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MARNIE WOODROW reads from her new novel Heyday this Saturday at CITY PARK LIBRARY

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I get to sit down with these two this Saturday. Lucky boy am I.

ELISABETH BELLIVEAU + JONATHAN GARFINKEL
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14TH | 2PM | FREE
CITY PARK LIBRARY

Put your faith in language—character will follow and plot, too, will eventually emerge…Transcend the personal. Prove that you are alive. We get our voice from the voices of others. Read promiscuously. Imitate…Restore what has been devalued by others…Go somewhere nobody else has gone, preferably towards beauty, hard beauty…Reveal a truth that isn’t yet there.

COLUM McCANN

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ISHMAEL RANDALL WEEKS

ART TORONTO 2015

PHOTOS: KIRBY

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From the Tightrope Books booth at Word on the Street, Toronto.

Photos: KIRBY

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ELISABETH BELLIVEAU

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The sound of the language is where it all begins. The test of a sentence is, Does it sound right? The basic elements of language are physical: the noise words make, the sounds and silences that make the rhythms marking their relationships. Both the meaning and the beauty of the writing depend on these sounds and rhythms. This is just as true of prose as it is of poetry, though the sound effects of prose are usually subtle and always irregular.

Most children enjoy the sound of language for its own sake. They wallow in repetitions and luscious word-sounds and the crunch and slither of onomatopoeia; they fall in love with musical or impressive words and use them in all the wrong places. Some writers keep this primal interest in and love for the sounds of language. Others “outgrow” their oral/aural sense of what they’re reading or writing. That’s a dead loss. An awareness of what your own writing sounds like is an essential skill for a writer. Fortunately it’s quite easy to cultivate, to learn or reawaken.

A good writer, like a good reader, has a mind’s ear. read more >

A Writing Lesson from Ursula K. Le Guin: In Pursuit of the Gorgeous Sound of Language

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Those of you who follow us know of our special relationship with Joseph and Leo, the creators/proprietors of ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY, who regularly host our pop-up book sales and house our permanent book nook kiosk at their wondrous shop in Kensington.

We wanted to highlight some of the most beautiful furnishings we’ve ever seen for the home or study, currently in store (but not for long). Unique. Reasonably priced. Simply beautiful.

ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY
275 Augusta Avenue
Kensington Market
Toronto

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