Sunday, July 30, 2006

We're Born!

It's been months of work, but AuthorsAloud is up and running with ten fine readings from some of Canada's finest writers. Now that we've gone public, the first job is to thank the people who helped get the project this far. Applause and appreciation first to Tor Lukasik-Foss, who created the AuthorsAloud logo. You can also hear a snippet of Tor's song "The Coming Changes" when you arrive at the opening page of this site (Tor performs around southern Ontario as Tiny Bill Cody, backed by a group of musicians known as The Liquormen, offering up the most literate, ironic pop it's been our pleasure to hear).

Merilyn Simonds was a big supporter of the AuthorsAloud idea early on and led us to a number of exciting young writers. Thanks Merilyn! (More fruit of Merilyn's influence may yet be heard in the coming weeks.) I want to thank Jennifer Lambert and Ashley Dunn of McClelland & Stewart for their encouragement and help. And of course, I want to thank the authors who contributed their voices to a project in its infancy. It takes courage to set your foot in a boat before it's even in the water, but they did without hesitation.

Now, if you're reading this, it's because you care about Canadian literature. So I encourage you to spread the word about AuthorsAloud. Help other writers and readers find their way here so the tent gets big and smoky and rippling with voices. And check back here from time to time for new developments.