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Ottawa Creatives: Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair

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Photo by Sapling \ Seedling Bindery, from the Ravenswing Ottawa Tumblr page.Photo by Sapling \ Seedling Bindery, from the Ravenswing Ottawa Tumblr page.

Given that the Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair is held this time of year, we’ve decided to do something a little different with Ottawa Creatives this month and focus it on this great community. The fair features a market of local artisans and zinesters, live music performances, and skill-sharing workshops. They are also partnered with the Clothesline Project, an art exhibit which brings awareness to the issue of violence against women and children. The idea for Ravenswing was born out of co-director Sean Zio’s search to find local events where... | Continue reading article

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Poets, music, writers and wine in Wakefield!

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Photo of the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC by Alroy Fonseca (Apt613 Flickr pool)Photo of the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC by Alroy Fonseca (Apt613 Flickr pool)

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” ―    John Keats If the 19th century romantic poet John Keats were alive today and living in the National Capital Region, he would almost certainly be going to the annual Wakefield-La Pêche Writers Festival this coming weekend in Wakefield, Quebec. From May 8-10, literary lovers can enjoy great writing, fun music and drinks in a series of events that will feature English and French authors, a pub crawl, a... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: End of time is an operatic family saga

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Orleans author  K.D. Beckett recently published End of Time, the seventh volume in her In Time saga.  She dedicates the series of family stories to her “wild and adventurous ancestors”, Scottish and French, Algonquin, Micmac, Mohawk and Ojibwa. “Migwitch, Marsi, [Thank you] for your legacy – the Métis blood that flows inside of me,” says Beckett, whose full name is Karole Dumont-Beckett.  (She publishes her books as K.D. Beckett). Beckett, founder of Métis Publishing, began her saga with the historical novels Rainbows in Time, Mists of Time, Tides of Time and Paths... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 1)

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After an extended hiatus, Tour de blogosphere, Apartment613′s review of blogs from the National Capital Region, is back.  We restart our journey today by looking at the numerous projects involving rob mclennan, our region’s literary jack-of-all trades.  (Note: rob spells his name all lowercase). This is your tour guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style.  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. But first things first.  You want to learn more about... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Aging and the power of narrative

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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. One of my colleagues here at Apt613 suggested I listen to this podcast of a CBC Ideas program all about “Aging by the Book”. It’s a very interesting listen as it discusses the power of narrative, the importance of sharing stories, and the difficulties that come with aging. One of the things that struck... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 28, 2015

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This week on Apt613 Live! Contributor Eric Murphy was on the scene at last week’s Ottawa Zine-Off. We’ve got his conversations with some of the zinesters to find out what makes ‘em tick and what the community is all about here in Ottawa. Coming up this Friday May 1st at Maxwell Bistro you can catch On the Brink: the annual event that showcases Ottawa’s newest published authors in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.  Get a 90-second glimpse into the minds of this year’s featured writers as we... | Continue reading article

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Blog Out Loud: Meet Ottawa’s blogging community

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Laurie Kingston from the blog, Not Just About Cancer, reading at the 1024 Blog Out Loud event.Laurie Kingston from the blog, Not Just About Cancer, reading at the 1024 Blog Out Loud event.

Blog Out Loud is the 6th annual blogging event you don’t want to miss! The night allows you to get to know some key players in Ottawa’s blogging scene. Blog Out Loud features ten local bloggers reading aloud their favorite posts of the past year as well as displaying works of the city’s favorite photo bloggers. Socializing with old friends and making new ones is highly encouraged. If you’re still a rookie blogger or simply want to extend your circle, this is an excellent opportunity to make new pals. Even... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: An acrobatic collection of short stories

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the participating authors in a series of special posts. A circus: that’s not just in the welcoming title of Ottawa author Rhonda Douglas’s collection of 10 unforgettable short stories, but also a friendly warning and a preview of the sensations you can expect from her shorts.  You will travel with a strange and dazzling company of characters, from a dysfunctional family in the porn business, to a boy so obsessed with the idea of love that he... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Getting Over Yonder is an excellent novel

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the participating authors in a series of special posts. If you enjoy Canadian fiction then Obi Simic is a name you should remember.  The Ottawa-based author has just released Getting Over Yonder, her beautifully written debut novel that could very well be the start of a brilliant literary career. This touching story revolves around the life of Olivia Ugochinyere, the daughter of a Jamaican mother and Nigerian father.  Growing up in a small Quebec town outside of Montreal... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Canoeing in Canada’s Far North

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival in a series of special posts. Being a keen paddler and partaker of “Chicks in the Sticks” adventures in Algonquin Park, I was eager to read Ottawa-based author Jennifer Kingsley’s account of her 54-day, 6-person expedition via canoe along the Back River in Canada’s far north in the summer of 2005.  After all, it was unlikely I’d ever spend that long in a canoe or do so north of... | Continue reading article

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