What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for April 2017

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2017

 

Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 
TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

 

TOPIC: MODERNISM AND MICRO-FICTION IN CREATIVE WRITING, WITH CYRIL DABYDEEN

TIME: 7:00 p.m.  LOCATION: McNabb Community Center, Percy St. at Gladstone

Cyril will focus on some modern trends in writing, and ask the question: Does length really matter? He will dwell on the intersections between poetry and short fiction and the opportunities that arise for creative writers reflecting on the many possibilities, as well as the challenges of changing genres and voice, and the notions of plot, beginning and closure in the short-story form.

BIO: Cyril Dabydeen teaches Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa, and is a former Poet Laureate of Ottawa (1984-87). His work has appeared in over 60 literary magazines and anthologies world-wide. He has done more than 300 readings internationally and was twice adjudicated for the Governor General Award (Poetry) and the USA Neustadt Prize for Literature (UOklahoma) in 2000.

 

CAA-NCR SPRING WORKSHOP: THE WRITER’S JOURNEY, WITH CAROLINE PIGNAT In cooperation with the Ottawa Writer’s Circle

 Date: Sunday, April 23  Time: 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Place: James Street Pub, Bank Street at James Street, OTTAWA

 Cost: 25% discount for members of the Canadian Authors Association

$15.00 for members of CAA  $20.00 for non-members

This workshop is an expanded version of the presentation that Caroline Pignat made to the brave souls who managed to make it through a snowstorm to our January meeting. (Snow was Tuesday theme this year.) Since her presentation was so valuable but so many people missed it because of the weather, we invited her back to talk about the writer’s journey.

Stuck at a threshold? In need of a mentor? Dreading your dragon? Wherever we are in our writing careers, writing takes courage—and lots of it. Asking ourselves the right questions can help us forge ahead and claim that treasure. Join two-time Governor General’s Award-winner, author and teacher Caroline Pignat as she explores the call, challenges, and adventure of writing. Our voices, our stories, our ends and means may differ, but every Writer’s Journey is truly a Hero’s Journey.  Register: Send an email to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org  Registrants may pay by cheque, cash, or e-transfer.

 

FROM NIAGARA BRANCH:

 

THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 

 

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100 Detailswww.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/  

(Our double blind platform publishes professionals, first time authors, students and poet laureates. This year’s judge is K. V. Skene) 

 

FROM NATIONAL:  SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 IS COMING

We’re thrilled to tell you that CanWrite 2017! will be held June 22-25, 2017 at Humber College in Toronto. Mark your calendars, and watch your inbox for more details about the location of our venue, accommodation options, and program highlights.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

WRITESCAPE SPRING THAW 2017 APRIL 21-23, OR APRIL 21-25, 2017

Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Don’t miss Spring Thaw. This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.   More info: http://writescape.ca/site/2016/01/spring-thaw-retreat/

BANFF CENTRE FALL PROGRAMS

Fall Programs Opening for Application this SpringIn addition to Emerging Writers Intensive and Mountain and Wilderness Writing, we’re excited to be running a thematic residency on race and literature this September, and an intensive on investigative journalism in the age of illiberalism. We’re also thrilled to present an accompanying summit on the role of the writer in relation to democracy over the weekend of October 20. Stay tuned to our website for more information.  Browse Programs

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

 

Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched again. Help make our fourth competition a success! We know that all of you all over the world have been making poems and we want to read them. The prize: $20,000. The 2017 Prize Judge: Montreal’s own, Michael Harris! And the 10 international jurors for 2017 are Kim Addonizio from the USA, David Dabydeen of Guyana, Vona Groarke of Ireland, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Uganda, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra of India, Pascale Petit of the UK, Talya Rubin of Canada, Carmine Starnino of Canada, Mark Tredinnick of Australia and Joseph Akawu Ushie of Nigeria.
The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st.  Online entries only: www.montrealprize.com

 

MSLEXIA’S POETRY AND PAMPHLET COMPETITIONS NOW OPEN!  NEW

This year the Poetry Competition for single poems will be judged by renowned Northern Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey. The first prize is a show-stopping £2,000 – plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at the idyllic Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and a mentoring afternoon with Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,025 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2017 issue of Mslexia.
Plus, we’re once again offering a special prize for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet. So if you’re an early-career writer who’s looking to see their work in print and pocket a tidy £500, this prize is especially for you.

