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Write On Ottawa: The on-going struggle of being human

Three cardamom pods bob in my glass of green tea. I ask Ottawa author Laurie Fraser what the Canadian Kurdish community’s reaction has been to her novel The Word Not Spoken. This love story of sorts is loosely based on Fraser’s own experiences backpacking in Turkey in the mid-1990s where she met and married a […]

NaNoWriMo: I’ve earned my virtual certificate

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on a local writer’s trek toward 50,000 words as part of this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. You can read the first part here. We gave Mike a few weeks to ice his fingers before asking him to pound out a few more words for us. As […]

A eulogy for Nicholas Hoare and the independent bookstore

Road signs are valuable instructional tools: they tell us what’s coming, what to expect. It’s fitting, then, that the propped up sign in front of the Nicholas Hoare bookstore a few days ago had this Robert Graves quote: “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money.” Now somewhat old news, Nicholas Hoare […]