Front row: Magda Weintraub, Brian Busby, Michael Gnarowski. Second row: Linda Feige, Karl Feige, Diana Gnarowski, Sheila Fischman, Adrian King-Edwards, Bill Weintraub. Third row: Dan Mozersky, Bill Toye, Gretta Chambers. Top row: Mark Abley, Simon Dardick
(Photo by Donald Winkler).
It was a slightly arcane and wonderful gathering in the chapel of Montreal's St. James the Apostle Church, 4 pm on Thursday, November 26, 2009 to commemorate the centenary of writer John Glassco's birth. Glassco won the Governor General's Literary Award for Selected Poems (1971) published by Oxford University Press. He is probably best known for Memoirs of Montparnasse (1970), arguably one of the best memoirs of the literary expat life in the Paris of the twenties.
The creation of a plaque to honour Glassco is the result of a collaboration between Michael Gnarowski and Brian Busby. The bronze plaque, created by Merrickville, Ontario's Alloy Foundry, will be displayed in the church's chapel.
John Glassco died in 1981.