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Want to make $$$ writing? Contact Write Along Radio.

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Listen up wordsmiths: If you want to make some money writing there is now an opportunity for you. Catherine Brunelle, an Apartment613 contributor, published author and well-known blogger, is one of the masterminds behind the podcast Write Along Radio.  Brunelle tells us that the podcast recently won a grant from the Ottawa Wave Makers to produce an episode called Home at Sea: Sentimental Stories of an Ocean in Crisis. Under the grant the podcast is now holding a call for submissions, and those accepted will receive payment for their participation in... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: YA novel about waterpolo is a fun read

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In their personal lives, Julie Sutton and Daniel Tigner interact with each other as niece and uncle.  If we focus on Sam and the Sea Monsters, however, the really good pre-teen/early-teen novel that they wrote together, then they could become known to the wider public as a talented literary duo. For Sutton, who is a painter, this is her first published work, although she did do some creative writing in university.  Her uncle, on the other hand, is currently working on his sixth book, which is about an American spiritual philosopher. This... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 3)

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This is part three of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1 and part 2).  In this series expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. There are some definite trailblazers in the Ottawa world of writing, and one of them is Amanda Earl.  In addition to showcasing the work of other writers, she is also involved in literary blogging, poetry and beyond. In her own words, she “sends... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Living the dream with Caveman Jack

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Imagine that one of your dreams came true.  What would you do a year or two later after your initial objective was met?  For Ottawa-based author Tammie Winsor the answer was clear: build on her initial success by achieving even more goals. Apartment613 readers may recall the heartwarming story of how Winsor became a published author. Back in 2012, she emailed the CBC Ottawa radio program All in a Day to enter the Hopes and Dreams contest, which was raising funds for the Shepherds of Good Hope. According to the contest... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Spanish-language novel is captivating

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Post by Ramón Sepúlveda Ottawa-based author Camila Reimers will be in the Byward Market selling and signing books this coming Sunday, June 28 and  on July 4, 10 and 18.  The following post is an edited version of a longer book review by Ramón Sepúlveda that was presented at the official book launch. The National Capital Region is filled with many wonderful authors who write in various languages.  Among them is Camila Reimers, an award-winning writer who was born in Chile but who has lived in Canada since 1980. While she writes... | Continue reading article

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Debut novel offers up a unique National Park mystery

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Perfect Books (258A Elgin Street) is hosting a special sale until July 15 to promote Dyed in the Green, an action-packed mystery set in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  During the sale you can purchase the book for 20% off.  The regular price is $19.99 but with the discount it will be $15.99. Dyed in the Green is the debut novel of George Mercer, who plans to write an entire mystery series about different national parks across the country. The main character is Ben Matthews, a park warden in Cape Breton who... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The man who changed our city forever

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Jacques Gréber is arguably the most important person in Ottawa’s history.  If you want to know why Canada’s capital looks the way it does, then you can thank (or blame) this famous French architect who played a pivot role in our city’s development. Following a request by Prime Minister MacKenzie King, the Gréber Plan was released in 1950.  This massively influential report led to numerous changes in our region, including: the demolition of Lebreton Flats; Gatineau Park expanding; the train station leaving downtown; and the expansion of numerous downtown roads (thank you for... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: The best Canadian children’s books from 2014

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Jessica Green has been 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.  Last week saw a massive conglomeration of librarians descend upon Ottawa for the Canadian Library Association Conference. I was able to attend and saw some great presentations about libraries, digitization, open data, makerspaces and, of course, books! My next few posts will discuss some of the cool ideas happening in libraries. This week,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Collected works of an Ottawa legend

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Ahead of Chaudiere Books spring 2015 launch this Thursday, June 18 at Raw Sugar (692 Somerset St. W.) we review The Collected Poems of William Hawkins. A near-legend, William Hawkins may be one of Ottawa’s most important and influential poets and songwriters to date.  Yet many outside the artist community do not know his name.  Many do not know that, for example, in his most productive and prolific decade, the 1960s, he appeared in a Contact Press anthology alongside bpNichol, Michael Ondaatje and Fred Wah, to name a few.  At the time, Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The Master of the apt and unexpected

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Ottawa poet N.W. Lea will be at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. W.) on Thursday, June 18 as part of the Chaudiere Books spring 2015 launch.  The event starts at 8 pm and also features the work of William Hawkins and an acoustic set by Jesse Patrick Ferguson.  (Ed: Hawkins will not be reading due to health reasons.  His work will be read by Cameron Anstee).  Nick Drake is a lean and brooding figure.  He struggled with depression and died young.  Fans of the folksinger who encounter him in Understander might never forget... | Continue reading article

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