Thursday, December 1, 2011

Curt Lang, Granville Street, 1972
At the World’s Edge includes many of Curt Lang’s previously unpublished poetry, drawings and photography; as well as a portfolio of forty rare 1972 Vancouver photographs.

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.

Greg Lang was born in Vancouver in 1953, and grew up in East Van’s Renfrew Heights. When he was two years old, his brother, Curt, went off to Europe with poet Al Purdy and his school friend Jim Polson, and Greg didn’t see much of him when he was a kid. When Greg was in his teens, his brother became part of his life again. At various times Greg served as “sorcerer’s apprentice” in some of Curt’s schemes: renovating houses, chipping slag off welds, salvaging logs, and fishing. Today Greg runs a small technical-writing consultancy in Victoria.

David Beers has won national awards for his journalism in Canada and the United States. He is editor of The Tyee, an award-winning independent online source of news and ideas based in Vancouver. He is author of a memoir, Blue Sky Dream: America’s Fall from Grace, and teaches at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

An exhibition of Curt Lang’s photography is planned for 2012 at the Teck Gallery, SFU