Bio

 

Gerry Bowler grew up in Saskatoon and earned his first two academic degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He received his Ph.D. in History from King’s College, London with a dissertation on Protestant political theory of the Tudor period. While continuing to teach Medieval and Early-Modern European history at the university level, he switched his area of research to the intersection of religion and popular culture, publishing works on The Simpsons, the relationship between Aristotle and professional wrestling, Wayne Gretzky, and Bloody Mary, but eventually focussing his main efforts on the history of Christmas.

 Gerry is the author of Europe in the Sixteenth Century, The World Encyclopedia of Christmas, Santa Claus: A Biography, Christmas in the CrosshairsThe Kindly Curmudgeon, and True Obedience: Tudor Protestants and Resistance to Tyranny, as well as countless newspaper and magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, op-eds and academic papers. He also edited Music from Within: A Biography of Sophie Eckhardt-Gramatté and The World’s Greatest Christmas Stories. His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, Romanian, Spanish and Portuguese.

In his idle moments, Bowler is a Senior Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a western Canadian think tank, where his research shakes a fist at modern society and tells it to get off his lawn.

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  1. Hello Mr. Bowler,

    I am directing a documentary about the history of Christmas and the origins of various Christmas traditions, and I have been going through two of your books and some online interviews. I would love to interview you as part of this documentary, with questions on the history of Christmas as a whole, from the BC years to the present day, with special focus on the real story of St. Nicholas and his evolution into Santa Claus. I really like your perspective, and you have an interesting delivery that will keep this documentary moving.

    The documentary will be released in the US and Canada on DVD, as well as online streaming worldwide next Christmas season. If you’re willing, I would love to send a producer and camera crew to Winnipeg as soon as we can get a trip booked, so that I can move forward on the final script.

    Please let me know if this is something you will consider. It should only take about an hour of your time.

    Thank you and best regards,
    Erin Zimmerman

    PS I love the font on this website.

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