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Canada Honours Irving Layton's Centenary

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Irving Layton (Photo Credit: Sam Tata)

Over the next week, Canadians from coast to coast are coming together to celebrate the centenary of one of Canada’s greatest and most controversial poets, Irving Layton, who would have turned 100 on March 12, 2012.

Layton’s eldest son, Max, who is coordinating this huge event, says, “The response has been overwhelming. I never dreamed there would be such an outpouring of affection for my dad."

Throughout his life, Layton authored more than 40 books of poetry and was nominated twice for a Nobel Prize. His writing influenced such Canadian greats as Leonard Cohen and Al Purdy. The culmination of his career is the publication A Wild, Peculiar Joy (McClelland & Stewart), edited by Sam Solecki.

Toronto is honouring Layton’s centenary on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the Harbourfront’s Lakeside Terrace. Guests will include Margaret Atwood, Dennis Lee and Max Layton among many others.

For further information visit or the Irving Layton Centenary HUB Facebook page.

For tickets call the box office at Harbourfront: 416-973-4000

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