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February 29, 2012

Larry Rowdon Poetry Book Launch

On Saturday, February 18th, a book launch and memorial was held at the Ottawa Baha’i Centre for Larry Rowdon,  poet, writer, painter, father, husband, and Bahá'í.

Larry’s Rowdon last book of poetry, Blue Heron Rising, entrusted to Bruce Filson before his passing in 2001, was recently published by Filson’s publishing company, September Pines. The evening was well attended by both friends and family, which included Larry’s three daughters, Ayn, Ruth and Leslie and two granddaughters.

Ayn and members of the Ottawa Writer’s Group read many beautiful early and late poems from the book and shared funny anecdotes and moving stories about Larry, punctuated by the soulful Persian music provided by Amir Parsa and Armin Rahmanian and deftly hosted by Jack McLean.  The evening was a heartwarming success, and Larry’s gentle spirit could be felt in the room.

It is important to note that Larry was well-known and published outside of the Baha’i community as well, most notably by Borealis Press.

Although all available copies of Blue Heron Rising – an elegant hardcover volume in royal blue with gold lettering – were sold, orders can be taken at the Baha’i Centre bookstore, and more copies are forthcoming.  The book sells for $19.00 (taxes included), and each volume of the print run is numbered, which makes it a very special purchase in more ways than one. 
Larry Rowdon Book Launch


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