Frontier College Teams Up With JJ Lee in Support of Literacy on November 9, 2013

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Acclaimed columnist and author JJ Lee will host a fundraising reception in Richmond, BC on November 9, 2013. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization.

The Measure of a Man by JJ Lee

The Measure of a Man by JJ Lee

Frontier College helps Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities.

JJ Lee, columnist and author of the critically acclaimed Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit, will be hosting an informal reception at Earl’s Restaurant in Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, November 9. Tickets are $20 each ($25 at the door) and include an appetizer and beverage. The reception is open to the public and will appeal to readers and writers alike. JJ Lee will answer questions, sign books, talk about the life of a full-time writer and share his observations of the Canadian publishing industry. Net proceeds will be donated to Frontier College to help fund literacy initiatives in British Columbia.

The reception will mark the end of the inaugural Raindance Festival for Independent Authors. Festival organizers Black Bond Books and Vivalogue Publishing are also donating 10% of the day’s proceeds and hosting a book drive in support of Frontier College. Festival attendees and the general public will be encouraged to bring in new or gently used books for donation. With the exception of textbooks, books of all genres will be accepted. Those suitable for teaching literacy will be donated to one of the 16 programs Frontier College funds in BC. More advanced texts will be donated to the Bella Bella Library which was destroyed by fire in July of 2013.

Frontier College is Canada’s original literacy organization. Founded in 1899, this charitable organization recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities.

Frontier College has been working in B.C. since 1909. The first programs were delivered by young men and women who would work alongside their students by day and tutor them at night. Today, Frontier College delivers a variety of programs through a combination of volunteer power, strategic partnerships with government agencies and non-profit community organizations.

JJ Lee writes about men's fashion for The National Post; his fashion and personal essays are published in Elle Canada. His memoir piece, Elle First: You Are Beautiful, tied for gold for Best Short Feature at the 2011 National Magazine Awards. The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit was published in hardcover by McClelland & Stewart and in paperback by Emblem Editions. It was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction, the 2012 BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans Prize for Non-Fiction, and the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize.

Media Inquiries:

For more information about Frontier College, contact:
Abby Robins, Director of Communications, Frontier College
arobins(at)frontiercollege(dot)ca
1-800-555-6523 ext. 378 OR 416-277-3340 (mobile)

For more information about The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit, contact:
JJ Lee, http://www.jj-lee.com

For more information about the Raindance Festival, contact:
Lynn Duncan
Vivalogue Publishing
604-522-6222/1-877-538-6222
lynn(at)vivalogue(dot)com

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