Toronto Lit Up: Canticles III (MMXXII) by George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke and MOTION

Toronto Lit Up: Canticles III (MMXXII) by George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke and MOTION

7:00pm

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Join George Elliott Clarke on Thursday, November 24 at 7pm ET to celebrate the release of Canticles III (MMXXII) (Guernica Editions) at Another Story Bookshop! This free Toronto Lit Up event will feature a conversation with George and Motion about the book and its significant themes, followed by a reading and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

In Zanzibar, in 2008, George Elliott Clarke began to write his Canticles, an epic poem treating the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Imperial and colonial conquest, and the resistance to all these evils. That is the subject of Canticles I (MMXVI) and (MMXVII). In Canticles II (MMXIX) and (MMXX), Clarke rewrites significant scriptures from an oral and “African” or “Africadian” perspective. Now, in Canticles III (MMXXII) and (MMXXIII), Clarke shifts focus—from world history and theology — to the specific history and bios associated with the creation of the African (“Africadian”) Baptist Association of Nova Scotia. By so doing he concludes the most remarkable epic ever essayed in Canadian letters — an amalgam of Pound and Walcott — but entirely and inimitably his own.


Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 and June 2022, Toronto Lit Up has presented 137 events to launch 161 books by 236 Toronto authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.

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Join George Elliott Clarke on Thursday, November 24 at 7pm ET to celebrate the release of Canticles III (MMXXII) (Guernica Editions) at Another Story Bookshop! This free Toronto Lit Up event will feature a conversation with George and Motion about the book and its significant themes, followed by a reading and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

In Zanzibar, in 2008, George Elliott Clarke began to write his Canticles, an epic poem treating the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Imperial and colonial conquest, and the resistance to all these evils. That is the subject of Canticles I (MMXVI) and (MMXVII). In Canticles II (MMXIX) and (MMXX), Clarke rewrites significant scriptures from an oral and “African” or “Africadian” perspective. Now, in Canticles III (MMXXII) and (MMXXIII), Clarke shifts focus—from world history and theology — to the specific history and bios associated with the creation of the African (“Africadian”) Baptist Association of Nova Scotia. By so doing he concludes the most remarkable epic ever essayed in Canadian letters — an amalgam of Pound and Walcott — but entirely and inimitably his own.


Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 and June 2022, Toronto Lit Up has presented 137 events to launch 161 books by 236 Toronto authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.

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Acclaimed for his narrative lyric suites (Whylah Falls and Execution Poems), his lyric “colouring books” (Blue, Black, Red and Gold), his selected poems (Blues and Bliss), his opera libretti and plays (Beatrice Chancy and Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path); George Elliott Clarke now presents us with his epic-in-progress, Canticles, a work that views History as a web of imperialism, enslavement and insurrection. A native Africadian, Canada’s 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate ranges the atlas and ransacks the library to ink lines unflinching before Atrocity and unquiet before Oppression.

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MOTION is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and emcee. Her works for the stage and screen have been featured across Canada, as well as in the U.S, Caribbean, Europe and Africa. She is a writer and co-producer on the TV series Coroner (CBC/CW) and co-writer of the feature Akilla’s Escape, directed by Charles Officer (2020), which premiered at TIFF 2020. She is writer of Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape (with DJ L'Oqenz), author of Motion in Poetry (Women’s Press), published in The Black Notes (Insomniac Press) and teaches her course Griots to Emcees: Spoken Word, Performance & Culture at York University. 

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7:00pm

Thursday, November 24, 2022

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