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Ray Argyle is the author of six biographies, a book of Canadian political history and a novel set in Victorian Canada, An Act of Injustice (Mosaic Press). He is currently completing a book on Vincent van Gogh in which he recounts his travels throughout France and Holland to the sites where van Gogh worked and painted.
Ray has worked as a journalist, publishing executive, and public relations consultant. He was born in Manitoba and educated in British Columbia. He pursued a career as a journalist with United Press International and such newspapers as the Regina Leader-Post and the Toronto Telegram. In 1979,he founded Argyle Communications Inc., a communications consulting firm.
Ray Argyle has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ont., and the Scarborough (Toronto) Board of Education. He is a member of the bard of the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters and is the only Canadian to have been elected a Fellow of the International Public Relations Association. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canadian life. Ray and his partner Deborah Windsor reside in Kingston, Ont. His books are:
• Turning Points: the Campaigns that Changed Canada, White Knight, Toronto, 2004 (E-edition 2011.)
• Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime, McFarland Publishing, Jefferson, NC, 2009.
• The Boy in the Picture: the Driving of the Last Spike, Dundurn Press, Toronto, 2010.
• Joey Smallwood: Schemer & Dreamer. Dundurn Press, Toronto, 2012.
• Kennedy After Dallas (ebook) Waterside Books, Kingston, 2013.
• The Paris Game; Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris, and the Gamble that Won France, Dundurn Press, 2014.
• An Act of Injustice - a Novel. Mosaic Press, 2017.
• Van Gogh’s Ghost: The Incredible Legacy of a Life on the Edge. Work in progress.
Ray has contributed to a variety of publications, including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Canada’s History, Reader’s Digest, World War II History, and France Today.
Ray Argyle is an author who writes exceptionally fascinating stories on
social and cultural change. -- Neil Reynolds, The Globe and Mail