fall 2002

September 18-28: A Culture of Civilizations


Wednesday, September 18

6:00 PM National Library Theatre

 

  • A CULTURE OF CIVILIZATIONS
    A dialogue on cultural diversity and equality as a basic condition for global peace and social cohesion in the wake of the first anniversary of September 11. John Ralston Saul in conversation with Ken Rockburn.

7:30 PM National Library Theatre

 

 

 

 

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE
    Because our year-long Ottawa Citizen Writing Life was so successful, we have decided to make it a permanent fixture of our literary offering. During the Festival, it will replace the Reading Series. The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself.
    Hosted by: Brent Brambury

9:30 PM National Library Theatre

  • SCREENWRITES 1: PATRICIA ROZEMA
    Some of the best writing today is found in screenplays, and this year we've teamed up with Tom Shoebridge and the Canadian Screen Training Centre to bring you films, workshops and panels that will offer you new insights into the art and craft of writing for film. From Canada, Patricia Rozema, Clement Virgo and Katie Tallo, from Iceland Hallgrimur Helgasson, author of 101 Reykjavik, from Israel Jonathan Sagall and his award-winning Urban Feel, and to commemorate the 25th year of the passing of Elvis Presley, we have Max Wallace and Schmelvis: In Search of Elvis Presley's Jewish Roots. Screenwrites is also the launching pad for CBC Television Ottawa's First Annual Screen Scribbler Contest. Pick up your entry form at any festival venue, and prepare to make those characters who have been haunting your subconscious come alive in a three-to-five-minute dramatic television screenplay. The winning submission will be announced in the spring of 2003, and will be produced for a première screening at next year's Ottawa International Writers' Festival. The winner will also receive a scholarship to attend a writing workshop at next year's Summer Institute of Film and Television (a presentation of the Canadian Screen Training Centre). For more information, visit the CBC Television Ottawa Web site at www.ottawa.cbc.ca, or e-mail screen_scribbler@cbc.ca. As part of SCREENWRITES, you are also invited to join us in the Manx-Heritage Literary Pub in the National Library of Canada for five noon-hour sessions exploring the secrets of writing a screenplay, the role of movie critics, from page to screen, and the structure of a good story, as well as a chat with a professional screenwriter.

    Hosted by: Tom Shoebridge


THURSday, September 19

5:00 PM
National Library, Manx-Heritage Literary Pub

 


  • THE CAUCASUS CHRONICLES
    Ever wondered what it's like establishing a mission in a newly independent state, when the state is Armenia - with the war in Nagarno-Karabakh escalating and a severe shortage of food and winter coming on? Join Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to Canada, at the launch of Caucasus Chronicles, which recounts one of the most important and least understood chapters in contemporary nation-building.
    Hosted by: Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos

7:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 


  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 2
    The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself.
    Hosted by: Lani Wang

Friday September 20

NOON
NLC, Manx-Heritage Literary Pub

 

  • SCREENWRITERS WORKSHOP: 10 MINUTES TO SUCCESS
    Busy people in the film and TV business spend no more than 10 minutes reading a screenplay - its first 10 pages. If it hasn't lit them up by then, into the shredder it goes. Find out the secrets of TEN.
    Presented by Tom Shoebridge

5:00
NLC, Manx-Heritage Literary Pub

 

 

  • A VISITATION WITH PORTLIN COCHISE
    One of the surprises and treats of our Festival this year is the appearance of poet and short story writer Portlin Cochise whose just-released A Bulldog's Guide to Small Engine Repair threatens to become a bestseller. Portlin will dazzle with his words and excite the senses with a unique multimedia presentation.

7:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 3
    The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself.
    Hosted by: Ken Rockburn


Saturday, september 21

10:00 AM
Arts Court Theatre

 

  • THE POETS' PATHWAY: A WALK THROUGH OTTAWA'S LITERARY HISTORY
    Return to the days when the Prime Minister was a regular guest at local poetry readings. Unknown to most, Ottawa was a dynamic centre of Canadian literature in the nineteenth century, a city where the unlikely combination of political patronage and an inspirational environment fueled creative endeavours. Event host Steven Artelle will recall Ottawa's Confederation-era literary scene, with the help of special guests Archibald Lampman, Susan Frances Harrison, William Pittman Lett, and other poets direct from the nineteenth-century capital. Presented free of charge by The Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital, donations welcome.

Cumberland Ottawa Public Library

 


 

  • STEP INTO STORIES
    The importance of children's writing can never be overestimated. Who will ever forget that first experience between the covers of our first picture book? STEP INTO STORIES, presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Public Library, has become one of the most popular features of the Festival, because it is for the entire family and because it's free. This year we have an array of award-winning, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and fiddle-playing writers for young people, including a book launch for local author Larry McCloskey's Tom Thomson's Last Paddle. These events are made possible by a charitable donation from TD Canada Trust.