If you already have a shoebox full of poems why not consolidate them into a collection and enter our annual Poetry Pamphlet Competition? For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems, the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this is the competition for you. The deadline for both competitions is 19 June 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to decide which poem/s to enter – or to write something new.

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.  Prizes include: £1,000 Poetry Winner, £1,000 Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists. Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage One year subscription to Granta Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

 

  • Ottawa Independent Writers Meeting Time and Place: 6:30 pm. Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St. W, Ottawa. $10 for guests; coffee, tea & nibbles  April 18 – Brenda Chapman – Crime Writing  Web: www.oiw.ca/ Email: randyray@rogers.com

 

 

  • LANARK COUNTY Live Poets 2017 FINAL SLAM AND TEAM SELECTION May 5th Doors at 7 Show at 7:30 Johnny McRae from BC to Host and Feature!!!  125 Gore St East Perth- McMarin HouseInvitational Team choosing Final Slam  $10 entry for non-competitors. Hope to see you there!

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL: SPRING 2017

WEB: WWW.WRITERSFESTIVAL.ORG/  SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO

  • April 27 – 6:30 PM: A Woman’s Work with Raiyah Patel, Sandra Perron and Monia Mazigh; 8:30 PM: One Day This Will Matter with Scaachi Koul
  • April 28 – Noon: Children’s Literature from Ireland with Deirdre Sullivan, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Oisin McGann; 6:30 PM: The Bond Between Us with Claire Cameron and Barbara Gowdy; 8:30 PM: At Home In the World with Mary Walsh and Heather O’Neill
  • April 29 – 2:00 PM: Written in the Body: A performance by Jan Andrews; 4:00 PM: 150 YEARS OF GREAT CANADIAN STORYTELLERS: A new stage performance by Douglas Gibson; 5:00 PM (Manx): Plan 99 Poetry with Kevin Connolly, Aisha Sasha John and Cassidy McFadzean; 6:30 PM: The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself with Sean Carroll; 8:30 PM: This is an Uprising with Mark Engler
  • April 30 – NOON: The Science of Why with Jay Ingram Hosted by Stephen Brockwell; 2:00 PM: Bridging the Diaspora Divide with Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi; 4:00 PM: Book Launch: The Muslimah who Fell to Earth with Ferrukh Faruqui, Janetta Munirah Maclean, Hanan Abdulmalik and Saima Hussain; 5:00 PM (Manx): Plan 99 Prose with Ray Robertson and Carys Davies; 6:30 PM: Vimy: The Battle and the Legend with Tim Cook Hosted by Charlotte Gray; 8:30 PM: The Illegal with Lawrence Hill
  • May 1 – 6:30 PM: One on One with Anita Desai; 8:30 PM: What You Want with Elise Levine, Lori McNulty and Karen Connelly Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
  • May 2 – 6:30 PM: Rise of the Radical Right with Tom McMillan and Henry A. Giroux; 8:30 PM: The Only Journey with Andrew Westoll, Susan Perly and Steven Heighton

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CAA-NCR What’s Up in Ottawa Literary Events for November 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, 2016

 Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016: MEETING TOPIC: ON BECOMING A SERIAL WRITER, WITH BRENDA CHAPMAN

7:00 p.m. McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street, Ottawa

DETAILS: Local crime writer Brenda Chapman will share her process for beginning a series and keeping the plotlines flowing. With three separate mystery series under her belt, Brenda has written for the young adult, adult and adult literacy markets and will share her experiences and writing tips. Be sure to bring your questions.

 

CAA-NCR FALL WORKSHOP  – First Page Challenge In cooperation with the Ottawa branch of the Editors Association of Canada

 Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Meeting Room B125, 120 Metcalfe ST., Ottawa, ON

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Cost: $45 for members of the CAA-NCR, $60 for non-members.

Register: Contact Arlene Smith at somertonsmith@yahoo.com

One of the most popular sessions at the 2016 Canadian Writers Summit was the “First Page Challenge.” Writers submitted the first page of their work to editors and publishers and received feedback on whether or not those savvy literary professionals would want to turn to page 2.  Workshops | Canadian Authors National Capital Region

 

CAA-NCR WINTER SOCIAL – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016

 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the lovely country home of Sharyn Heagle

Everyone is welcome. Together we will share some pot luck munchies, stories and laughter to warm us up as we go into the winter season. To RSVP and get directions, contact Sharyn.

