Celebrating David Helwig

Virtual book launch—Oct 14

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On October 14 at 7 pm, Bookmark, members of PEI’s literary community, and some of David Helwig’s close poet friends from across Canada will gather virtually to celebrate the launch of this post-humous collection and David’s contribution to Canadian poetry.

When PEI poet and novelist David Helwig—a recipient of the Matt Cohen Prize for lifetime achievement and a member of the Order of Canada—died in October 2018, he left behind a substantial catalogue of unpublished work. A House in Memory, a selection of Helwig’s last poems, was assembled by his daughter Maggie Helwig. It shows an author still at the height of his powers, creating work in complex formal structures, contemplating mortality, memory and the landscape of his adopted home of PEI, and paying tribute to his literary predecessors.

The collection also includes unpublished poems from earlier in Helwig’s career. Ranging widely through time, space, and literary tradition, A House in Memory features some deeply personal poems. As Maggie says of her father, “he could not cease to be a poet as long as he had breath in this world.”

The event will be moderated by former poet laureate of PEI, Hugh MacDonald. It will feature Island poets reading David’s poetry and conversation with David’s daughter Maggie and his partner Judy Gaudet.

Join by registering at charlottetown@bookmarkreads.ca or 566-4888. After registering, you will receive an email with a link to the event.

A House in Memory is available at Bookmark in Charlottetown or online at bookmarkreads.ca.

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