In 1963, David Godfrey and his wife Ellen travelled to Ghana, where David volunteered as a teacher with Cuso International. The newly-married couple lived and worked in Ghana for two years. When David wasn’t teaching, the couple soaked up the country’s culture, and contributed their own—David once played jazz trumpet for Ghana’s president!
Upon returning to Canada, David became passionate about making a place for Canadian literature in North American culture. David co-founded House of Anansi, a publishing company named for the mythological Ghanaian spider god. He would later go on to establish two more publishing companies in his lifetime. In 1970, David published his experimental novel called “The New Ancestors”, which won the Governor General’s Award for English fiction.
David’s multiple passions led to a unique—and successful—career as author-publisher, software entrepreneur, professor and vintner. He left a deep impression on the Canadian literary landscape, as well as on the lives he touched as mentor, friend and family member.
David passed away on June 21, 2015, at the age of 76.