Thursday, April 19, 2018
A Sudbury Bookmark: Matthew Heiti's The City Still Breathing
Toronto, ON – Project Bookmark Canada Board President Don Oravec is pleased that the 20th Bookmark on the Canadian Literary Trail is for The City Still Breathing by Matthew Heiti, a contemporary novel set in Sudbury, the author’s Northern Ontario home town. The Bookmark plaque will be unveiled on Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4p.m., at the Townehouse Tavern, and will feature readings and performances celebrating the diverse and vibrant literary culture in the city.
“Project Bookmark Canada and its Bookmarks provide a unique reading experience and a deeper understanding of the country and its people,” says Oravec, “Through audio walks and author talks, in person and online, the plaques are a launching place for conversation, collaboration and learning about the nation. We are pleased to add Sudbury to the Canadian Literary Trail of Bookmarks.”
Writer Kim Fahner recommended Heiti’s novel to Project Bookmark Canada founder Miranda Hill, and then rallied the literary community in support of it during her tenure as Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate (2015-2017). Bookmark champions include individual donors, and organizations, such as the City of Greater Sudbury, National Reading Campaign – Reading Town/Ville Lecture Sudbury, Sudbury Arts Council, Sudbury Wordstock Literary Festival, Greater Sudbury Public Library and the Townehouse Tavern. Project Bookmark Canada is grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The City Still Breathing was published in 2013 by Coach House Books, and as Agonie City, with French translation by Eva Lavergne in 2017 by Prise de parole. “The story itself is so evocative of the Sudbury places and spaces with which we are all so familiar,” Fahner says, “Reading this book reminds me of the raw beauty and the vibrant characters that our city has always offered us, from the edge of Lake Ramsey, to Dino, the popcorn man, to downtown city streets, and the Townehouse, with a view that looks across Elgin to the rail yards. I am so very pleased that Greater Sudbury will now be showcased as part of a national literary trail. We have excellent writers here, and this is a testament to our literary culture and tradition."
A nationally registered charitable organization, CRA #82725 7569 RR0001, Project Bookmark Canada issues charitable tax receipts are issued for all donations, $50 or more. Gifts to the Sudbury Bookmark, or others in development, are accepted online at www.projectbookmarkcanada.ca/give.
Laurie Murphy, Executive Director, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622 ED@ProjectBookmarkCanada.ca
Heather Campbell, Festival Director, Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival
(705) 929 – 0205 firstname.lastname@example.org
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