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Carolyn Porter featured Jan. 8 on BookEnds

The author found raw material for a new font in letters written during World War II by a Frenchman with a mysterious fate.

Carolyn Porter Contributed / RMA Publicity, Dec. 30, 2021

Author and graphic designer Carolyn Porter is the featured speaker on BookEnds Online Edition for Jan. 8.

More than a decade ago, Porter visited a now-closed antique store in downtown Stillwater.

“I have an affection for old handwriting, and I had been keeping an eye out for old letters I could use as source material for a new computer font,” she said, “but until that day, I had not found letters that included enough raw material to work with.”

For her font, Porter needed a handwriting sample that had a complete array of both upper and lowercase letters, along with numbers. She found exactly what she had been looking for in a collection of letters written during World War II by a Frenchman named Marcel Heuzé.


Skyhorse, 2018

She also uncovered a mystery. In the recently released book, “Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate,” Porter shares the story of her search for answers.

The Jan. 8 BookEnds Online Edition will be at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom, meeting ID 867 0338 5655. The meeting is hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society.

For more information or to watch recordings of previous BookEnds programs, visit This activity is funded in part through a grant from the Five Wings Art Council, through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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