Update on tribute book for Milton Acorn
The meeting on Friday, March 1, at the Mosaic office in Oakville with Howard Aster, Terry Barker & I went very well. Howard was pleased with the addition of Dr. Bruce Meyer as an editor. Howard immediately understood the academic & literary abilities & connections which Bruce will bring to the second Acorn book.
We reviewed the list of received & anticipated contributors to the Milt book - we now have somewhere around 20 - 25 contributors.We may eventually post these online for review.
Howard is a no-nonsense guy, & his suggestions (directives) for the book included the remonstrance to avoid cronyism (e.g. not just old friends & comrades of Milt should be included). Howard also stressed the importance of rigorous academic articles on Milt - to balance the 'scrapbook' aspect of the many memoirs, poems & pics.
Howard also stressed the importance of fresh material, altho if necessity requires, we can fill in gaps in Milt's history & legacy with reprints. Howard said that most other publishers are very cooperative re reprints, altho this is a back-up position.
Howard set the target date for having some sort of work-in-progress manuscript for this fall. He will then send the ms-in-progress to various readers for their input.
Update on Purdy A-frame
(email from Jean Baird)
The Al Purdy Show on February 6 in Toronto was a wonderful event (program attached). We did videotape the evening so for those of you who weren't able to attend, stay tuned for further information down the road when the editing is completed. The event raised $40,000 which puts us in good shape to begin the upgrades. We are looking for volunteers to help with the upgrade work--if you are interested, let me know and I'll add your name to the contact list.
We are starting to accumulate stories about Al. If you have one--and please include photos if you have them--send them via email with the subject line "Encounters with Al."
Fundraising continues in order to have funds for the writer-in-residence program and to build an endowment. Now that the Al Purdy-A frame Association owns the house, some people have pledged to make an annual donation. Others have made donations "in memory" of loved ones or writers who knew Al. If you are interested in being an annual donor, please get in touch.
The Al Purdy A-frame Association
4403 West 11th Ave.,