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Montreal Street Named After Layton, CBC, Aug 15 06

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http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2006/08/15/layton-avenue.html
Poet Irving Layton to have street named for him
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 | 4:46 PM ET

Legendary Montreal poet Irving Layton will have a street named for him in his old neighbourhood in the city of Côte Saint-Luc.

Council Monday night voted to name a street that is still being built Irving Layton Avenue.

Layton died Jan. 4 at a Montreal residence for seniors. He had been battling Alzheimer's disease for some time. The author of more than 40 books of poetry and essays was widely considered one of English Canada's pre-eminent poets.

He was once nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, but was beaten out by Gabriel García Márquez, a Colombian novelist.

The director of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, Tanya Abramovitch, said Tuesday people still remember him and his regular visits to the library.

"They loved the sound of his voice, when he used to talk. So all these women used to come to the library just so they could listen to him speak.

"It's important to acknowledge people who have come from Côte Saint-Luc, especially writers who are internationally known," Abramovitch said.

Mayor Anthony Housefather pointed out that Layton developed his international reputation while living in the city.

"I think that brings pride not only to Côte Saint-Luc, but to all of the Greater Montreal Island."

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