Two New Books Launched at Town­ship­pers’ Day!

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Twonew English-lan­guage books will be launched dur­ing Town­ship­pers’ Day on Satur­day, Septem­ber 14th, at 1:30 p.m, in the Bishop’s Col­lege School Arena in Len­noxville.

Tor­rent’s Gate: Thomas Wolfe Vis­its Que­bec, is the lat­est work by prom­i­nent Eastern Town­ships poet Steve Lux­ton. In­spired by Wolfe’s lit­tle-known vis­its to Que­bec dur­ing the 1920’s and 30’s, Lux­ton has cre­ated a po­etry cy­cle that il­lu­mi­nates this bril­liant and tor­tured U.S. lit­er­ary gi­ant’s strug­gle with al­co­hol, fame and lone­li­ness. The sec­ond work,

edited by En­dre Farkas and Carolyn Marie Souaid, presents in­ter­views with 22 Que­bec An­glo po­ets. its ti­tle sug­gests,

is a timely book. Where else in Canada, per­haps even the world, do you have an of­fi­cial lan­guage po­lice that pa­trols the high­ways and by­ways of the prov­ince look­ing for miss­ing ac­cents, il­le­gal apos­tro­phes and on/off switches in the wrong lan­guage? Where else in Canada do you have to make sure that sign size mat­ters? Is it 30% big­ger or smaller than the other? Where else in Canada do you con­sider

to say hello to some­one be­fore you ac­tu­ally do?

And what about Que­bec’s English-lan­guage po­ets, who write in the dom­i­nant lan­guage of North Amer­ica, but are the lin­guis­tic mi­nor­ity in a fran­co­phone cul­ture— a mi­nor­ity within a mi­nor­ity? Is writ­ing in English in Que­bec a po­lit­i­cal act? An act of sur­vival? An act of de­fi­ance? Or an act of cel­e­bra­tion?

Farkas and Souaid in­ter­viewed 22 con­tem­po­rary Que­bec po­ets who re­flect on th­ese and other ques­tions of pol­i­tics and poet­ics. Among those in­ter­viewed are Town­ship­pers Steve Lux­ton, An­gela Leuck, and the late Richard Som­mer.

When asked why th­ese two Mon­treal edi­tors were launch­ing their book in the Eastern Town­ships, Mr. Farkas replied: “An­gela Leuck and Steve Lux­ton, two of the po­ets in­cluded in the an­thol­ogy and res­i­dents of the Town­ships, sug­gested that we have a launch in the Town­ships as well as a way of rec­og­niz­ing that there is an English lan­guage lit­er­ary com­mu­nity out­side of Mon­treal. Aside from Leuck and Lux­ton, Richard Som­mer, an­other poet in­cluded, was also a Town­ship­per. Also, a num­ber of im­por­tant po­ets, F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek, DG Jones, Ralph Gustafson, John Glassco, just to name a few, lived, sum­mered in and or wrote about the area.” A more fa­mil­iar author will also be at the “Town­ships Ex­pres­sions” ta­bles on T-Day: Stanstead’s own Ross Mur­ray! Mr. Mur­ray, who can also be heard recit­ing his own funny sto­ries on CBC ra­dio reg­u­larly, will read pas­sages from his books,

and and sign copies of his books.

Don’t miss this op­por­tu­nity to meet the au­thors and sup­port English­language writ­ers and writ­ing in the Town­ships.

– On Tues­day, Septem­ber 3rd, 2013 at Toronto East Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. Jean Ed­son, beloved wife of the late David Ed­son, loving mother of Brian, loving daugh­ter of the late Harry Les­lie Perkins and Lena Ma­bel Chan­nell of Stanstead, Que­bec. Dear sis­ter of Rus­sell Perkins, the late Marion McFad­den, Ruth Mac Don­ald, and Al­bert Chan­nell Perkins. Sadly missed by her many nieces and neph­ews. Ser­vice was held at Tem­ple Emanu-El, 120 Old Colony Rd., Toronto on Sun­day, Septem­ber 8th at 2:30 p.m. In­ter­ment in the Tem­ple Emanu-El sec­tion of Dawes Road Ceme­tery. Shiva at 1101 Les­lie St. Toronto. Me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to the Jean Ed­son Me­mo­rial Fund c/o The Ben­jamin Foun­da­tion, 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, www.ben­jamins.ca

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