Roger McTair launches ‘My Trouble with Books’

Roger McTair

By Lincoln DePradine

Roger McTair is an accomplished Canadian; a pioneer, too, in his birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago.

Now, at 74, he has released “My Trouble with Books, “a collection of short stories. It was recently launched at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.

McTair, who has  been living in Toronto since 1970, is a former member of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, which was established in 1959 to encourage “the expression of Caribbean realities through performance.”

After migrating to Canada, the now retired McTair, who established himself as a documentary filmmaker and poet, was also a popular educator. He taught media writing  for 18 years at Seneca College.

McTair, who was  always determined to write a book, was able to accomplish  his goal with the help of his son, Ian Kamau. The result is “My Trouble with Books’’, which is available online at