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On the Brink: Celebrating new published voices in speculative fiction

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There is nothing I love more than sitting down and reading a good book. Always have. Always will. I love the intimacy of getting pulled into the make believe world of an author’s imagination. I’m not particular about genres or authors, but I certainly have a sweet spot for anything that touches on mystery and intrigue, the unexplained and the unexplored. Which is why I was thrilled to learn about On The Brink – an event aimed at introducing readers to new Ottawa authors of speculative fiction—science fiction, fantasy, horror,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Mystery book launch (+ prize giveaway)!

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 Local author Mike Martin is the creative force behind the Sgt. Windflower detective series that is set in Newfoundland.  Last year we reviewed the first two books, while the third, Beneath the Surface, is set to be released on May 29 at Chapters Rideau. Apartment613 readers, however, can get a head start on the latest book as we are helping Martin release Beneath the Surface virtually.  You can purchase advance copies of the book online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookLocker, iTunes and Kobo. As part of this virtual release, we are... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Serah-Marie McMahon of WORN Fashion Journal

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All images from The WORN Archive  (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.All images from The WORN Archive (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.

Post by Régine Paquette and Katie Frappier. The Wornettes are heading to Ottawa to celebrate the release of The Worn Archive. The anthology is comprised of the first fourteen issues of WORN with each chapter dedicated to celebrating a different aspect of fashion. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with Serah-Marie McMahon, founder and editor of WORN to discuss their role in Canada’s fashion industry and what values they bring to their writing. How do you think Worn has influenced the Canadian Fashion Industry? How have you seen... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: 3D printing!

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3D printer on display at BHV Marais in Paris. All photos by Jessica Green.3D printer on display at BHV Marais in Paris. All photos by Jessica Green.

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. In April, while on vacation in Paris, I happened upon a 3D printer exhibition at the BHV Marais, the large department store in the area. They had about 12-14 3D printers set up in their observation suite as well as a few spread out all over the store. This was a partnership between the... | Continue reading article

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Celebrating the human voice with the A B series

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Since 2007, the Ottawa-based A B Series has been presenting innovative programming filled with experimental poetry, music and spoken word. Founded by Max Middle, the Series’ artistic director, the cutting-edge programming has brought first-rate performers from across Canada and around the world to our region.  But while the current programme includes musical performances, literary readings and innovative arts, its origins lie in poetry. “The original motivation behind the series was partly to give poets/writers travelling through Ottawa the opportunity to read here and partly to give voice to local poets/writers,” Middle tells... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Debut novel is an enjoyable mystery

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RCMP Corp. Dave Browne was perfect as an undercover cop. Blessed with cloaking abilities, he could easily infiltrate any criminal operation by fading out of sight, and then observing his targets from the shadows. When his disappearing power fails him during a sting operation in Toronto, however, he becomes a wanted man, as the criminal group that he was investigating seek to kill him.  To help him escape, he is transferred to Kirk’s Landing, a small Manitoba town that feels like a world away from Canada’s largest city. But what was... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Revealing the mystery and romance of Yemen

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People in the west do not often hear about Yemen, one of the more remote countries in the Middle East.  A nation of roughly 24 million on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, whose capital is Sana’a,  this country south of Saudi Arabia can appear mysterious to occidental eyes. Thanks to the writings of Ottawa-based author Qais Ghanem, however, readers can now travel to the land of Sheba, where they will discover a complex country filled with passion and corruption, altruism and hypocrisy, incredible kindness and brutal violence. A retired neurologist, Ghanem has... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Mirror Comics and the geek culture renaissance

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Image from the graphic novel Challenger courtesy of Mirror ComicsImage from the graphic novel Challenger courtesy of Mirror Comics

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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