 

30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

 Short Story • Poetry

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Open to all Canadian writers

Information: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/ncwc

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS 

 THE BANFF CENTRE February 13 – February 24, 2017 Application deadline: November 16, 2016

BanffcentreWinter Writer’s Retreat

Literary Arts Program Information

Overview

The Winter Writer’s Retreat is a self-directed program which offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers, you will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/winter-writers-retreat/201702

 

WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops:

 

November 5 Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds Come to the dark side of character development and put some “bad” into your story. Find a new villain or add more nasty to an old one with Ruth E. Walker. Location TBA: Durham Region, Ontario. For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit: http://writescape.ca/site/

 Fern Resort

November 4, 5 & 6, 2016 Turning Leaves Featuring literary agent Hilary McMahon  Want to get your manuscript to the head of the line with agents and publishers? Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists gives you insights and advice from the other side of the desk. Here’s your chance to chat with one of Canada’s top literary agents and learn how best to pitch your query in her workshop. Turning Leaves Brochure 2016   REGISTER NOW A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in Turning Leaves 2016

On-demand Workshops Gather your group. Pick your topic and your date. And we’ll bring Writescape to you. From beginning writer to seasoned professional, we’ll customize sessions to suit your programming themes and audience needs. Choose from Writescape’s Workshop Catalogue 2016 to help you and your colleagues hone writing craft and develop new skills and techniques.

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

              

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

FROM THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE, CORK, IRELAND:

English: Ireland, Cork

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Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize. Final Month to Enter. Deadline November 30th midnight PST. Open to all poets writing in English, anywhere in the world. 7 Part First Prize:  *€1000 cash, *Up to €600 to fund your transport to Cork, Ireland to attend The Cork International Poetry Festival and rub shoulders with some of the best poets alive.  * Free hotel accommodation with full meals for five nights during festival. February 14th-18th 2017 * Free tuition for four-morning masterclass with Brenda Shaughnessy  * Showcase Reading at Festival * Publication in Southword Online * A Week at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (artist retreat).  2nd prize of €500, 3rd prize of €250. Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive regular fee. Judge this year is Mary Noonan Details on how to enter Here
 

THE NIKKEI VOICE is a Japanese Canadian newspaper is nationally distributed. This is our third annual contest. Submissions: Sept. 1 to Nov. 21. Stories are to be no longer than 1,500 words. Authors do not need to be of Japanese descent, and stories do not need to have Japanese content. Top prize is a Kobo e-reader, and top three stories win a variety of books by Japanese-Canadian and Japanese authors. As well, top three stories will be published in our newspaper, and top ten stories will be published in our short story anthology. The contest is a great way to get new authors’ work published, and read by our esteemed panel of judges, prominent members of the Japanese Canadian literary community, Lynne Kutsukake (The Translation of Love), Rui Umezawa (The Truth about Death and Dying) and Jennifer Hashimoto, owner of Nikkei Books. Contest Details: http://nikkeivoice.ca/shortstorycontest/

 

THE FIDDLEHEAD POETRY & PROSE CONTEST

 Entries are open for The Fiddlehead’s 26th annual literary contest. Winning entries will be published in The Fiddlehead 271 (Spring 2017). No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works.

Genre: poetry and short fiction.  Deadline: December 1, 2016 Entry fee: $30 (includes one-year subscription) Prizes: $2000 for winner; $250 for 2 honourable mentions; (plus publication payment)  Details: https://thefiddlehead.ca/contest

LEAGUE OF CANADIAN POETS  NATIONAL BROADSHEET CONTEST:  The League is excited to announce its first national broadsheet contest, open to all Canadian poets! Judge Sharon Thesen will select a winning poem for publication as a broadsheet designed and printed by Briar Craig on handmade paper. The winner will receive 10 copies of their custom broadsheet, have their poem included in the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket day booklet, and be promoted on the League website. As well, the winning poet will receive a free one-year membership with the League!  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: FEBRUARY 1, 2017  http://poets.ca/broadsheet/

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN:  MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

OCT. 29 TO NOV. 17 READINGS AND BOOK LAUNCHES IN THE OTTAWA CITIZEN http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/books/your-guide-to-ottawa-book-events-happening-from-oct-29-to-nov-17

 

treereadingserieslogoTuesday, Nov. 8 2016 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p WorkshopPublic Voice: Poetry and Social Change with Claire Farley  8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers Genevieve Lehr + Soraya Peerbaye More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Nov. 16 Sawdust Reading Series, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.

