news | Thursday July 8, 2021

Jerry Zaslove, 1934–2021

[Jerry Zaslove]

Talonbooks honours the life of Jerry Zaslove, professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University in the departments of English and Humanities, and mourns his passing on June 23. Jerry taught at SFU from its founding in 1965 to his retirement in 2000. He was a former Chair of the English department and the founding Director, in 1983, of the Institute for the Humanities.

For decades, Jerry was a keen participant and active voice in Vancouver’s cultural affairs. In 2001, Talonbooks published Anarcho-Modernism: Toward a New Critical Theory in Honour of Jerry Zaslove, edited by Ian Angus, a collection of thirty-eight pieces unified by a combination of the playful, primitive aesthetic of literary modernism with the anti-authoritarian, anarchist praxis of radical democratic politics.

For the past few years, we’ve been working with Jerry on his forthcoming book: Untimely Passages: Dossiers from the Other Shore. It features essays drawn from fifty years of his writing. Jerry imagines the collection through the image of a colporteur, who appears along the streets and waysides, walking the arcades of cities with books. Untimely Passages is organized into “dossiers,” which are imaginary bridges over literary river crossings. The collection shows a life in writing by crossing rivers to the “other shores.” Untimely Passages will be published this fall.

We wish Jerry a good passage and fair winds as he makes his crossing. We thank him for his dedication to reading, writing, learning, and to his students, as well as for his support of Talonbooks. Our condolences go to his family.

Kevin Williams,
Talonbooks President and Publisher