What do you love about your city?

February 12, 2017
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NYC Pop-up

A love letter to the Strand Bookstore, hidden in the basement stacks!

New York City is, as you read this, being papered with love. Love letters to its bookstores and bodegas and coffee shops and graffiti and everything in between…

Last weekend, The Love Lettering Project headed down to NYC for a pop-up event with Artery – a performing arts series that brings incredible art to unconventional spaces (because, as they believe, every space is a stage!) Man oh man – SO! MUCH! FUN!!!

One particular letter ended up at the Strand Bookstore, one of the most incredible bookstores every (there are 18 MILES of books!)

From the letter writer/hider: To be walking around a place I love, with books I love, with the love letter in my bag, waiting for a moment, to tuck it away in just the right corner…..what a gift. 

There’ll be many more NY letters to come! Follow along on Instagram: @loveletteringproject

I know love letters aren’t going fix what’s going on in the world at the moment, but I truly do believe that connecting with our immediate surroundings, our homes, our neighbourhoods, and our neighbours matters, especially now. And talking about and sharing that love, that compassion, that goodness in the face of such fear and hatred matters even more.

All set for the letter writers…

More about Artery: Artery lets anyone bring creative experiences to life, in places you may not expect. More about the project and how to host/perform at events) here!

February 9, 2017
by Lindsay
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LA LA Love

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These days, my daydreams are made of palm trees and bare shoulders and warm, warm sunshine. (Can you tell it’s chilly today. -19 celsius with the windchill…that would be -2 Fahrenheit. COLD!)

And so, I’m living vicariously through these love letters created at an L.A. Love Lettering Project pop-up event and pretending I too am hanging out on the beach…

 

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January 29, 2017
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Writing The City: Parkdale Library + The Love Lettering Project

Such exciting news in this grey, grey January – I’ve received funding from the Ontario Arts Council to bring my city-based Love Lettering Project-inspired writing workshops to Parkdale Library this fall! I’m so excited! There will be a few drop-in sessions, and an 8-week workshop for adults and an 8-week workshop for youth. I promise to post more details (dates, times, etc) as we figure them out.

For now, three cheers for community arts funding!!

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January 18, 2017
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February 25, 2017: Toronto for Everyone’s Community Fair at Honest Ed’s

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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!

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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.

 

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January 17, 2017
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February 14, 2017: Love Lettering at York Woods Library

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. 

* More on Daniel’s wonderful All The Libraries project here, along with his incredible illustrations and book published by Dundurn Press!

January 3, 2017
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Hello 2017!!!

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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!

Stay in the loop by joining the LLP mailing list here!

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November 30, 2016
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As close as I have to a letter writing manifesto

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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
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Literary citizenship + love letters

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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.

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Check out some of the amazing, thoughtful letters that have since been hidden around town:

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(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!

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