Poetry reading launches new book

The Anglican
 on October 30, 2023
The Gravity of Love is the 35th book produced by the St. Thomas Poetry Series, a Christian poetry publisher in Toronto.

Now in its 35th year, the St. Thomas Poetry Series will host a reading on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas, 383 Huron St., Toronto. The 35th book in its publication series, The Gravity of Love by David Waltner-Toews, will be launched.

Mr. Waltner-Toews, recently named to the Order of Canada, is a distinguished veterinary epidemiologist from the University of Guelph. He has published several books on pandemics (most recently, A Conspiracy of Chickens and On Pandemics), in addition to books of poetry and short stories. He will be introduced by Hildi Froese Tiessen, a pioneering scholar in Canadian Mennonite literature who taught for many years at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo.

Also reading on this program will be Alice Major, past president of the League of Canadian Poets and Edmonton’s first poet laureate. She is the author of a dozen highly regarded books of poetry, two novels for young adults and a collection of essays about poetry and science. This will be the Toronto launch for her latest collection, Knife on Stone (Turnstone Press, 2023). She will be introduced by freelance editor, literary consultant, poet and publisher Allan Briesmaster of Thornhill.

A reception with book table will follow in the parish hall. If you are unable to attend in person, the reading will be livestreamed on St. Thomas’s YouTube channel.

For more information about the series or to order The Gravity of Love, visit


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