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Thursday, July 06, 2006

CanLit Ephemera This Week on eBay

According to Canadian ex-pat author turned Connecticut eBay huckster of Egyptian Musk Oil, Charlotte Vale Allen recently auctioned off a piece of relatively uncommon Canadian literature-related ephemera. The item is a poster that dates from 29 September 1982 and it is a veritable who's who of Can Lit. I was interested in bidding for the Callaghan sig and others, but the price was too steep for me. Vale Allen's item description reads, Toronto an unprecedented event was held: 100 authors gathered and were
"purchased" (by hosts and their guests with whom the authors dined) in order to
raise money for the Writers' Development Trust of Canada. In advance of this
momentous event, all of us attending authors went down to the Writers'
Development Trust office and autographed (my signature is in the upper left-hand
corner) a limited run of posters. I can't remember precisely but I know that
only a couple of hundred posters were printed and signed. Quite a number of the
authors are no longer among us. That fact alone, coupled with the incredible
unlikelihood of such a diverse group all in attendance in one place at the same
time, makes this limited-edition poster exceedingly rare. Somewhere there exists
a complete list of all the authors but I've only been able to identify 80 of the
The 28"x 22" poster, with a starting bid of $100 (USD), eventually sold for $260 (USD) after seven bids. Too bad, it would have looked nice on my wall.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh, a little steep. Still there are more copies floating around. May chance one more affordable.

Thursday, July 06, 2006 6:42:00 PM  

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