Ottawa author Mark Frutkin was drawn to write about the Baroque Italian artist Caravaggio (1571-1610) because he was intrigued with the parallels between the artist’s artwork and life. “It was definitely this dark and light aspect that fascinated me,” explains Frutkin. “Caravaggio’s character was so reflected in his artwork. He was brilliant and creative. But […]
Books & Lit
Story time! The Canada Council for the Arts reveals the finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards
On Nov. 17, 2021, the Canada Council for the Arts will reveal the 2021 finalists in the Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks). 70 books have been chosen as the best for publishing for this year, and these 14 winners will be announced on ggbooks.ca.
Ottawa gained the moniker “Liverpool of the North” for its robust rock ‘n’ roll scene in the 1950s and 60s. Longtime rock radio DJ Jim Hurcombe looks back on the original rock scene in his book Rockin’ on the Rideau: Ottawa’s Golden Age of Rock and Roll.
After putting a call out for artists earlier this year, the bilingual art anthology Ottawa Inshallah is now ready to be shared with the community. Anthology’s producer Aquil Virani explains his hopes for what the book will accomplish, and the possibility of a better future for Muslim creatives and communities in the city.
The 2021 Ottawa Book Awards celebrate 19 local authors who published works of English and French fiction and non-fiction in the last year.
Check out the shortlist for the Archibald Lampman Award, recognizing the best in Ottawa and area poetry.
Damn Magazine is back in print, and embraced one of the more interesting pivots of COVID-19 times: the edgy music mag now celebrates intergenerational stories and is hoping to appeal to seniors and youth alike.
Arc Poetry releases 94th issue with a focus on work by trans, Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming, and non-binary poets
Arc Poetry has released its 94th issue with a focus on non-binary, trans, gender non-conforming, and Two-Spirit poets and artists.
Dan Lalande’s “Reel Ottawa” captures a bygone moviegoers’ paradise in downtown Ottawa—sleaze and all
Local author, television and film writer, and longtime movie buff Dan Lalande has released a memoir detailing Ottawa’s glory days of downtown movie theatres.
Local author Ian Roy is launching a middle-grade novel called The Girl Who Could Fly virtually on Thursday, June 3 at 7pm, through Octopus Books.
Natif de Cornwall, le nouveau poète lauréat francophone d’Ottawa Gilles Latour a reçu sa formation universitaire à Paris et Montréal. Cependant, il a passé la plus grande partie de sa vie à Ottawa, où il a mené une carrière en développement international, et servi Les Éditions L’Interligne en tant qu’éditeur de la collection poésie. Ses poèmes ont paru dans un grand nombre d’anthologies et de revues, et il a publié cinq recueils.
Ottawa’s new Anglophone Poet Laureate, Albert Dumont or “South Wind,” is a poet, storyteller, speaker, and an Algonquin traditional teacher. He was born in traditional Algonquin Territory (Kitigan Zibi), and has been walking the Red Road since commencing his sobriety in 1988. He has published five books of poetry and short stories and two children’s books, written in three languages.
A new anthology is looking for 25 Ottawa-based Muslim visual artists and poets to appear in an anthology titled Ottawa Inshallah.
Since 2012, the Toronto Writers’ Collective (TWC) has been empowering members of underserved communities to find their voice and uncover their inner strength through safe, accessible and inclusive writing workshops.
This week in the Future of Ottawa series, we’re taking a deep dive into Ottawa’s poetry scene—what it’s like now and where it’s headed. Read on for a guest post from rob mclennan on small press publishing.