Jul 13, 2020
Canadian lawyer, blogger, journalist, author, historian, and
lecturer. His work has appeared in many Canadian magazines and
newspapers. In 2020, his book
Bushrunner: The Adventures of Pierre Radisson
, won the
final RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.
Known widely as the namesake of ships
and hotel chains, Pierre-Esprit Radisson is perhaps best described,
writes Mark, as “an eager hustler with no known scruples.”
"Kidnapped by Mohawk warriors at the age of fifteen, Radisson
assimilated and was adopted by a powerful family, only to escape to
New York City after less than a year. After being recaptured, he
defected from a raiding party to the Dutch and crossed the Atlantic
to Holland—thus beginning a lifetime of seized opportunities and
His venture as an Arctic fur trader led to the founding of the
Hudson’s Bay Company, which operates today, 350 years later, as
North America’s oldest corporation".
I talked with Mark over the phone about
the genesis of his book, and about Radisson and his life with
capitalism, the Mohawk, the British and the French.