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Write On Ottawa: Novels offer charm and heartbreak

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Do you like horses and riding?  If so, Appaloosa Summer might be the book for you.  Written by local Ottawa author Tudor Robins, this young adult novel is about love and loss, healing and recovery.  At the start of the Summer Meg loses her beloved horse Major when he dies suddenly during a competition.  What follows is the story of how Meg learns to move forward during a summer spent at her family’s cottage. Appaloosa Summer is a charming book that draws in the reader without bogging them down with... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: How to reignite your creative spark

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 will be previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival in a series of special posts. David Usher is coming to the Ottawa International Writers Festival!  Wait.  The Writers Festival? You may know him as David Usher, the musician, who’s become a household name both as a solo artist and as the front man of Moist, the recently reunited Can-rock favourite. But these days he’s busy promoting his first book, Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Us Conductors is a wonderful novel

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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. Winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes for Canadian fiction, Us Conductors is Sean Michaels’ first full-length novel.  Combining science and music with love and espionage, Michaels gives us the fictionalized story of the very real Lev Teremin, also known as Léon Theremin. Theremin invents a musical instrument that is played via the manipulation of... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Songwriters Night has stellar line-up

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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, as well as the songwriters night, in a series of special posts. For the past few years, Alan Neal, host of CBC’s All in a Day, has been putting together Songwriter Nights as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. These events have become a beloved staple of the festival program and in some ways they’ve taken on a life of their own.  People send fan mail... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: How schools fail to teach citizenship

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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. What is the difference between a school in Canada and North Korea?  How about apartheid-era South Africa or another repressive regime? As citizens of a democratic state, many Canadians assume that our schools are vastly different than those in non-democratic countries.  But are they?  This interesting question is posed at the beginning of Prof. Joel Westheimer’s captivating book What Kind of Citizen?... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Is there a future for local writers?

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This is part one in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, local author Tudor Robins argues that this is a wonderful period to be an author, and that the current struggles of some bookstores and publishing houses does not mean you can’t be a successful writer.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This is the best time in the world to be an author. I would say the world of publishing has exploded, but that’s not quite... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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Why you need to go to Raw Sugar this Saturday

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This Saturday at 7 pm, Ottawa-native Andrew Forbes is launching What You Need, his debut collection of short stories, at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset W.).  While currently living in Peterborough, this young author is no stranger to the National Capital Region, having been born in Ottawa, as well as attending Gloucester High School and Carleton University.  He also visits our region regularly as his parents still live in the east end of the city. Even though this is Forbes’ first published book, he has been previously published in numerous places,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Ottawa’s literary cure for cynicism

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Celebrate the International Writers Festival as an Ottawa-success story, an antidote for cynicism, and quite possibly the epitome of Canadian hospitality. The 2015 spring edition of Ottawa’s International Writers Festival begins April 22.  This essential literary gathering, however, offers us more than award-winning writers, poets, musicians and thought-provoking intellectuals, according to the festival’s Artistic Director Sean Wilson. “What the festival does for me is it’s an antidote to cynicism,” he explains.  “It’s hard to read the newspaper and to watch television without getting cynical about the state of the world... | Continue reading article

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