  • 5 PM The Sawdust Reading Series is proud to present the fifth in our Sawmill workshop series, facilitated by Gary Barwin. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from a master! The New Skid of Ink’s Quiddity or The Old Squid of Think’s Iniquity: A Workshop.  The cost of the workshop is $5, or get the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included. Look for us upstairs!
  •  Gary Barwin and TBA at 7 PM – 9 PM, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.  The Sawdust Reading Series is proud to present the fifth in our Sawmill workshop series, facilitated by Gary Barwin. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from a master!
  • Pour Boy features on-street parking, #2 bus service, and an affordable menu. Look for us upstairs!  Come one, come all for an exceptional night of poetry https://www.facebook.com/sawdustseries/

 

Tuesday, October 25 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p Workshop – Topic to be Announced with Emily Stewart 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers  Adèle Barclay + Kerry-Lee Powell, More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

writers festival logoOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL In full swing now!

 

Monday Oct 3 –Thursday Nov. 17 For a listing of all events and ticket info:

http://www.writersfestival.org/events

SPAN-O (THE SMALL PRESS ACTION NETWORK – OTTAWA) PRESENTS:  THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR

autumn 2016 / 22nd anniversary edition
will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

General info: the ottawa small press book fair
noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.
$20 for exhibitors, full tables
$10 for half-tables

(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

More info: http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2016/09/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-autumn-2016.html

 

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CAA-NCR What’s Up in Ottawa Literary Events for October, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

BIWEEKLY NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2016

Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

 Tuesday, October 11, 2016     MEETING TOPIC: Better Late Than Never, with Sonia Tilson

7:00 p.m. McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street, Ottawa

 We will hold a brief annual general meeting to review our financial statements and vote in the new executive. Standing for election or re-election are: Chair, Arlene Smith; Treasurer, Frank Hegyi; Recording Secretary, Phyllis Bohonis; Program Chair, Debbie Rose; Membership Chair, Francois Mai; Branch Historian, Gill Foss.

DETAILS: At the point of retirement many people know they would like to write but feel it’s too late to start. Sonia will talk about the circumstances that led to her experience as a late-bloomer in the world of publishing.

 

CAA-NCR FALL WORKSHOP  First Page Challenge In cooperation with the Ottawa branch of the Editors Association of Canada

 Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Meeting Room B125, 120 Metcalfe ST., Ottawa, ON

Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch, designed ...

Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch (Wikipedia)

Cost: $45 for members of the CAA-NCR, $60 for non-members.

Registrants will need to SUBMIT their best “first page” by Friday, October 28

Register: Contact Arlene Smith at somertonsmith@yahoo.com

One of the most popular sessions at the 2016 Canadian Writers Summit was the “First Page Challenge.” Writers submitted the first page of their work to editors and publishers and received feedback on whether or not those savvy literary professionals would want to turn to page 2.  Workshops | Canadian Authors National Capital Region

OTHER WORKSHOPS 

 All Writer Workshops (online workshops)

Premier Workshops for the Beginner Writer, All Writer Levels & Indie Published Writer. An AWW online workshop is a real class that is taught on a custom website that you attend with the use of your computer or electronic device. All you will need to attend these workshops is a credit card and an Internet connection.   You’ve never taken an online workshop before? No problem.

We’ll walk you through our program and show you how easy it is to learn more about writing from the comfort of your home, lunch breaks at work or anywhere, because our program is nothing like other online course sites. Details: https://www.allwriterworkshops.com/workshops

WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops:

 November 5 Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds Come to the dark side of character development and put some “bad” into your story. Find a new villain or add more nasty to an old one with Ruth E. Walker. Location TBA: Durham Region, Ontario. For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit: http://writescape.ca/site/

 Fern ResortNovember 4, 5 & 6, 2016 Turning Leaves Featuring literary agent Hilary McMahon  Want to get your manuscript to the head of the line with agents and publishers? Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists gives you insights and advice from the other side of the desk. Here’s your chance to chat with one of Canada’s top literary agents and learn how best to pitch your query in her workshop. Turning Leaves Brochure 2016   REGISTER NOW A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in Turning Leaves 2016

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca


MFA, Creative Nonfiction, University Of King’s College, Halifax:

