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Jeremy Mercer

jeremy_mercerJeremy Mercer is a Canadian author, journalist, and translator.


He worked as a crime reporter for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper until 1999 and likes to believe he played a fundamental role in the country's legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes. During this same time, he wrote two true-ish crime novels; the first was made into a film, the second was nominated for a literary prize of some repute.

After moving to Paris prior to the millenium, Mercer lived at the infamous Shakespeare and Company bookstore for five months. This experience was the basis for his memoir Time Was Soft There (St. Martin's Press, New York), also known as Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London). In Paris, he was also a founder of the Kilometer Zero Project, an arts collective that published magazines, produced theatre, and organized performances in Paris, London, Brooklyn, Marseille, and Beijing.

Mercer has recently been exploring the question of the death penalty. This will culminate with publication of his book examining the case of the last man executed in France (When the Guillotine Fell, St. Martin's) in 2008. On the same theme, he has also translated Robert Badinter's L'Abolition into English (Abolition: One Man's Battle Against the Death Penalty, Northeastern University Press, 2008). Abolition is the inside story of how the death penalty was abolished in France, written by the lawyer who dedicated a decade of his life to the cause.

Mercer currently lives in Marseille, France where he is beginning research on his next subject.

Praise for his work :

"Jeremy Mercer's tale of George Whitman and his beloved bookstore is a book of revelations, for it tells the hard-to-discover true story of George's life."

-- Lawrence Ferlinghetti


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