Jack Lay­ton book launches to­mor­row in Hud­son

Green­wood Centre hos­ting tri­bute event

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A new book paying tri­bute to the late Jack Lay­ton will be laun­ched to­mor­row at the Green­wood Centre for Li­ving His­to­ry in Hud­son.

The book, Jack Lay­ton: Art in Ac­tion (Quat­tro Books, Ja­nua­ry 2013) is a col­lec­tion of in­ter­views, anec­dotes and thoughts about the cha­ris­ma­tic Que­be­cer who came from Hud­son, but who made his mark on an en­tire coun­try. The col­lec­tion of sto­ries, re­mem­brances and anec­dotes was edi­ted by Penn Kemp, a play­wright, poet, per­for­mer and ac­ti­vist from Lon­don, Ont. Kemp, the League of Ca­na­dian Poets’ 2012 ho­no­ra­ry Life Mem­ber, has re­cei­ved the Queen Eli­za­beth Dia­mond Ju­bi­lee Award for her contri­bu­tions to Ca­na­dian arts and cul­ture. She’s pu­bli­shed 25 books of poe­try and dra­ma.

Contri­bu­tors to Jack Lay­ton: Art in Ac­tion in­clude Ga­vin Stairs and Sandra Ste­phen­son, among others.

The book delves in­to Lay­ton’s passionate in­vol­ve­ment with arts and cul­ture, which Kemp says re­flec­ted his life in po­li­tics and beyond.

The col­lec­tion of sto­ries illus­trate how Lay­ton’s be­liefs conti­nue to in­fluence ac­ti­vism in Ca­na­da, as well as how his motto: “Ne­ver turn down an op­por­tu­ni­ty to serve!” is a maxim people still embrace.

In a let­ter ad­dres­sed to friends and ad­mi­rers of Jack Lay­ton, Kemp ex­plai­ned that Lay­ton’s in­fluence ex­ten­ded to “folks of all stripes and in­ter­ests. He tou­ched all Ca­na­dians: Qué­bé­cois, First Na­tions and di­verse eth­nic po­pu­la­tions across the coun­try. Sto­ries and re­mem­brances in his ho­nour have been contri­bu­ted by “or­di­na­ry Ca­na­dians” and well-known per­so­na­li­ties alike. Jack Lay­ton left an ins­pi­ra­tio­nal le­ga­cy for eve­ryone. Jack Lay­ton: Art in Ac­tion fea­tures some of Ca­na­da’s best people’s poets... and people’s po­li­ti­cians... and some of Ca­na­da’s best people!”

Launch to­mor­row

Jack Lay­ton: Art in Ac­tion book launch will take place Thurs­day, May 30, from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.., at The Green­wood Centre for Li­ving His­to­ry, 254 Main Rd. in Hud­son. Edi­tor Penn Kemp and contri­bu­tor Sandra Ste­ven­son are ex­pec­ted to at­tend. For more in­for­ma­tion contact: Jane Ha­vard or Au­drey Wall at 450 458-5396.

PHO­TO CO­VER COURTESY OF QUAT­TRO BOOKS

The book Jack Lay­ton: Art in Ac­tion, a tri­bute col­lec­tion of sto­ries and anec­dotes, will be laun­ched to­mor­row in Hud­son.

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