Type: Author Reading
Join author Claudia Cornwall when she reads from her new book At the World’s Edge: Curt Lang's Vancouver 1937-1998. Included in the book are many of Curt Lang’s previously unpublished poetry, drawings and photography; as well as a portfolio of forty rare 1972 Vancouver photographs.
This book tells the story of a man and a city. Curt Lang was a legend in Vancouver. An intellectual and a catalyst, Lang’s interests spanned many worlds. As a teenager, he met Malcolm Lowry and became friends with Al Purdy. Excerpts of previously unpublished correspondence between Al Purdy and Curt Lang reveals much about both their characters. In his twenties, Curt Lang was a beat, who published poetry and painted. He was friends with many in Vancouver’s creative community―poets, Peter Trower, John Newlove, and Jamie Reid; artists Fred Douglas, David Marshall, and Roy Kiyooka; and musician Al Neil. He became a street photographer in the early 1970s and was a member of the Leonard Frank Memorial Society of Documentary Photographers, along with Nina Raginsky, Fred Douglas, Tod Greenaway and Rod Gillingham. (The National Gallery of Canada’s Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography purchased some of his prints.) Then in his thirties, he built boats and fished when the money in that industry was so good, the scene in Prince Rupert was like a Gold Rush. In his forties, he became involved in the high-tech industry, where he was awarded two patents, and started several companies. He also developed hardware and software for the railroad industry that today is used all over North America. Curt Lang’s life energetically parallels the evolving history of Vancouver from the hip subculture years to the electronic postmodern 1990s.
Claudia Cornwall was a friend of Curt Lang and in this part biography, part memoir she draws on conversations during her (and her husband’s) twelve-year friendship with Curt. A freelance writer for more than twenty years, Claudia wrote about the artist Jack Hardman in the second book in the Unheralded Artists of British Columbia series, The Life and Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman, and LeRoy Jensen (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2009). Her book, Letter from Vienna: A Daughter Uncovers Her Family’s Jewish Past (Douglas & McIntyre), won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize in British Columbia for 1996. She has been published in many Canadian magazines and newspapers, including the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, BC Business, and the Tyee. Claudia teaches courses at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. In 2009, she received a $20,000 journalism award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support medical journalism and reporting. Claudia grew up in Vancouver and studied philosophy at the University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary. She and her husband live in North Vancouver.
Free event - everyone is welcome!