January 21, 2017
January 21, 2017
January 18, 2017
I could NOT be more thrilled to be bringing The Love Lettering Project to Honest Ed’s with the Toronto For Everyone festival. It’s such an iconic building in Toronto and I love that it’s getting a proper send off complete with a four-day festival.
I’ll have a Love Lettering Project table set up from 1-3 on Saturday, February 25 at Honest Ed’s: 581 Bloor St. W (more details TBA!). Come join me as we write love letters to this wonderful, light-filled place!
As its first event, CSI’s Toronto for Everyone will host the first, last and only farewell to Honest Ed’s. From February 23-26, 2017, Honest Ed’s will be transformed into four-day festival space that will feature public interactive experiences, exhibitions, conversations, and special celebrations.
We have invited creators, artists, organizations and programmers to co-create the historic official farewell experience.
January 17, 2017
York Woods Library, illustrated by Daniel Rotsztain, from his book, All The Libraries Toronto*
I’m going to be spending Valentine’s Day at York Woods library, writing love letters to the neighbourhood! Come and join me!
Tuesday Feb 14, 2017 – 6-7pm – Room 1 – York Woods library – 1785 Finch Ave W.
Canada is turning 150 and there is so much to love! What do you love about Canada? Write a love letter to your community!
Everyone is welcome. Drop in. For more information, contact the branch at 416-395-5980.
January 3, 2017
Hello 2017!! There are big plans ahead for The Love Lettering Project this year and I am so excited to get started! To start, there are some wonderful events at home in Toronto (details coming soon!) Aaaaaaand, there will be pop-up Love Lettering Project events happening throughout the U.S. (in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, NYC, L.A., Riverside, CA, Ukiah, CA, Okemos, MI, among others). Contact me for more information!
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November 30, 2016
One of my favourite writers, Jon McGregor, loves letters. Which of course endears him to me even more. (He also likes brunch, and we got to brunch together when I was love lettering in Nottingham a few years ago…I still dream of that bacon…).
“People really do like having something to hold,” he wrote in a recent article about letter writing in The Guardian. Yes! YES! And as I kept reading, I realized this article is as close to a letter-writing manifesto as I have ever come across. You can read the whole thing here, but here are some of my favourite gems:
“A letter, by contrast, always arrives from the past. There is a waiting – a forced patience – built into the mechanics. You wait for a letter to arrive. You wait for a reply. In the time it takes for the letter to reach its destination, anything can happen: minds be changed, lives lost, loves discovered.”
“There is an astonishing wealth of information on the devices we carry around with us – a wealth that should be celebrated – but it can be difficult to concentrate on one piece of information at a time; to read a single article or book with the kind of deep, measured concentration that seems to come more naturally with print.”
And Jon’s love of letters extends beyond penning missives to chums. He started the Letters Page, a literary journal out of the University of Nottingham. In his words:
…I wanted it to be a literary journal that could find an underhand way of being literary; to take the self-consciousness out of being literary. I’ve always been interested in the kinds of writing people do when they don’t think they’re being asked To Write, and I’d been thinking about letters as a form; wondering about the differences between letters-on-paper and emails, reflecting on my own letter-writing history, noticing the democracy of correspondence as a literary practice. So the idea was born.
Letters, handwriting, in print and online…Check it out, it truly is a wonder.
October 17, 2016
Last week I was thrilled to be invited to give a lecture for Prof. Robert McGill’s fourth year Literary Citizenship course at the University of Toronto. What a remarkable group of people! We talked about The Love Lettering Project – the what and the why and the how – and what we love about where we live. Then we wrote love letters.
The hush that happens after the rush for paper, pens, scissors, glue and envelopes is one of my favourite kinds of quiet.
Check out some of the amazing, thoughtful letters that have since been hidden around town:
(The bleachers at the U of T Athletic Centre also happen to be one of my favourite places on campus and immediately after my lecture, I popped into breathe in the chlorine-y air and watch the incredible swim team practice!)
The English Department has moved since I was an undergrad/grad student, and it’s now in the building that used to house my pediatrician’s office. It was surreal to see drywall where I used to see Dr. Garfield, but I was thrilled to see the mail shaft was still in place by the elevators!
July 22, 2016
When I’m not writing love letters, I’m swimming, especially during Toronto’s summer months. And when I’m not in the water, I’m co-writing a swim blog, Swimming Holes We Have Known with two brilliant swimmers, Rhya Tamasauskas and Laura Wills.
I had the great pleasure of chatting with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning host, Matt Galloway from the docks outside of Sunnyside this morning (my ultimate favourite spot in the city – between the lake and the pool!)
And I’m not the only one who loves swimming! Check out these amazing swim love letters that have been written over the years:
June 21, 2016
Last fall, I got to chat with a writer named Melody Warnick. She was interviewing me for CityLab, but 30 seconds into the interview, it didn’t feel like an interview at all. We talked about city building and placemaking and what it is to love where you live. She’s written a book about it and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
How we come to feel at home in our towns and cities is what Warnick sets out to discover in This Is Where You Belong. She dives into the body of research around place attachment—the deep sense of connection that binds some of us to our cities and increases our physical and emotional well-being—then travels to towns across America to see it in action. Inspired by a growing movement of placemaking, she examines what its practitioners are doing to create likeable locales. She also speaks with frequent movers and loyal stayers around the country to learn what draws highly mobile Americans to a new city, and what makes us stay. The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of Love Where You Live experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected. Dining with her neighbors. Shopping Small Business Saturday. Marching in the town Christmas parade.
All. The. Yes.
And I’m SO honoured that she’ll be hosting Love Lettering Project events at her book launch in Washington, D.C., at Kramer Books, (my very favourite bookstore I hid letters in in 2010), and in her hometown, Blacksburg, Virginia!
Washington, D.C.: Wednesday, June 22, 2016. 6:30pm
Kramer Books, 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Dupont Circle
More info here!
Blacksburg, VA: Friday, June 24, 2016. 4-6pm
Book launch party and Mini “I Love Blacksburg” Fest at Alexander Black House, 20 Draper Rd.
There’ll also be a scavenger hunt, a chance to play Blacksburg bingo, eat Blacksburg food and more!
A 2010 love letter to Washington hidden in Kramerbooks.
June 21, 2016
June 7, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 1-4pm at 887 Queen St. W
Be warned: I might buy the entire wall of washi tape…