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Oscar Wilde once said "The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read." Sorry Oscar, but there's lots to counter that sentiment. Case in point: Linden MacIntyre. He's one of Canada's great journalists and an award-winning, much-read novelist.
Maybe it was growing up in Cape Breton, his dad scrabbling as a miner to provide for his family, that made Linden determined to make a difference. While a CBC journalist in the late '70s, he led a challenge over access to court documents like search warrants that went to the Supreme Court and set a precedent for greater freedom of the press. And among his many investigations for The Fifth Estate, Linden helped bring new evidence to light in the wrongful conviction of Steven Truscott.
He's won nine Gemini Awards for his journalism, and through it all, he continued to write: a memoir, non-fiction and novels. In 2009, he won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel 'The Bishop's Man,' about the fallout from sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
Now Linden has a new novel, the third in what could be considered a Cape Breton trilogy. It's called 'Why Men Lie,' an examination of relationships (and men) from a woman's point of view.