About Ray Argyle
A Vancouver book tour stop-over
RAY ARGYLE is an author of four biographies, a political history, and a novel of Victorian Canada. He is a contributor to such Canadian publications as Reader’s Digest, Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver) and The National Post. His new work, The Paris Game, on Charles de Gaulle and the Free French movement, will be published by Dundurn Press in August 2014.
Ray’s biography of Joey Smallwood: Schemer and Dreamer, was published in 2012. It chronicles the life of Canada’s “last Father of Confederation” and measures the current status of Newfoundland and Labrador against Smallwood’s aspirations for our newest province. Ray’s The Boy in the Picture, published by Dundurn in 2010, is the story of young Edward Mallandaine, the boy in the famous photo of the driving of the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885.
Ray also has written an e-book of “virtual history”: Kennedy After Dallas. It explores how the world would have been different if JFK had survived his assassination November 22, 1963.
Ray pursued a career as a journalist and communications executive before taking up writing full-time after merging his Toronto-based consulting business, Argyle Comunications Inc. with Environics Group. He’s Secretary-Treasurer of the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (FACL). Ray is the only Canadian to have been elected a Fellow of the International Public Relations Association. He’s been a Trustee of the Scarborough Board of Education and of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. He’s based in Kingston, Ontario.He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canadian life.