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Launching our special Writers Festival series

By Alejandro Bustos on April 15, 2015

The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of our city’s treasured gems.  Since first launching in 1997, this special gathering has brought some of Canada’s and the world’s leading writers, comic book creators, playwrights, scientists and musicians to our region.

Next week the 2015 spring edition of the festival kicks off and will run from April 22 to 28.  Among the impressive lineup are several authors from the National Capital Region.  Over the next two weeks, Apartment613 will be reviewing several of these local authors in a series of posts.

Our special coverage officially begins with an interview with Sean Wilson, the festival’s artistic director. Then in the following days we will be posting reviews on the following authors from the Ottawa-Gatineau region.  (Note: The dates in parentheses indicate when each writer will be speaking at the festival).

Joel Westheimer (Wednesday, April 22);
Obi Simic (Sunday, April 26);
Nina Berkhout (Sunday, April 26);
Jennifer Kingsley (Monday, April 27); and
Rhonda Douglas (Tuesday, April 28).

We will also be reviewing the latest book by Sean Michaels, who grew up in Ottawa, as well as David Usher’s book Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything.

It should also be noted that local poet Pearl Pirie, who we recently interviewed as part of VERSeFest, will be participating in a special book launch on Sunday, April 26.  In addition, the great local poet David O’Meara, whose works we previously covered, will be speaking about poetry in a special conversation with Don McKay, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and two Governor General’s Awards for Poetry, on Monday, April 27.

Speaking of poetry, while the official spring festival starts next week, you can get a poetic appetizer tomorrow with a special poetry event in Wakefield.  If you need a ride there is bus transportation.

Finally, we are also planning to interview local CBC radio host Alan Neal, who will once again be hosting a songwriter’s night on Thursday, April 23 as part of the Writers Festival.

We hope you enjoy our series our posts, but more importantly come out and see the wonderful lineup of authors.