Sunday, October 02, 2011

Though an almost incorrigible NDP-er, I kinda like Frank Klees.




It is possible that I am out of journalism because of a tendency to histrionics--bruising some facts to make a point.

Oh say it on: In l968, Chief Editor Andrea Merry of the Noth York Mirror quipped: "Ivan, you never let the facts distort a good story."
So I won't use any histrionics to reprint a note to my from Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, when he wrote to me in January 5, l998 to offer some comments about my first edition of my novel, The Fire in Bradford.
Here is what he wrote:

Dear Ivan

I have just received a copy of The Fire in Bradford and wanted to thank you for sending it to me.
I look forward to reading it & a quick glance reveals some interesting local colour.
All the best for 98.
Frank Klees.


Well, this year we are into a new edition of The Fire In Bradford, and I must say the local critics have been kind.

Writing to me informally because we are friends, John Dowson, another writer says about my reissue:

Congratulations on your novel. I Liked the original F...g book John.

(He adds that he has a hundred copies (remaindered?) of his own tome, really a monograph:

"I've sold 100 copies and they are all in my basement."

Whoops! John, you gotta hustle!

In my neck of the woods, TOPIC Magazine did a nice little review and sales of my earlier work.

All reviews have not been kind. At a now-defunct conservative blog titled ChuckerCanuck, somebody had told me in all temerity, that my book sucked canal water...Damn. That had to be somebody from nearby Holland Marsh, where I once got fired as a not terribly fast vegetable picker in that rich, irrigated farmland.

In any event, next Thursday is election day in Ontario. Mr. Klees is running again.
He is known as a person who gets it done...Obviously.
I am not a Conservative--far from it, but though I owe a huge dept to former Ontario NDP Premier Bob Rae (I had succesfully begged his party to support me,a starving writer at the time), I am sort of partial to Frank Klees.

So good luck, Frank Klees. I don't like the Federal Conservatives, but you are... kind of local. :)

12 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

copies in the basement, copies in the closet. I've got some of those.

JR's Thumbprints said...

... but Ivan, I've got distorted facts that'll make fiction seem real.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Jim,

I know, I know. Peple kept asking me, "What is a fiction writer doing in a fact-bound business?"

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

PS:

Welcome back to cyberspace, bringing your old blog back to life.

Man, if suffering produces art, it really shows in your new foray into blogland. It has made you into a mature, disciplined writer...And I echo Donald France in saying that bigod, you are even eloquent.
Hurray!

Mona said...

;)

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Wink-wink. Nudge-nudge. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi folks,

Just a reminder of the launch of my new book, Eco-Innovators, on Oct. 11, 7pm in Ondaatje Hall in the Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Ave. in Halifax. There will be a roundtable discussion on environment with some of the amazing people featured in the book, moderated by CKDU's Erica Butler. Book sale profits go to Ecology Action Centre (http://ecologyaction.ca/). CKDU will broadcast it live so if you can't be there you can tune in live at http://www.ckdu.ca/.

The book is already getting some nice attention from the media. I'll be on Breakfast Television on CTV early that morning (about 7:30 Atlantic time) I believe ... hopefully that'll end up online for those out of the region. I'll also be on CKDU in the afternoon that day, on Stephen Patrick Clare's The Book Club at 1:30 Atlantic time (12:30 EST) which can be heard locally on 88.1 FM or online at http://www.ckdu.ca/.

In other news, my new column on a proposed new free-trade agreement between Europe and Canada is up at http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/free-trade-folly/Content?oid=2744775.

The Coast also did a nice little piece on the book at http://www.thecoast.ca/ArtAttack/archives/2011/10/05/eco-innovators.

And my friend Richard Levangie did a fun piece on me as part of his 25 Questions series, at http://richardlevangie.com/blog/2011/10/04/author-chris-benjamin-answers-25-questions/.

Hopefully I'll see many of you on Tuesday!
Chris

--

Chris Benjamin is a freelance journalist, fiction writer, CBC News web writer/editor and a columnist for The Coast. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Drive-by Saviours (longlisted for a 2011 ReLit Award and Canada Reads 2011) and Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada. In 2006/2007 he worked as a journalist in Ghana. He was a finalist for the 2010 Fusion Go Sustainability Award and shared an honourable mention in the 2009 National Magazine Awards. Chris has also written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Chronicle Herald, VoicePrint Canada, This Magazine, Now Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Descant, Arts East, East Coast Kitchen Party, Third Person Press, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Press, Rattling Books, The Society, University of Waterloo Press, Z Magazine, Briarpatch Magazine, Coastlands, Progress Magazine, Rural Delivery and many others.

www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com
http://twitter.com/benjaminwrites

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Mona,

What happened to your blog today?...All I can find is its companion blog,titled "Artificial Intelligence."...Can't find "The Two Bits" blog.

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