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Write On Ottawa: Hard-boiled comedy in McGinnis’s Stark Nakid

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Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor in Ottawa, and a radio host on CKCU. You can find links to his various endeavours on his website, at www.cuppajoebooks.com. Stark Nakid, Sean McGinnis‘s debut novel released by Aylmer-based Deux Voiliers Publishing, starts off just like any other hard-boiled detective story: with murder… That being said, Sam Spade never had to solve a case of “death by baby grand piano,” but that’s the trouble our eponymous flatfoot finds himself embroiled in. Despite questionable investigative methods (and an even more questionable fighting style),... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A world of vampires, aliens and magic

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Post by Greg Guevara. When, I ask you, was the last time you read a book that started with an alien abduction? No pointless preamble, no meaningless interactions between characters we’ll never care about, no killing time for the sake of pacing. Just the simple horror that comes to a young boy as he awakes to find himself surrounded by otherworldly creatures bent on turning him into an asset for The Economy of Fear. The Page Turners: Economy of Fear is the second book in Kevin T. Johns’ page-turning horror series and... | Continue reading article

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Black Squirrel Books celebrates Bookmas

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Amidst yummy treats, friendly chatter, and the smell of freshly ground coffee,  the first annual Bookmas was held this past Saturday (December 19th) at Black Squirrel Books & Cafe. More than 110 bookworms participated in the community Secret Santa event that organizers Vaughan MacDonald and Alexandra Ekstrom referred to as “literature and giverature” – books and giving. Participants had been supplied with the first name and reading preferences of the person they were buying for. They then had to head into Black Squirrel, purchase a gift book, take it home, wrap it,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Castrum Lucis continues dark YA fantasy series

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Jennifer Carole Lewis is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Find her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.  You can see Lewis’ review of Chameleon, the first book in this series, here. Edain Duguay’s Chameleon finished on a ray of light, exploring teen love, but Castrum Lucis takes a darker turn, reflecting the challenges of growing up. As teens become adults, they discover the world is not always as simple and direct as they thought. The dreams and ambitions they once cherished can seem small and undesirable as... | Continue reading article

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Seeking a special gift? See our 2015 guide of local books.

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For the past two years, we have published a holiday gift guide of books by authors and publishers from the National Capital Region. This year we continue our tradition of highlighting all of the authors that we have reviewed in the past year. Below you will find more than 60 books and comics, the vast majority of which have been written by authors from the Ottawa-Gatineau area. The remainder have been released by a publisher in our region or cover a topic that impacts Canada’s capital city. If you add together the... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Searching for the secret of happiness

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“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz Legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz is best known for creating the Peanuts comic strip, with such famous characters as Snoopy. This famous dog, however, is not the only four-legged cartoon that can bring happiness to readers, as we can see from the illustrated children’s book Cocopuff: A Happy Tale by Ottawa writer Monica Dumont. With beautiful illustrations this book tells the story of Cocopuff, a lovable furry creature from D.D. Doggie World. Curious to find the secret to happiness, he decides to journey to the... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: High stakes and real dangers in paranormal romance

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Post by Nicole Lavigne. Revelations, the first published novel of Ottawa-based author Jennifer Carole Lewis, is an impressive literary debut. Within the first few pages, this romance/fantasy firmly gripped my attention and did not let go once. The book revolves around the mysterious Lalassu, which have lived on the fringes of society for thousands of years. However, someone is now set on dragging these mysterious people from the shadows. Within this context, we are introduced to Dani, who has long resisted family pressure to become High Priestess for the Lalassu,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The power of questions

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Is a question more powerful than a statement? For parents, this deceivingly simple query may open doors to a fun new way to interact with your children. In her book Why Am I Perfect?, author Nathalie Beaupré offers an interactive workbook that parents can use with their kids. The main idea behind this work is the difference between an affirmation and an afformation. For those who are not familiar with the difference, an affirmation is a statement, e.g. I want my child to be creative. An afformation, in contrast, is posed as a question, e.g. why do I... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A memoir of a past life

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Ian Prattis has lived an incredibly diverse life. Now retired, the long-time professor of anthropology and sociology has travelled the world, including his stay in South Asia where he was ordained as a guru in India. A long-time peace activist, he taught at Carleton University for more than three decades, and has led Buddhist meditation classes in his Ottawa-home home for years. For a time in the early-1990s, he lived in a small cottage in Gatineau Park with his pet timber wolf “Wolfie”, although he now resides on the Ontario... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A sci-fi tale inspired by stargazing

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Review by Caroline Frechette. Alex Binkley is an Ottawa-based journalist and author. His first novel, Humanity’s Saving Grace, is set in the not-so-distant future, when aliens make contact with Earth for the first time. The idea for this science-fiction story was a long time in the making: “(It) goes back to the 1970s and a slow night on the news desk at the Canadian Press bureau in Halifax. There was an AP story about the U.S. Air Force’s Project Bluebook which analyzed all the UFO sightings to that time. I... | Continue reading article

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