When I was first invited to attend a Gaudy Night at Massey College some five years ago now, I enjoyed it very much. One of the memorial highlights of the evening was the Master’s bedtime story featuring his trials and tribulations with the various animal kingdoms resident in the college. John Fraser, the Master has now collected all his stories into a volume, and it will also include a story scheduled for December 2011. I understand, but have yet to confirm that the resident animal will be a moose. Perhaps that is because Charles Pachter’s fanciful cover contains a “Where’s Waldo” Moose. John Fraser has followed in the footsteps of Robertson Davies, the first Master of Massey College founded in 1962. DAvies used to relate a ghost stories, and these too were subsequnetly colelcted. It is important to note that the College will celebrate it’s 50th birthday in 2012.
Massey College Gaudy Night Bedtime Stories
by John Fraser, with cover by Charles Pachter. Trade Paperback 200+ pp. ISBN 978-1-55246-942-2 @ $20.00
This book is a work in progress, but here is thumbnail portrait of the wrap-around cover which every friend of Massey will recognize the reality and the whimsey. Or is that Lord Wimsy? Isn’t he the character who solved the Gaudy Night Mystery by Dorothey Sayers? — but I digress.