(By Three O'Clock Press; originally published at threeoclockpress.com)

You may already be familiar with Canadian writer and indie musician Rae Spoon's body of work. Long recognized as a genre-defying singer-songwriter whose 2008 album Superioryouareinferior was longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, just last year Spoon published their first book, First Spring Grass Fire. Nominated for a Lambda award (the biggest award for LGBTQ books!), First Spring Grass Fire is a collection of short stories about growing up queer in Alberta. In her review for the National Post, Jennifer LoveGrove describes the book as "a story of what we do to find a place, physical or intangible, that we can call home"—themes that Spoon also writes about in their candid and powerful contribution to Letters Lived.

In addition to Spoon's relatively new career as a writer—about which they joke in Letters Lived, "like you need two careers that your working-class family doesn’t consider 'work'"—a musical-documentary was just released about them in September. My Prairie Home, which is also the name of Spoon's most recent album, is a National Film Board production for which Spoon also provides the soundtrack. Developed collaboratively with Director Chelsea McMullan, My Prairie Home is based on Spoon's experience as a trans musician from the Prairies (an interesting interview about McMullan and Spoon's process can be found here).

Whatever the medium, Spoon's work is always both honest and innovative, and their contribution to the Letters Lived collection is no exception. 

We hope that you'll be able to join us—and our special guests, including Rae Spoon—at the Letters Lived Launch Party!  Spoon will be reading from their contribution to the book and playing some tunes, so don't miss out!

Letters Lived Launch Party! Centre for Social Innovation Annex, 720 Bathurst St. (South of Bloor) 7pm-10pm  We've got a great event planned, including: 

  • Contributors to the collection sharing their letters!
  • Youth sharing letters they have written to their future selves!
  • Tunes!
  • A letter-writing station where you can share your own radical reflections/revolutionary paths!

  Accessibility info: 

  • The CSI Annex space is accessible for mobility devices.
  • All of the restrooms are gender-neutral, single stall washrooms, including the mobility-device accessible washroom. 
  • Though CSI Annex does not have a fragrance-free policy in place during their normal hours of operation, we ask that all of our guests come to this event scent-free. There will be a designated fragrance-free seating area within the event.
  • ASL interpretation will be provided.
  • Though childcare will not be provided, this is a family-friendly event and space, and people of all ages are welcome.

*Please contact publicity@threeoclockpress.com in advance of the launch with any accessibility-related questions or concerns. RSVP to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/547610241974332/

AuthorSheila Sampath