Tekahionwake Exhibit at Chiefswood National Historic Site

E. Pauline Johnson

We wanted to alert you about a special exhibit titled Tekahionwake: The Career & Celebrity of E. Pauline Johnson on now at the Chiefswood National Historic Site, near Brantford, Ontario.

E. Pauline Johnson was a half-Mohawk, half-English performance artist who took the guise of Tekahionwake during her stage performances across Canada, England, and the U.S. from the 1890s – 1910s. Johnson’s naturalistic style of poetry and dramatic costumes effectively broke down stereotypes surrounding Native American women. Her persona is portrayed beautifully in the historical fiction, Gwen, by Carolyn Pogue. You can read more about E. Pauline Johnson, and Gwen, including excerpts from the novel, here.

The exhibit will feature historic photographs, performance posters, contemporary artwork, artifacts associated with E. Pauline Johnson, as well as projects submitted by local schools commemorating the life and career of the artist.

Get your ticket today through The Heart of Ontario to take advantage of their 2 for 1 admission offer!

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A Primer: Lily Poritz Miller’s In A Pale Blue Light

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Lily Poritz Miller is the acclaimed author of In A Pale Blue Light, a close reflection of her own life growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, during the 1930s and 1940s before moving to America with her parents in her early teens. Miller’s extensive career in publishing would begin in New York at The MacMillan Company, and later, at McGraw-Hill. Miller moved to Toronto in 1972, where she held the position of senior editor at McClelland and Stewart for eighteen years. Her post in Canadian publishing has led to work with some of Canada’s most talented writers, including Leonard Cohen, Sylvia Fraser, Farley Mowat, Michael Ondaatje, Mordecai Richler, and Gabrielle Roy. Continue reading

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Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Pinochet Coup in Chile


Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Pinochet coup in Chile are two of Canada’s most outspoken authors, who also happen to be related. Join Carmen Rodriguez, author of the critically acclaimed novel Retribution, and her daughter Carmen Aguirre, author of Something Fierce, the 2012 winner of CBC’s Canada Reads, this Wednesday, September 11, at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library for readings of hope, survival and resistance.

For more on Carmen Rodriguez visit her author page on threeoclockpress.com website carmenrodriguez.ca

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Geraldine Heaney elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Heaney joining the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2008, along with now-fellow Hockey Hall of Famers Angela James and Cammi Granato.

Heaney (Bottom Right) joining the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2008, along with now-fellow Hockey Hall of Famers Angela James and Cammi Granato.

After a three year wait, another richly deserving woman, Geraldine Heaney, is headed to the Hockey Hall Fame. Heaney says in a release, “This continues the big step that women’s hockey is taking and the pioneering of Angela James and Cammi Granato, I am very proud to join them in helping to grow our game.” Heaney played alongside Angela James through many national tournaments, where they built a lasting friendship. Read all about it in the biography Angela James: The First Superstar of Women’s Hockey, available in ebook and print at threeoclockpress.com. http://ow.ly/mO4wM

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Joni Mitchell and the LGBTQ Community

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“The trick is if you listen to that music and you see me, you’re not getting anything out of it. If you listen to that music and you see yourself, it will probably make you cry and you’ll learn something about yourself and now you’re getting something out of it.” – Joni Mitchell

While in the midst of Pride Week here in Toronto, and in the coming weeks around the world, we were a bit surprised to learn that Joni Mitchell is known as a ‘diva’ within the LGBTQ community. While the word ‘diva’ tends to be associated with images of glamorous, done-up pop icons, we’d like to focus on the terms evocation of strong female artists like Mitchell who’ve become a central part of the identity of many individuals in the LGBTQ community. Continue reading

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Interpretations of Joni Mitchell: The Luminato Festival and Gathered Light

Gathered LightTo celebrate the artistic brilliance and upcoming 70th birthday of Joni Mitchell, the seventh annual Luminato Festival is honouring the Canadian icon with a tribute titled Joni: A Portrait in Song, on Tuesday, June 18th and Wednesday, June 19th. The much-loved festival is on now, between June 14 – June 23, in cultural hubs across the city that best showcase Toronto’s diversity through music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, and film.

Mitchell will be present on both evenings of A Portrait In Song, and recently announced that she will also recite a new poem adapted from the writings of the modernist Canadian writer and painter, Emily Carr, with her long-time drummer and collaborator, Brian Blade, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Continue reading

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Celebrating Afghanistan: Dr. Sharifa Sharif in Kingston for CW4WA’s 9th Annual Gala

On Friday May 3rd, Dr.  Sharifa Sharif, author of On The Edge of Being: An Afghan Women’s Journey will be a special guest at the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan’s 9th Annual Gala.

Founded in 1996, CW4WA is a not-for-profit organization with the dual goal of advancing educational opportunities for Afghan women and educating Canadians about human rights in Afghanistan. The organization advocates the emancipatory power of education for women and young girls, the benefits of which extend to their communities.  Apolitical in nature, CW4WA manages donor-funded projects in association with Afghan civil society organizations to develop community schools, libraries, teacher training, adult literacy, and computer classes.

On the Edge of Being: An Afghan Woman's Journey by Dr. Sharifa Sharif - Sumach PressIn On The Edge of Being, Sharif provides an account of an Afghan woman’s struggle against conservative traditions that not only hold back the women in her community, but also Afghanistan as a whole. Born and raised in Afghanistan, Dr. Sharif studied comparative literature in the U.S. before becoming a dual Afghan-Canadian citizen. She now lives near Toronto where she works as a journalist and community activist.

Other guests at the Gala include journalist Mellissa Fung, a former CBC-TV journalist for The National and author of Under An Afghan Sky, a memoir that recounts her 2008 kidnapping in Afghanistan where she was held captive for 28 days. Continue reading

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The place of LGBTQ stories in YA

Young adult literature, a genre previously scoffed at for its supposed naivete,  has recently started to benefit from a much-deserved sense of legitimacy among critics and readers alike.

Within a relatively short span of time, YA literature has established a strong fan base among teens and adults, and is starting to introduce a more mixed bag of narratives. Throw in the recent rise of popular YA film adaptations, and you have a market that demands a second look.

But common misconceptions continue to cling to the genre, both in terms of what many assume is in YA’s limited scope of creativity, and the topics some believe YA should just leave alone. But how can one judge what topics define teen experience? Continue reading

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Carolyn Pogue’s latest workshop is titled “Raising the Dead: Harvest your family tree…”

Alexandra Writers Centre - CalgaryAnd what a title it is! Though some might think it’s got zombie overtones, Carolyn Pogue’s multi-Saturday workshops at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary will bring up family history as a great source of inspiration for plotting and character development in story writing. Carolyn bases these workshops in part from the Gwen novels, a young adult historical series loosely based on the life of her grandmother, a British Home Child.

The workshops run for three Saturdays, April 6th, 13th and 27th, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Find out more at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre site.

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A couple of poems from the archive for International Women’s Day – part 2

From Lnu and Indians We’re Called by Rita Joe


My Grandmother Continue reading

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