Marcel's letters : a font and the search for one man's fate
Title
Marcel's letters : a font and the search for one man's fate

Author
Porter, Carolyn, author.

Physical Description
344 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

Series
Instant book club.

General Note
A cloth bag containing 10 copies of the title and a folder with miscellaneous notes, discussion questions, biographical information, and reading lists to assist book group discussion leaders.
 
Book includes reading group guide.

Contents
White Bear Lake, Minnesota : July 2011 -- Letter No. 1: Marienfelde, Germany : March 21 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : August 2011 -- Letter No. 2: Marienfelde, Germany : Sunday the 12th -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : September 2011 -- Wisconsin, Texas, Minnesota : 1980 to 2011 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : October 2011 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : January 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : January 2012 -- Letter No. 3: Marienfelde, Germany : November 3 (1943) -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : February 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Late February 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Mid-March 2012 -- Letters No. 4 and 5: Marienfelde, Germany : February 1, 1943 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Late March 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : April 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota: April 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Late April 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : May 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : May 21, 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Late May 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : May 25, 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : June 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : June 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Late July 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : August 2012 -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin : August 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Late August 2012 -- Letter No. 6: Marienfelde, Germany : January 17, 1943 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Late August 2012 -- Letters No. 7, 8, 9: Marienfelde, Germany : January 18, 1943 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Late August 2012 -- Letters No. 10, 11, 12: Marienfelde, Germany : August 8 (1943) -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : September 2012 -- Letter No. 13: Marienfelde, Germany : September 10 (1943) -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : September 2012 -- Letter No. 14: Paris, France : Wednesday, Noon -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : September 2012 -- Letter No. 15: Marienfelde, Germany : October 21 (1943) -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : September 2012 -- Letters No. 16, 17: Marienfelde, Germany : May 8, 1944 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : September 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : Early October 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : October 2012 -- Paris, France : October 2012 -- Le Plessis-Robinson, France: October 27, 2012 -- Villemomble, France : October 28, 2012 -- Bercheres-La-Maingot, France : October 29, 2012 -- White Bear Lake, Minnesota : January 30, 2014.

Personal Subject
Heuzé, Marcel, 1912-1992-Correspondence.

Corporate Subject
Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft -- Biography.

Subject Term
World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscript labor -- Germany -- Berlin.
 
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, French.
 
Prisoners of war -- Germany -- Berlin -- Correspondence.
 
Penmanship, French -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
 
Graphic artists -- Minnesota -- Biography.
 
Book clubs (Discussion groups)
 
Group reading.

Geographic Term
Berlin (Germany) -- History, Military -- 20th century.

Genre
Biographies
 
Personal correspondence.

Added Author
Heuzé, Marcel, 1912-1992.

Local Subject
Book club kit collection.

Summary
A graphic designer's search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man's fate during World War II. Seeking inspiration for a new font design in an antique store in small-town Stillwater, Minnesota, graphic designer Carolyn Porter stumbled across a bundle of letters and was immediately drawn to their beautifully expressive pen-and-ink handwriting. She could not read the letters--they were in French--but she noticed all of them had been signed by a man named Marcel and mailed from Berlin to his family in France during the middle of World War II. As Carolyn grappled with designing the font, she decided to have one of Marcel's letters translated. Reading it opened a portal to a different time, and what began as mere curiosity quickly became an obsession with finding out why the letter writer, Marcel Heuze, had been in Berlin, how his letters came to be on sale in a store halfway around the world, and, most importantly, whether he ever returned to his beloved wife and daughters after the war. Marcel's Letters is the incredible story of Carolyn's increasingly desperate search to uncover the mystery of one man's fate during WWII, seeking answers across Germany, France, and the United States. Simultaneously, she continues to work on what would become the acclaimed P22 Marcel font, immortalizing the man and his letters that waited almost seventy years to be reunited with his family --


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Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake)Book club kitKT 2 940.547243 POR11Kits
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)Book club kitKT 1 940.547243 POR01Checked Out