Lawrence Scanlan is an eclectic, prolific writer whose curiosity often takes him into uncharted territory. A journalist for nearly four decades, he was literary editor of The Kingston Whig-Standard and managing editor of Harrowsmith Magazine. As a freelancer he has written articles on scores of subjects, including science, sports, literature, travel, and medicine, winning three National Magazine Awards.

He is the author of over two-dozen books on subjects as diverse as the horse-human bond (Wild About Horses) and philanthropy (A Year of Living Generously). Lawrence brings this wealth of experience to his most recent project, They Desire a Better Country/ Ils desirent une patrie meilleure, a book commissioned by Rideau Hall to celebrate the Order of Canada’s fiftieth anniversary. The book’s title is inspired by the award’s motto: Desiderantes meliorum patriam, and introduces Canadians to some of the remarkable people who have been honoured with the award. “I was struck over and over again,” he says, “by the difference these people have made, by their refusal to dream small, by their energy and passion.”

Lawrence lives in Kingston, though he spends as much time as he can at his cabin in Prince Edward County.

Appearing in: 23. A Bride, a Groom, and a Lover: Mystery and Moral Malaise in Victorian Canada, 32. Canadians Less Ordinary, In Word and Image