The "good place to come from” was Sault Ste Marie in northern Ontario during the tumultuous era leading to WWII. Morley Torgov’s tales of life are enduring classics: choosing the president of the Jewish community (when no one wants the job); the sorrows of the Chinese restaurant owner where Torgov and his irascible father ate most nights, while his stepmother lay dying in hospital; and Torgov’s obsession with George Gershwin, which he shared with his friend Irving Cohen are all unforgettable. Winner of the 1976 Leacock Medal for Humour, “A Good Place to Come From” was adapted for four dramas telecast by CBC TV and was the basis for three full length stage plays by Israel Horovitz which have been performed in New York City and throughout the US.
About the Author
Morley Torgov is the author of 'A Good Place to Come From', made into a CBC mini-series and three plays for stage by Israel Horovitz, playing on and off Broadway in the mid-1980s to critical and popular acclaim and elsewhere in the USA and Canada to this day. This title was also a CLA and Book of the Month Club selection. He is also the author of 'The Abramsky Variations', 'The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick', 'St. Farb’s Day', and 'The War to End All Wars' and two mysteries, 'Murder in A-Major', and 'The Mastersinger from Minsk'. He has written plays for CBC radio and television and his work has been adapted to the stage. He has twice won the Leacock Medal for Humour. Torgov received a degree from the University of Toronto, an honorary D. Litt from Laurentian University, and has written numerous articles for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, New York Times Sunday Magazine, and other periodicals. His essays have appeared in Family Portraits and Beyond Imagination. Torgov lives in Toronto where he practises law.