David Helwig The Names of Things

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The Names of Things

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The Names of Things is a book about a man and a generation. Born to a working-class family in Toronto, David Helwig grew up in the haunted town of Niagara-on-the-Lake long before it became a fashionable summer destination for charter coaches of American tourists. David won a scholarship from General Motors to attend the University of Toronto and launched himself into theatrical productions at Hart House and mingled with such writers as John Robert Colombo, Henry Beissel, Edward Lacey, David Lewis Stein and Edna Paris.

After working in summer stock with young actors including Timothy Findley, Gordon Pinsent and Jackie Burroughs, he spent a couple of years in the suburbs of Birkenhead, then moved to Kingston where, in the 1960s he shared the world of little magazines with Tom Marshall and Michael Ondaatje and the world of prisons with the inmates he taught. In the 1970s he worked under John Hirsch at the CBC. He edited books for Oberon Press. He was part of the generation of young Canadian writers who believed they could achieve anything. He also shares a touching account of family life, of learning to be a father. Poetry, some of it never before published, catches the echoes of the life he lived. From childhood during the Second World War to becoming a grandfather at the millennium, this is the story of one man and his connections with the history of Canada in the latter part of the twentieth century.

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David Helwig's recollection of Tiff Findley dealing with a wayward shaggy dog on stage in the Straw Hat Players (Peterborough) production of the `King of Hearts' is probably worth the price of admission ..., though the story about Zal Yanofsky of the Lovin' Spoonful auditing a course in introductory Russian at Queen's is interesting too, and then there's a bunch of other anecdotes that involve characters (A to Z) such as Margaret Atwood, Don Bailey, Clark Blaise, George Bowering, Bonnie Burnard, Jackie Burroughs, Adrienne Clarkson, Matt Cohen, Robertson Davies, Timothy Findley, Barbara Frum, John Glassco, Peter Gzowski, Marion Hebb, Dennis Lee, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Michael Macklem, John Metcalf, Alden Nowlan, Michael Ondaatje, Al Purdy, Mordecai Richler, Leon Rooke, Ray Souster, Bronwen Wallace, George Whalley and Dale Zieroth.

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Born in Toronto in 1938, David Helwig attended the University of Toronto and the University of Liverpool. His first stories were published in Canadian Forum and The Montrealer while he was still an undergraduate. He then went on to teach at Queen's University. He worked in summer stock with the Straw Hat Players, mostly as a business manager and technician, rubbing elbows with such actors as Gordon Pinsent, Jackie Burroughs and Timothy Findley.

While at Queen's University, Helwig did some informal teaching in Collins Bay Penitentiary and subsequently wrote A Book About Billie with a former inmate.

Helwig has also served as literary manager of CBC Television Drama, working under John Hirsch, supervising the work of story editors and the department's relations with writers.

In 1980, he gave up teaching and became a full-time freelance writer. He has done a wide range of writing -- fiction, poetry, essays -- authoring more than twenty books. Helwig is also the founder and long-time editor of the Best Canadian Stories annual. In 2009 he was named as a member of the Order of Canada.

David Helwig lives in the village of Eldon on Prince Edward Island, where he is the third Poet Laureate. He indulges his passion for vocal music by singing with choirs in Montreal, Kingston, and Charlottetown. He has appeared as bass soloist in Handel's Messiah, Bach's St Matthew Passion and Mozart's Requiem.

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Book Description Erin, Ontario, Canada: Porcupine's Quill, Erin, ON, Canada, 2006. Soft cover. Condition: New. 1st Edition. Original printed wraps. 304 pp. Octavo. The Names of Things is a book about a man and a generation. Born to a working-class family in Toronto, David Helwig grew up in the haunted town of Niagara-on-the-Lake long before it became a fashionable summer destination for charter coaches of American tourists. David won a scholarship from General Motors to attend the University of Toronto and launched himself into theatrical productions at Hart House and mingled with such writers as John Robert Colombo, Henry Beissel, Edward Lacey, David Lewis Stein and Edna Paris. After working in summer stock with young actors including Timothy Findley, Gordon Pinsent and Jackie Burroughs, he spent a couple of years in the suburbs of Birkenhead, then moved to Kingston where, in the 1960s he shared the world of little magazines with Tom Marshall and Michael Ondaatje and the world of prisons with the inmates he taught. In the 1970s he worked under John Hirsch at the CBC. He edited books for Oberon Press. He was part of the generation of young Canadian writers who believed they could try anything. He also shares a touching account of family life, of learning to be a father. Poetry, some of it never before published, catches the echoes of the life he lived. From childhood during the Second World War to becoming a grandfather at the millennium, this is the story of one man and his connections with the history of Canada in the latter part of the twentieth century. A prolific author, David Helwig's many publications include Atlantic Crossing (1974), A Book of the Hours (1979), Catchpenny Poems (1984), The Bishop (1986), The Hundred Old Names and Postcards From Rome (both published in 1988), Old Wars (1989), Of Desire (1990), Just Say the Words (1994) and The Child of Someone (1997). Recent publications include Telling Stories (2000), The Time of Her Life (2000), Living Here (2001), This Human Day (2001) and The Year One (2004). Printed offset by Tim Inkster on the Heidelberg KORD at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill in the Village of Erin, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. Smyth sewn into 16-page signatures. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 0889842868

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