Holton, Margaret Lindsay
Burlington native Margaret Lindsay Holton grew up in a house overlooking the escarpment near Kerncliff Park. A somewhat precocious and 'wild' child, 'loony' Lindsay spent her formative years at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, then M.M. Robinson High School in Burlington with a 'finishing' year at the Canadian Junior College in Lausanne, Switzerland. Lindsay completed an Honours B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Toronto with an independent year spent at the University of Edinburgh studying the 'History of the English Language'. She taught English in Spain and travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Upon graduation in 1978, Lindsay entered the production end of publishing in Canada. Within three years she had licensed her first typeface design, 'Lindsay', to Letraset, England. As an employee of T.H. Best Book Binding & Printing, she developed numerous manuscripts to books. Her first novel of 'social realism', Economic Sex, was published in 1982. She also produced 'The Spirit of Toronto', a compendium of essays about the rapid growth of the 'little lakeside fort' of York. From 1984 to 1986, Lindsay wrote and directed her first experimental documentary, 'In the Eye of the Hunter'. In 1986, she became the Vice President of Marketing Design for her father, cabinetmaker Luther Janna Holton of Holton Fine Furniture of Hamilton, and expanded his custom woodworking business into the Toronto market. Her own unique furniture designs soon identified her as "the Linley of the North" by Carol Soucek King, Fashion Editor of the Los Angeles Times. In 1994, Lindsay's signature furniture works were exhibited in Milan, Cologne, Chicago, and New York, winning design industry and wood art awards. Her clients include author John Irving, Canadian entrepreneur Gerry Schwartz, art collector Roz Ivey, graphic artist Charles Pachter, London financier Gordon Eberts and Hong Kong magnate Stanley Ho, to name but a few.
Her second novel of 'social realism', 'The Gilded Beaver' by 'Anonymous' was released by Acorn Press Canada in a numbered collector's edition of 800 in 1999, winning the prestigious Literary Art Award from the Hamilton Arts Council. A timely tale of designer/client intrigue, the Globe & Mail raved: "...like good wine...closes with panache." "...a really extraordinary work" wrote Dr. Heinzius of Bertelsmann, Germany. (Autographed copies are available from Acorn Press Canada, 17 Main Street, P.O. Box 1425, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. L0R 2H0; 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Awards & Recognitions
Hamilton and Region Arts Council Book Awards, Fiction Category, 1999 for The GIilded Beaver
Related Websites or Blogs
2010. Memory's Shadow. Waterdown: Acorn Press Canada. (Nonfiction)
2006. Bush Chord: Pinholes & Poetry. Waterdown: Acorn Press Canada. (Poetry)
2002. On Top of Mount Nemo, the Collected Poems 1965 – 2000. Waterdown: Acorn Press. (Poetry)
1999. The Gilded Beaver, by Anonymous. Waterdown: Acorn Press. (Fiction)
1985. [as Ali-Janna Whyte] Economic Sex. Toronto: Coach House Press. (Fiction)
1983. Spirit of Toronto 1834-1984 [editor]. Toronto: Image Publishing. (Nonfiction)