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The Slow Now Audio Walk Takes Listeners into the History and Literature of Toronto's Little Italy

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The Slow Now

The Koffler Centre of the Arts, in partnership with Project Bookmark Canada, has created a unique and fascinating audio tour of Toronto's Little Italy neighbourhood, based around Anne Michaels' iconic Toronto novel, Fugitive Pieces.

Called The Slow Now, the tour (about 40 minutes in length), starts at the Project Bookmark Canada plaque for Fugitive Pieces, and Michaels herself turns up on the recording to read from the novel. It's a beautifully urban, contemplative experience, somewhere between tourism, live art and literature. The route takes listeners along College Street from Manning Avenue, up Beatrice Street to Bickford Park. Best of all, it's free for listeners.

Offering a new way to experience a neighbourhood and a beloved book, and with Michaels' recently appointment as the city's Poet Laureate, it couldn't be timed better. The narrative was written by Mark Mann and narrated by Naomi Skwarna (in addition to Michaels' portions), and the full audio was produced by Angela Shackel.

Click here to download or stream The Slow Now.

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