Sadiqa de Meijer Shortlisted for GG Literary Award

A-frame alumna Sadiqa de Meijer’s Alfabet/Alphabet has been shorlitsted in the non-fiction category of the Governor General’s Literay Awards for 2021. Congratulations! Winners will be announced on November 17. Alfabet/Alphabet, published by Palimpsest Press, is the record of de Meijer’s transition from speaking Dutch to English. “These lucid, penetrating meditations on language, loss, and identity…

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A-frame alumna Madhur Anand wins 2020 GG non-fiction award

Madhur Anand’s This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart was awarded the 2020 Governor General’s prize for non-fiction. The awards were delayed until June of this year because of the pandemic. Congratulations to Madhur, an A-frame alumna. “An innovative, moving account of three generations of a South Asian Canadian family as they negotiate time,…

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Congratulations to A-frame Alumni

Former A-frame residents are finalists for three 2020 Governor General’s Awards. Madhur Anand’s The Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart (Strange Light/Penguin Random House Canada) is a finalist in the non-fiction category. Oana Avasilichioaei is a finalist in two categories: Eight Track (Talonbooks) in poetry, and The Neptune Room (Book*hug Press) in translation (Bertrand…

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Announcing New Online A-frame Workshops With Rachel McCrum

Participants in the Ben Ladouceur workshops really enjoyed them, and asked for more. Ben has arranged for Rachel McCrum to lead a series of three workshops on the following dates: •    Tues. April 27—8 p.m.-9 p.m. EDT •    Sat. May 1—1 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT •    Tues May 4—4 p.m.-5 p.m. EDT Each workshop will be…

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Sign Up for A-frame Writing Workshops

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is very pleased to announce a new opportunity – writing workshops. What a great way to focus on your creativity during these strange (and long) COVID times. The first round of workshops will be with Ben Ladouceur, an A-frame alumni member. Workshops will last one hour. Cost is $20 and…

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Words Matter Update

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is very pleased to announce that in the first week of our fundraising campaign a total of $13,194 has been raised, and many thanks to those who have already donated. Our anxiety has decreased a bit! Plus, one of our long-time supporters, Glasswaters Foundation, has made a pledge of up…

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TODAY, WORDS MATTER MORE THAN EVER

The Al and Eurithe Purdy A-frame needs your help! As you may know, several brave souls stepped forward 12 years ago to save the legendary home of Canada’s great poet Al Purdy. This house served as an inspiration for Purdy’s own work, but also as a nexus during Canada’s literary coming-of-age. Regular guests included Margaret…

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New look at the life and legacy of Al Purdy

An Echo in the Mountains: Al Purdy After a Century has been published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. The work is edited by Nicholas Bradley, a 2016 writer-in-residence at the A-frame. And one of the many contributors to this new perspective is Jeff Weingarten, a 2018 alumnus. Following is McGill-Queen’s description: “From the 1960s until his…

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New work by 2019 writer-in-residence Damian Rogers

Acclaimed poet and 2019 writer-in-residence Damian Rogers has published An Alphabet for Joanna: A Portrait of My Mother in 26 Fragments. Here is how Penguin Random House Canada describes it: “Throughout her childhood in Detroit, Damian Rogers was never given a satisfactory account of the circumstances that led to her own birth. The ‘truth’ behind…

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