08 December 2014

Bilingual Today, French Tomorrow Redux

J.V. Andrew
Kitchener, ON: Andrew Books, 1988
153 pages

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A Journey Through Canada's
Forgotten, Neglected, and Suppressed Writing
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  1. I think "Lieutenant-Commander (Retired)" says it all for me. But I also enjoy the kind of book that is more difficult to find unsigned than signed; that to me signals a kind of "publish or perish" fanaticism that is tiresome at a dinner party but fascinating as an abstract connoisseur of publishing vagaries.

    1. Michael Gnarowski once shared the story of a cocktail party at which children of the host approached guests trying to sell copies of "Papa's new book"… in their pyjamas, no less. I bet it was adorable.

  2. God Save the Queen07 August, 2015 13:22

    Hello I just found your blog by chance, and I'm enjoying these reviews of J. V. Andrew's... huh... "work". I stumbled upon a free copy of "Enough!" at a library give-away a while back and I'm reading "Bilingual Today, French Tomorrow" at the moment. As ridiculous and offensive as Andrew's ideas are, they gattered quite the following among a certain part of New-Brunswick's population, even to this day - namely the one that voted COR back in the day.
    I'm doing research on the anti-bilingualism movement in NB (and Canada as a whole to a lesser extent), and I'd love to see that Shulman File interview with Andrew. Do you happen to know where I could find it? Or do you know which date it aired?
    Thanks and cheers!

    1. Greetings. I'm aware of Andrew's New Brunswick followers, but only because I stumbled upon them when researching my post on Bilingual Today, French Tomorrow. Fascinating to see they hold the book in such high regard, particularly given that in Enough! Andrew all but admits that he made stuff up.

      It may amuse you to learn that after the Bilingual Today, French Tomorrow post I was contacted by Canadians for Language Fairness asking if I would like to purchase further copies of the book. I expect they didn't read the post because it was for a time linked, quite prominently, on their website. I've been on there mailing list ever since. What fun!

      How I'd love to see Andrew's Shulman File appearance. I wouldn't know where to find it, other than at City itself (fingers crossed). As to air date, I'm guessing it was in March or April 1977. Does Andrew not say that it was his second or third interview about the book? Again, just a guess.

      Best of luck with your research!