Please join the Bill Graham Centre as it hosts the launch of The Call of the World: A Political Memoir with a conversation between Bill Graham and Mayo Moran. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase copies of the book and have them signed. Reception to follow.
From UBC Press:
The Call of the World takes us on an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes tour of defining moments in recent global history. Bill Graham -- Canada's minister of foreign affairs and then its minister of defence in the tumultuous years following 9/11 -- is an insightful and wryly humorous guide, steering readers through an astonishing array of national and international events, explaining important geopolitical relationships, and revealing the human side of global affairs through his deft portraits of world leaders.
A natural storyteller, Graham offers personal reflections as well as a riveting account of his years in office. He recalls his fortunate childhood in Vancouver and reflects on his time working as an international lawyer in Paris, as a backbencher in Ottawa, and as a cabinet minister during the Chrétien-Martin years. While his political career took him around the world, he remained a devoted champion of his constituents in his riding of Toronto Centre.
During his time as a member of Parliament, Graham was a passionate promoter of bilingualism and an early advocate for gay and lesbian rights. He is perhaps best known, though, for his role in keeping Canada out of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, for his work in rebuilding the Canadian Armed Forces, and for stepping up as interim leader of the Liberal Party following Paul Martin's resignation.
Many of the issues tackled in The Call of the World remain as immediate as today's headlines. Graham demystifies globalization, free trade, human rights, peacekeeping, and multilateralism. All the while, he offers a bold appraisal of Canada's current role on the global stage and makes a case for why international law offers the best hope for a safer, more prosperous, and just world.
The Call of the World is the inaugural publication of On Point Press, a UBC Press imprint.