Image result Now in its fourth year, this unique writing program has already received praise across North America. The prestigious international magazine Publishers Weekly has described the King’s MFA as “the only program of its kind in Canada” and “ideal for students who are continuing their careers while completing their degrees.” The MFA also attracts writers who are in mid-career; the average age of our applicants is 45.  One of our first graduates, Pauline Dakin of Halifax, says the program has “opened doors to the publishing industry that often seem closed.” Indeed, Pauline now has a book contract with Penguin Canada for her memoir, which will be published in 2017. Jessica McDiarmid (Class of 2016) has a contract with Doubleday Canada for her true-crime narrative, and a separate contract for this project with Simon & Schuster in New York. Her classmate, Helena Moncrieff, has a book deal with ECW Press in Toronto for The Fruitful City, to be released in 2018.

Our low-residency program focuses on the art and craft of writing under the mentorship of award-winning writers in Canada and the United States. We also prepare graduates for the practical work of being a professional writer by introducing them to publishers and agents in New York and Toronto. The MFA is supported by an advisory team chaired by Anne Collins in Toronto. She is the award-winning publisher of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group.

You will not have to relocate to complete this graduate degree. In fact, there are only six weeks when writers need to be in Halifax, New York, or Toronto. If you have a non-fiction book idea you want to pursue seriously – regardless of where you live – we  hope you will consider the University of King’s College.    We’ve got your book.  http://ukings.ca/area-of-study/master-of-fine-arts-in-creative-nonfiction/  

Don Sedgwick, Executive Director, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, University of King’s College (Halifax) P: 902.422.1271 ext. 282  E: don.sedgwick@ukings.ca www.ukings.ca

 

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 SEPTEMBER READINGS AND BOOK LAUNCHES IN THE OTTAWA CITIZEN http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/books/book-events-from-oct-1

 Tuesday, Oct. 11 2016 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers Joe Denham + Vanessa Shields.  More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

 Sunday October 16th, 2-4 pm University of Ottawa. Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, 157 Séraphin-Marion Private, Ottawa, ON, Johnson Hall Main Floor Book Launch for: Smart Aging for Women: A Guide to Living a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life, Elizabeth Rigley, author RSVP by Oct. 7 to: smartaging4women@gmail.com

10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Oct. 19 Sawdust Reading Series Presents: Roland Prevost at 7 PM – 9 PM, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.  Come one, come all for an exceptional night of poetry featuring incredible Ottawa poet Roland Prevost and our newest contest winner, TBA. Don’t forget your poems for the open mic! Pour Boy features on-street parking, direct #2 bus service, and an affordable menu. Look for us upstairs! https://www.facebook.com/events/303897199990379/

 Tuesday, October 25 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p Workshop – Speculative Fiction and Place with James Moran  8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers  David Stymeist + Richard Harrison More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

writers festival logoOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL In full swing in October

Monday Oct 3 –Thursday Nov. 17 For a listing of all events and ticket info:http://www.writersfestival.org/events

 

OUT OF TOWN:

Friday, October 21 LiPS COSTUME S.L.A.M. IN PERTH at Coutts Coffee Roastery & Café 7 PM – 9 PM,  57 Gore St. E., Perth, On   Prize for best costume.   Admission $5.00 Performers get in free  https://www.facebook.com/events/186818451749048/

CAA-NCR What’s Up in Lit in Ottawa March 28 to april 14, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

BIWEEKLY NOTICES FOR TWO WEEKS:  March 28 TO April 10, 2016

 

Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at  cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

 

CAA-NCR APRIL MEETING TOPIC: EXPOSE YOURSELF!  Ways to get attention for your book while remaining fully clothed. (No fifty shades of grey here)

 PRESENTER: Sheryl Bennett-Wilson
DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson

In many ways there are far more opportunities today for authors to get exposure and coverage for their book then there ever were. That being said, there is also a huge amount of competition for readers’ eyeballs. So what is an author to do?

Having worked in broadcasting (both radio and television) for over 25 years, and witnessed the explosion in social media in the last ten years, Sheryl can tell you that sometimes the simplest and most straightforward of methods work best. And more often than not, it is the ‘put-yourself-out-there’ author who gets the reviews, gets the interviews and gets people talking about their book.

But where does one start? How do you find out whom to approach? When should you start talking about your book? Sheryl hopes to help you get started on the journey and provide useful advice so you can create your own marketing plan, discover the best way to write a release and understand the best way to approach radio/television.

