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Write On Ottawa: Foodieprints launch Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital tonight!

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Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.

Jennifer Lim and Don Chow love food and Ottawa and have written a book about it: Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital. They are also the bloggers for my personal favourite Ottawa food blog: Foodieprints. The book is now available in stores and on Amazon.ca. The book looks at Ottawa’s food landscape as well as transformations in the last 30 years or so in Ottawa’s continuously evolving food scene. Before we get to talking about the food scene itself, I was really curious about how Jen and Don, who are a couple,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Sylvie Hill launches poet-meets-artist collaboration on Kickstarter

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Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.

Questions linger in a world of online relationships formed tweet by tweet and like for like: Who is the person behind the avatar? What are they promising? Why are we engaging and where is this all going? Sylvie Hill, spoken word poet, lover of James Joyce, and in-your-face ex-Ottawa XPress Shotgun columnist can tell you a few things about online flirtations turned real world encounters. Meshing her tell-all, sexually explicit poems with full colour Juan Carlos Noria ‘dixon’ art, she’s banking on crowdfunding to launch this poet-meets-artist collaboration. “This is not... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.

As we move out of a warm week of beautiful weather and into the third weekend of this great month, we have a whole lot of music (and plenty more) in store for you. Thursday is World Food Day and the Good Food Box is hosting a World Food Day Ottawa event at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. There, you can enjoy some delicious bannock and learn about sustainable food production. With bellies full, there is still room to savour some art. Thursday night marks the vernissage of Claudia... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Son of God leaps into Ottawa comic scene with exploration of mental illness

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Cedrick Lui, author of Son of God.Cedrick Lui, author of Son of God.

There’s often a tipping point between wanting to write, and becoming a writer. For Cedrick Lui, that moment arrived the day his wife announced her pregnancy. Suddenly he found himself with a deadline. Having already approached the artist CH Kim to get onboard the project, all he needed was a story to bring his comic to life.  Lui began building a small exposure project as his first step into the Ottawa comic scene. But looking through the pages of his stand-alone comic, Son of God, it’s safe to say that... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Noble Illusions by Stephan Dale

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A century ago, in 1914, the “Great War” began, a war which killed 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders. Ottawa author Stephen Dale is concerned about the way this tragic anniversary is being commemorated. In Noble Illusions: Young Canada Goes to War (Fernwood Publishing, 2014), he accuses the Harper government of spinning World War I as an heroic war for democracy and against tyranny, from which we should draw the lesson that, in our own time, Canada should play an active military role in international affairs. First World War veterans, however, saw... | Continue reading article

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Two evenings of intrigue at the Mystery Cafe

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Some of our regions best mystery writers will gather this Wednesday and next week (October 15), for what promises to be two wonderful nights full of literary suspense and captivating detective yarns. Occurring at the Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse (100 Gloucester St.), the Mystery Cafe will showcase some of the top mystery authors from the National Capital Region. “There will be musical entertainment and readings,” says event organiser and Ottawa-based writer Mike Martin, who is the creator behind the highly enjoyable Sgt. Winston Windflower series.  ”I will also interview the authors and there... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The Novel Writer’s Blueprint is a quick guide to realizing your literary ambitions

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Once, in a university course on modern Canadian literature, a successful Canadian novelist explained how he had started writing his latest novel. “I was doing the dishes after supper one night,” he said, “and I heard the voice of the main character in my head.” After he finished washing up, he sat down and wrote what the voice had said. He also heard the voices of the other characters in the novel, speaking to each other. This, apparently, was how all his novels came about: during his daily routine, a... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The lasting joy of the Easy-Bake Oven

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For more than 50 years,  the Easy-Bake Oven has introduced countless generations of children to the joys of cooking.  Since first coming onto the market in 1963, this plastic toy has become a cultural icon, while also serving as an interesting barometer of changing social norms. Fascinated by the decades-long popularity of this culinary rite of passage, Ottawa-based toy historian and author Todd Coopee wrote Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven. “I find the appeal of the book lies in how it traces the 50-year history of a... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Are E-books the death of the paper book?

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Image courtesy of The Awkward Yeti (theawkwardyeti.com).Image courtesy of The Awkward Yeti (theawkwardyeti.com).

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. I recall my genetics professor making the claim years ago that we would all be working in paperless offices. Fast forward to now, and paper isn’t dead. The debate between paper and digital lives on, and remains very interesting for libraries. I did discuss e-books at OPL in a previous post but I thought... | Continue reading article

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The West End Well and Ottawa Storytellers join forces

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Photo by Jared Davidson.Photo by Jared Davidson.

A good story can be a powerful thing. It can connect, it can inspire, and it can provide meaning to a community. But in the hands of a gifted teller, it can take on a kind of magical quality, rising above mere words on a page. It is a magic that Ottawa Storytellers has been creating for over 25 years. The organization promotes the art that is storytelling, and consists of over 70 experienced storytellers. This September, Ottawa Storytellers plans to bring their art to Hintonburg with Tellings at the... | Continue reading article

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