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Poetry Week: VERSeFest to showcase Canadian and international poets

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Photo of Yves Turbide and Avonlea Fotheringham by Pearl Pirie.  Taken at the Versefest volunteer drive, Pressed Cafe, March 2, 2015.Photo of Yves Turbide and Avonlea Fotheringham by Pearl Pirie. Taken at the Versefest volunteer drive, Pressed Cafe, March 2, 2015.

Matt Jones, the artistic director of VERSeFEST 2015, is unexpectedly calm as we sit down on Saturday morning for coffee near Elgin Street.  It’s only a few days away from the opening of Ottawa’s annual poetry festival and he acknowledges that a few pieces haven’t come together yet (noted later in the article) but he is confident that the theme for VERSeFEST has been achieved: “This year we’ve become much more robust about our outreach program . . . and expanded our presence,” he says, noting that 63 poets and... | Continue reading article

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Welcome to Poetry Week

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If you are a lover of poetry then this coming week will bring a smile to your face.  VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, starts on Tuesday, March 24, and runs until next Monday, March 30. To help celebrate this gathering of talented wordsmiths, Apartment613 is launching today Poetry Week, which will include extensive coverage of both VERSeFest activities and local poets from the National Capital Region. Our week-long series of stories begins on Monday with a post from Kenneth Ingram that provides an overview of what audience members can expect... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Faces in strange places

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All photo by Matt Edwards.All photo by Matt Edwards.

Do you identify as a “Kidult”? Have you heard of That Faces Book? If not, you’ll want to keep reading because according to editor/photographer Matt Edwards, That Faces Book is perfect for you. And no, we’re not talking about the social media site. So what is it? Simply put it’s a book about faces in the strangest of places, and Edwards wants to share them all with you. In order to do so he’s started a Kickstarter campaign to get his photo book printed and share what might be the... | Continue reading article

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Write on Ottawa: YA novel Mosaic is a success

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Mosaic, Deborah Jackson’s sixth young adult novel, involves young lovers, pirates, murder, ghosts and hockey; in short, something for everyone.  The Ottawa-based writer has structured a suspenseful, action-filled novel which will appeal to an older teen audience. Erin Rocheford, the co-protagonist, is the 17-year-old daughter of a former NHL player.  She plays hockey on mixed teams and aspires to stardom until a car accident shatters her body and her dream.  As the novel opens, she and her parents and younger sister are going to a Sanibel Island, Florida, resort, so... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: #YOWHumanLibrary returns this Saturday

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A Metis Woman in conversation during a former Human Library experience in Ottawa.A Metis Woman in conversation during a former Human Library experience in Ottawa.

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. On February 21st, you can participate in one of the most unique library events: the Human Library. The fourth edition of the popular event will happen in library branches all across the Ottawa Gatineau area as for the first time, the Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau is joining in this event along with the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Frances Boyle’s sound and light show

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It’s called chiaroscuro — contrasting light and dark for dramatic effect — and it is old school.  Picture Rembrandt’s face peeking out of the darkness like that macadamia nut in your double chocolate cookie. It evokes some traditional associations as well.  Light equals truth. Darkness surrounds us and feeds on our fear, ignorance and/or inattention.  “The moon is a knowing blood orange,” for example that “hovers on the horizon, takes light doesn’t/give it.” In her poetry collection Light-carved Passages, published by Ottawa-based Bushchek Books, Frances Boyle deploys all of that fine classic imagery,... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Judging books by their contents and readers by their tastes….

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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 stumbled across two very interesting articles that discuss reading habits. The first, which you can find here  looks at why we should finish every novel we read. Juliet Lapidos makes her case for reading completely through every novel we start. I don’t know if she picked her examples terribly well though, as Charles... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Six young authors to watch out for

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The aim of Apartment613 is to profile the great arts and culture scene taking place in Ottawa-Gatineau.  As part of our mandate, we have written about numerous writers, poets and comic book artists from our region. Sometimes, however, we like to take a look at the next generation of artists, which is why today we are showcasing six young scribes whose literary talent has already been recognised. Each year the Ottawa Public Library runs their Awesome Authors contest for local residents who are between the ages of 9 to 17.  Submissions... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for January 20, 2015

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Radio Free Strawberry by Alan Levine on Flickr.Radio Free Strawberry by Alan Levine on Flickr.

Hi kids! This week on Apt613 LIVE you can hear my conversations with Chris Dixon and Justin Louis Labelle. Dixon is the author of Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements.  He was at Octopus Books January 20th to talk about his book-so if you missed out don’t despair!  He sat down with 613 to discuss his belief in the potential of anarchism and grassroots movements to change the world for the better. Justin Louis Labelle is an Ottawa-based photographer whose first solo show opens at the 1073 Bank Street location... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Twisted Reasons is suspenseful and tantalizing International thriller

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Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.

Although the first book in Geza Tatrallyay’s Twisted Reasons trilogy does follow many of the now popular spy/thriller conventions, the author has set it apart with incredible detail and evident research. Published by Alymer, Quebec-based Deux Voiliers Publishing, the story opens with Greg Martens, an unsuspecting American with Hungarian heritage, who is set to meet his long-time friend Adam in Vienna. However, horror strikes and Greg learns that Adam has been brutally killed a couple of hours prior to Greg’s arrival in Austria. That day, not only does Greg find out about his friend’s... | Continue reading article

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