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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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Write On Ottawa:The Rainbow Alchemist lets readers decide if they believe in magic

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Ottawa writer Martin Bueno’s debut novel, The Rainbow Alchemist, is an exciting, mysterious story that constantly blurs the lines between reality and fantasy as it welcomes readers into the world of psychic phenomenon, magic, and the occult. At the centre of the story is wheelchair-bound politician Graham Walden, leader of the fictional New World Society Party of Canada, and his assistant and friend Eva Trenholm. While on a business trip down to Boston, Graham and Eva are pulled into a world of intriguing magical practices when Graham sends Eva to attend... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Chameleon blends teen romance with human-eating monsters

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Jennifer Carole Lewis is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  Find her on Facebook and Twitter. Edain Duguay‘s Chameleon took me back to my teenage roots and old dreams of finding a cute boy with strange supernatural gifts who would fall madly in love with me. Her heroine, Kate, is alternately full of fire and of dread, just as I remember from my own youth. She tries on different personas and Duguay does a marvelous job of capturing how intimidating just being yourself can be as a teenager. Her struggles with fitting in... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Need help learning another language?

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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. Owing to the peculiar business of government here in Ottawa (and being spread over two provinces), many people are busy trying to learn either English or French for their jobs. Learning languages is hard work, but studies have shown that learning a second language may stave off dementia, and helps with abstract thinking and... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 5)

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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. Today we take you into the online world of literary blogging with creative twists. From those scouring the second hand shops for their next read, capturing a story book character’s map of Ottawa, rounding up CAA authors, and creating choose-your-own story adventure games, this leg of the tour will show you a curious assortment... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A special guide to Ottawa’s literary blogs (Part 4, young adult book reviews)

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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. Today we take you into the online world of Young Adult book reviewers – whether they’re taking you into the worlds of steamy romance, paranormal, corsets and duals, real life realities, or sharing top ten picks, it’s clear they don’t just love the book they read, they want to discuss them with everyone who... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Hungry Ghosts is a thoughtful novel

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Peggy Blair is one of my favourite authors from the National Capital Region. How much do I like her?  Well, since launching the Write On Ottawa series in 2013, Apartment613 has published over 100 reviews of books and comics from local artists.  If I were to create a “Top 5” list based on this group of reviews, I would certainly include Blair on my list. After reading Hungry Ghosts, the third installment in her Insp. Ramirez detective series that is set in Cuba, I was reminded why I love her... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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The first weekend of September is upon us, and with it the schools mercifully take back the children and the rest of the city amps up their enthusiasm for complaining about the impending weather. There’s lots of art and music to take in this weekend, with some mini festivals and comedy to balance things out. All weekend long, PDA Projects has Coalesce at the St. Patricks Building on the Carleton Campus. Curated by Jacklyn Meloche, this performance art mini-festival runs from Sept 3-6th. This is also the last weekend to... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Take a spiritual voyage with Mony and Alberto

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I met Mony and Alberto somewhere along my path, between a much-needed morning coffee and a yoga class. A run-in with an article in a magazine led me to first meeting them in their home, which then led to a series of serendipitous events that eventually brought me back to their doorstop, this time sharing heart-provoking conversation over tea and steeped perspective, then leaving with three precious gifts in my hands, their books I Am Happy, The Call: Whispers from Within and Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey. Mony Dojeiji and Alberto... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Thrills on Ice, the tale of a figure skater’s climb out of darkness

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It’s hard to imagine a more Canadian novel than a romance featuring a professional figure skater and hockey player, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Aurelia Osborne delivers a compelling portrait of Susanna Miles’s struggle to reclaim her life as well as her career in Thrills on Ice. Susanna returns to Winnipeg at the urging of her controlling mother-manager after a potentially career-ending injury. She meets Lucas Crawford, a professional hockey player, as well as his sister, Ava, both of whom encourage her to get back to living her life and help her to rediscover... | Continue reading article

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