For Immediate Distribution
SHERBROOKE, July 20, 2017 – After much anticipation, Townshippers’ Association, a non-profit organization serving the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships, is proud to release its first community-created digital anthology.
Our Stories: The Eastern Townships Chapter in Canada’s 150-year story focuses on the influence and role that Townshippers – the English-speaking community of Quebec’s historical Eastern Townships – have had on the fabric of Canada. Through various genres and mediums, 25 contributors examine the nuances of this community’s experiences, its characters, its contributions and its spirit.
Created to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations by focusing on the local influence, the Our Stories project was launched last September with an open call for submissions of written and visual works that related to one of the four themes: the historical roots of our region, the experience of settlers in our region; our community’s role in shaping the nation, and contributions made by individuals and our community to the provinces and the country.
Entries were received both locally and from individuals across the country who have links to the region. The final selection that appears in the ebook includes a wide spectrum of poetry, memoir, photography, visual art, satire, essays, short fiction, and all sorts of other strange and surprising genres.
The project also included the involvement of three volunteers – Kyl Chhatwal, Melanie Cutting, and Jan Draper – who, in addition to serving as the books editorial board, organized 17 writing workshops, held across six Eastern Townships communities (Lennoxville, Ayer’s Cliff, Stanstead, North Hatley, Knowlton and Richmond) which had more than 100 participants.
On June 9, following Townshippers’ Annual General Meeting, the Our Stories ebook was officially launched with many of the contributors’ present. The final ebook is the result of nearly nine months of collaboration with the Townships community and it laces together some of the many stories from the Townships past, and offers a glimpse of the perspectives of today.
Our Stories has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.
Visit www.Townshippers.org/Canada150 to get a free copy of the Our Stories ebook, with a donation of any amount to Townshippers’ Association, or pick up a limited edition Our Stories flash drive, pre-loaded with the ebook, for $10 at either of Townshippers’ offices.
About Townshippers’ Association
Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that has been serving the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships, since 1979. For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at Townshippers.org or contact Townshippers’ in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd. 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.
Communications Officer, Townshippers’ Association
819.566.5717 (toll-free 1.866.566.5717), [email protected]