University of Calgary

Margaret MacMillan, 2010 Calgary Distinguished Visiting Writer

Hailed by readers and critics alike for her gift for bringing history to life, Margaret MacMillan is one of the most respected and best-selling historians of our time.

MacMillan's landmark book about the peace process following the First World War, Paris 1919, won the  won the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. It also garnered the Duff Cooper Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History. A documentary film inspired by the book, produced by the National Film Board and directed by Paul Cowan, was released in 2009.

Her writings also include Women of the Raj, Nixon in China and The Uses and Abuses of History. Her most recent book is a biography of Stephen Leacock for the Extraordinary Canadians series edited by John Ralston Saul.

A former Provost of Trinity College in Toronto, MacMillan is currently Professor of International History and Warden of St. Antony's College, Oxford University. From 1975 until 2002 she was a member of the History Department at Ryerson University and also served as the Chair of the department.

She has honorary degrees from the University of King's College, the Royal Military College and Ryerson University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Fellow of Massey College, U of T. She sits on numerous boards including the Mosaic Institute, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the editorial boards of International History and First World War Studies.

MacMillan, the great-granddaughter of British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.

MacMillan shares insights into her writing at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, MacEwan Ballroom, 3rd Floor MacEwan Student Centre, U of C. The event is free and will be followed by a book signing and reception.