Dominican Fantasy Fiction in the Toronto Public Library Merril Collection
A collection of Fantasy fiction by five Dominican authors (Commonwealth of Dominica), will be donated for inclusion in the Toronto Public Library’s prestigious Merril Collection; Canada’s premiere collection of speculative fiction. The presentation ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday March 7th, 2017, and will be facilitated under the patronage of Dominica’s Trade and Investment Commissioner to Canada, Ms. Frances Delsol.
The works of five authors who reside in Dominica, or are of Dominican descent, will be on permanent display in the Merril Collection, which is housed at the Lillian H. Smith Library. The Merril Collection which consists of over 72, 000 items, is unique in that it is Canada’s only collection of this type that is open to the general public, and the academic community. It is also regarded as one of the world’s finest popular culture collections.
The donated books, were compiled through the efforts of several organizations: The Waitukubuli Writers based in Dominica, River Ridge Press Dominica, Papillote Press, the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum and the Piton Noire Dominica Sci-fi/fantasy Writers Collective.
Trade and Investment Commissioner Frances Delsol welcomes the unique opportunity, “This initiative helps in moving our beautiful island home towards the world stage. Not only are we known for our rare natural beauty but we can boast about world class writers of books that will broaden the minds and create more intrigue about our beautiful island – Dominica.
Nicole Georges-Bennett of the Piton Noire Writers Collective and Francis Jeffers of the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum will be on hand to witness the presentation to the Merril Collection which is currently curated by Ms. Lorna Toolis.
The Dominican contribution includes works of folklore, myth and speculative fiction by five authors – Roy Sanford, Lionel Levy, Kristine Simelda, Joanne Skerrett, and Jeno Jacob.