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Write On Ottawa: Mirror Comics and the geek culture renaissance

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The creation of comic books is not something that many people would associate with Ottawa – unless, of course, you include the cartoonish behaviour that regularly occurs on Parliament Hill. If you peer a littler closer, however, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that Canada’s capital city is booming with local artists.  In fact, the growing number of locally produced comics is so impressive, the word “renaissance” has been used by some to describe the emerging geek culture in town. One of the leaders in this creative boom is Ottawa-based Mirror... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The old man’s last sauna and other intriguing stories

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The best parties are filled with interesting people, whose captivating stories echo throughout the room. The short story collection The old man’s last sauna by Ottawa-based author Carl Dow reminds me of an interesting party. Published by the BumblePuppy Press, which is run by Dow’s son, each story can be compared to a different fascinating person, whose thought-provoking tale captures the room’s attention. There is the story of a man who tries to commit a metaphysical murder (Sorry, Room for One Only).  Another describes a boy’s tendency to lie – and how his parents... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Unwrapping a frightening mystery

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Depending on your viewpoint, the word “admirer” can be a blessing or a curse.  If you’re a romantic, it conjures up images of love and enchanting possibilities.  When used in a threatening manner, however, it can be terrifying. This thought came to me as I read The Admirer, the debut novel by Gatineau author Aurelia Osborne that is published by Renaissance Press.  Set in Britain during the Victorian era, it tells the tale of the orphan Rose Fraser, a young woman from northern England who lives with her uncle Mr. Edwards and his wife.... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: How the NDP surpassed the Liberals

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With speculation that Ontario could face a provincial election this spring, many are wondering who will become the province’s next Premier. According to some news reports, and at least one well known political observer, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath could win the next provincial vote. With this in mind, Apartment613 decided to speak to local resident Brad Lavigne, the longtime NDP official who wrote Building the Orange Wave.  The book chronicles the leadership of the late Jack Layton, who led the NDP to official opposition status in the 2011 federal election. Among the most remarkable results... | Continue reading article

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Democracy, poetry, life after death, bloggers: The Ottawa Writers Festival is back

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is among the best literary events in Canada.  Each spring and fall, as well as individual events in between, some of the best writers from Canada and around the world come to the National Capital Region.  The result is a fascinating series of discussions on numerous topics. This year’s spring festival takes place from April 24-29, and brings together, among others, political thinkers, poets, a journalist writing about life and death, a New York Times bestselling doctor speaking about genes, and bloggers from Ottawa-Gatineau. Below... | Continue reading article

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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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Book Festival to showcase dozens of local authors

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The Ottawa-Gatineau region is overflowing with literary talent.  From captivating novelists, to wonderful authors of children’s books, to creative thinkers who write about politics and other contemporary issues. This amazing talent will be on full display this Saturday, April 12, when the Canadian Authors Association, National Capital Region, First Annual Book Fest takes place in Clark Hall at the RA Centre (2451 Riverside Drive) from 10 am to 5 pm.  Forty local writers will be participating and free parking is available.  The entry ticket is $5 and can be used as a... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Interview with the creator of the magical town of Applenook

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Ottawa-based children’s author Natasha Ferrill is the creator of The Lemonman picture book series. Told in rhyme, the series tells the story of Mr. Lemonman, a lovable (albeit at times innocent) lemon who lives in the town of Applenook.  Located in the backyard garden of Mr. and Mrs. Applebrooke, Applenook is filled with numerous characters, such as the traveling salesman Cunningham C. Toad, and the friendly members of the Worm Community who, although kind, can sometimes be a nuisance. Having finished two books in the series, which comprise Ferrill’s first published work, Apartment613 caught up... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Wonderful debut novel sparkles with literary talent

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Ottawa-based author Stacey Atkinson is a joy to read.  In fact, I loved her novel Stuck so much, I had to double-check whether it was her literary debut. “Stuck is my first book, which I independently published under my own company Mirror Image Publishing,” Atkinson assures Apartment613.  ”It is also my first published work of any length, unless you count my song writing days . . . but that’s a whole other story.” Stuck tells the story of Odette Leblanc, a young 23-year-old woman in a small New Brunswick town who works in a... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: DIY books of all kinds

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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. I’ve simply had enough of this incessant winter or not-spring as the season seems to be. In times like this, I get creative, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the books we have about all kinds of creativity. Creative hobbies are good for you as they... | Continue reading article

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