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By Frank Dabbs

Go Set A Watchman. By Harper Lee. Harper. 278 pp. US$27.99, Canada $34
Surely to say that Harper Lee ought not to have published Go Set A Watchman or it should not be read is the censorship of political and literary correctness.
Perhaps it should be withdrawn from circulation altogether and burned?
The backstory is that book editor Therese von Hohoff Torrey read this manuscript in 1957 and used it as the starting point to coach an uncertain and insecure Harper Lee in a rewrite that became known as To Kill A Mockingbird.
In 1960, J. B. Lippincott Company published the 40-million copy best seller and Tay Hohoff persuaded Lee to file the original manuscript in her underwear drawer, or some such place.

coming-right-up-featby Kelly Babcock

Thursday, July 16th, at 6:30PM at The River Café, 986 Main Street, The Devlin & Mr. Burgess: Round Two. Pete Devlin joins Justin Burgess for a great Third Thursday evening concert of original music. Thanks for being so generous to our wonderful musicians, who come down and sing their hearts out for you! A pay what you can event, doors at 6PM


Friday, July 17th, from 9PM 'til 11PM, The Avalon Jazz Lounge & Patio, 229 Ninth Street E, presents Dave Hawkins, a prominent figure in Owen Sound's music scene for over 3 decades. Working in and for local music stores for the past 20 years, Dave has inspired and supported many in Owen Sound and area to become outstanding musicians. A fine musician himself, Dave started playing piano and guitar in the 70's. On Friday, Dave will be joined by Max Clark on keys and Victor Funk on bass, and will be hammering out some light jazz, easy listening, and blues with guitar and voice. A pay what you can event


Saturday, July 18th, from 9PM 'til 11PM, The Avalon Jazz Lounge & Patio, 229 Ninth Street E, presents the Jim Kinnear Jazz Trio. The Jim Kinnear Jazz Trio is Jim Kinnear on piano and keyboards, Dave Watson on trumpet and vocals, Ralph Johnson on acoustic bass. Playing Broadway, Latin, Pop, ...

coming-right-up-featby Kelly Babcock

Friday, July 10th, 8PM 'til 11PM, at The River Café, 986 2nd Ave E., Mossy Gatherings presents Richard Garvey's CD release party for his latest project "Where Fools Gather." Opening for Richard is the talented Orit Shimoni, an intriguing and alluring singer/songwriter and five album veteran of Canadian music. Admission, suggested donation of $10, no one turned away so long as there's room in the venue


Friday, July 10th, at 9PM at the Avalon, 229 9th St. E., come see the Hammerton-Wagler-O'neill Trio. Three of the country's most in-demand musicians combine their prodigious talents to form a peerless classic jazz trio. A Pay What You Can event


Saturday, July 11th, at 7PM at the Avalon, 229 9th St. E., Owen Sound native son, Neil Morley joins the Avalon Quartet. Neil has been playing saxophone since age 11. Though his family recently moved to Guelph, he still loves Owen Sound and visits whenever he can. A Pay What You Can event

poet-regThere are changes afoot in the local poetry community. Terry Burns is coming to the end of her two-year tenure as Owen Sound Poet Laureate and the search is on for someone else to fill the position. Any poet in Owen Sound or Grey Bruce with a substantial body of work (published or not) is welcome to apply.
The Poet Laureate is chosen by a three-member selection committee and they will be looking for a candidate with just the right combination of skills. "We want someone who's a good writer of course, but we're also looking for an ambassador, someone comfortable reaching out to our diverse poetic community and beyond." said Liz Zetlin, chair of the selection committee. She was Owen Sound's first Poet Laureate. "As well, we're looking for someone who  ...

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