Thu, 21 June 2012
Mordecai: The Life and Times has been called the ‘award-winningest’ book in Canadian literary history. I met recently with its author Charles Foran to talk about its subject, Mordecai Richler. The guts, aggression, honesty and pride of the man; a man who did things, who wrote to engender conversation, argument, who was socially engaged, who asked hard, uncomfortable questions. About Richler’s similarities to Pierre Trudeau. His taking on a whole movement over Quebec’s sign laws. His desire to write the best novel ever written. At least one book that would last. About Montreal, its tensions, and his loyalty to it. About Canadian culture. Digitization and the loss of literary life.
Wed, 13 June 2012
Peter Dorn in his studio near Kingston, On. with Carl Dair
Heinrich Heine’s writings, poetry, and ideology delighted and enlightened me. He became a personal, meaningful experience, in the same way I feel, that private printing is a personal experience, printing meaningful things. These feelings make up the “idealistic” birth of the Heinrich Heine press”
Peter Dorn in Reader, Lover of Books, Lover of Heaven (North York Public Library, 1978. Designed by Glen Goluska).
Listen here to my conversation with Peter Dorn about his Heinrich Heine Press, his immigration to Canada, his work at Eaton’s department store, Canadian book design in the 1950s and 1960s, the influence of Carl Dair and Frank Newfeld, his move to Kingston and his work at Queen’s University.