Mark Lavorato, author of “Believing Cedric”
Believing Cedric traverses Canada, major historical events of the twentieth century, and the extraordinary lives of twelve different people, each of whom has some kind of poignant connection with a man named Cedric Johnson.
Meanwhile, Cedric is having the strangest experience of his life. He is fifty-eight years old, and flashing back to pivotal moments and decisions that he made along the way; though not as a passive observer; he’s capable of interacting with his past – speaking as a fifty-eight year old man in his nine-year-old body, then in the skin of a thirteen-year-old, and so on – all while trying to figure out what exactly is happening to him, and why. Understandably, he tries to change a few things while revisiting, though with little success, imparting his more-than-flawed advice to those who played a key role in charting his course – twelve very different characters who must then decide if they will allow, or can even afford, this one blinking moment of believing Cedric.
Mark spoke with Writer’s Block host Paul Kennett in November, 2011.