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Peter Gzowski

Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1989. 459pp, paper, $16.95
ISBN 0-7710-3735-X. CIP

Grades 12 and up/Ages 17 and up
Reviewed by Joan McGrath.

Volume 18 Number 2
1990 March

There's absolutely no doubt that Peter Gzowski's "Morningside," CBC's most popular daily radio program, is a Canadian institution. This third collection of correspondence from listeners and regulars. The Latest Morningside Papers, following in the wake of best-sellers The Morningside Papers and The New Morningside Paper, seems proof positive that one tradition has spawned another.

Here are the pick of letters ad­dressed to Gzowski between autumn 1987 and spring 1989, on any and every subject, in every vein - serious, tragic, moving, funny or simply by-the-way. Some respond to a suggested theme such as "Some Happy (and some sentimental) Returns" or "Childhood Haunts"; others just arrived out of the blue, fulfilling someone's impulse or need to communicate with the vast unseen audience that wouldn't miss "Morningside" for the world.

Included are contributions from program regulars Stuart McLean, Shelagh Rogers, Margaret Visser and Richard Osier, as well as a fascinating sampling of the huge pile of mail, both invited and unsolicited, that arrives daily. The cover design, a portrait of Gzowski superimposed upon a montage of postmarks from all over the country, attests to the universality of his, and "Morningside's," appeal.

There's really nothing to be said about this latest Morningside that hasn't been said before; like its predecessors it's compulsively readable and certain to be as popular as they have been. A must read and a "should-buy."

Joan McGrath, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, Ont.
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