Al Purdy A-Frame
Fundraiser Anthology

"Purdy Country"

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The CCLA is proud to announce, "Purdy Country", an anthology of poetry
and essays on Al Purdy published by Hidden Brook Prss. This anthology is
an A-frame fundraiser book.  100% of the profit from the sale of this book
will be donated to the A-frame Trust established by Jean Baird.

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The house that Al Purdy built, an "A-frame" on the shore of Roblin Lake in Prince Edward
County, Ontario, is an important part of our Canadian literary heritage. As you might know
this house is slated for possible demolition because of its growing land value.  Jean Baird,
long time friend of Al and Eurithe Purdy, has started a trust fund for the purchase of the
Purdy home with the aim of preserving it as a writer's retreat. The donation of all profits
from this CCLA anthology "Purdy Country" will go towards supporting Jean's effort to save
the house.

If you have any questions about the A-frame Trust or would like to donate to this cause
you can contact: Jean Baird at - jeanbaird@shaw.ca.

If you are interested in making a donation, cheques can be made out to:
Al Purdy A-frame Trust
and mailed to:
4403 West 11th Ave.,
Vancouver BC
V6R 2M2

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Call for submissions


Cover and text designer

Corporate Sponsors – order 50 books

Private Sponsors – order 20 books

Author Book Orders

Article from the Globe and Mail

Article from the Intelligencer

Volunteers Needed

*** We need a Media Relations volunteer
Someone that can write and release a Press Kit
to the media.

*** We need a Bookstore Relations volunteer
Someone that can communicate directly with
bookstores and organize in store readings
and receive bookstore orders.

*** We need a Book Launch Coordinator Volunteer
Someone that can organize book launches and
readings in various cities.

Contact project director, Richard Grove, at:

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Call for submissions:

The Canada Cuba Literary Alliance is looking for poetry submissions for two different chapters of our anthology entitled
Purdy Country”.   Please do not send without following the instructions below – thank you.

Two Chapters:

1 -
If you have any poems or postcard prose that are about Al Purdy or mention Al Purdy in any way please sent them to:
Chapter Editor, R.D. Roy at <pdroy@ sympatico.ca>.
(To avoid spam crawlers picking up this email address we have added a space in the email address - please take the space out before emailing.)

2 - If you have any poems or postcard prose on the theme of  "Purdy Country", Canada in general or about the country
where Purdy lived. Send them to:
Chapter Editor, John B. Lee at <johnb.lee@ sympatico.ca>
(To avoid spam crawlers picking up this email address we have added a space in the email address - please take the space out before emailing.)

Submission Guidelines:

any length any style
PostCard Prose
350 words maximum

We are accepting previously published work. Please let the editor know if your work has been previously published.  The author needs to own the rights to the work that they are submitting.  Please let the editor know both the publisher and place of publication so that information can go onto the Acknowledgement page in the book - this is very important. It is the responsibility of the author to inform the editor and gain permission if needed.  Remember that the editors are volunteers, it cannot be their responsibility to acquire permissions. Also we cannot assume any costs related to acquiring permission.

1 – Please send your submission to the correct editor.

2 – Please put “Purdy Country poetry submission” in the subject heading of your email otherwise it might get lost.

3 – Please include your name, address, email, phone – all in the body of the email above your poetry submission/s.

4 – Please do not send poems on other themes.

5 – Please DO NOT send a bio.  Editor will request a short bio AFTER your work has been accepted.

6 – Please DO NOT send an attachment. Please paste your poem/s in the body of the email.  Set your email format to “Plain Text” rather than “HTML” format.  This will help to ensure that we receive your poem in the spacing format that you wish your poem published.

7 – After emailing your poem/s please mail your poem/s in hard copy with your above required personal info to:

CCLA – Purdy Country Submission
109 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
(Your work will not be considered if we do not receive both an email and hardcopy submission)

– Have you included your "ACKNOWLEDGEMENT" information with your submission?

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Submission Deadline:  Post marked December 1, 2008

We look forward to hearing from you.

Please pass this call for submissions to your list and stay tuned for further developments.
We do hope that authors will participate with the CCLA in the marketing and distribution of this book.  It will be for sale on this website and in the Hidden Brook Distribution catalogue. If you have any media contacts or book seller contacts please forward them to project director, Richard Grove, at writers@HiddenBrookPress.com.  We look forward to your continued support.

Thank you.


Richard Grove
CCLA President

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(thank you editors for volunteering your time)

Allan Briesmaster – Chapter of letters

Linda Rogers – Chapter on People’s Poetry

John B. Lee – Chapter on Poems on Purdy Country (see call for submissions)

R. D. Roy – Chapter on Poems on Al Purdy (see call for submissions)

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Thank you
Julie McNeill
for coming on board as cover designer and layout designer for our book.

You can find McNeill Design Art at

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Corporate and Private Sponsors Needed

We need your support to help make this project a success. Be part of
Canadian history by helping to save our literary heritage.

Make a gift of "Purdy Country" to your family, friends, clients and
staff and show Canada you care.

Your pre-publication commitment will help establish what size of print
run we should order.  The larger the print run the lower the unit price
for printing the books equals more profit for the A-frame Trust.

Please contact project director,
Richard Grove, at writers@HiddenBrookPress.com for details.

