Sunday, 5 May 2013

The Jack Layton Art in Action Book Launch Tour Comes to London

The national book launchs for Jack Layton: Art in Action began in April in British Columbia and on Thursday May 23rd it's London's Aeolian Hall's turn to host. Penn Kemp has put together an incredible book paying tribute to the late federal New Democratic Party leader which comes 2 years after the NDP became Canada's official opposition for the first time.

"Jack Layton: Art in Action is a truly inspiring cornucopia of anecdotes, reflections, poems, and images infused with Jack’s spirit, and with the spirits of many who were touched and motivated by his example. It reveals his life as a work of art capable of igniting us into positive, caring action."
Quattro Books
My new poem, Irving and Jack, about someone who confuses Jack Layton with Irving Layton at an arts gathering, is included in this collection.
"Read this beautiful book about Jack's passion for the arts. He loved to make music, dance and he was happiest when he led massive sing-alongs. I hope Jack's story will inspire you to live your life based on love, hope and optimism."
– Olivia Chow, NDP MP Trinity Spadina, Toronto

"Jack Layton, more than any other politician I’ve ever known, was able to combine politics, the arts, compassion, and uncommon sense into a public life that is a blueprint for public service. I’d recommend this book for anyone who wants to serve as Jack did. And for everyone who votes.”
– Thomas King

Here is the info for the launch:

Thursday, May 23, 2013: Doors Open 7:00 pm for a 7:30 start. Jack Layton: Art in Action book launch with contributors. Co-hosted by MP Irene Mathyssen and editor/poet Penn Kemp. Presenters include MPP Teresa Armstrong, Allan Briesmaster of Quattro Books, contributors Gina Barber, Clark Bryan, Kathleen Dindoff, Katerina Fretwell, Andreas Gripp, Daniel Kolos, Shawn Lewis, Tanis Macdonald, John Magyar, Nancy Loucks-McSloy, Gavin Stairs, Joe Wilson, Wendy Valhoff, Jennifer White & Robert McMaster. The Aeolian, 795 Dundas St. E., London, Ontario, 519-672-7950, or or
Quattro Books,, 647-748-7484.


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