After what has been a rainy week, we are fortunate to have dry skies this weekend and to be able to make the most of one of the final (dare we say it?) weekends of fall. We may not get to enjoy some of the liberties we had before returning to Stage 2 of city shutdowns amidst this global pandemic, but we folks are creative and there is still plenty going on in this fine city.
Ottawa International Writers Festival
This might be the first weekend that we are suggesting you don’t get together with friends and, rather, that you stay home, or at least as far away from other humans as possible.
Don’t forget friends, April precipitation brings May flowers, so all this wet weather we’ve been getting will pay off in the long run.
Haunted Houses and pumpkin carving parties may be at the very top of your to-do list this weekend, and if so, enjoy the heck out of that. If you’re still not sure what else there is to do, we’ve got your back. From a writing festival to choral music and an outdoor movie screening get out and about this weekend with your people and take in some of the nicer weather before the snow flies.
With May just around the corner, the weather has warmed from the snow and ice of a few short weeks ago and we can finally pack away our winter jackets. Going outside has become a whole lot more hospitable – and just in time, as there is plenty to get out and do this weekend in Ottawa!
As part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, two self-published authors and a local bookstore manager opened up to share their respective experiences about self-publishing live on stage.
Paint the town [insert colour(s) of choice]! Abounding in colour, sound and taste, this Ottawa weekend is one for the senses.
Post by David Sachs Writing is a solitary art, they all say, and for once they’re right. Writer’s (of books) have no teammates and no audience, none that they see anyway. In a city like Ottawa, it’s more of a dark art: neighbourhoods of talented political staff, civil servants and reporters, writing magnum opuses after […]
The Ottawa International Writers Festival is among the best literary events in Canada. Each spring and fall, as well as individual events in between, some of the best writers from Canada and around the world come to the National Capital Region. The result is a fascinating series of discussions on numerous topics. This year’s spring […]
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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of my favourite times of the year. With a spring and fall session, as well as several literary events in between, this celebration of the written word is manna for book lovers. The 2013 fall edition, scheduled from October 24-30, continues the proud tradition of promoting intelligent discussion […]
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For the last 16 years, the Ottawa International Writers Festival has brought some of the world’s best authors to our nation’s capital. From the late-Nobel Laureate José Saramago of Portugal, to Canadian icons Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, this impressive literary gathering has showcased some outstanding talent. The celebrity factor, however, is only one small […]