Lawrence Scanlan is an eclectic and prolific writer whose curiosity often takes him into uncharted territory. A journalist for nearly five decades, he was the literary producer for Peter Gzowski’s Morningside on CBC Radio, 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 or co-author of more than two dozen books and served as ghost-writer for several Canadian personalities, including Margaret Trudeau, Richard Peddie, Olivia Chow, Robert Bateman and Ian Millar. His subjects are diverse – from the horse-human bond (Wild About Horses, The Horse God Built) to philanthropy (A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Philanthropy), to violence in hockey (Grace Under Fire: The State of Our Sweet and Savage Game). He is currently working on a family memoir entitled Baseball & Bloodlines: Five Brothers, Forty Years, and the Quest for the Perfect Road Trip).
Lawrence lives in Kingston with his partner Ulrike Bender, and they spend as much time as they can at their cabin in Prince Edward County.
Lawrence is sponsored by Author Patrons, Justin Connidis and Julia McArthur.
Appearing in: 6. Beneath the Surface: How Can We Help?
Past Festival Appearances
2015: 17. Pen Pals: The Redeeming Power of Books, 22. Ghost Writing, and 34. He Writes! He Score! Seeking the Best Hockey Book Ever
2016: 30. A Passion for Art and Nature
2017: 23. A Bride, a Groom, and a Lover: Mystery and Moral Malaise in Victorian Canada, 32. Canadians Less Ordinary, In Word and Image
2018: The Boy in the Photo: Life in Syria and the Refugee Crisis, Run to Freedom: Historical Fiction
2019: 15. Writing 101, 44. Fighting for Their Rights: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters in Early Canada