Author Tags: Art, Civil Rights, Medicine

History professor, author and website creator Larry Hannant is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria.

As an editor, Larry Hannant provided the first comprehensive collection of the writings and artwork of Norman Bethune, the Canadian medical pioneer and Communist who served in the Spanish Civil War and supported Mao against Japanese invasion. The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune’s Writing and Art (1998) won the Robert S. Kenny Prize in Left/Labour Studies in 1999.

The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada’s Citizens (1995) examines the history of security screening in Canada, tracing its origins to the Soviet Revolution of 1917 when Canadian authorities first began to systematically view citizens with suspicion. Hannant records how and why one-fifth of the Canadian population was fingerprinted during World War II.

He also wrote Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist (2011).

Hannant researched and co-wrote a feature-length documentary film on the Doukhobors, The Spirit Wrestlers, which was broadcast on History Television in 2002. He is also the director of “Explosion on the Kettle Valley Line: The Death of Peter Verigin” and “Death of a Diplomat: Herbert Norman and the Cold War,” two sections of the award-winning Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History website. In addition to non-fiction books, he has published magazine and newspaper articles, as well as poetry and short stories.

Larry Hannant began his journalism career with the Calgary Herald in 1969. Educated in History at the University of Calgary (B.A. 1973) and the University of Waterloo (M.A. 1981), he received a Ph.D. in history from UBC in 1993. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities in B.C. and his articles have appeared in scholarly and popular publications.

CITY/TOWN: Victoria, B.C.

DATE OF BIRTH: January 12, 1950

PLACE OF BIRTH: Calgary, Alberta


EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Victoria and Instructor, History, Camosun College, Victoria


The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada's Citizens (University of Toronto Press, 1995)

The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art (University of Toronto Press, 1998). Editor.

Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist (Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2011) by Bert Whyte. Edited and introduced by Larry Hannant.


Robert S. Kenney Prize in Left/Labour Studies for The Politics of Passion

[BCBW 2012] "Doukhobors"