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Librarian In Residence: Holiday gift list 2015 – adult reads

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. Once again, I’ve rounded up my favourite books for this year. [Editor’s note: See Jessica’s 2013 and 2014 picks […]


Write On Ottawa: A love story you’ll root for

If you read my reviews, you know that I am a sucker for a good love story.  And The Hungry Heart by Brenda Gayle definitely falls into that category.  Book One in her Heart’s Desire series, it’s a contemporary romance with suspense and lots of drama to keep the pages turning. The hero, Hunter Graham, […]


Write On Ottawa: A magical stroll in Mali

Every once in a while you come across a book that just makes you smile. A Little Walk in our Neighbourhood by Ottawa-based author JP Melville is such a work. Based on his experience living in Mali with his family from 2002-2004, this short book of less than 40 pages chronicles a single day in […]


Write On Ottawa: Stories of courage in cancer fight

For almost two decades, the Ottawa-based Busting Out dragon boat team has been offering inspiration and hope to women who have survived breast cancer. While there is no age limit to join (members range in age from their mid-30s to early-80s), all team members must have completed cancer treatment, and also recovered sufficiently to be able […]


Write On Ottawa: Seeking asylum in Canada

In the not-so distant future, the United States has fallen prey to a secretive and authoritarian government. In this dark world, a history teacher named Laek who lives in New York City tries to hide his radical past. After a violent confrontation with police, however, he decides that he has to flee his native country. […]


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

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 […]


Write On Ottawa: A Canadian pipeline dystopia in prose poetry

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 […]


Write On Ottawa: Four Ottawa women explore the world

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 […]

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Write On Ottawa: Sex in the Capital

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 […]


Write On Ottawa: From Ottawa to the Yukon

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 […]

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

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 On Ottawa: The Theatrical Detective

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 […]

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Write On Ottawa: Don’t pick your nose!

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? […]

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Write On Ottawa: Can a tarantula dance the Tarantella?

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 […]