It’s a special afternoon of comedy, poetry, talk, film and storytelling in celebration of Canadian poet Al Purdy, and the A-Frame Association—the effort dedicated to restoring Purdy’s house and encouraging a new generation of Canadian writers.
It’s hosted by writer and stand-up comedian Charlie Demers, who also happens to be the judge for PRISM‘s Creative Non-Fiction contest. The event is a who’s who of Canadian writers including Ken Babstock, our Poetry contest judge, George Bowering, Colin Browne, Brad Cran, Michael Crummey, Maxine Gadd, Aislinn Hunter, Daphne Marlatt, Billeh Nickerson, Sina Queyras, Sharon Thesen, Fred Wah and Howard White. Among them is our very own Poetry Editor Rob Taylor, who will be going to the A-Frame Association residency in 2015—the first person from the West Coast to do so.
There will also be a silent auction fundraiser , including rare Purdy books, Purdy memorabilia, bundles of signed books by the readers, signed broadsides, and more. PRISM is a promotional sponsor of the event with the Purdy posts, and every performing will be leaving with a beautiful PRISM tote bag.
If you’d like some reading to get you in the mood for the Al Purdy Show, PRISM international and Harbour Publishing have partnered to present you four excerpts from We Go Far Back in Time, a new book collecting forty years of letters between poets Earle Birney and Al Purdy. You can read all the posts in the same place here.
And if you’d like a more visual teaser, here’s a promo video from the Toronto Edition of the Al Purdy Show: http://vimeo.com/64603077.