2nd Edition

“Thirty years on, Billy Bishop still soars.” — Globe and Mail

“[The play has] reasserted its right to be called one of the great works in the
Canadian theatre canon.” — Toronto Star

“Eric [Peterson, the lead actor] does it in pyjamas and it puts an entirely different spin on the whole thing. It’s very interesting, it’s less about war and more about life now.” — The Tyee

Billy Bishop is a high-flying ace of a show, capturing the humour, the hellfire and the derring-do of an extraordinary career … The score is filled with vintage replicas of the kind of songs that sent men rushing in—and out—of battle. There are martial airs, barracksroom ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter songs and also a bitter brew of Brecht-Weill.” — New York Times

Billy Bishop Goes to War is a delightful—and cunningly wrought—work of art.” — New Yorker

“A landmark of the Canadian theatre … John Gray’s success with Billy Bishop lies in the universality of the human individual—a universality that works precisely because Gray has kept the show on one-individual terms. He creates and deflates the hero myth in the same gesture.” — Vancouver Sun

QUOTES OF NOTE

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Billy Bishop is a high-flying ace of a show, capturing the humour, the hellfire and the derring-do of an extraordinary career … The score is filled with vintage replicas of the kind of songs that sent men rushing in—and out—of battle. There are martial airs, barracksroom ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter songs and also a bitter brew of Brecht-Weill.” — New York Times

Billy Bishop Goes to War is a delightful—and cunningly wrought—work of art.” — New Yorker

“A landmark of the Canadian theatre … John Gray’s success with Billy Bishop lies in the universality of the human individual—a universality that works precisely because Gray has kept the show on one-individual terms. He creates and deflates the hero myth in the same gesture.” — Vancouver Sun


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