World War I Could Easily Have Been Avoided but for Human Folly

November 14, 2013 12:21 pm
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Margaret MacMillan’s The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 is  a compelling narrative of the political, cultural and personal forces that shaped Europe’s path to the First World War (1914-1918). Countless volumes have chronicled the political struggles, the diplomatic efforts, the battles and the strategies behind them, the […]

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Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them – Susan Delacourt (Douglas & McIntyre)

October 31, 2013 10:14 am
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Here is an insightful and provocative look at the inside world of political marketing in Canada – and what this means about the state of our democracy in the 21st century – from a leading political commentator. “Canada is now a nation of shoppers… We may want to ask whether […]

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How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change by Joe Clark

October 29, 2013 12:25 pm
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In HOW WE LEAD: Canada in a Century of Change, former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark launches an impassioned argument for Canada to reassert its international position as an agent of change, diplomacy and peace. Drawing on our history, successes, and the unique qualities that we possess today, Clark describes […]

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Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott by Mark Abley (Douglas & McIntyre)

October 24, 2013 9:34 am
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Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947) died one of the most respected men in Canada – a well-known poet and short-story writer, a former president of the Royal Society of Canada, a founder of the Dominion Drama Festival, and a recipient of honorary doctorates from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. […]

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Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP (Douglas & McIntyre)

October 23, 2013 11:29 am
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Building the Orange Wave is a true insider’s account of Jack Layton and the NDP’s rise to success.  Brad Lavigne was not just the campaign manager of the New Democratic Party’s 2011 breakthrough election campaign that took Jack Layton from last place to Official Opposition – he was a key […]

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Fire on the Hill: A Canadian historical suspense novel by Frank Rockland

February 1, 2013 11:38 am
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Discover what really happened on the night of February 3, 1916, when a suspicious fire destroyed the centre block of the Canadian Parliament Buildings. On tours of the Center Block of the Parliament buildings, guides explain that the previous building was destroyed by a fire on the night of February 3, […]

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Book Launch: A Colourful Life – the art and drawing of Josh Silburt

January 23, 2013 1:26 pm
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On February 6 in Ottawa, a book launch for A Colourful Life – the art and drawing of Josh Silburt will take place at the Cube Gallery at 1285 Wellington St. W. from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The Cube is mounting a show of acclaimed Canadian painter and cartoonist Josh […]

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50 SHADES OF ROMANCE

December 17, 2012 12:03 pm
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The best-selling success of E.L. James’ 50 Shades erotic trilogy has raised the profile of erotic romance fiction. Although extensive attention is being paid to it now, erotic romance has been around for years, and is one of many subgenres that fall under the romance banner. Romance is frequently dismissed, but someone […]

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…Insightful Reading on Urban Sustainability

November 22, 2012 4:45 pm
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The University of Toronto Press has published Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space & Place, edited by Ann Dale, William T. Dushenko and Pamela Robinson. Given ongoing concerns about global climate change and its environmental and economic impacts, the need for urban sustainability has never been greater. Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space & […]

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Freedom and Darkness in Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton

November 14, 2012 1:37 pm
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Salman Rushdie begins his brilliant new memoir Joseph Anton (Knopf Canada, 2012) by describing a phone call from a BBC journalist in February 1989 in which she asks what it’s like knowing that he’s going to be killed. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, she went on to tell him, had issued a fatwa […]

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Ottawa Writers Festival: One on One with Jian Ghomeshi

November 6, 2012 12:08 pm
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Jian Ghomeshi, the host of CBC Radio Q (a national arts magazine show), was in town on October 27 to discuss his 1982 memoir. 1982 is the story of Ghomeshi’s life in grade nine while living in Thornhill, a Toronto suburb. Ghomeshi tells stories of girls, concerts, school, parents and […]

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John Ralston Saul’s Dark Return to Fiction

November 2, 2012 12:00 pm
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On October 28, Canadian author, essayist and public intellectual John Ralston Saul spoke to a full crowd at the Knox Presbyterian Church as part of the 2012 Ottawa Writers Festival fall line-up. Saul, who is known for his celebrated novels and essays, being twice elected as the President of PEN International, and […]

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Well, That’s The Kind of Life It’s Been — Lloyd Robertson at the Ottawa Writers Festival

October 30, 2012 11:20 am
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On October 26, Knox Presbyterian was filled with people excited to once again hear the familiar voice of former CTV News chief anchor Lloyd Robertson. Robertson appeared to do a talk about his impressive career as the longest-serving news anchor in Canadian and international history. Over his 59-year career in broadcasting, Robertson has […]

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New Children’s Book Takes Readers on Arctic Adventure to Discover Polar Bears

October 5, 2012 6:08 pm
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A one-of-a-kind children’s book takes readers on a captivating adventure to Canada’s Arctic. Ben and Nuki Discover Polar Bears, written by nationally renowned photographer Michelle Valberg, tells the story of two boys – one from the south, the other from the north – as they learn about each other’s culture, […]

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The Facts About Writing Fiction

August 10, 2012 4:05 pm
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A good writer creates a short story or novel based on what he knows – what he has experienced. Something in his past or present state of affairs affects him deeply. The story he writes may be about a person that has made some kind of impact on him – not just a family member or friend but a stranger, as well.

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To the Sea, a Book Review

August 8, 2012 5:54 pm
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Newfoundland and Labrador 1700: in the morning dawn, boat crews are setting off the southeastern coast for another day of cod fishing. The water is calm, the skies clear. The fishermen travel steadily out to sea before bringing their vessels to rest. Hand lines are tossed into the water, the tips covered with squid or capelin, the favorite bait used to draw cod close to their boats.

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Living In the Past: Review of The Chemistry of Tears By Peter Carey

July 4, 2012 9:00 am
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The climate crisis is among the themes in Carey’s latest novel, The Chemistry of Tears. The peril in which the planet finds itself serves as a backdrop to the story of the novel’s two main characters, one from the 19th century and the other living in the present.

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