That’s me over Jack McClelland’s shoulder, intent upon getting as many free books as possible. First, I got a paperback copy of Margaret Atwood’s Edible Woman. Then I took off my coat to change the appearance of my outstretched arm and went in for a forbidden second freebie. I didn’t fool Mr McClelland. He looked me in the eye and said, “You’ve already gotten one”. He gave me the second one anyway… I forget its title.
Danica found the old newspaper clipping. I wasn’t going to post it because she says I looked like Charles Manson but I showed it to John Robert Colombo and he upgraded me to a glum Marxist revolutionary.
FYI, Jack McClelland was the colourful promoter/publisher of Canada’s great McClelland and Stewart publishing company. He went on multiple trips around the country in the 70s and 80s, shining a spotlight on Canadian talents by giving away hundreds of thousands of books. I feel quite honoured to have been present at one of his publicity events and since I can’t located the clipping in the newspaper archives, I am posting it here for posterity.