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:
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.
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. :)