BIO: Sheryl Bennett-Wilson worked in broadcasting in Ottawa – both radio and television – for over 25 years. For the last number of years she has written numerous articles for local and national publications, provided press and marketing material for companies, professionals, authors, musicians and a number of charities. She has also written, directed and produced corporate videos, provided editing for non-fiction books, written and continues to write content for websites and for over twelve years was the Event Manager of an annual trade show.

 

CAA-NCR MEMBER NEWS

 

CAA-NCR MEMBER, J.C. SULZENKO, AS CURATOR OF POETRY QUARTER FOR THE GLEBE REPORT HAS ANNOUNCED AN OPEN CALL FOR POETRY

DEADLINE: Monday, April 11

The third edition of “Poetry Quarter,” a compilation of poems, curated by JC Sulzenko and published quarterly in the Glebe Report community newspaper, will appear in the May 2016 issue.  The Glebe Report is now seeking submissions of poems for possible selection for this issue. The poem or poet must have a connection to the Glebe or close neighbouring community (i.e. the poem must be about the Glebe or the poet must live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe (or close neighbouring community)). Poets of all ages are welcome to submit.

Poems should be:

  • Original and unpublished in any medium
  • On any subject within the bounds of public discourse
  • No more than 30 lines each

Please submit your entries (up to 7 poems) by April 11 to editor@glebereport.ca. Please be sure to include your Glebe connection, your contact information, and your grade, if you are in school.

 

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NEWS FROM NATIONAL

 Canadian Authors 2016 Literary Awards – Part 2

Entries are now being accepted for two additional 2016 award categories:
The CAA Emerging Writer Award is for a body of work by a Canadian author under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise. Nominees need not be published. The postmark deadline for this award is April 30, 2016.

The Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award is a brand new award given exclusively to members. Any genre is eligible. The postmark deadline for this award is April 15, 2016.
Details and submission forms at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/submit

Now in its 41st year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, awards events, and sponsorship opportunities, visit our awards pages at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/

 

WORKSHOPS

 WRITESCAPE RETREAT UPCOMING: SPRING THAW 2016: APRIL 22-24, OR APRIL 22-26, 2016

 Fern Resort

SPRING THAW: Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Don’t miss Spring Thaw.
This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.

  • 10-page manuscript evaluation with written feedback from Ruth and Gwynn
  • one-on-one consultation with either Gwynn or Ruth
  • private writing time
  • optional daytime creativity sessions to fire up your pen
  • a companion workbook with inspiration, prompts and supports
  • optional evening activities to network and share ideas and inspiration with retreat colleagues
  • comfortable cottages with wood-burning fireplace
  • first-class amenities and delicious meals

Upcoming 2016 Workshops

  •  Offered On Demand Scrivener for Writers: The Basics Two evenings in an intimate class setting to get started in the ultimate writers’ toolkit. Scrivener’s all-in-one writing software has a learning curve that, once mastered, can fire up your manuscripts, organize your research, and reveal cool tricks for creative minds. Heather O’Connor (a.k.a. Dr. Scrivener) will show you how. Location: Private residence in Whitby area.

 

  • April 16 Get That Grant! Dozens of grants are open to writers. Hands-on writing activities will help you learn how to find grants and prepare a winning grant application with Heather O’Connor and Gwynn Scheltema. Location: Trent University, Oshawa Campus.

For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit: http://writescape.ca/site/

 

THE ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE: INSPIRING. EDUCATING. CONNECTING

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APRIL 30 – MAY 1, 2016 AJAX, ONTARIO

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Manuscript Mentoring: Sit down with a writing mentor, or practice your elevator pitch with a literary agent.
Student Scholarship: Are you a student with an interest in writing? Apply for our student (16+) scholarship!
Festival of Authors: Interviews, author readings and literary mingling, all in a café-style atmosphere with a cash bar and sweet endings.
Cornerstone Award: This award is presented to a Canadian person or organization that demonstrates exemplary support of Canadian writers and the writing field in general. More details here: http://thewritersconference.com/

 

SCBWI’S ART OF STORY CONFERENCE RUNS APRIL 29 – MAY 1

 

