------ Jeremy Mercer
Jeremy 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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Languedoc & Provence Sun N°52 (July-August-September 2014)
You may have noticed that this issue covers the months of July, August and September. After much debate, discussions and sleepless nights, we have decided that the best way forward for Languedoc & Provence SUN would be to become a quarterly publication. In practice, this means that the magazine will now be published four times a year instead of six, each issue covering 3 months.
The main objective of the magazine has always been to provide quality articles and content about our region and its many attributes. Going quarterly will give us more time to research potential articles, interview interesting people, meet new contributors and gather topical and useful information for you our readers.
This new version will have more pages than the previous one, allowing us to increase the content of each issue, giving you more reading material in one piece.
You may have become familiar with our regular contributors, who do a fantastic job. I take this opportunity to thank them warmly for their valuable input and great imagination, whatever the topic. If you have a little bit of spare time occasionally and share our love of writing, I’m always on the lookout for good quality articles about our area: it could just be your own story, or the portrait of someone you know, a beautiful place, an interesting festival. Whatever the idea, let
me know about it, our next contributor could be you!
If you have any comments or suggestions, you can always email me. In the meantime, I hope you keep on reading the magazine; the kind comments we receive always make all the hard work worthwhile. Have a nice holiday!
Carole Rommene, Editor