Feb 9, 2011
John Ralston Saul was elected President of International PEN in October 2009.
His award-winning essaysand novels have had an impact on political and economic thought in many countries. Declared a “prophet” by TIME magazine, he is included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. His works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries.
He has received many national and international awards for his
writing, most recently South Korea's Manhae Grand Prize for
Literature. He has published five novels, and is General Editor of
Extraordinary Canadians project, a series of 18 biographies
that reinterprets important Canadian figures for a contemporary
audience by pairing well-known Canadian writers with significant
historical, political and artistic figures from 1850 onwards.
Born in Ottawa, Saul studied at McGill University and King's College, University of London, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1972.
We met recently in Ottawa to discuss his editing of the Extraordinary Canadians series, and his authoring of Lafontaine and Baldwin.