About Words Indeed

In 2010, John Parry set up Words Indeed Publishing Inc. to publish Mary Willan Mason’s The Well-Tempered Listener: Growing Up with Musical Parents.   Decades earlier he had copyedited F.R.C. Clarke’s magisterial Healey Willan: Life and Music (1983) and met Mary, Willan’s only daughter. A few years ago, Mary wrote about her formative years in this remarkable family, living in North Toronto in the 1920s and 1930s. John edited the manuscript, which he found fascinating.

John grew up in Hamilton and studied history and history of science at McMaster, Toronto, and Imperial College (London). In 1978 he joined the Editorial Department at University of Toronto Press, where he worked with brilliant and highly collegial editors, experts in other fields of book production, and authors from many, many scholarly disciplines. He became a freelance editor in 1986 and has since worked for individual authors, scholarly and other presses, businesses and foundations, and federal and provincial departments, ministries, and agencies.

When John decided to publish Mary Willan Mason’s memoir, Conrado Dinglasan at UTP Print provided him with invaluable counsel and practical advice and support. Val Cooke, also at UTP Print, designed the book, cover, and illustrations and did the layout and typesetting. Thistle Print in Toronto printed and bound the volume.

At the launch of Mary’s memoir in Toronto’s Heliconian Club, John met Ann Elizabeth Carson a psychotherapist, feminist, sculptor, and poet. Five months later, in the same venue, they launched her new volume of poetry The Risks of Remembrance. Jane Champagne, Jane Burns, and the author provided the illustrations. Volumes in Waterloo, Ontario, printed the book.

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