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Former Greater Sudbury poet laureate Tom Leduc releasing debut book

Book launch takes place at STC Friday evening

Local publishing house Latitude 46 Publishing has published former Greater Sudbury poet laureate's debut collection of poetry.

“Slagflower: Poems Unearthed from a Mining Town” is the story of a fourth-generation son of miners and his journey beyond the world underground. 

It's the story on a city struggling to grow beyond its past and become more than just a mining city. 

It's the story of everyone's struggle to be more than their family history, more than their past. It's the story of breaking through the earth and into the light.

Inspired by family history and the poet’s sense of place, Slagflower invites readers to reflect on what it means to grow up in a mining town and find yourself–and beauty–among the slag heaps.

Leduc is the descendant of four generations of miners and works at an industrial supply company in Sudbury. His poetry and writing has been appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the U.S. 

He was poet laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury between 2014 and 2016. He is president of the Sudbury Writers' Guild. Leduc lives in Sudbury with his wife and two children.

A book launch will be held Friday, April 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sudbury Theatre Centre. Admission is free. 

“Slagflower: Poems Unearthed from a Mining Town” will be available for sale, $20, at the event and then through Latitude 46 Publishing, Chapters/Indigo, and other independent book stores.