Beaver Joins Quebec Birthday Party



    WINNIPEG, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Quebec's 400th anniversary celebrations will be
getting an historic salute from the Winnipeg-based publishers of The Beaver:
Canada's History Magazine. Today, The Beaver launches its special Quebec
Anniversary Issue bringing dramatic stories of the men and women who have
helped to shape Quebec and Canada to schools and living rooms across the
country.
    Today's announcement also unveiled the first-ever French language version
of the magazine. Le Beaver: Le magazine d'histoire du Canada and its English
equivalent have been produced as two issues, and the largest in the 88-year
history of the magazine in many ways. It will be the magazine's largest press
run 100,000 copies distributed, highest newsstand draw (11,000 in English,
10,000 in French) and the greatest number of pages in a single issue.
    The 100-page collector's issue highlights the history of Quebec in Canada
through beautiful commissioned illustrations and reproductions of historical
art. Editorial features include:

    
    -   Uneasy Allies - The untold tale of the alliance between French and
        First Nations that was based on a major misunderstanding;
    -   Seeking Champlain - As Quebec's founder, Samuel de Champlain is the
        Father of New France. But the mysteries surrounding the famed
        explorer's life continue to confound us today;
    -   Elizabeth Go Home! - In 1964, Queen Elizabeth came to Quebec City for
        an official visit, and sparked a riot;
    -   The Last Battle - How a slow boat to the St. Lawrence doomed France's
        1760 attempt to recapture Quebec from the English.
    

    "We saw a great opportunity to create a national package that highlighted
a collection of some of Canada's best historical writing, both French and
English -- in some cases introducing writers and sharing perspectives about
people and events in Quebec's history with a truly pan-Canadian audience for
the first time," explained Deborah Morrison, president and CEO of Canada's
National History Society.
    The project was led by The Beaver's Editor, Mark Reid, and special guest
editor and award-winning author and Quebec historian, Jacques Lacoursière. The
issue features the collected works of some of Canada's best known French and
English historians and history writers including Denis Vaugeois,
Desmond Morton, Denys Delâge, Marianna O'Gallagher, and Christopher Moore.
    Mark Reid, editor of The Beaver added, "There is a breadth of content in
the magazine that provides interesting insight into many of the issues we're
still talking about today. It may not lead to a resolution of every problem,
but I am quite confident it will give Canadians a better perspective and
understanding as they consider them.
    "I'm very pleased to have been a part of this project. It represents a
rare opportunity to share our Quebec stories with the rest of Canada. But I
think even the most well-read Quebecker will also discover something new
inside these pages." said Jacques Lacoursière. "Although the stories of the
origins of Quebec and the origins of Canada are often told differently, they
are not as disparate as we've come to believe."
    Throughout 2008, Quebecers, and Canadians, will have the opportunity to
partake in a year's worth of 400th anniversary galas and arts displays in
Quebec. The Beaver also highlights some of those activities and must-see
tourism destinations in and around the region.
    The Department of Canadian Heritage provided $160,000 in financial
support for the editorial and distribution costs of the special anniversary
issue including the complimentary distribution of copies to every Canadian
school library. Single-copies of both French and English versions will be
available for $9.95 on Canadian newsstands everywhere beginning today or by
calling the History Society at 1-800-816-6777.

    The Beaver is published by Canada's National History Society, a
Winnipeg-based charitable organization founded by the Hudson's Bay Company to
promote greater popular interest in Canadian history. The organization also
publishes Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids in French and in English,
and produces Canada's top history honours: The Pierre Berton Award for
achievement in popular media; and The Governor General's Awards for Excellence
in Teaching Canadian History.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/





For further information:

For further information: In English: Nicole Harris, Maverick Media,
(204) 470-4555, nharris@maverick-media.com; Mark Reid, Editor, The Beaver,
(204) 988-9300 ext 22, mreid@historysociety.ca; In French: Deborah Morrison,
President and CEO, Canada's History Society, (204) 988-9300 ext 22,
dmorrison@historysociety.ca; Jacques Lacoursière, Guest Editor, (418)
682-8182

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