SPEAKABLE ACTS: SIX PLAYS
HERMAN GOODDEN'S new book SPEAKABLE ACTS gathers together his six plays which have been professionally produced on Canadian and American stages. Included are the complete scripts of The Judgement of Slippery Jack, Suffering Fools (which Goodden also adapted in an award-winning script for CBC Radio), The Anniversary, Slippery or You Can’t Get There From Here, The Dark Ages and Nature Abhors a Vacuum. The book is prefaced with a newly written 'Overture' in which Goodden gives some of the background behind the development and reception of each script. Also included are full cast lists and reproductions of the posters from the premiere productions of each play by Roger Baker, Alan Dayton, Kirtley Jarvis and Maridon Miller.
Bettger Books. 284 pages, 6 illustrations
THREE ARTISTS: KURELEK, CHAMBERS & CURNOE
"THOUGH ALL THREE ARTISTS were richly multi-faceted, for the sake of categorization William Kurelek, Jack Chambers and Greg Curnoe became publicly identified as, respectively, a folk, a realist and a pop artist. These labels made it easier (particularly in the case of Kurelek but to an extent with all three) to dismiss them and deny them the serious appraisal they deserve." - Herman Goodden
Elmwood Publications. Paperback, 6" x 9", 257 pages, 12 colour reproductions
NO CONTINUING CITY
THIS MOST RECENT gathering of Herman Goodden's essays, reviews, feature articles and interviews is bookended by his memorial pieces to his father and mother. Mixed in with reflections on why he never took to Boy Scouts or why he reads his dog's horoscope are more substantial pieces on the agony of modern art and the mainstreaming of pornography. In addition to his reflection on a lifetime's reading are individual essays on Terence Rattigan, John Buchan, the Brontes and Keith Waterhouse.
Elmwood Publications. Paperback, 6" x 9", 249 pages