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Canada Celebrates National Al Purdy Day - April 21st

Posted: April 16, 2010

April is National Poetry month in Canada, and April 21st marks National Al Purdy Day and the tenth anniversary of his death. Purdy fans across the country are planning their own "Purdy Parties" to help raise funds to protect Al’s old A-frame home in Ameliasburgh, Ontario as a writer’s retreat.

This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (86 Nassau Street, Toronto) will celebrate National Al Purdy Day on Wednesday, April 21st at 8:00 pm. Authors David Day, Steven Michael Berzensky, Terry Barker, Guy Ewing and Shane Neilson will lead the celebrations. Visit the Save Al Purdy’s House Facebook group for more information.

Purdy fans in the Greater Vancouver area can celebrate Al Purdy Day on April 21st at 6:30 pm on Bowen Island at the Happy Isle Café. It will be open mike, so fans can read their favourite Al poem and/or ones to or about Al, or in his style.

Copies of The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology will be available for purchase, all proceeds going to The Al Purdy A-frame Trust. The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology is a celebration of the most unlikely, outrageous and important gathering place in modern Canadian writing, with contributions from Dennis Lee, Eurithe Purdy, F.R. Scott, George Galt, Joe Rosenblatt, Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, D.G Jones, Sid Marty, Steven Heighton, Howard White, David McFadden, David Helwig, Janet Lunn, Paul Vermeersch, Michael Ondaatje and others. This book collects anecdotes, reminiscences, and poems by a roll call of Canadian writers about memorable days and nights spent at the A-frame, along with a selection of Purdy's own writing showing the depth of his feeling for the place where he put down his roots. Proceeds from The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology will go towards preserving the Purdy home as a retreat for future generations of Canadian writers.