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Hidden gem offers Ukrainian delights

You always remember your first perogie. For me, it was during my high school days. A plateful of lovely stuffed dumplings was placed before me by my Polish friend’s mother. “You will never find a better perogie.” she said proudly as she watched me chomp away in delight. I’ve had many fine perogies through the […]

Tahini Moitra’s collages mix modern commentary with vintage imagery

Tahini Moitra is a third year graphic design student here in Ottawa.  Born in Mumbai City, India, Tahini has been studying in Canada for the past seven years, most recently at Algonquin College.  While wrapping up her program, she was eager have a few pieces of her work stand out from her classmates’ work.  This […]

Thank you Raw Sugar!

We heard the sad news today that Raw Sugar has closed its doors. “Raw Sugar opened with the intention to offer a space where different communities could come together in a welcoming and creative environment, creating a cultural hub. It has been a true honour to find a place in Ottawa’s community, thank you. To […]

Black Squirrel Books celebrates Bookmas

Amidst yummy treats, friendly chatter, and the smell of freshly ground coffee,  the first annual Bookmas was held this past Saturday (December 19th) at Black Squirrel Books & Cafe. More than 110 bookworms participated in the community Secret Santa event that organizers Vaughan MacDonald and Alexandra Ekstrom referred to as “literature and giverature” – books and giving. […]

Streetscape Memory Bank: The lost neighbourhood of Uppertown, Pt. 3

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, or check out all of our Streetscape Memory Bank posts. Last time, we looked at the mix of housing and individuals who lived on the north side of Vittoria Street between Lyon and Kent. Now we continue our journey by looking at a remarkable set of […]

Write On Ottawa: Castrum Lucis continues dark YA fantasy series

Jennifer Carole Lewis is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Find her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.  You can see Lewis’ review of Chameleon, the first book in this series, here. Edain Duguay’s Chameleon finished on a ray of light, exploring teen love, but Castrum Lucis takes a darker turn, reflecting the […]

Seeking a special gift? See our 2015 guide to local books.

For the past two years, we have published a holiday gift guide of books by authors and publishers from the National Capital Region. This year we continue our tradition of highlighting all of the authors that we have reviewed in the past year. Below you will find more than 60 books and comics, the vast majority of […]

Write On Ottawa: Searching for the secret of happiness

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz Legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz is best known for creating the Peanuts comic strip, with such famous characters as Snoopy. This famous dog, however, is not the only four-legged cartoon that can bring happiness to readers, as we can see from the illustrated children’s book Cocopuff: A Happy Tale by […]

Write On Ottawa: The power of questions

Is a question more powerful than a statement? For parents, this deceivingly simple query may open doors to a fun new way to interact with your children. In her book Why Am I Perfect?, author Nathalie Beaupré offers an interactive workbook that parents can use with their kids. The main idea behind this work is the difference between […]

Write On Ottawa: A memoir of a past life

Ian Prattis has lived an incredibly diverse life. Now retired, the long-time professor of anthropology and sociology has travelled the world, including his stay in South Asia where he was ordained as a guru in India. A long-time peace activist, he taught at Carleton University for more than three decades, and has led Buddhist meditation […]

Write On Ottawa: A sci-fi tale inspired by stargazing

Review by Caroline Frechette. Alex Binkley is an Ottawa-based journalist and author. His first novel, Humanity’s Saving Grace, is set in the not-so-distant future, when aliens make contact with Earth for the first time. The idea for this science-fiction story was a long time in the making: “(It) goes back to the 1970s and a […]