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Canadian Who's Who
Reviewed by Jean Coburn
Journalists and researchers often need background information about
prominent people. Attempting to locate the relevant facts can be
time-consuming, but a comprehensive, authoritative listing can provide
you with all you need to know. The 1997 edition of the Canadian
Who's Who provides this with an easy-to-use, alphabetical list
of "notable living Canadians."
The Canadian Who's Who is a comprehensive reference tool
featuring 15,000 Canadians from a variety of fields. Although first
published in 1910, the Canadian Who's Who was not printed
on an annual basis until 1980. Eighty-seven years after its inception,
the Canadian Who's Who remains an essential authority for
journalists and researchers.
The 1997 edition contains biographies of prominent people in Canadian
society - those who have contributed academically, artistically,
politically or otherwise. From Raymond Leonard Aaron, professional
speaker and real estate entrepreneur, to Jan Zwicky, poet, philosopher
and essayist, the Canadian Who's Who contains details on
Included in the biographies of individuals are facts such as birth
date, birthplace, education, family history, career details, creative
works, and honours and awards received. These facts, combined with
the current addresses of the featured Canadians can be helpful;
for instance as a source of pre-interview information.
The 1997 edition's format is easy to use. A compact, yet substantial,
index of abbreviations follows the biographical composites that
make up the bulk of the Canadian Who's Who. The common words,
positions and place-names which are abbreviated throughout the text
are conveniently spelled out in the index.
The Canadian Who's Who is a valuable reference guide for
journalists who write about figures in Canadian culture. Journalists
can also turn to this accessible and authoritative listing for quick
and concise biographical information on many individuals featured
in Canadian media.
Jean Coburn is Listings Co-ordinator for Sources and the editor of The Sources HotLink, a quarterly newsletter - shockingly, she is not included in the Canadian Who's Who.
Published in Sources, Number 41, Winter 1998.