If you write for children–or are interested in doing so, you may be interested in the upcoming Art of Story conference, offered in Ottawa by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), April 29-May 1.  The conference offers:  Advanced workshops for published authors and illustrators–with plenty also on offer for beginners. An early-bird draw: Register by March 15 for a chance to win one of two free 10-page manuscript critiques by Christie Harkin of Cockwise Press.  For full conference details and to register, visit The Art of Story 2016

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL

                             

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php  with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca
SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

 

  • Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/  
  • Arc Magazine Contest: Archibald Lampman Award  deadline March 31, 2016
  • The Masters Review Anthology – Judge Amy Hempel $5000 awarded. $20.00 USD Ends on 3/31/2016. Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016. This year stories will be selected by author Amy Hempel who will select ten winners from a shortlist of forty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission. We are looking for today’s top emerging writers. Send us your best! Details and to submit: http://mastersreview.com/anthology/
  •  Ottawa Magazine 2nd Annual Short Story Fiction contest. DEADLINE: midnight FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016.  open to residents of the National Capital Region, excluding residents of Quebec. Cost $20, includes a one-year subscription to Ottawa Magazine. Winner will receive $500, the runner-up $250, both stories to be published by June 1, 2016 online. Will appear in the Summer 2016 issue of Ottawa Magazine. All submissions may be considered for publication on Ottawa Magazine’s website. MORE INFO & TO SUBMIT: http://ottawamagazine.com/arts-and-culture/calling-all-writers-announcing-our-2nd-annual-short-story-fiction-contest/
  • Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest Deadline:  Monday April 4 2016 Entry fee: $10 per poem Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50 complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Details: www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com  Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca 

 

  • The Ontario Poetry Society’s Clean as a Whistle Contest Contest submissions for unpublished and previously published poems on the theme of hygiene, poor grooming, soaps, shampoos, cleaning and so much more are currently being accepted. Open to Everyone. Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016 Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca

 

  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! ACCEPTING: POETRY, REVIEWS, ESSAYS, AND INTERVIEWS for Vallum’s forthcoming issue, 13:2 “THE WILD” ! The wild is both outside us and inside us. The wild can take many forms. It is the unknown, the feared. It can be a landscape, or even the wild of the mind. It can be celebrated, or thought of in terms of a taboo, or a trap. How do you interpret “The Wild,” what does it bring out in you? What forms are still wild? Send us your “wildest” poems! DEADLINE: May 15, 2016 (postmarked) Please visit our website for submission guidelines: http://www.vallummag.com/submission.html

 

  •  Ink Bottle Press & The Ontario Poetry Society Present: Memory and Loss ~ a Canadian Anthology of Poetry, Dedicated to the victims of Alzheimer’s. Editor & Compiler is I.B. Iskov. Open to all poets living in Canada.  Poems wanted on the themes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  This is not blind judging and this is not a contest. Submission fee $15. to help cover the cost of printing & postage. All profits from this project will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Canada. Submission Deadline is June 15, 2016, postmark date. Send your submission, complete with cheque or money order payable to Mark Clement,  & mail to Attn: I.B. Iskov, Anthology Editor, #710 – 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9. Full details and guidelines at: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Anthology_Memory%20&%20Loss.htm

 

  • The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests! GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2016, Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter. MORE INFO: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62

 

  • The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

 COSMOPHILIA BY RAHAT KURDTuesday, March 29, 2016 7 PM, Octopus Books Centretown, @25One Community 251 Bank St. 2nd floor, Ottawa.  Free.  Book launch & celebration of kashmiri poetry, Cosmophilia, poems by Rahat Kurd, Co-presented by Muslim Link, Expressions of Muslim Women, the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization, and Talonbooks, please join us for a reading and discussion of Cosmophilia, by Rahat Kurd.  A Muslim woman engaging in religious and political imagery in lyric and narrative styles, Rahat Kurd steps out our of her cultural comfort zone to provide a unique book of poetry that combines reflections on Kashmir, Muslim culture, and religious imagery, with an often alienating yet also stimulating city life.  Rahat Kurd is a prose writer whose essays have appeared in The Walrus and Maisonneuve magazines. The poetry sequence “Seven Stones for Jamarat”, published in Exile Literary Quarterly, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist in the 2014 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize. Rahat was selected as Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category of the 2013 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards.  “What a joy! Cosmophilia is everything at once: international, urban, historical, current, traditional, innovative… These are poems of beauty and challenge, dissonance and harmony, charged with Kurd’s sense of her very own everywhere.”

