Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
In co-operation with the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, Laurier Press is joining the effort to preserve Al Purdy’s house. The following article will be published in the festival program. The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place on Sunday, Sept. 7th. Come on out and hear some great readings and make a donation to preserve a piece of Canadian literary history.
Al Purdy was a great Canadian poet, who wrote more than 40 books of poetry before his death in 2000. He is so revered that in May of this year, a bronze statue of him was erected in Toronto. Unfortunately, the house in Prince Edward County, from which he wrote many of his poems, was due to be sold, his widow, Eurithe, unable to maintain it. Afraid it would face demolition should she sell it, she proposed the idea of turning it into a writers’ retreat. At first there was little interest, but with a prominent article in The Globe & Mail, a new campaign has sprung up. Headed by Jean Baird, the Purdys’ long-time friend, the group is trying to raise money to preserve the house.
You can help save Al Purdy’s house by making a donation at the table set up on Publisher’s Way during the festival. Thanks to Wilfrid Laurier University Press, those who make a minimum donation will receive a copy of The More Easily Kept Illusions: The Poetry of Al Purdy, edited by Robert Budde. Please consider making a donation to preserve an important part of Canada’s literary history. For more information see Save Al Purdy’s House on Facebook or at http://savealshouse.wordpress.com/.