Canada Reads

Mark Tewksbury

The Olympian and LGBTQ2+ advocate championed Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

Championed Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Mark Tewksbury is championing Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. (CBC)

Mark Tewksbury championed Washington Black by Esi Edugyan on Canada Reads 2022.

Canada Reads took place March 28-31, 2022 The debates were hosted by Ali Hassan and broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

About Mark Tewksbury

Mark Tewksbury first came to prominence as a world record-breaking, Olympic champion backstroke swimmer. When he publicly came out in 1998, Mark was one of the first openly gay Olympic champions in the world. Author of three books including Inside Out: Straight Talk From A Gay Jock (2005), Mark is also the playwright and performer of Belong, a one-man-show featured at Calgary's iconic High Performance Rodeo theatre festival. Currently, Mark is co-founder of Great Traits and is Vice President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. In 2020, Mark was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour.

Interviews with Mark Tewksbury

Mark Tewksbury champions Washington Black

3 months ago
Duration 0:59
Olympian Mark Tewksbury shares how Esi Edugyan's novel made him reflect on his own journey of self-discovery, and the limits of freedom.
Olympic champion swimmer Mark Tewksbury joined Tom Power to talk about his approach to this year's Canada Reads competition. He'll be defending Esi Edugyan's globe-trotting historical novel Washington Black.
Olympic gold medalist and longtime Canadian LGBTQ advocate Mark Tewkesbury is making a special appearance in SJ during Pride Week for a talk at the Imperial Theatre.

The Canada Reads 2022 contenders

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