Corporate Sponsors:

Purchase 50 copies, or more, of "Purdy Country" in advance for $10 each (this is a 55% discount
from the $22.50 retail price
) and we will:

1 – add your logo to the back of the book
2 – add a hot link from our website to your website
3 – add your logo to other promotional material
invitation to book launch

Your pre-publication support of $500 will help save our Canadian heritage for future generations.

Private Sponsors:

Purchase 20 copies, or more, of "Purdy Country" in advance for $10 each (this is a 55% discount from the $22.50 retail price) and we will add your name to the Private Sponsor list that will be published inside the book and on the website.  We hope you will join us at the book launch to receive your thank you.

Your pre-publication support of $200 will help save our Canadian heritage for future generations.

Author Orders:
Thank you authors for donating your work to this anthology. Your contribution has made this project possible.

Authors will be offered the selling price of $10 per book. 

Let us know how many books you think you will need. Ordering in advance will help us determine how many books to order.  Paying in advance will help even more.

Ordering Details:

All order are subject to
shipping, handling and taxes.

Orders for 50 and 20 books will be shipped directly from the printer.

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Did you see the article in the Globe and Mail - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080711.walpurdy12/BNStory/Entertainment/home


From Saturday's Globe and Mail

July 11, 2008 at 11:31 PM EDT

Excerpts below - click url above for full article and picture.

Canadian poet Al Purdy wrote most of his best work in a small a-frame cabin tucked along the shore of Roblin Lake in Prince Edward County. Eight years after Purdy's death, his wife is now putting the old a-frame up for sale. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

Roblin Lake – a “backwater puddle of a lake,” her late poet husband once wrote – soon shimmers into view. Cedars tower overhead. Willows rustle in the breeze. An asylum of birds chatter. It's no wonder Al Purdy called this little corner of Ontario's Prince Edward County his “tangential backyard universe.”

When Purdy died in 2000, he was hailed as one of the greatest Canadian poets of the last century. He had written more than 40 books, won a trophy case of awards, circled the globe. In May, a larger-than-life bronze statue of him was erected in Toronto.

Despite the caviar receptions and gold accolades, he always returned to this jury-rigged little A-frame tacked to a low-slung, leaning bungalow. The whole edifice, he observed, “bent a little in the wind and dreamt of the trees it came from.” Here, he could observe all his poetry's recurring themes: love, death, ego, “the glories of copulation.”

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But after a half-century as a sanctuary for birds, bugs and broke poets, the Purdy place may soon be demolished. In the coming months, Eurithe Purdy plans to put it up for sale. “It's become too much for me,” she says.

“Whoever buys it,” she adds, ... “I think they would change it beyond recognition, if they didn't tear it down.”

Anyone familiar with Purdy's work would recognize the cottage's literary and historical significance. The Purdys bought the Ameliasburgh, Ont., property in 1957, desperate to escape Montreal, where, according to one poem, Purdy had failed at “poems plays prose and just being a human being.” They dropped their last dollar on a down payment and moved “so far from anywhere/even homing pigeons lost their way/getting back home to nowhere.”

The move soon paid off creatively, inspiring what is perhaps the most famous metamorphosis in Canadian literary history. Once a struggling writer of tortured romantic verse, Purdy and his work changed forever along the shores of Roblin Lake.

The home itself was the product of two months' worth of amateur carpentry and drunken squabbling between Purdy and fellow poet Milton Acorn.

Michael Ondaatje, Tom Marshall and David Helwig hadn't published a single book between them when “Al and Eurithe simply invited us in,” writes Ondaatje in the foreword to Purdy's collected works. “And why? Because we were poets! Not well-known writers or newspaper celebrities. … These visits became essential to our lives. We weren't there for gossip, certainly not to discuss royalties and publishers. We were there to talk about poetry. Read poems aloud. Argue over them. Complain about prosody.”

That role as literary salon has faded since Purdy's death. Eurithe Purdy now divides her time between her home in Sidney, B.C., and her son's in Belleville, Ont.

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See below for excerpt from article from the Intelligencer

September 4, 2008

Purdy's lakeside home needs to be saved


A piece of local history could soon be for sale.

We can only hope the several fundraising efforts underway to preserve the weathered A-frame the late famous Canadian poet Al Purdy once called home will be successful.

If they are not successful, however, Purdy's wife, Eurithe, who spends most of her time at the couple's home in British Columbia, may be forced to sell. According to various newspaper reports, the 84-year-old does not want to put the Roblin Lake property on the auction block, but no longer feels able to care for it.

The fear is, with waterfront property at such a premium these days, if his widow is forced to sell, it is likely someone would buy the Purdy property, level the home and build a modern one in its place.

Built by Purdy and his friend and fellow poet Milton Acorn, the smallish rough-hewn building is a shrine to the literary element of Canada and deserves to be saved.

Purdy is easily this area's claim to literary fame. When he died in 2000, he was recognized as one of the finest Canadian poets of the 20th century. He had written more than 40 books and had won numerous awards including two Governor General's Awards for poetry.

"It all happened in that house," [Jean] Baird said. "Al wrote that house in the Canadian canon. I think the A-frame is such a special place."

Another element desperately needed to save the home is volunteers, local volunteers in particular.

If enough local people get behind the project, it is almost guaranteed success.

It will take a lot of time, effort and, yes, money, but preserving Purdy's literary legacy to us will be well worth the effort..
Article ID# 1184219

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