------ 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°53 (Autumn 2014)
Well, I think that’s it. The sun cream has ﬁnally given its last breath, my loyal ﬂip-ﬂops have ended up in the recycling bin and the children are off to school. I guess we are back to normal life and believe it or not, it is time to think about… Christmas! Oh noooo I’ll hear you scream, but as we are now quarterly, this issue will cover October, November and December – three months packed with ideas of things to do, visit, drink and eat.
We are always happy to welcome new contributors, but we are truly spoilt this time. Rachel Baker, journalist, food writer and now proud inhabitant of Apt, has joined the ranks (p10 & 32), and so has author Janice Macdonald (p12), who will follow for the next 12 months the inside life of a wine domain for us. We also welcome on board Richard Simpson-Birks (p15). And I’m sure you will carry on enjoying our regular contributors Bernice Clark (p8), Janice Lert (p6), Camille Vourc'h (p29) and Caren Trafford (p22), who has kindly donated books for our fantastic kids drawing competition (p28).
Enjoy the falling leaves, the chestnuts, the early nights by the ﬁre with a good book, and when you feel ready to think about it, have a lovely Christmas...
Carole Rommene, Editor