Portraits of Canadian Authors, Colin McAdam, 2013 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner, "A Beuautiful Truth."Mark Raynes Roberts | Jo Lee Magazine

Portraits of Canadian Authors, Colin McAdam, 2013 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Winner, “A Beuautiful Truth.”





Portraits of Canadian Literature & Authors







Having spent the last 2 years traveling over 20,000 kms and taking over 22,500 photographs of Canadian authors, the ILLUMINATION exhibitions will be unveiled this Fall in Toronto, Canada, to celebrate Canada’s great treasury of authors and literature.


The ILLUMINATION – “Portraits of Canadian Literature” crystal exhibition will be held at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, and will present ethereal glass engraving as visual interpretations of narrative by 12 Canadian authors based upon the theme of LIGHT. 

(Chosen by the Writers Trust Advisory Board.)


To complement the Gardiner Museum, the ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Authors, photography exhibition can be viewed at the International Festival of Authors, and the Toronto Reference Library, providing an intriguing glimpse into such literary personalities as Margaret Atwood, Conrad Black, Emma Donoghue, Charlotte Gray, Elizabeth Hay, Sheila Heti, Margaret MacMillan, MG Vassanji, Anne Michaels, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje, Andrew Pyper, John Ralston Saul, Miriam Toews, Kathleen Winter and Jane Urquhart among others. 


Literature is an art of illumination. Every author wants to shed light on some truth no matter what form the writing takes: fiction or non-fiction. Writing is a pursuit of knowledge and understanding; the desire to bring attention to a story that needs to be told, whether it be about a person, an imagined life, an issue, a part of our history or the human condition. This is why literature is important. We’re not only enriched by it; we’re connected by it.


Canada is a country known for its modesty. But it is my hope that the ILLUMINATION exhibitions will help to shine a spotlight on our literary excellence, bringing into focus portraits of those who write the words in silence and in solitude.”



“The Gardiner is delighted to be unveiling twelve luminous new crystal works of art by Mark Raynes Roberts that uniquely celebrate both Canada’s rich literary culture and the beauty of human craftsmanship and creativity,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner. “Seeing Mark’s work in the context of the Gardiner collection really illustrates the deep affinity between glass and ceramics in terms of history, design, and technique.”




PORTAITS OF CANADIAN LITERATURE – Engraved Crystal Art Sculpture 

Gardiner Museum, Toronto – Oct 26 – Nov 11, 2015



Toronto Reference Library – Oct 11 – Nov 1, 2015 

The International Festival of Authors – Oct 22 – Nov 1, 2015



Toronto Reference Library – Oct 11 – Nov 1, 2015


For more information: www.markraynesroberts.com



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