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Fish Wrapped

Fish Wrapped

True Confessions from Newsrooms Past

By David Sherman

Essays by Canadian newspaper reporters and editors on their lives in the news business before social media: "Here are their eulogies to lives dedicated to the fish-wrap business, many of whom, to stretch a metaphor, ended up as obsolete and tossed aside as the fish wrap they churned out."


Guernica Editions (Essential Anthologies Series)


240 pages |

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What a rich, uproarious collection of stories about the world of journalism and its maverick inhabitants, all told with insight and humour that is timeless.

John Doyle, The Globe & Mail

Fish Wrapped is brilliant, hilarious, unbearably sad—and all true! David Sherman has assembled a Who’s Who of Canadian newspaper journalists and given them what their jobs rarely offered: total freedom to say whatever they want. The result is a mix of high adventure and low living, of incredible delight and equal sorrow. Pour yourself a stiff one, light up that stogie—and step into a world you never got to read about. Until now.

Roy MacGregor, prize-winning journalist, author, member of Order of Canada


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About the author

David Sherman is an author, playwright and singer/songwriter. He has written for and edited newspapers and magazines and produced radio for the CBC and documentary films for TV. He is also a recovering squash and cycling junkie, an Asian food addict and an unrepentant gym rat. When not recovering from whatever joint tortured in the weight room, he cooks passionately, albeit badly, and walks nightly with his partner, Reisa. They live in the mountains north of Montréal. His novel, Momma’s Got the Blues, was released in May by Guernica Editions. His books include The Alcoholic’s Daughter, Fish Wrapped: True Confessions of Newsrooms Past, a collection of humorous essays from Canada’s top journalists about days gone by and Crossing the Line, set in the world of professional hockey. He’s also created, a blog about the joyous vicissitudes of aging with contributions from writers across Canada.