Laurie Lewis FGDC, at the age of 80 has had a memoir published by Porcupine's Quill. The book, Little Comrades, was chosen by the Globe and Mail as one of the top 100 Books of the Year for 2011.
In an interview with Sarah Hampson of the Globe and Mail, Laurie discusses her book. "Her childhood was unconventional, growing up in a Communist family in Calgary in the 1930s, when it was illegal to go to party meetings, pass out leaflets or organize workers as her parents did. “They were the vanguard for the working class. They were going to make everything better,” she says. Click here to read the interview.
Click here to read an excerpt from the book.
Laurie was one of the founding members of the GDC. She served as Executive Secretary of the National GDC from 1973–1975. She was vice-president of the Ontario Chapter from 1975 to 1977. Awarded GDC Fellowship in 1975, she is also the founder and director of The Artful Codger Press, established to encourage the publication of memoirs and life writings.
"When you’ve lived a long time, as I have, it’s possible that you’ve had not just one life but several. I’ve had a lot of lives and have finally, at last, begun to write about them. The first of those lives has become a memoir, Little Comrades."
"The next chunk of the life of this Laurie Lewis is the graphic designer segment, which covers the many years I worked at University of Toronto Press as designer and art director. I didn’t do much writing at the time, other than advertising and promotional material for University of Toronto Press. I retired in 1990, after almost thirty years in the publishing business."
Photo of Laurie: CTV, July 2011