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David Helwig has written an engaging novella about a whimsical, opinionated and slightly embittered professor of humanities, now retired. The professor is asked, at the last minute, to fill in and deliver an important lecture series, replacing a famous friend and colleague who has suddenly died. The professor does agree but his impromptu talks -- both amusing and reflectiv ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 15th 2002 by Porcupine's Quill
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Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had a sense my friend Steve and I were the only people who read this book, which made me sad, as I think it a very fine, original piece of writing--wickedly wry and surprising. The premise is that a man is asked to stand in to deliver an evening lecture series when his friend, whose shadow he's lived in for years, dies. This book is his lecture. I'm sorry it was so overlooked.
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David Gordon Helwig grew up in Toronto and at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. He attended the University of Toronto, where he earned a BA, and then completed an MA at the University of Liverpool.

First publishing as a poet, Helwig moved on to drama and fiction, including a series of novels focusing on characters living in Kingston, where Helwig lived for many years teaching at Queen's University. He has
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