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Write On Ottawa: The joys of a slow-paced read

The first time I read Stewart Dudley’s novel The Cutting Room, it frustrated me. The plot seemed to be deliberately slow, with information doled out in tiny bits as though the author was trying not to satisfy the reader too much. I put it down after finishing and felt a bit cranky with it. But […]

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OPL Staycation: A day in Carp

Stephen Johnson works at the Ottawa Public Library.  When not at work,  he is probably out exploring the region (libraries included) with his family. In recent years, the summer staycation has become a popular trend. It allows a person to save money while being a tourist in their own backyard. In Ottawa, we are fortunate […]

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Librarian in Residence: Summer reads 2016

Here are a baker’s dozen of good reads I’ve picked from some of the more interesting books I’ve come across at the library. There’s a mix of fiction and nonfiction, with some interesting travel memoir type books, in case you’re not leaving the city this summer. You can kick back under a tree and imagine […]

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Write On Ottawa: A tale of unearthly music and horror

Review by Laurie Stewart. Fans of HP Lovecraft will love Michel Weatherall‘s The Symbiot, book one in a series. A new breed of terror in the night, intelligent prose, sympathetic characters, and time travel… well, sort of. A mysterious new theory of music sets in motion of a chain of events that could end the world. […]

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Fellowship: Johnny Vegas – Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard, Page 19

Kristopher Waddell is our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. In regular weekly installments, Kristopher presents his take on the life and times of Johnny Vegas, who has been performing in this city for decades. Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard: Johnny […]

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The Wheelhouse talk zines ahead of Ottawa’s first zine fair

In my interview with Lee P, published earlier this week, I learned that the organizers of the Ottawa Zine Fair are pleased at the range of exhibitors eager to support the event. One such exhibitor is The Wheelhouse, a not-for-profit supporting resource based in Toronto. Amongst its activities, the organization serves as a distributor (‘distro’) for […]

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Fellowship: Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard – Johnny Vegas, Page 18!

Kristopher Waddell is our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. In regular weekly installments, Kristopher presents his take on the life and times of Johnny Vegas, who has been performing in this city for decades. Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard: Johnny […]

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Write On Ottawa: After the Happily Ever After

Jennifer Carole Lewis writes paranormal romance and is very glad to not be planning any weddings of her own. Ever wondered what comes after the happily ever after?  In Forever After, Linda Poitevin shows how even true love has some room for negotiation and work as Gwyn and Gareth prepare for a wedding which has […]

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Fellowship: Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard – JOHNNY VEGAS, Page 17

Kristopher Waddell is our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. In regular weekly installments, Kristopher presents his take on the life and times of Johnny Vegas, who has been performing in this city for decades. Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard: Johnny […]

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