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Mac-Pap launch set for Friday, November 22, at the People’s Co-op Bookstore


The offi­cial launch for Mac-Pap: Mem­oir of a Cana­di­an in The Span­ish Civ­il War9781554200719-macpap-3D, 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.