Canadian author and journalist Peter C. Newman was honoured at a special event in Belleville on Thursday.
The Hastings County Historical Society paid tribute to Newman’s more than 50 years as a journalist and author, in the event at Belleville Public Library.
Presentations pointed to his work on Canadian newspapers, magazines and the 38 historical books he has written.
Society President Richard Hughes says Canada’s greatest living author lives right here.
Hughes pointed to Newman’s latest book on Loyalist history, Hostages to Fortune.
In his presentation, Orland French said Newman was an example of an immigrant from the former Czechoslovakia who struggled with English as a young child, and went on to become Canada’s greatest author.
Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher paid tribute to Newman, and presented him with a plaque on behalf of the city.
Former Loyalist College teacher and leader of the Commodores band, Andy Sparling, referred to the author’s fondness for the band and his love and jazz.
Belleville Public Library CEO Trevor Pross announced that a special display section is being established which will eventually hold all of Newman’s books.
Pross says it will be situated on the library’s second floor.
President Hughes of the Historical Society and Pross also presented Newman with plaques, honouring his career.