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Members' News - MARCH 2020


Warren Clements’ Nestlings Press imprint has just published The Nestlings Press Book of Fairy Tales in Verse, with twenty classic fairy tales and five wild cards (such as Alice in Wonderland) turned into verses of several pages each. The text is by Warren, and the watercolour illustrations are by Alan King.

Sheila Craig Waengler announces her next solo show, in the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, March 5–April 1. Opening reception, Saturday, March 7, 1:00–5:00 p.m. 

A new organization, the Canadian Freelance Guild, is forming on April 1. Its first members will be from the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch, which are amalgamating. It intends to attract professional web designers, podcasters, and other new media practitioners as well as editors, photographers and others from traditional practices. Its goal is to be large and strong enough to serve those employed via gig economy contracts. Ellen Michelson, a PWAC member for more than 30 years and now on its board of directors, participated in recent amalgamation meetings. Upcoming changes are significant. PWAC is a national arts service organization. CMG-F is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America – Canada, a labour union. The parent organization with which the new guild will be affiliated is the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America. 

Liz Muir’s recent book, A Women’s History of the Christian Church, Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership (University of Toronto Press, 2019) has been named a “Best Women History Book of All Time” by Book Authority. As featured on CNN, Forbes and Inc., Book Authority identifies and rates the best books in the world based on public mentions, recommendations, ratings and sentiment.

Mark Osbaldeston will be the speaker at the William Morris Society of Canada’s 186th Morris Birthday Lecture and Party. He will give an illustrated lecture on unrealized building and planning schemes for Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto Campus, spanning two centuries. The event takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. For more information and tickets, visit the William Morris Society of Canada website,

Alan Stein’s hand-printed, limited-edition book “The Golden Lilies” by PK Page, is part of the exhibition Strength in Numbers, The CanLit Community, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, January 27–May 1, 2020, celebrating Canadian publishing. Alan’s book, sketches, and wood engraving illustrations are part of this important exhibition. Catalogue available.

Club Member Mark Terry will hold a Book Launch for his new book, The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change. The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan and deals with a new form of documentary film created by Terry. An accomplished documentary filmmaker, Mark Terry earned his PhD last year at York University and now teaches there. His courses explore new ways of using film to inform and influence the environmental policymakers of the United Nations. The event takes place Friday, March 13, at 6:00 pm. Admission and food are FREE. Any questions? Email Mark Terry at

Members' News - FEBRUARY 2020

Hilary Alexander has been appointed as a public member to the Consent and Capacity Board (CCB). The CCB is an independent provincial tribunal that adjudicates on consent and capacity issues, balancing the rights of vulnerable
individuals with public safety.

Lucy Brennan’s spoken-word CD consisting of contemporary stories in lyric form and poems about her muse Mad Sweeney is for sale at the Office.

Kathy Kranias’s recent sculptures will be exhibited internationally in New Light: Canadian Women Artists; Une Nouvelle Lumière: Les Femmes Artistes Canadiennes at the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery in Washington DC, February 6 to mid-May, 2020.

Peter Large and Felicity Somerset will exhibit selections from their Traces collection at the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives, 97 Thomas Sreet East, Napanee, from February 3 to March 26, 2020. Opening reception and artists’ talk, Tuesday, February 18, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Rebecca Last will join a group of visual artists from across Canada in an Artist’s Residency through the Pouch Cove Foundation on the east coast of Newfoundland for the month of April. The location and terrain will allow her to continue her work focused on weather and exposure to environmental turbulence. A group exhibition with fellow residents will follow. For more information please go to

The Ward Cabaret, co-produced by Michael McClelland and John Lorinc, recently completed an outstanding run at Harbourfront Theatre. The production is a foray into the musical life in the historic Ward neighbourhood of Toronto, inspired by their popular book and built on the concept that The Ward provided a blueprint of Toronto as the city we know and love today. To learn more about The Ward, visit City Hall to see the latest installation of the Armoury Street Dig exhibit, Recreation, Pastimes and Play in The Ward. Presented in partnership between @InfraOntario and @cityofToronto and on view until mid-2020. 

Arthur Steven joined the Club in 1956 when he was the Art Director of Ryerson Press. His late wife, artist Jessica Steven, was a Charter Woman member. Arthur is about to turn 100 this year. In celebration, the family has created a calendar that showcases some of their work. Copies of the calendar are available to view in the office and may be purchased for $25 from their son Peter Steven (


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