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Paul Grescoe fonds.
1914-2005; predominant 1980s-2005.
4.31 m of textual records.

Canadian author and journalist Paul Grescoe was born in Winnipeg where he began his career with Canadian Press, later working for The Brandon Sun, The Winnipeg Tribune and The Toronto Telegram before becoming a staff writer and editor with The Canadian Magazine and Maclean's. During the 1970's and 1980s he was the co-owner and editorial director of a chain of Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton city magazines. He has written books on business (including The money rustlers, 1985; Jimmy, the autobiography of Jim Pattison, 1988; The mavericks: lessons learned from the west's winning entrepreneurs, 1999; Flight path: how Westjet is flying high in Canada's most turbulent industry, 2004; and Secret riches: adventures of an unreformed oilman, 2004); publishing (The merchants of Venus; inside Harlequin and the empire of romance, 1996, and 101 uses for this book, 1996); travel (Vancouver; visions of a city, 1993, Fragments of paradise, 1995, and Alaska: the cruise lover's guide, 1998, the latter two written with his wife Audrey Grescoe); and crime fiction Blood vessel, 1993, and Flesh wound which won the Crime writers of Canada prize for best first novel in 1991). In 2002 he and his wife collaborated on the first general collection of English language letters written by Canadians, The book of letters: 150 years of private Canadian correspondence. The book of war letters: 100 years of Canadian wartime correspondence followed in 2003 and The book of love letters in 2005.
Fonds consists of research material relating to book The merchants of Venus: inside Harlequin and the empire of romance including Harlequin promotional material, photographs, interviews with various Harlequin executives and writers, articles on romance by other authors, notes and material relating to 1995 Romantic Times convention and issues of Pandora's Box, the newsletter of the Published Authors Network of Romance Writers of America (Acc 705/01.11). Acc 788/05.9 consists of correspondence, research material and manuscripts relating to other books by P. Grescoe including Flesh wound, Blood vessel, Alaska: the cruise lover's guide, The book of letters, The book of war letters, Flight path, The mavericks and Secret riches. Includes copies of the published books. Acc 835/07.25 consists of material, mainly correspondence, relating to P. and Audrey Grescoe's The book of love letters; Canadian kinship, friendship, and romance (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 2005).
Donated by Paul Grescoe in 2001, 2005 and 2007.
Text in English.
No restrictions on access.
File level inventory available at repository.
Acc 705/01.11, 788/05.9, 835/07.25

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