Robert G. Clarke – that’s me, I guess, at least most days. I grew up in Peterborough, attending Queen Mary and PCVS and Knox United Church and going to downtown movie theatres from an early age. After leaving Peterborough in 1963 to attend Queen’s University in Kingston – sort of earning an Hons. B.A. in history and English (1967) and furthering my movie-going education – I later lived in London, England, Toronto, Ottawa, and Toronto again. I did a second degree, a B.Journalism at Carleton University, in 1976. A long-time editor (since 1978) at Between the Lines Press, Toronto, I moved back to Peterborough in 1990 and took up freelance book editing. In 1997 I put together a posthumous book by a great friend: dian marino: Wild Garden: Art, Education, and the Culture of Resistance. In 2008 I was shortlisted for the national Tom Fairly Award for Editorial Excellence for my work on Ruth Howard’s Gold Dust on His Shirt: The True Story of an Immigrant Mining Family. My own books include Ties That Bind: Canada and the Third World (1982), co-edited with Richard Swift; Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada, 3rd. ed., co-written with Michael Czerny and Jamie Swift; A Judge of Valour: Chief Justice Sam Freedman – In His Own Words (2014), and Books Without Bosses: Forty Years of Reading Between the Lines, a graphic book illustrated by Kara Sievewright (2017). I’ve most recently edited a fascinating (and lengthy) book on a history close to my heart and experience – Radical Ambition: The New Left in Toronto, by Peter Graham with Ian McKay (Between the Lines, 2019).
A Big Thank You:
You wouldn't be reading this now without the encouragement, support, and creative computer wizardry of my son, Jonah Cristall-Clarke, who is helping so much to take me deeper into the twenty-first century.
And thanks also to the rest of my constant support group: Ferne Cristall, Gabe Clarke and Pete Barbour, Alex Gates, John Wadland, Richard Peachey, Krista English, and to all the members of the original ReFrame group who did so much to place this historical project in motion.