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Paul Quarrington

Paul Quarrington

(1953 – 2010)

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Paul Quarrington

Paul Quarrington
(1953 – 2010)

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Paul Quarrington

(1953 – 2010)
About Paul
This is a memorial to Paul Lewis Quarrington. Paul was a Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and musician. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he grew up in the suburb of Don Mills and studied at the University of Toronto.
Paul Quarrington wrote his early novels while working as the bass player for the group Joe Hall and the Continental Drift. His most successful novel to date, Whale Music was called "the greatest rock'n'roll novel ever written" by Penthouse magazine. Paul died of lung cancer in Toronto on January 21st, 2010.
Paul Quarrington's novels are characterised by their humour (King Leary received the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour in 1988) although they address serious subjects. His
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heroes are largely emotionally crippled and have withdrawn from society; typically, in Paul's work, an agent of some sort (a young woman in Whale Music, ghosts in King Leary) draws them back into the fold of humanity.
His novel The Ravine was published in March 2008. At the time of his death, Paul Quarrington was working on two film adaptations (one short, one feature length) of that novel, which he claimed is "semi-autobiographical." "It's about a writer who squanders his talents in television, drinks too much, screws around and ruins his marriage," Paul has said. "The reason it's 'semi-autobiographical' is the guy's name is 'Phil.'"
Paul Quarrington's adaptation (with director Richard J. Lewis) of Whale
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Music was nominated for numerous Genie Awards. (Actor Maury Chaykin won best actor for his portrayal of the drug-addled Desmond Howl.) The screenplay for Perfectly Normal, a comedy that combined hockey and grand opera, won the award. Paul has also worked in the television industry, acting as writer and/or producer on such shows as Due South, Power Play, and most recently, the Showcase comedy Moose TV.
Paul Quarrington was also the singer/guitarist for the blues/roots/country ensemble Porkbelly Futures. Their first CD, Way Past Midnight was released in late 2005 by Wildflower Records and spent six months on the "Americana" charts. Their second CD, Porkbelly Futures, was released by Cordova Bay Entertainment
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Group in April of 2008. It contains many of Paul's original compositions.
After being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, Paul Quarrington embarked on a tour with Porkbelly Futures of Canada's east coast.
In 2009, the Writers' Trust of Canada awarded Paul Quarrington its Matt Cohen Prize for a distinguished lifetime contribution to Canadian literature. Paul Quarrington passed away on the 21st January 2010. This is a tribute dedicated to his life and his works. May he rest in peace.
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On 21st Jan 2010
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wrote:
Just borrowed Whale Music the other day and was looking forward to a great read. Sorry to hear the news of the passing of a great talent. Rest in peace.
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Paul Quarrington

This is a memorial to Paul Lewis Quarrington. Paul was a Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and musician. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he grew up in the suburb of Don Mills and studied at the University of Toronto.
Paul Quarrington wrote his early novels while working as the bass player for the group Joe Hall and the Continental Drift. His most successful novel to date, Whale Music was called "the greatest rock'n'roll novel ever written" by Penthouse magazine. Paul died of lung cancer in Toronto on January 21st, 2010.
Paul Quarrington's novels are characterised by their humour (King Leary received the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour in 1988) although they address serious subjects. His...

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