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An Evening of Celebration

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On the evening of October 10th, the DAREarts Governor’s Council was honoured to celebrate with internationally acclaimed author and DAREarts’ Champion Mentor, William Stevenson, in the launch of his latest  book, ‘Past to Present – A Reporter’s Story of War, Spies, People, and Politics’. Bill Stevenson is a distinguished journalist, war correspondent and the author of sixteen books, perhaps best known for his book, ‘A Man Called Intrepid’.


William Stevenson, Author – Past and Present
Bill is a World War II Royal Navy fighter pilot turned journalist. In this latest book, he tells the extraordinary story of his life and encounters before and after World War II, with some of the greatest figures in 20th century history: Nehru, Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong, the young Dalai Lama, Ho Chi Minh, Khrushchev and many others during his travels since the 1950s.
The Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, opened the evening and spoke about the importance of accessibility for all, not only in the physical environment but also through education and the arts.
During a break in dinner, Marci Ien, Co-Host of CTV’s CANADA AM, interviewed Bill. The audience was privileged to hear his personal stories and insights into his life.

The evening finished off with a personal book signing by Bill with the guests, accompanied by Wendy Zhao, a Pipa virtuoso who has taught DAREarts children about the Pipa and its role in Chinese culture and history.
Past to Present’ is now available at Indigo Books.

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