Works in Progress

Currently Roy is at work on two projects, a novel and a true-crime book. The Secret History of John A. is a fictionalized account of the emotional life of Canada’s first prime minister, a prequel to the highly praised 2007 novel Macdonald. Roy is also co-authoring a dramatic true-crime story about the mysterious death of a beautiful young mother married to a scion of the Canadian establishment.

Public Appearances

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

“Researching John A.,” Beckwith Township Hall, Blacks Corners, Ontario. Roy will speak to the Lanark County Genealogical Society about exploring the published and archival record and travelling to key historic sites to research his novels Macdonald and The Secret History of John A. (forthcoming), as well as Laurier in Love.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

“Reliving the 1972 Summit Series,” Algonquin College, Waterfront Campus, Pembroke, Ontario. Roy will draw on his book Cold War: the Amazing Canada-Soviet Hockey Series of 1972 to tell the story of the most momentous hockey series ever played, with video highlights and a question period. Taking place on the 45th anniversary of Paul Henderson’s epic goal.

Magazine Articles

“The House that Dennis Built,” Quill & Quire, April 2017. Roy’s portrait of the renowned poet and editor Dennis Lee is the cover story in the April issue of Canada’s book-trade magazine.

“Laurier’s Sunny Ways,” Canada’s History magazine, Oct.-Nov. 2016. As author of Laurier in Love, Roy is one of three contributors to this illustrated feature article on Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s life and legacy, celebrating the 175th anniversary of his birth (in print or at www.canadashistory.ca).

Podcast

“Wilfrid Laurier: It’s Complicated.” Roy is interviewed by Library and Archives Canada for a podcast about Laurier’s romantic life – his marriage to Zoé Lafontaine and his love affair with his law partner’s wife Émilie Lavergne. Readers can listen to Podcast 032 on the Library and Archives website, www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/podcasts/Pages/podcasts.aspx, or go there to read the interview transcript. With links to photos and other Laurier material.