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Write On Ottawa: Wonderful debut novel sparkles with literary talent

Ottawa-based author Stacey Atkinson is a joy to read.  In fact, I loved her novel Stuck so much, I had to double-check whether it was her literary debut. “Stuck is my first book, which I independently published under my own company Mirror Image Publishing,” Atkinson assures Apartment613.  “It is also my first published work of any length, unless you […]

Apartment613 holiday gift list of books by local authors

Earlier this year, Apartment613 started the Write On Ottawa series to profile the great literary talent in our city.  With Christmas fast approaching, we are looking back at all the writers that we spoke to this year, as well as giving a sneak preview to some of the reviews coming in the weeks and months […]

Write On Ottawa: A Canadian stuntman and the evolution of storytelling

The word “evolution” is normally used in a biological context. When applied to literature, however, it can reveal a fascinating fact, namely, that the art of storytelling has changed profoundly over time. This thought occurred to me while reading I Don’t Know How to Behave, the latest book by Ottawa-based writer Michael Blouin that is published by BookThug. […]

Celebrating 20 years of poetry with above/ground press

Since 1993, Ottawa-based above/ground press has been releasing poetry chapbooks and broadside poems from local writers, as well as out-of-town authors from Canada and the United States. Edited and published by literary jack-of-all-trades rob mclennan, (whose name is spelled all lowercase), this independent press has been an indispensable staple in the National Capital Region’s thriving poetry scene.  Among the numerous […]

Write On Ottawa: In praise of the literary brilliance of Michael Blouin

[youtube][/youtube] The National Capital Region is full of fantastic poets.  To showcase this amazing talent, we will feature in the coming months many of our local poetic wordsmiths.  Today we focus on one of our region’s literary pioneers. Michael Blouin is one of the best writers currently working in Ottawa.  Like a DJ who mixes […]