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CELEBRATING CANADIAN AUTHORS

Isobel Lang, head librarian at the Wychwood Pubic Library and author Charlotte Fielden are creating a special celebration of Canadian authors to take place on Thursday the 25th of May from 2 to 4 P.M., during Canada’s 150th birthday at the Wychwood Public Library, located at 1431 Bathurst St., one block south of St. Clair W. There will be a panel of authors talking about their books and they will be selling and signing copies. We have requested that the books, fact or historical fiction be subjects relating to Canada. Discussions about each book will be included after a brief reading from the books, and questions can follow with answers from the authors.

Isobel Lang will be posting a notice on the official website of Toronto Libraries, and Charlotte will be sending the notice to Valerie Laws at the Writers’ Union of Canada to be posted where she was a founding member.

Charlotte can be reached at: 416-656-0140 or by email at charlotte.fielden@primus.ca and Isobel Lang at: 416-393-7683 or ilang@torontopubliclibrary.ca

The celebration will be continued at the nearby Wychwood Pub on St. Clair Avenue. Instructions will be given how to find it, or follow the leader.


Join author Charlotte Fielden for the book launch, reading, and signing for her third poetry collection, BEHOLDER.

DATE: Thursday, 18 June 2015

TIME: 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Wychwood Public Library, 1431 Bathurst St., I block south of St. Clair West, Toronto For more information: 416-393-7683

In BEHOLDER, Fielden explores both the luminous and the shadow aspects of Creation and human nature, with a sprinkling of humour throughout the collection.



MIRACLE OR MIRAGE

LOCATION: On the street in front of 707 St. Clair West
DESCRIPTION: If you need an uplifting experience any month, day of the week, or time of day, come by the City of Toronto’s installation of author Charlotte Fielden’s poetry on a disc in the sky.


Here’s the tale of one poet, in this case myself who made it to an outcome of the idea for a project by Pier Giorgio DI Ciccio, when he was Toronto’s second poet laureate in 2005. His project was to engrave and chisel snippets of poetry by Toronto’s chosen poets on benches and wherever possible. Another municipal development project used up any of the funds except for my own poetry. The following four lines which close the poem Kindness of Strangers in my first poetry collection The Fragrance of Thyme were chosen:

Miracle or mirage it doesn’t matter
for I have met with the kindness
of strangers in the strangest of places
and I am almost home.
-Charlotte Fielden

Apparently these word were stenciled on the metal disc tilted up towards the sky held up by a metal pole in front of the building for seniors at 707 St. Clair West. The sky shows through each letter stenciled in including those of my name. And apparently it is a delight to see it in all kinds of weather. It’s been installed only about 6 weeks ago. I would never have heard of it or found it had it not been for a blogger called Redpat, a gifted photographer who travels around the world looking for interesting shots of all kinds. The disc with my poetry caught her eye and I found it by a routine Google search I make for images of my books covers and myself. What a thrilling find. I walked over to see it today and was met by chance by Anne Marie Colt, someone who has been noticing it. We chatted and it turns out that she is connected with and does work in the community, and is known by the volunteers at patron of the arts, Councilman Joe Mihevc’s office nearby. We traded business cards. The comments from all over the world with the online picture of the disc moved me and made me feel so connected with persons of like mind. Kind and amusing words of praise from all. It would be great if a similar project could be picked up by the the Toronto poet laureates who have followed in Di Ciccio’s footsteps.
I did a pilgrimage to the site and was thrilled to find such a striking tribute. I was certainly born under a lucky star.

That’s the story.


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