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fw: Jack Layton: Art in Action, Ottawa book launch

Where: Brixton’s Pub, 210 Sparks St.
When: 29 May 2013, 5:30‒7:30 pm (readings 5:45 pm, free)

”Read this beautiful book about Jack’s passion for the arts. I hope his story will inspire you to live your life based on love, hope and optimism.”– Olivia Chow

Jack Layton: Art in Action, an inspiring cornucopia of reflections, poems, and images infused with Jack’s spirit, celebrates Jack’s lifelong involvement with arts and culture, his ongoing influence, and the power of imagination in action. Contributors include more than 100 “ordinary Canadians” and well-known personalities alike, featuring some of Canada’s best people’s poets… and people’s politicians… and best people! 300 pages with photos: a very fair deal at $25.

Please join us in celebrating Jack’s ongoing legacy!

MP Irene Mathyssen and editor and poet Penn Kemp will co-host. Presenters include contributors MP Olivia Chow, Karl Bélanger, Ronnie R. Brown, Gavin Stairs, Gale Zoe Garnett, Heidi Greco, Susan McMaster, Sandra Stephenson, and more.

“Jack would have loved this book. Art in Action captures his energy, creativity, activism and love of life.” ‒ Judy Rebick,

“Jack Layton’s love for the arts and his affinity with artists comes through in spades in this book. The arts were very much a part of his life, so well articulated in the stories and interviews in the book.” – Kim Elliott,

‘If you want a better Canada; if you want to know what Canada can be, then you need to allow yourself to be inspired by Jack Layton. And this superb, engaging book is the place to start.’ Tim Flannery (The Weather Makers, chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council)

Contact: Janine,, 613-995-2901

Quattro Books,, 647-748-7484

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  1. I went to the Toronto launch — one of perhaps a dozen across the country — some great contributions including Nancy White singing a wicked song and James Gordon singing a beautiful one based on Jack’s last letter. Not sure what/who will turn up at this event, but it should be surprising and rewarding. And free! All welcome, no need to rsvp…

    Susan McMasterMay 9, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

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