Two New Books Launched at Townshippers’ Day!
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