For many Guelph Arts Council members and friends, the name Jacques Pauwels brings to mind the outstanding cultural tours that Guelph Arts Council has offered over the past eighteen years. However, in addition to his role as tour leader/guide par excellence, Pauwels is a prolific writer, having authored numerous books and articles in as many as six different languages.
His most recent book, The Great Class War, 1914-1918, published by James Lorimer, Toronto, has just been released in Canada and will be launched at two area venues during the month of June: June 5 at Borealis Grille in Kitchener, and June 12 at Miijidaa Bistro in Guelph. Both events will include an elegant lunch and a presentation of the new book. Cost is $45 per person, and space is limited to 20 persons per venue.
Anyone familiar with Jacques Pauwels will not be surprised at the publisher’s comment that this new book brings a “critical, revisionist lens to the First World War, offering readers a fresh interpretation that challenges mainstream thinking … [and] challenges readers to rethink their understanding of this key event of twentieth century world history.”
Born in Belgium but resident of Canada since 1969, Jacques Pauwels has a PhD in History from York University, and both an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He has lectured at several Canadian universities, including Waterloo, Guelph and U of T, and has been active as tour operator and guide for the family business, Pauwels Travel Bureau of Brantford, Ontario.