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James Reaney Poetry Soirée

book cover imageOn Tuesday May 25 we're celebrating a remarkable and unique writer, James Reaney.  Not only did he win 3 Governor General's Literary Awards, but his creative writing powers were so versatile that he won those awards in two different literary genres:  Poetry and Drama!

Without doubt James Reaney made a major impact on the cultural and literary life of Southwestern Ontario during his lifetime (1926-2008), playing the roles of poet, playwright, director, painter, historian, scholar, wit, visionary, patriot, and more.

Join us for the James Reaney Poetry Soirée in the Rotary Reading Garden at the Central Library, May 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m., featuring readings, and a book launch and sale of the third edition of "A Suit of Nettles", winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, 1958.

And are you curious about what were the titles that won Reaney his other two Governor General's Awards?  In 1949, at the young age of 23, he won the GG award for poetry for "The Red Heart" and in 1962 he was awarded the GG award for drama for "Killdeer and Other Plays".

If you would like a taste of Reaney's poetry, pick up "The Essential James Reaney [poems]", or if you prefer drama, check out "Reaney Days in the West Room: Plays of James Reaney".