NOON
NLC, Manx-Heritage Literary Pub

 

  • SCREENWRITES PANEL: CHALLENGING THE CRITICS
  • The purveyors of good taste (!?) can enhance or ruin your viewing. Meet and question the people who preview and categorize films, and learn why and how they influence our cinematic choices. Panel: Tom McSorley, Robert Fontaine and Jay Stone.

4:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

 

  • A DIALOGUE OF CIVILIZATIONS
  • Who are we? Where did we come from? Can we learn from history? Can we move forward and look at society in a new way? The Chinese, Greek, Egyptian and Inuit cultures have offered a new understanding, a new imagining of the world, and contributed in fundamental ways to the lives we live. But how can we move forward as a world family? What can we learn from each other? Join us for an exploration of who we are and where we came from, and a celebration of what we might be. Hosted by Festival Director, Neil Wilson.

7:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 4
  • The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself. Hosted by: Randal Ware

suNday September 22

11:30 AM
NAC Panorama Room

 

 

  • THE LITERARY BRUNCH
    It's hard to beat the combination of a great brunch and a chat with a world-class author, especially if the dough is going for a worthy cause (you guessed it - the Ottawa International Writers Festival!). Don't miss the spectacular food and acclaimed storyteller Wayne Johnston in conversation with Dave Stephens!

1:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

  • NEW CHINESE WRITING
    One of the highlights of this year's Festival is the participation of a delegation of five writers from China lead by the Vice-Chair of the Chinese Writers Association, Jiang Zilong, and four of China's most honoured authors. This rare opportunity promises to be candid and open. Don't miss this forum for a sampling of the New China.

4:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

  • BEYOND THE VEILS
    A look at the lives of modern Muslim women. What do we really know about Islam and its role in their lives? From family life to the workplace, are Islam and feminism mutually exclusive? Two Muslim feminists discuss their cultures and examine the myths and truths of modern Islamic life. Hosted by CBC's Rita Celli.

7:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

 

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 5
    The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself.
    Hosted by: Ken Rockburn

9:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

 

  • SCREENWRITES 2: JONATHAN SAGALL
    URBAN FEEL won the first prize for Best Feature Film in the 1998 Haifa International Film Festival in Israel, was nominated in 12 categories for the Israeli Academy of Motion Pictures, and won two awards - Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The film was presented in the Official "Golden Bear" Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1999. Selected scenes performed by LaFlame Theatre.
    Directed by Paul Dervis
    Hosted by: Tom Shoebridge


Monday, september 23

5:00 PM
NLC Manx-Heritage Literary Pub

 

  • CELEBRATING NAGUIB MAHFOUZ
    An intimate portrait of the life and times of Naguib Mahfouz hosted by long-time friend Mohamed Salmawy. Born in Cairo in 1911, Naguib Mahfouz began writing when he was 17. His first novel was published in 1939 and 10 more were written before the Egyptian Revolution of July 1952, when he stopped writing for several years. The appearance of the Cairo Triology in 1957 made him famous throughout the Arab world as a depictor of traditional urban life. Until 1972, Mahfouz was employed as a civil servant. He is now the author of no fewer than 30 novels, more than 100 short stories, and more than 200 articles. Many of his books are available in English, including The Harafish, Arabian Nights and Days and Sketches of an Autobiography. Naguib Mahfouz is the best-known and most studied Arab novelist in the world.

9:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

 

  • SCREENWRITES 3: HALLGRIMUR HELGASON
  • 101 Reykjavík: It's easy to empathize with adolescent apathy when it's 30 degrees below zero, nightfall at four o'clock in the afternoon, and you're knee-deep in graying snow sludge. But at 28 years old, Hlynur's a little long in the tooth to be making Nintendo and getting wasted his vocation. In addition to successfully resisting employment, adulthood and even an inkling of responsibility, Hlynur has managed to stave off any committed co-mingling with the opposite sex. Enter Lola, a spirited Spanish Flamenco teacher and an old friend of his mother's.
    Hosted by: Tom Shoebridge

tuesday September 24

7:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

 

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 6
    The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself. For this event Ronny Someck will be reading his original Hebrew, with acclaimed poet and professor Seymour Mayne reading the English translations.
  • Hosted by: Randal Ware

9:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

  • SCREENWRITES 4: KATIE TALLO
    In just over 10 years, Katie Tallo has demonstrated a wide range of talent - producer, writer and director of a variety of television and independent productions. Her main focus, though, is on independent cinema and strong, quirky characters. Her credits include two feature films (one just completed), several short films, television series of her own and segments for existing series. Her films include Forever Hold Your Piece, Juiced and Posers. She is a graduate of Algonquin College's broadcasting program and has attended workshops at the Summer Institute of Film and Television.
  • Hosted by: Tom Shoebridge


wednesday, september 25

10:30 AM
Ruth E. Dickinson OPL

 

 

 

  • STEP INTO STORIES: LORIS LESYNSKI (AGES 4-8)
  • The importance of children's writing can never be overestimated. Who will ever forget that first experience between the covers of our first picture book? STEP INTO STORIES, presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Public Library, has become one of the most popular features of the Festival, because it is for the entire family and because it's free. This year we have an array of award-winning, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and fiddle-playing writers for young people, including a book launch for local author Larry McCloskey's Tom Thomson's Last Paddle. These events are made possible by a charitable donation from TD Canada Trust.

