The official launch for Mac-Pap: Memoir of a Canadian in The Spanish Civil War, by the late Ronald Liversedge, has been set for Friday, November 22, at the People’s Co-op Bookstore. The launch will get underway at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free.
Avocational labour historian David Yorke, who was given a copy of the Mac-Pap manuscript by Liversedge before the author’s death in 1974, and who doggedly saw it through to publication, will deliver a brief talk and slide show at the launch.
Liversedge was a Canadian World War I vet who signed up for the Spanish conflict at the age of 37, becoming one of 1,200 Canadians serving in the International Brigades in the Mackenzie-Papineau Batallion for Canadian enlistees — the “Mac-Paps”. The author of a book about the On-to-Ottawa trek, Liversedge wrote his memoir in the 1960s, but attempts to have it published at the time were thwarted by sectarian politics.
The last of the Mac-Paps died two months ago in Ottawa. Read more in this New Star blog item.