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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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Write On Ottawa: #Setlife is a bittersweet glimpse into the fashion industry

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a fashion stylist?  A model?  A magazine photographer?  If this burning curiosity sounds familiar track down a copy of #Setlife, and let local stylist and magazine editor Christopher Massardo bring you to the frontlines. Fully titled The Funny, Horrible and (Possibly) True Stories of #Setlife, Massardo’s collection brings together 13 local, scandalous and funny short stories.  Unfortunately, as a whole, the collection is only partially successful. #Setlife’s back cover promises both laughter and cringing, but I found myself... | Continue reading article

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Book chronicles family’s struggles during Vietnam war

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Caroline Vu will be a panelist for Under the Papaya Tree – Remembering Vietnam at Prose in the Park on Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 pm held at Parkdale Park. In That Summer in Provincetown, Montreal-based writer Caroline Vu relives some of her family’s greatest hardships in Vietnam at the height of the war, their collective attempts at building new foundations and identities in North America, and reflects on each individual’s perceived success or shortcomings. While Vu, who last year had her first novel published by the Ottawa-based collective Deux Voiler Publishing, allots... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Summer Reads for 2015

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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. Now that summer is on its way, with the weather hopefully changing for the better, everyone starts thinking about patios, beaches and vacations. I love taking along fun books while on vacation, so here are some great reads, all available from the Ottawa Public Library. Some are light and fluffy, others are action packed,... | Continue reading article

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The oil dream may be over, but Canada’s future is not

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Shortly after Prime Minister Stephen Harper assumed office in 2006, he laid out his vision of Canada as an energy superpower. In the eyes of the new Conservative government, Canada would use its massive supply of oil to grow the economy. Given the seemingly insatiable appetite for energy around the world, as well as increasing oil prices, the plan seemed like a reasonable proposition.  Then everything fell apart, and PM Harper’s dream of turning Alberta’s oil sands into an economic juggernaut no longer seemed like a great idea. In his excellent... | Continue reading article

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