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May 23, 2002
Toronto writer Matt Cohen's life and works celebrated at park dedication
Culture - Community members, family and friends joined with
representatives of the City of Toronto today to celebrate the life and work of
Toronto writer Matt Cohen in the newly-dedicated Matt Cohen Park (formerly
Bloor-Spadina Parkette) at the southeast corner of Bloor Street West and
Spadina Avenue.

Cohen, who died in 1999 at the age of 56, was a long-time resident of the area
and often featured it in his works of fiction. Shortly before his death, Cohen
was the 1999 recipient of the Governor General's Award for fiction for his
novel Elizabeth and After.

Matt Cohen Park features a series of six commemorative plaques. One plaque
provides Cohen's biography while the others feature excerpts from a selection
of his novels. The cost of the plaques was covered by private donations.

Rita Davies, Managing Director of Toronto Culture, applauded the community
initiative that culminated in the dedication of a park to one of Toronto's and
Canada's leading literary figures. Don Boyle, Director of Toronto Parks and
Recreation (South District), joined Davies to encourage the community to enjoy
Matt Cohen Park as a place of reflection and tranquility.

Media Contact
Media contact:
June Clark, Culture Division



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