24 November 2009

John Glassco Memorial Plaque

The plaque is cast.
Alloy Foundry, Merrickville, Ontario
20 November 2009

I do complain. Back in April I was going on and on about the dearth of historical plaques in this country, pointing – predictably – to a pub that now occupies what had once been John Glassco's pied-à-terre. Seven months later, with the Glassco centenary just weeks away, I'm pleased to report that a memorial plaque to the author will be installed at the city's St James the Apostle Anglican Church.

It's the most appropriate of locations, I think. St James the Apostle was the Glassco family church. On 19 September 1905, his parents were married there in an elaborate ceremony that was covered in the Montreal Daily Star. Glassco married both his wives, Elma Koolmer (1917-1971) and Marion McCormick (1924-2004), at St James, and it was at the church, on 2 February 1981, that his funeral was held.

The installation, which is open to all, will take place at 4:00 pm, Thursday, 26 November 2009.

St James the Apostle Anglican Church
1439 St Catherine Street West
Montreal, Quebec


  1. This reminded of a couple of things. One, that I had one of Glassco's books - The Deficit Made Flesh - which I hadn't looked at in a while.
    Two, about your earlier post on The English Governess and all its editions. One of the fascinating things about books is how they can morph into new titles, authors, texts, formats and marketing schemes.This book is a terrific example of this - it has it all.

  2. You're right, The English Governess does have it all - even pirates. I can't think of another Canadian work that has fallen victim twice.