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Write on Ottawa: Deadly Sins

For anyone looking for a little action and intrigue to offset the cheer of the holiday season, Sins of the Angels is a great read to escape with.

Librarian in Residence: Best books for adults, 2016

Here are my picks for what I enjoyed the most from teen and adult books for 2016. It was quite a struggle whittling it down to these twenty-eight books from the over 400 I read so far this year, but these were some of the more entertaining ones I found.

Write On Ottawa: The joys of a slow-paced read

The first time I read Stewart Dudley’s novel The Cutting Room, it frustrated me. The plot seemed to be deliberately slow, with information doled out in tiny bits as though the author was trying not to satisfy the reader too much. I put it down after finishing and felt a bit cranky with it. But […]

Librarian in Residence: Summer reads 2016

Here are a baker’s dozen of good reads I’ve picked from some of the more interesting books I’ve come across at the library. There’s a mix of fiction and nonfiction, with some interesting travel memoir type books, in case you’re not leaving the city this summer. You can kick back under a tree and imagine […]

Fringe Review: A Tension to Detail

60 minutes | Comedy, Solo | Mature British storyteller Gerard Harris takes advantage of the hour to skillfully cast himself as a guy who is down on his luck in A Tension to Detail. Self-described as disadvantaged because he’s a white, middle-aged, heterosexual man, Harris gives the audience plenty of reasons to feel bad for […]

Write On Ottawa: A tale of unearthly music and horror

Review by Laurie Stewart. Fans of HP Lovecraft will love Michel Weatherall‘s The Symbiot, book one in a series. A new breed of terror in the night, intelligent prose, sympathetic characters, and time travel… well, sort of. A mysterious new theory of music sets in motion of a chain of events that could end the world. […]

Write On Ottawa: Gwynneth Ever After, a Capital modern fairy tale

Linda Poitevin’s Gwynneth Ever After is a contemporary romance of renewed faith and hope. Gwyn Jacobs, a frazzled single mother of three, discovers herself sitting next to a famous movie star, Gareth Connor, as she attends a play at Cantebury Theatre in Ottawa’s West End. To her surprise, they strike up a conversation which lead […]