Events

A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate

A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate
Carolyn Porter

Lecture at SFPL Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Tue, Jul 16, 2019
6:00pm–7:30pm

During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin. His beautiful looping cursive carried tender words of love along with testimony about day-to-day survival inside the camp. Sixty years later, graphic designer and type designer Carolyn Porter found Marcel's letters at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota and began to transform his handwriting into a modern computer font. After having his letters translated, she became obsessed with finding answers to the questions: Who was Marcel? Why had he been imprisoned in Germany? Why were his precious letters for sale halfway around the world? And most importantly: Did Marcel survive?

About Carolyn Porter

Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer, type designer, and writer. Her first font, P22 Marcel Script, garnered four international honors including a Certificate for Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club, typeface competitions by Communication Arts and Print magazines, and was a selection for the 2015 Project Passion exhibition. Her non-fiction book “Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate” was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, was a Paris Book Festival winner and won gold medals from IPPY and the Military Writer’s Society of America. Carolyn lives in Minnesota with her husband and their 110-pound black lab.