National Post talks about bringing Jones back to life
When Daniel Jones committed suicide on February 13, 1994, at the age of 33, he left behind one published collection of poetry, one published novel, and a handful of chapbooks. His legacy, however, was still being written. A book of linked stories, The People One Knows, was published shortly after his death, while his novel 1978 was posthumously published in 1998. These books, and everything else Jones wrote, eventually went out of print, and he was in danger of being forgotten by the city he chronicled.
That's why the current resurgence of interest in his work is interesting. His seminal 1985 collection, The Brave Never Write Poetry, which he published at the tender age of 26, was just re-released by Coach House Books, while 1978 is being re-issued by Three O’Clock Press. And later this week, at a bar in Parkdale, his life and work will be celebrated by a cross-section of Toronto writers and musicians.
"It's kind of bittersweet," says his former girlfriend Moira Farr, author of After Daniel: A Suicide Survivor's Tale, an excerpt of which, coincidentally, appears in the just-released Penguin Book of Memoir. "The renewal of interest in his work is great. I'm quite happy -- well, I wouldn't say happy. I don't think it's a happy thing when someone so talented [dies] so young, but what he left is clearly still speaking to people."
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