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Librarian in Residence: Holiday gift list part II, kids’ picks!

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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. As promised, here is part two of my Christmas list picks. This list features children’s books, with ten picture books, three graphic novels, and five chapter books all linked up for your reading pleasure. Most of the picture books were selected as they were fun to read out loud and have great illustrations. The... | Continue reading article

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Book launch, Trans Activism in Canada at Octopus Books

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Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.

This Friday, the Centretown location of Octopus Books is hosting a launch for a new book that collects the experiences of those who are at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of trans and gender variant people in Canada. Dr. Dan Irving, an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, co-edited Trans Activism in Canada along with Rupert Raj, a Toronto psychotherapist. Dr. Irving generously spoke to me for over an hour about the book and his own experiences with and views on trans activism in Canada.... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Garden plants things deep in the brain

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Photo courtesy of Monty Reid.Photo courtesy of Monty Reid.

“Wow, you really kicked Nature’s butt,” that’s what a friend told me after we finally tamed our rear garden. It was wildly overgrown. There were gooseberry shrubs, a swath of ostrich ferns, Manitoba maple saplings, and half a dozen other weeds that thrive on neglect. I love gardens. I love admiring gardens from afar. They seem to embody order, balance and beauty. Or utility, if they’re vegetable gardens. Gardens are an illusion. You never kick Nature’s butt for long. This is what Monty Reid’s book Garden is about. It is... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Christmas picks, part 1!

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As you nurse that mini chocolate bar hangover, I have some bad news and good news: you’ll have to listen to THOSE songs as you hit any of the shops from now until Christmas, but on the brighter side, I have lots of good finds to share that you may consider for your loved ones. I’ve assembled them into triplets; that is three picks per type of book. This is only part one as I’ll be concentrating on kids’ stuff exclusively in part two, coming soon. Adult Non-fiction For your... | Continue reading article

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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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