Jack Layton book launches tomorrow in Hudson
Greenwood Centre hosting tribute event
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!”
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.
The book Jack Layton: Art in Action, a tribute collection of stories and anecdotes, will be launched tomorrow in Hudson.