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Help Keep One of Ontario's Favourite Literary Landmarks Standing with the Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology

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Help Keep One of Ontario's Favourite Literary Landmarks Standing with the Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology

from our friends at the Al Purdy A-Frame Trust:

The Al Purdy A-Frame Trust is now well past the $100,000 fundraising mark. We still have a long way to go — but you can help!

Al Purdy was well known in the bookselling community. Al was a book junky. Yes, he wrote books and yes, he was a voracious and eclectic reader, but Al also was an avid book collector. He was always looking for a great deal or a good trade. Sometimes he would send booksellers packages marked “books” that actually contained bottles of his notorious wild grape wine.

Booksellers coast to coast are supporting the Al Purdy A-Frame Trust in many different ways. David Sweet in Picton organizes fundraising readings and events. David Mason of Toronto's David Mason Books has given generously of his time and expertise as we sort through Al’s books and papers in order to ensure the literary estate is well protected. Greenley’s Book Store in Belleville supported the recent event at the Belleville Public Library. Many other booksellers are supporting the A-frame project in various ways.

December is coming…and if you have book lovers and Purdy fans on your gift list, you can support the Al Purdy A-Frame Trust and your local bookseller by buying and giving The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology. All contributors donated their works and all profits go to the Trust.

Other gift suggestions:

  • Give copies of the limited edition Alan Stein broadside. It includes the famous Purdy Privy recently discussed in the Globe and Mail and on CBC. $125 plus $10 shipping.
  • Give the Purdy Package — one copy of The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology that will be mailed to your gift recipient along with a letter announcing your donation in the recipient’s honor. For $125 a copy of the anthology will be mailed with the donor letter and you will be issued a tax receipt for $100.

To make arrangements for Purdy gift giving or for more information, contact Jean Baird at

The Al Purdy A-Frame is featured on Open Book: Ontario as one of Ontario's Literary Landmarks. Find out more about Purdy's legendary cabin by viewing or contributing to the scrapbook.

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