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Write On Ottawa: Love fantasy? Read Caroline Fréchette.

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If you like fantasy novels then you should read the work of Gatineau-based writer Caroline Fréchette.  I am a big fan of her Family by Choice series, which revolves around the complex character of Alex Winters, a  brooding young man who can create fire with his thoughts. Having really enjoyed the first book, which came out in the fall of 2013, as well as the sequel that was published last year by Renaissance Press, it was with eager anticipation that I read Kindred Spirits, the third book in this five-part series.  (The... | Continue reading article

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Kickstarter campaign seeks to fund new card game

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Ottawa-based Renaissance Press is best known for publishing the works of up-and-coming authors. The company’s desire to promote creative works, however, is no longer limited to the printed page thanks to the launch of their new gaming division. The first game that the local publisher hopes to release is A Match Made in Austen, a card game based on the works of the legendary writer Jane Austen.  Drawing from her popular novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey, the aim of the game is to... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 2)

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This is part two of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1).  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. Today’s guide stop takes you to the individual multi-taskers, whose literary blogs cover a range of purposes from showcasing their work, reviewing other’s work, capturing day-to-day life, and highlighting events and conversations.  Here’s you’ll find stories of road trips, insider interviews, stunning poetry, narrative power, literary... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Great poems and lousy junk

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I am a war poem monger.  I love the inherent tension of war poems.  I don’t mean the patriotic stuff.  I mean war poems that are blistering and authentic.  I love the way violent and traumatic experiences can strain poetic language to the breaking point.  I love poems that struggle to assemble the inexpressible into words. This is the voyeuristic fix I expected from Matt Jones’ chapbook White Flowers and Landmines.  It is exactly what the title seems to promise.  But Jones is one coy bastard.  In addition to a... | Continue reading article

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to speak in Ottawa

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Chris Hedges is not a subtle man.  In his latest book Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, the former longtime New York Times foreign correspondent offers a blistering attack on corporate power and political institutions. Local residents can hear him first-hand on Wednesday evening, when he is scheduled to speak at Centretown United Church (507 Bank Street) at 7 pm. So what can we expect from a talk by this internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize winning journalist?  Well, from my perspective — and this is only my view — I had mixed feelings after reading Wages of Rebellion. ... | Continue reading article

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Wakefield joins growing list of local literary festivals

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Post by David Sachs Writing is a solitary art, they all say, and for once they’re right.  Writer’s (of books) have no teammates and no audience, none that they see anyway.  In a city like Ottawa, it’s more of a dark art: neighbourhoods of talented political staff, civil servants and reporters, writing magnum opuses after hours, in the dark, like a fetish. Ottawa is full of secret literary soloists, however, with many fantasizing about the big stage — while others could never bear it.  Everyone wants to watch, though.  So, bringing... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Fantasy master Charles de Lint talks about creativity

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Ottawa’s renowned fantasy author Charles de Lint will be at the Wakefield-La Pêche Writers Festival today (Saturday) as part of a brunch panel with fellow authors Madeleine Lefebvre and Alan Cumyn.  He will also host a writers workshop this afternoon with his wife MaryAnn Harris.  While the brunch is sold out, tickets for the workshop are $10. (ED: After this story was published we learned that all events are now sold out). Charles de Lint’s first novel, The Riddle of the Wren, was published in 1984.  Since then, he’s written a... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Talented youth writers to speak at Wakefield Writers Festival

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This 2015 video stems from an intergenerational spoken word poetry group that brought together seniors and youth.  This collaboration is between Lara Kelly, 14, and Lenore, 85. The CinePoem was created by Craig Conoley of Dan Rascal, City of Ottawa Youth Intern Akuol Luala and volunteer Bryce Wilson.   Inside a child’s bedroom, or perhaps in an elementary school library or coffee shop, a future best-selling author is dreaming about their first hit novel, screenplay or short story collection. That is why at Apartment613 we make an effort to showcase... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair

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Given that the Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair is held this time of year, we’ve decided to do something a little different with Ottawa Creatives this month and focus it on this great community. The fair features a market of local artisans and zinesters, live music performances, and skill-sharing workshops. They are also partnered with the Clothesline Project, an art exhibit which brings awareness to the issue of violence against women and children. The idea for Ravenswing was born out of co-director Sean Zio’s search to find local events where... | Continue reading article

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