William B. Davis with Richard Crouse launch Where There’s Smoke . . .

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
William B. Davis with Richard Crouse launch Where There’s Smoke . . .

 

WILLIAM B. DAVIS IN CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD CROUSE AT “WHERE THERE'S SMOKE . . . MUSINGS OF A CIGARETTE SMOKING MAN” LAUNCH 

This Is Not A Reading Series, ECW Press, and Literary Press Group present an evening with the man voted “Television’s Favourite Villain,” William B. Davis, better known to The X-Files fans as “Cancerman.” Join us as actor and director William B. Davis discusses the juicy tidbits from his celebrated career in theatre, film, radio and television with CTV film critic Richard Crouse at the launch of Davis’ new memoir Where There’s Smoke . . .Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man. After the interview, head to the book-signing table for a chance to meet William B. Davis in person and get your book autographed.

Monday October 17, 2011
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West
Doors Open 7pm, Event Starts 7:30pm 
Admission is $5.00 or FREE with a book purchase

Where There’s Smoke . . . Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man
One of the most iconic villains in the history of television, the enigmatic Cigarette Smoking Man fascinated legions of fans of the 1990s’ hit TV series, The X-Files. Best known as “Cancerman,” he was voted Television’s Favourite Villain by the readers of TV Guide. The man behind the villain, William B. Davis, is a Canadian actor and director, whose revelations in this memoir will entertain and intrigue the millions of X-Files aficionados worldwide.

But there is more to Davis’s story than just The X-Files. Davis’s extensive acting experience began when he was a child in Ontario in the 1950s, and grew to encompass radio, theatre, film, and television. At the University of Toronto, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy, he turned his hand to directing, a move that took him to theatre school in Britain and a directing career. There, he reconnected with his undergraduate colleague, Donald Sutherland, and worked at the National Theatre, with such notables as Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Maggie Smith, and Albert Finney.

Those who love the theatre will delight in his recollections of the Straw Hat Players in Ontario or the trials and tribulations of an artistic director of repertory theatre in Dundee, Scotland, or his valiant attempt to create a theatre in Quebec devoted to the Canadian repertoire. Those who love history will relive with Davis those “golden years” of Canadian radio drama and theatre, not to mention enjoying an inside look at the National Theatre School of Canada where he directed the English Acting Program in the’60s. Those who love a bit of scandalous gossip will not be disappointed.

Written in an easy conversational style, this memoir truly is “The Musings of the Cigarette Smoking Man” – as William B. Davis reflects on his loves, his losses, his hopes, his fears, and his accomplishments in this unique and engaging autobiography. For more information, visit www.ecwpress.com.

WILLIAM B. DAVIS is best known as “Cancerman” from The X-Files. On the small screen his recent credits include guest appearances on hit shows including Human Target, Caprica, and Supernatural. He was the artistic director of the English Acting Program at Canada’s National Theatre School and later founded Vancouver’s The William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study. Davis has also appeared in a succession of films opposite stars including Penelope Ann Miller, Martin Sheen, Anne Archer, Margot Kidder, Matthew Perry, and Brian Dennehy. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

RICHARD CROUSE is the regular film critic for CTV's Canada AM and the 24 hour news source CTV’s News Channel. In 2011 he hosted In Short, a series of eight hour long show showcasing BravoFact's best short films. He was the host of Reel to Real, Canada’s longest running television show about movies, from 1998 to 2008 and is a frequent guest on many national Canadian radio and television shows. His syndicated Saturday afternoon radio show, Entertainment Extra, originates on News Talk 1010 in Toronto. He is also the author of six books on pop culture history including Who Wrote the Book of Love, the best-selling The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, its sequel The Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen and the upcoming Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils. He also writes two weekly columns for Metro newspaper. Visit Richard’s site at www.richardcrouse.ca

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.

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Publisher Contact: Simon Ware, Publicity Director phone: (416) 694-3348 simon@ecwpress.com
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