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Presentations by Carolyn Porter, author, "Marcel's Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate"

Posted on Fri, Jan 19 2018 9:03 am by Rachel M. Anderson

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When she found a cache of old, handwritten letters at a Stillwater, Minn., antique shop more than a decade ago, graphic designer Carolyn Porter had no idea they would lead her on a journey of fulfillment and discovery. These days, she is traveling across the country, sharing the story behind the letters she used as inspiration for the font P22 Marcel Script.


After designing the font, Porter decided to have the handwritten letters translated from French to English and was shocked to discover they had been mailed from a labor camp in Berlin. “Marcel desperately missed his wife and three young daughters,” said Porter, who learned his family was waging their own battle for survival in a village in the countryside southwest of Paris.

In her book, "Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate," Porter shares the story of her search for answers. Skyhorse Publishing of New York City released the book in June 2017.


Porter has several events coming up throughout the Twin Cities in which she will share her story, talk about the process of creating a font, and answer questions about the exhaustive search that led to her solving a World War II-era mystery.

Upcoming Events
Wed., Feb 14, 2018, 7 p.m. 
Fireside Reading Series at Hamline Midway Library 
1558 W Minnehaha Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
A special reading of love letters mailed by Marcel Heuzé from a German labor camp. More information: thefriends.org/fireside

Thurs., Feb 15, 2018, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Alliance Française - Book reading and signing 
113 N First St – Minneapolis, MN 55401
http://afmsp.org/events/book-reading-and-signing-with-local-author-carolyn-porter/

Thur., March 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Wescott Library-Eagan - Book reading and signing
1340 Wescott Rd, Eagan, MN 55123

Mon., March 12, 7 p.m. 
The Last Word Book Discussion Group
Barnes & Noble-Galleria
3230 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435
This event is co-sponsored by the Southdale Library

Wed., March 28, 2018, Noon 
Landmark Literati - Lunch-time presentation
Landmark Center in Downtown St. Paul / Courtroom #317
75 W. 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

For more information, go to www.carolyn-porter.com.