Between the Lines: The Rath / Layton Letters, Nov. 4

Poet (and OWN member) Ann Elizabeth Carson and actor John Rammell will bring literary history to life in their reading of selected portions from An Unlikely Affair, Dorothy Rath’s and Irving Layton’s 30-year correspondence.

In March of 1963, having heard Irving Layton read in London, Ontario, Dorothy Rath mailed a letter to Layton with a love poem enclosed that sought his response by saying, “please return the poem.”  Thus began a correspondence that lasted for three decades. In 1980 their relationship intrigued Mosaic Press who published the letters. In the book’s introduction, Adrienne Clarkson writes “It is a relationship, so rare nowadays, when words on a page matter more than events, in which expression is paramount over action.”  The correspondence continued, bridging several decades of literary, social and political change in Canada and the rest of the world.

Fri., Nov. 4, at the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm St.
Cash bar from 6.00 pm, reading begins at 8.00 pm in the studio
For information contact John Rammell at 416 340 1270, or Ann Elizabeth Carson at 416 694 5500.

Recommended by OWN member Shirley Lewis.