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Write On Ottawa: Take a spiritual voyage with Mony and Alberto

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Alberto Agraso and Mony Dojeiji, and the cover of their book, Walking for Peace, an Inner JourneyAlberto Agraso and Mony Dojeiji, and the cover of their book, Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey

I met Mony and Alberto somewhere along my path, between a much-needed morning coffee and a yoga class. A run-in with an article in a magazine led me to first meeting them in their home, which then led to a series of serendipitous events that eventually brought me back to their doorstop, this time sharing heart-provoking conversation over tea and steeped perspective, then leaving with three precious gifts in my hands, their books I Am Happy, The Call: Whispers from Within and Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey. Mony Dojeiji and Alberto... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Thrills on Ice, the tale of a figure skater’s climb out of darkness

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It’s hard to imagine a more Canadian novel than a romance featuring a professional figure skater and hockey player, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Aurelia Osborne delivers a compelling portrait of Susanna Miles’s struggle to reclaim her life as well as her career in Thrills on Ice. Susanna returns to Winnipeg at the urging of her controlling mother-manager after a potentially career-ending injury. She meets Lucas Crawford, a professional hockey player, as well as his sister, Ava, both of whom encourage her to get back to living her life and help her to rediscover... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Libraries on Wheels

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The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile.  Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile. Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.

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. In North America, we’re very lucky that in many communities, we live close to a branch of the local public library. According to Pew Research, most Americans live 5 miles or less to their local library. But most doesn’t mean all, and how do you reach people who can’t access a local branch easily? At... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Dragon fables for all ages

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An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.

Seymour Hamilton writes the kind of children’s stories that he would have wanted to read as a child. These stories, such as The Laughing Princess, are those of adventure, and self-discovery and they’re stories written to sound lyrical when read aloud. In fact, Hamilton believes so strongly in the value of listening to books read aloud that he has recorded The Laughing Princess and made it available for free on his website. The Laughing Princess is a collection of stories about dragons. Within the book, the stories are told to... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Latest novel in Sgt. Windflower police series is ambitious

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Since releasing his first novel in 2012, Ottawa-based writer Mike Martin has been charming mystery fans with his entertaining Sgt. Windflower detective series. Set in Martin’s native Newfoundland, the series of four books (and counting) follow the adventures of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree man from northern Alberta who has been posted by the RCMP to Canada’s most easterly province. The enjoyable collection offers an intimate look into small-town life on “The Rock”, with its different regional accents, colourful personalities and (this being a police thriller) criminal activity. It shouldn’t... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The charitable pumpkin fairy

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Fairy tales come in all shapes and sizes, including those stories whose magic can extend into the real world. Let me explain: Ottawa-based author Suzanne Stoltz is the creative force behind Sophie the Pumpkin Patch Fairy, a cute children’s book that describes a special trip to a pumpkin patch that reveals a kind fairy. What makes this book special, however, is its charitable heart.  More specifically, for every copy of the book that is sold, a part of the proceeds go to Elimu, an Ottawa-based charity run by volunteers that promotes... | Continue reading article

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Success in the Cards for Metonymy, a queer revisioning of Thea’s Tarot

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From left: Ade Boluwatife, Oliver Pickle, and Ashley Fortier. All photos by Caitlin Fortier.From left: Ade Boluwatife, Oliver Pickle, and Ashley Fortier. All photos by Caitlin Fortier.

On July 9th, Venus Envy hosted the debut book launch for Metonymy Press, a Montreal-based publishing house created and maintained by Oliver Pickle and Ashley Fortier. This was my first time attending one of Venus Envy’s many events, and it was a welcome sight to see that they had packed a full house. And, to be sure, Oliver and Ashley couldn’t have chosen a more “stimulating” venue. The evening was headlined by Ade Boluwatife, a London poet  whose stirring spoken word poetry speaks to her search for identity and her... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Oliver Brackenbury’s Junkyard Leopard book launch

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Images from Oliver Brackenbury's websiteImages from Oliver Brackenbury's website

When an underpaid bartender’s assistant with a two hundred grand student debt and no prospects of promotion to bartender because all paid work requires significant years of unpaid internship serves an impatient, overpaid investment banker of a similar age waving a hundred dollar bill at him, what is really different about the two men, besides the hundred dollar bill? Often, it comes to the fact that the first man got screwed somehow in life, whether it’s through a debt-incurring worthless university degree, a bank’s shady dealings with one’s mortgage, an... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: True Patriot comics tell distinctly Canadian stories

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I remember when I was a little kid I’d always grab one of the comic books off the magazine rack while waiting in line at the grocery store with my parents. I’d devour them, finishing half the book before my parents would be ready to leave. It’s been years since I’ve sat down with a comic book and so it was really a treat to read through True Patriot volumes one and two. True Patriot is a collection of superhero adventures. Each anthology contains about fifteen stories, of which some... | Continue reading article

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Tour de Blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (part 4)

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The Unputdownables book club; photo from unputdownablebookclub.comThe Unputdownables book club; photo from unputdownablebookclub.com

This is part four of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1, part 2, and part 3).  In this series, you can discover champions of poetry, book reviewers, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps and more. In today’s tour stop, we’re exploring the eclectic scene of Ottawa book reviewers. From an “oh-so-adorable-they-should-be-made-into-a-movie” book club, to literary scene advocates who just rocked their first Prose in the Park, to author-breaking reviews written with love by... | Continue reading article

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