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Wakefield joins growing list of local literary festivals

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Post by David Sachs Writing is a solitary art, they all say, and for once they’re right.  Writer’s (of books) have no teammates and no audience, none that they see anyway.  In a city like Ottawa, it’s more of a dark art: neighbourhoods of talented political staff, civil servants and reporters, writing magnum opuses after hours, in the dark, like a fetish. Ottawa is full of secret literary soloists, however, with many fantasizing about the big stage — while others could never bear it.  Everyone wants to watch, though.  So, bringing... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Fantasy master Charles de Lint talks about creativity

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Photo of Charles de Lint by  MaryAnn HarrisPhoto of Charles de Lint by MaryAnn Harris

Ottawa’s renowned fantasy author Charles de Lint will be at the Wakefield-La Pêche Writers Festival today (Saturday) as part of a brunch panel with fellow authors Madeleine Lefebvre and Alan Cumyn.  He will also host a writers workshop this afternoon with his wife MaryAnn Harris.  While the brunch is sold out, tickets for the workshop are $10. (ED: After this story was published we learned that all events are now sold out). Charles de Lint’s first novel, The Riddle of the Wren, was published in 1984.  Since then, he’s written a... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Talented youth writers to speak at Wakefield Writers Festival

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This 2015 video stems from an intergenerational spoken word poetry group that brought together seniors and youth.  This collaboration is between Lara Kelly, 14, and Lenore, 85. The CinePoem was created by Craig Conoley of Dan Rascal, City of Ottawa Youth Intern Akuol Luala and volunteer Bryce Wilson.   Inside a child’s bedroom, or perhaps in an elementary school library or coffee shop, a future best-selling author is dreaming about their first hit novel, screenplay or short story collection. That is why at Apartment613 we make an effort to showcase... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair

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Given that the Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair is held this time of year, we’ve decided to do something a little different with Ottawa Creatives this month and focus it on this great community. The fair features a market of local artisans and zinesters, live music performances, and skill-sharing workshops. They are also partnered with the Clothesline Project, an art exhibit which brings awareness to the issue of violence against women and children. The idea for Ravenswing was born out of co-director Sean Zio’s search to find local events where... | Continue reading article

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Poets, music, writers and wine in Wakefield!

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Photo of the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC by Alroy Fonseca (Apt613 Flickr pool)Photo of the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC by Alroy Fonseca (Apt613 Flickr pool)

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” ―    John Keats If the 19th century romantic poet John Keats were alive today and living in the National Capital Region, he would almost certainly be going to the annual Wakefield-La Pêche Writers Festival this coming weekend in Wakefield, Quebec. From May 8-10, literary lovers can enjoy great writing, fun music and drinks in a series of events that will feature English and French authors, a pub crawl, a... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: End of time is an operatic family saga

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Orleans author  K.D. Beckett recently published End of Time, the seventh volume in her In Time saga.  She dedicates the series of family stories to her “wild and adventurous ancestors”, Scottish and French, Algonquin, Micmac, Mohawk and Ojibwa. “Migwitch, Marsi, [Thank you] for your legacy – the Métis blood that flows inside of me,” says Beckett, whose full name is Karole Dumont-Beckett.  (She publishes her books as K.D. Beckett). Beckett, founder of Métis Publishing, began her saga with the historical novels Rainbows in Time, Mists of Time, Tides of Time and Paths... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 1)

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Photo by Miroslav Petrasko courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Miroslav Petrasko courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

After an extended hiatus, Tour de blogosphere, Apartment613′s review of blogs from the National Capital Region, is back.  We restart our journey today by looking at the numerous projects involving rob mclennan, our region’s literary jack-of-all trades.  (Note: rob spells his name all lowercase). This is your tour guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style.  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. But first things first.  You want to learn more about... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Aging and the power of narrative

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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. One of my colleagues here at Apt613 suggested I listen to this podcast of a CBC Ideas program all about “Aging by the Book”. It’s a very interesting listen as it discusses the power of narrative, the importance of sharing stories, and the difficulties that come with aging. One of the things that struck... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 28, 2015

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Photo by Museokeskus Vapriikki on Flickr.Photo by Museokeskus Vapriikki on Flickr.

This week on Apt613 Live! Contributor Eric Murphy was on the scene at last week’s Ottawa Zine-Off. We’ve got his conversations with some of the zinesters to find out what makes ‘em tick and what the community is all about here in Ottawa. Coming up this Friday May 1st at Maxwell Bistro you can catch On the Brink: the annual event that showcases Ottawa’s newest published authors in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.  Get a 90-second glimpse into the minds of this year’s featured writers as we... | Continue reading article

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Blog Out Loud: Meet Ottawa’s blogging community

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Laurie Kingston from the blog, Not Just About Cancer, reading at the 1024 Blog Out Loud event.Laurie Kingston from the blog, Not Just About Cancer, reading at the 1024 Blog Out Loud event.

Blog Out Loud is the 6th annual blogging event you don’t want to miss! The night allows you to get to know some key players in Ottawa’s blogging scene. Blog Out Loud features ten local bloggers reading aloud their favorite posts of the past year as well as displaying works of the city’s favorite photo bloggers. Socializing with old friends and making new ones is highly encouraged. If you’re still a rookie blogger or simply want to extend your circle, this is an excellent opportunity to make new pals. Even... | Continue reading article

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