Wis­dom of the Ages

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WILL FER­GU­SON, 53, is an award-win­ning travel writer and nov­el­ist whose work has been pub­lished in 23 lan­guages around the world. A three-time win­ner of the Lea­cock Medal for Hu­mour, his novel 419 won the Sco­tia­bank Giller Prize. He is a past re­cip­i­ent of the Pierre Ber­ton Award from Canada’s Na­tional His­tory So­ci­ety and, in 2016, he re­ceived an hon­orary de­gree in English from Mount Royal Univer­sity. His lat­est novel, The Shoe on the Roof, is the sur­pris­ing story of a psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­per­i­ment gone wrong. “The idea came from my mom, Lorna Bell,” he ex­plains. “She worked as a psy­chi­atric nurse at the Wey­burn Men­tal Hos­pi­tal in Saskatchewan in the 1950s un­der Dr. Humphry Os­mond, a renowned but con­tro­ver­sial psy­chi­a­trist. He helped hu­man­ize the treat­ment of men­tal pa­tients. The sto­ries she told were at once har­row­ing, heart­break­ing, un­set­tling and in­spi­ra­tional.”

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