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Prose in the Park is a fiction fan’s fantasy

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This coming Saturday, June 6, book lovers can enjoy a lovely day in the park filled with literary delights. The first ever Prose in the Park will take place in Parkdale Park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The outdoor event with tents will feature more than 150 Canadian authors (many of them local and more than 20% Francophone), 15 authors’ panels and special events, including an all-day open-mic stage. More than a dozen publishers and three independent bookstores will also participate. “It is planned around the highly successful model of Word... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Red Nexus’ dark and gripping future

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Three hundred years from now things aren’t going well for us humans.  In Ottawa-native Benoit Chartier’s debut novel, Red Nexus, Wen Harkwell is one of these unfortunates.  He lives on the 150th level of a futuristic Japan climbing over itself to escape a mysterious environmental disaster.  Shining towers adorn the city’s top, but the ground is buried under rolling garbage mountains that spit fire.  In the book’s opening, Wen lives somewhere in the middle, trying to create a life for himself and Sammy, his 13-year-old brother. During the day, Wen works... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North: Up to Low is a joy to watch

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For the past several years, Janet Irwin has worked towards bringing an Ottawa literary classic to the stage.  Fast forward to today, and the playwright’s vision is now a reality with her adaptation of Up to Low, which is playing at Arts Court until June 6 as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Set in 1950 and based on the popular book of the same name by Ottawa author Brian Doyle, this great production tells the story of how Young Tommy (played very well by Lewis Wynne-Jones) takes a life-changing trip... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Two days that changed the world

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Post by Peter Boyle There were 1,036 days in the presidency of John F. Kennedy.  This is the story of two of them that changed history forever. Two Days In June:  John F. Kennedy And The 48 Hours That Made History by Ottawa-based writer Andrew Cohen is a dense, sometimes joyful, sometimes bored, but constantly energetic book.  Cohen chronicles two pivotal speeches that President Kennedy made in 1963.  His June 10 speech which led to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, and his June 11 speech that opened the way to the... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Love fantasy? Read Caroline Fréchette.

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If you like fantasy novels then you should read the work of Gatineau-based writer Caroline Fréchette.  I am a big fan of her Family by Choice series, which revolves around the complex character of Alex Winters, a  brooding young man who can create fire with his thoughts. Having really enjoyed the first book, which came out in the fall of 2013, as well as the sequel that was published last year by Renaissance Press, it was with eager anticipation that I read Kindred Spirits, the third book in this five-part series.  (The... | Continue reading article

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Kickstarter campaign seeks to fund new card game

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Ottawa-based Renaissance Press is best known for publishing the works of up-and-coming authors. The company’s desire to promote creative works, however, is no longer limited to the printed page thanks to the launch of their new gaming division. The first game that the local publisher hopes to release is A Match Made in Austen, a card game based on the works of the legendary writer Jane Austen.  Drawing from her popular novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey, the aim of the game is to... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 2)

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This is part two of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1).  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. Today’s guide stop takes you to the individual multi-taskers, whose literary blogs cover a range of purposes from showcasing their work, reviewing other’s work, capturing day-to-day life, and highlighting events and conversations.  Here’s you’ll find stories of road trips, insider interviews, stunning poetry, narrative power, literary... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Great poems and lousy junk

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I am a war poem monger.  I love the inherent tension of war poems.  I don’t mean the patriotic stuff.  I mean war poems that are blistering and authentic.  I love the way violent and traumatic experiences can strain poetic language to the breaking point.  I love poems that struggle to assemble the inexpressible into words. This is the voyeuristic fix I expected from Matt Jones’ chapbook White Flowers and Landmines.  It is exactly what the title seems to promise.  But Jones is one coy bastard.  In addition to a... | Continue reading article

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to speak in Ottawa

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Chris Hedges is not a subtle man.  In his latest book Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, the former longtime New York Times foreign correspondent offers a blistering attack on corporate power and political institutions. Local residents can hear him first-hand on Wednesday evening, when he is scheduled to speak at Centretown United Church (507 Bank Street) at 7 pm. So what can we expect from a talk by this internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize winning journalist?  Well, from my perspective — and this is only my view — I had mixed feelings after reading Wages of Rebellion. ... | Continue reading article

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