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Envoy - 059

Envoy - 059

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Published by: Danielle Dinally on Oct 18, 2012
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E n v o y 
The official newsletter of the CCLA
I.S.S.N. –1911-0693October 15, 2012 Issue 059
Dear CCLA members and Lit Lovers: A quick note with a quick Envoy. Our CCLA member and editor of TheEnvoy, Stella Mazur Preda, contacted me the other day and told me that thenext issue of The Envoy will be postponed by a month and will be comingout sometime in November. Also Stella let me know that she will have to step down as editor becauseof life’s complications. We look forward to your next issue Stella and will besad that your contribution to the CCLA and Envoy editor has to come to anend.This issue will just be a quick issue catching you up on the summer thatquickly came to a close. It will tide you over until Stella’s November issue.The weather man is warning us that Old Man Frost is hovering just aroundthe corner for some and has already hit for others.So the first frosty bit of business is asking the membership if anyone isinterested in being the editor for The Envoy. It need not be a complicatedor arduous task. Collect submissions in a folder, do the layout and design,and present an issue as often as you like - as large or as small as you like.Contact me if you are interested. All the bestprez tai
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Marmora Ontario’s “PurdyFest” Literary Festival, August 3 - 5
Once again CCLA members gathered on Chris Faiers’s scenic river-side retreat- ZenRiver Garden - for poetry readings, this time back-to-back with a group of Kingston area writers whose anthology Tai hadrecently published. Tai, president of the CCLA and publisher of Hid-den Brook Press, presided over both sets of readings.The two groups joined in a feeling of camaraderie, we shared a bot-tle of good Cuban rum, our friend Honey Novick from the CanadianCuban Friendship Association sang for us, the sun shone warmly . . .and then a big black cloud came and rained on us. But we didn’t let itspoil our fun. Thirty of us huddled under Tai’s large display tents,brought out umbrellas and raincoats, did what we could to hide fromwind-blown rain and from water cascading down between the roofs,and kept on reading. Some papers may have got wet but we had afine poetic afternoon.John Hamley – CCLA member 
- if you would like to organize a CCLA reading or festivalin your area just let us know and we will get the word out to our members. We have members across the country. We can hook youup with members in your area. ALSO if you would like to present aspecial issue of The Envoy with a special them let me know whatyou have planned.
Send me your content for a future issue of The Envoy.Tai Writers@HiddenBrookPress.com
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In the Embrace of the Alligator 
by Amanda HalePublisher: Thistledown Press Ltd.ISBN: 978-1-897235-87-4$18.95 CADPages: 270I am a Canadian who felt half Cuban
This read was outstanding! I was blownaway by how much knowledge and in-sight of Cuba Amanda Hale has andhas included in her book – In the Embrace of the Alligator. Her state-ment “the story of Cuba is in the experience of daily life” (p. 255), is trueindeed and flows throughout the story as I was turned into the Cana-dian narrator. For me In the Embrace of the Alligator was more than anovel, but felt like a work of literary non-fiction, a narrative of actualityas well as a psychological novel. As a reader I was given an insider’s-outsider’s perspective on not only the physicality of the characters andtheir adventures, but also their emotional lives through a mix of firstand third person perspectives. To be honest, after only one tourist visit,I do not know Cuba to the extent I want, but after my visit and after reading this book, due to the detail, metaphors, setting, characters,love, deaths, to the degree of the authentic foods, I felt I turned from apure Canadian to half Cuban. I was engrossed in the heart of Cuba; asHale said…“Beneath the layers of its onion”…la cebolla.Hale says “Language shapes our thinking and feeling, so there is apart of me now that finds expression only in Cuba” (p.248). As a Cana-dian who has a strong bond with Cuba and its people, a quote like thisI could relate to, because I felt after I left Cuba, I left a part of me be-hind…a part I never knew I had in the alligator. Reading, In the Em-

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very nice Dear Danielle, congratulations to you

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