-Wayde Compton, City of Vancouver Book Award Winner, The Outer Harbour

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL

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Thursday Mar. 31, 2016 5:00pm • Pressed • 750 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa Author Meets Readers: Federal Decisions with Local Implications  Info & Tickets

 More events coming in April for the Writers Festival: http://www.writersfestival.org/events

 

VERSeFEST NEWS RELEASE: 

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At last week’s poetry festival, this year’s inductees to the hall of honour were announced after the last biweeklies went out. to mark the recognition to rob mclennan and Andrée Lacelle, we are including this release (Carol Stephen)

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 VERSeFest Hall of Honour Inductees Announced  Ottawa, ON – Mar. 18, 2016 –  VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival, is pleased to announce this year’s inductees to the Hall of Honour, rob mclennan and Andrée Lacelle, for outstanding service to the Ottawa-Gatineau poetry community.

mclennan and Lacelle will be inducted into the Hall of Honour 7:00 P.M., Sunday, March 20th. The ceremony will also include readings by Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and Governor General Award winner Robyn Sarah.

For three decades, rob mclennan has been at the forefront of promoting poetry in the city of Ottawa. His literary productivity has been outstanding, with over two dozen trade books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He has demonstrated tireless community leadership in his activities as the founder of the Ottawa small press book fair, the organizer of the factory reading series, and the editor and founder of Chaudiere Books, ottawater, the Peter F. Yacht Club, and above/ground press. All of these activities, alongside the generosity of his mentorship and his editorial flair, have helped to shape the creative ethos of this city.

Born in Hawkesbury, Andrée Lacelle has published a dozen books and received numerous literary accolades. She was the first to receive the French-language Trillium Book Award for Tant de vie s’égare (Éditions du Vermillon, 1994 [2007]) and she has also been shortlisted for the Governor General Award. Instrumental to the promotion of French-language literature, she has been a long-time contributor of book reviews. She has also reviewed Franco-Ontarian literature on the show “Panorama” (TFO, 2006-2010) and on her radio program “Au cœur des mots” (2011-2014). Her literary collaborations recently included co-writing and co-editing pas d’ici, pas d’ailleurs, Anthologie poétique de voix féminines contemporaines (Montélimar, Voix d’encre, 2012).  Her poems have been translated into English and Czech.

The VERSeFest Hall of Honour recognizes established poets from the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region who have produced a substantial body of work and have made a significant contribution in building the poetry community as a leader and mentor.

 

 COMING EVENTS:

 IN APRIL: 20TH ANNIVERSARY PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AUTHORS FESTIVAL.
APRIL 13TH TO 16TH, 2016
. Please join us for what we think will be the best Authors Fest ever! And keep checking the website for up to date information on events or find us on Facebook. http://www.pecauthorfest.com/

 

OTTAWA, JUNE 4 PROSE IN THE PARK:

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Ottawa’s favourite open-air literary festival and book fair, Prose in the Park, will take place on June 4, 2016, 11 am – 6 pm in the Parkdale Park. And it is absolutely free. Everyone is welcome!  Prose in the Park (Prose des vents en français) is a blingual festival devoted to bringing together both established and emerging authors from across Canada. We are pleased to have some of the best authors of Montreal joining the upcoming festival, particularly Heather O’Neill, whose Daydreams of Angels should be required reading for every lover of Canadian literature. From Kingston, we will be joined by Steven Heighton, a brilliant novelist and poet, whose Every Lost Country takes readers a fantastic adventure to far-off Tibet.

From Toronto, we have Andrew Pyper, the Stephen King of Canada, and Ian Hamilton, whose Ava Lee crime series are a wonderful bridge between Canada and contemporary Asia. From Vancouver, Dietrich Kalteis is coming. His fast-paced noir crime set in the West Coast is some of the most enjoyable crime fiction on the market today. To celebrate Canadian writers of Caribbean heritage, we offer a remarkable panel, including 2015 Giller prize judge Cecil Foster.  There are also wonderful Ottawa authors, including 2015 Governor General Award winner for YA fiction, Caroline Pignat, Canada’s premier fantasy writer Charles de Lint and celebrated literary fiction writers, Alan Cumyn and Mark Frutkin. And we are still organizing our Francophone panels, which offer a wide selection of brilliant prose en français.

For more information on the event and featured authors, check out the 2016 program on our website at www.proseinthepark.com