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Carolyn Porter for "Marcel's Letters"

  • SubText Books 6 West 5th Street Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)

Carolyn Porter will be reading and discussing her fantastic new book, "Marcel's Letters," on Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 PM at SubText Books. This event is held in conjunction with the monthly gathering of Type Tuesday, a local group of type designers, type historians, and lovers of all things related to typography. Book signing to follow, free and open to the public!

About the book:
A graphic designer’s search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man’s fate during World War II.

Seeking inspiration for a new font design in an antique store in small-town Stillwater, Minnesota, graphic designer Carolyn Porter stumbled across a bundle of letters and was immediately drawn to their beautifully expressive pen-and-ink handwriting. She could not read the letters—they were in French—but she noticed all of them had been signed by a man named Marcel and mailed from Berlin to his family in France during the depths of World War II.

As Carolyn grappled with designing the font, she decided to have one of Marcel’s letters translated. Reading it opened a portal to a different time, and what began as mere curiosity quickly became an obsession to find out why the letter writer, Marcel Heuzé, had been in Berlin, how his letters came to be on sale in a store halfway around the world, and, most importantly, whether he ever returned to his beloved wife and daughters after the war.

Marcel’s Letters is the incredible story of Carolyn’s increasingly desperate search to uncover the mystery of one man’s fate during WWII, seeking answers across Germany, France, and the United States. Simultaneously, she continues to work on what would become the acclaimed P22 Marcel font, immortalizing the man and his letters that waited almost seventy years to be reunited with his family.

Marcel’s Letters includes the text of never-before-published letters Marcel mailed from the Berlin-Marienfelde labor camp. In these extraordinary letters, Marcel shared details about life in the barracks, clothes he has been given to wear, surviving bombings, scratching together food, and the friends that sustained him during his imprisonment. Marcel’s deep and expressive words of love for his wife, Renée, and his three young daughters, are unforgettable.

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