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 […]
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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.
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.
The latest book from artist, animator, and history-sleuth-turned-author Andrew King chronicles an eclectic cross-section of local “lost” history—from the first brewery to the last Zellers to 17th-century sailing vessels to the RMS Titanic’s affiliation with the Fairmont Château Laurier—all in an effort to preserve and reinvigorate interest in Ottawa’s past.
Write On Ottawa: Frances Boyle’s new short story collection explores the interplay between intentions and actions
Ottawa author Frances Boyle recently spoke with Apt613 about where she finds inspiration, her writing process, and the value of artists among us during uncertain times. Last month, Porcupine Quill published her first collection of short fiction, titled Seeking Shade.
Rob Thomas: “There aren’t many poets whose book I would buy without kicking the tires. Dennis is certainly one of them.”
For over 10 years, public educator and women’s rights advocate Julie S. Lalonde was stalked by her abusive ex-boyfriend, despite her attempts to move, engage the police and the legal system, and implement numerous security measures. Now she faces a new challenge: trying to launch a book in the middle of a pandemic.
Set mainly in Ottawa, where the author lives, Kushwaha’s beautifully-told tale also draws on the Gatineau hills for a poignant locale.
The fitness world can be surprisingly unhealthy, sending messages that can be body-shaming, fatphobic, or ableist, or simply unhelpful in motivating you to get active in a sustainable way. Ottawa author and fitness motivation expert Kelly Doell’s recently published book Feel Like It is not one of those. Instead, Doell takes a healthy approach to […]
Joyce MacPhee: “The humour that runs throughout this novel helps make it a charming read.”
Eva Salomon’s War is award-winning Ottawa writer Gabriella Goliger’s third book, depicting the leadup to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War from a young woman’s perspective.
G7 Comics was created by three friends with a desire to create a purpose behind their storytelling.
As the first installment of a brand new mystery series from Ottawa author Barbara Fradkin, Fire in the Stars is a thrilling mix of a puzzling crime story and a tale of outdoor adventure and survival in the Newfoundland wilderness, complete with enough twists and turns to successfully keep you guessing how everything will be solved until the very end.
Alone in the Night is the next entry in Laurie Stewart’s A Test of Loyalty series, told through the alternating perspectives of three Mechanicsville teens.
“Grace and the Secret Vault” is a lively read, historical tale with a clear resonance for the contemporary reader, especially for the young person who might want to grow up to change the world.