Marcel's Letters by Carolyn Porter
A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate

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While it is clear that the author felt a genuine connection to Marcel, consideration of why he became so personally important to her is lacking. The result is a story that obscures the reader’s relationship with the narrator.
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A graphic designer’s search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man’s fate during World War II.

Seeking inspiration for a new font design in an antique store in small-town Stillwater, Minnesota, graphic designer Carolyn Porter stumbled across a bundle of letters and was immediately drawn to their beautifully expressive pen-and-ink handwriting. She could not read the letters—they were in French—but she noticed all of them had been signed by a man named Marcel and mailed from Berlin to his family in France during the middle of World War II.

As Carolyn grappled with designing the font, she decided to have one of Marcel’s letters translated. Reading it opened a portal to a different time, and what began as mere curiosity quickly became an obsession with finding out why the letter writer, Marcel Heuzé, had been in Berlin, how his letters came to be on sale in a store halfway around the world, and, most importantly, whether he ever returned to his beloved wife and daughters after the war.

Marcel’s Letters is the incredible story of Carolyn’s increasingly desperate search to uncover the mystery of one man’s fate during WWII, seeking answers across Germany, France, and the United States. Simultaneously, she continues to work on what would become the acclaimed P22 Marcel font, immortalizing the man and his letters that waited almost seventy years to be reunited with his family.
 

About Carolyn Porter

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Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer and typography geek who designed P22 Marcel Script. Released in 2014, this font has garnered five awards (four international), including the prestigious Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Director's Club. Porter has studied writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and with Elephant Rock retreats. She is a member of the New York Type Director's Club, AIGA-Minnesota, Minnesota Type Tuesday, the Twin Cities Creatives Group, and Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
 
Published June 6, 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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While it is clear that the author felt a genuine connection to Marcel, consideration of why he became so personally important to her is lacking. The result is a story that obscures the reader’s relationship with the narrator.

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