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Write On Ottawa: There’s a train a comin’

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Town & Train, the debut horror novel from local author James K. Moran is one ride you won’t want to miss. The story takes us to Brandon, Ontario, a sleepy town full of secrets and villains hiding in plain sight, where people watch hockey and work blue collar jobs, and are big on dive bars and bush parties. Brandon is faded from its former glory after years of factory closures, and caught in an August heat wave: there’s a pervasive weariness around town. Things get strange when a shape-shifting phantom train... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A Canadian pipeline dystopia in prose poetry

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Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor living in Ottawa. You can find him on tumblr  and Twitter. Welcome to Innisfree, a home to free-spirits, nonconformists, and one very determined hipster-turn-elk-farmer. Nestled between the redefined “Can’tadian” provincial borders of “PC Columbia” and “Cowberta,” it exists within an idyllic sanctuary of self-governance, thanks to a handful of survey errors. But there’s a looming threat to this pastoral paradise: progress, in the form of an encroaching nexus of oil pipelines, compliments of the Gasbro oil conglomerate. While the community can only... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Four Ottawa women explore the world

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Travel Dreams and Nightmare: Four Women Explore the World covers all types of travel, from roughing it on a mountain hike, to relaxing by the sea, to taking a holiday to taste wine or experiencing new cultures at all corners of the world. The book follows the adventures of four Ottawa-based women, Louise Szabo, Barbara Brown, Jan Jacobson and Wendy Quarry. Each one has their own preferred method of travel and so together, their stories tell a diverse set of experiences. There is the story of Brown’s hike around the... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Sex in the Capital

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Las Vegas may be sin city, but here in Ottawa we normally don’t see ourselves as an erotic haven. If local writer Ingrid McCarthy has anything to do about it, however, we may soon start seeing the nation’s capital as a hotbed of sultry love. In her series Sex and the Seasons, McCarthy — who writes adult fiction under the pen name Rose D. Franklyn — offers a portrait of Ottawa that is filled with romantic adventures and seductive characters. Spring Fever and Black Chocolate, the first book in the series, tells the... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: From Ottawa to the Yukon

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After Louise’s husband retired, he impulsively bought a used RV and thus began the couple’s preparations for a road trip from their home in Ottawa, across Canada to Dawson City, Yukon. Lucy’s Road Trip chronicles the voyage of Louise and Charlie Szabo in their RV, first to Cape Breton to celebrate their daughter’s wedding, and then through the prairies to the other coast of Canada. The first trip is meant to be a practice run for their RV, named Lucy. Although she is in good condition, she is old after... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Zine rack birthday bash at Pressed

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One of the events on course for this month of Support Local is the third birthday celebration of the Pressed zine rack! On top of zine readings from special guests and local writers, the zine swap is another of the evening’s festivities to look forward to. Zine enthusiasts are encouraged to dust off old favorites from their collection, or even copies of their own zine, for this social exchange. And what kind of birthday doesn’t have cake? It just so happens that you can expect a special vegan birthday cake... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: The Social Book Exchange is a book club for everyone, with beer

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Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world.   Walk into Café My House the night of October 18 and you’ll be labeled with one of those “Hello, My Name Is” stickers. Instead of your name, though, they’ll write the name of the book you brought with you on it. Talk about identifying with what you love. It’s all part of the fun at the Social Book Exchange, an occasional event cooked up... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The Theatrical Detective

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As someone who loves detective stories, I really enjoy discovering new mystery novels with an interesting twist. That is why I recommend reading Stage Business by Canadian author Gerry Fostaty, which combines the world of theatre with a good old private eye thriller. Published by local publisher Deux Voiliers Publishing, which is based in  Alymer, Quebec, this fun book follows Michael Dion, an actor who is attracted to a beautiful actress named Amanda Clarke. This initial appeal, however, is soon superseded by a dangerous turn of events when Kyle, the teenage son of Amanda’s friend,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Don’t pick your nose!

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Boogers are not something that one mentions in polite company. Even among close friends or family, this is not a topic that draws a lot of cheers. So what can one say about Thomas Jardine’s unusual comic The Boogerball, which describes how a little girl fights off a monster made of, you guessed it, boogers? Beautifully illustrated by Ljubomir Babic, (bet you never thought you’d see the word “beautiful” in a booger-related story), this comic book is a truly mischievous read. As I flipped through the story, I couldn’t help but think... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Can a tarantula dance the Tarantella?

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Are kids’ books just for kids? Nah! C’mon, all of us have at least one kids’ book that we secretly love to read and give as a gift. And after this review there’s a chance that Tonia’s Spider by Kim Esdaile Gordon might become your favourite. An educator since 2002, Kim is currently the Learning Support Teacher at Katimavik Elementary School here in Ottawa. Kim’s book shows children how to use lucid dreaming to help them fall back asleep and deal with nightmares. What’s lucid dreaming you ask? It’s when... | Continue reading article

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