GRESCOE, Paul




Author Tags: Biography, Business, Fiction, Transportation

Paul Grescoe and Audrey Grescoe of Bowen Island were once primarily known as magazine writers and editors. Now he’s a man of letters and she’s a woman of letters. They’ve pondered a preponderance of private letters dating back to the founding of Canada for an anthology of correspondence, The Book of Letters (MWR, 2002), followed by The Book of War Letters (M&S, 2004) and The Book of Love Letters: Canadian Kinship, Friendship and Romance (M&S, 2005). Individually they’ve produced a variety of books in recent years, including Paul Grescoe’s two mysteries about his detective named Dan Rudnicki, including Flesh Wound (D&M, 1991). Together they produced an Alaska cruise guide. One of Paul Grescoe's earliest works was a biography of multi-millionaire Jimmy Pattison called Jimmy: An Autobiography (Seal-Bantam, 1987). Pattison and Grescoe originally wanted their book to be called You Gotta Wanna, a characteristic Pattison expression, but their Toronto publisher vetoed the idea. The mostly flattering portrait of Pattison was seen by many as a counterpoint to a 1986 paperback bestseller by Russell Kelly called Pattison: Portrait of a Capitalist Superstar (New Star). Grescoe has described himself as a small-l liberal. His son Taras Grescoe has risen to prominence as a non-fiction writer at the start of the new Millennium.

BOOKS:

The Money Rustlers: Self-made Millionaires of the New West (1985). With David Cruise.
Jimmy: An Autobiography (1985). With Jimmy Pattison.
Flesh Wound (1991). Novel.
Songs from the Wild (1992). With Karl Spreitz.
Blood Vessel (1993). Novel.
Vancouver: Visions of a City (1993). With Karl Speitz.
Alaska: The Cruise-Lover's Guide (1994). With Audrey Grescoe.
Fragments of Paradise: British Columbia's Wild and Wondrous Islands (Raincoast, 1995). With Audrey Grescoe.
101 Uses for This Book: The Astonishing Uses and Everyday Abuses of the Humble and Enduring Book (Raincoast, 1996). Illustrated by Bruce Roberts.
The Trip of a Lifetime: The Making of a Rocky Mountaineer (Hurricane Press, 2000).
The Book of Letters (MW&R, 2002). With Audrey Grescoe.
The Book of War Letters: 100 Years of Private Canadian Correspondence (M&S, 2004). With Audrey Grescoe.
The Book of Love Letters: Canadian Kinship, Friendship and Romance (M&S, 2005). With Audrey Grescoe.
Northern Tigers: Building Ethical Canadian Corporate Champions (Key Porter, 2008). With Dick Haskayne.

[BCBW 2008] "Business" "Biography" "Fiction" "Transportation"