1:30 PM
NAC 4th Stage

 

 

 

 

  • STEP INTO STORIES: LORIS LESYNSKI (AGES 4-8)
  • The importance of children's writing can never be overestimated. Who will ever forget that first experience between the covers of our first picture book? STEP INTO STORIES, presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Public Library, has become one of the most popular features of the Festival, because it is for the entire family and because it's free. This year we have an array of award-winning, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and fiddle-playing writers for young people, including a book launch for local author Larry McCloskey's Tom Thomson's Last Paddle. These events are made possible by a charitable donation from TD Canada Trust.

7:00 PM
NAC 4th Stage

 

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 7
  • The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself. Hosted by: Gary Hayes

THURSday September 26

7:00 PM
NAC Studio

 

 

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 8
    The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. into the writing life itself.
  • Hosted by: Sandra Abma

friday, september 27

1:00 PM
Ruth E. Dickinson OPL

 

  • STEP INTO STORIES: MONICA HUGHES (AGES 9+)
    The importance of children's writing can never be overestimated. Who will ever forget that first experience between the covers of our first picture book? STEP INTO STORIES, presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Public Library, has become one of the most popular features of the Festival, because it is for the entire family and because it's free. This year we have an array of award-winning, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and fiddle-playing writers for young people, including a book launch for local author Larry McCloskey's Tom Thomson's Last Paddle. These events are made possible by a charitable donation from TD Canada Trust.

5:00 PM
NLC, Manx-Heritage Literary Pub

 

 

 

  • REMEMBERING CAVAFY
  • Tribute led by Artemis Leontis Born of Greek parents in Alexandria, Egypt, C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933) spent seven years in England, between the ages of nine and 16, returning with his family after their fortunes were ruined. He never presented a volume of his poems for sale during his lifetime, but personally distributed his work in pamphlets and copies. After his death, Cavafy's influence increased tremendously, and he is now recognized as one of the greatest modern poets.

7:00 PM
National Library Theatre

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 9
  • The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and questions from the audience - followed, of course, by a book signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself. Hosted by: Lani Wang

SATURday September 28

10:30 AM
Nepean Centrepointe OPL

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • STEP INTO STORIES
    10:30 am: Rachna Gilmore (ages 4-8)
    11:30 am: Craig Carson & Chris Nihmey (ages 7+)
    12:30 pm: Sylvie Tessier (en français, ages 4-8)
    1:30 pm: Larry McCloskey (ages 8+)
    2:30 pm: Alan Cumyn (ages 9+)
    3:30 pm: Arthur Slade (ages 9+)
  • The importance of children's writing can never be overestimated. Who will ever forget that first experience between the covers of our first picture book? STEP INTO STORIES, presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Public Library, has become one of the most popular features of the Festival, because it is for the entire family and because it's free. This year we have an array of award-winning, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and fiddle-playing writers for young people, including a book launch for local author Larry McCloskey's Tom Thomson's Last Paddle. These events are made possible by a charitable donation from TD Canada Trust.

NOON
NLC Manx-Heritage Literary Pub

 

 

 

 

 

  • DEAD ALIVE: LOCKING IN AND LOOKING OUT
    James Joyce's Finnegans Wake is seen by many as beyond comprehension. Some serious writers dismiss it as one man's private funpun factory. Too few acknowledge the work Joyce put into his writing. So, Joyce has left the reader to resolve his own relationship with difficulty. The path of patient study and reflection may provide one with richer, incremental insights into this terribly adamant, ultra-precise world of words. Wittgenstein, the architect of a sister's home in Vienna, is less known than the Cambridge writher-on-the-table, or the bible-toting soldier fighting against England, France and Canada and their allies in WWI. Drawing attention to his architectural designs may provide further insight into the world of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and the ethics that made the man. Dead Alive puts the focus on these creators, and enjoys a Dada espresso at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, just to show that not all were interested in Locking In and Looking Out.

1:30 PM
National Library Theatre

 

 

 

  • THE AGING BRAIN
    Old age holds few if any rewards. But as Lawrence Whalley shows in this fascinating overview of how and why the brainages, we now have cause to be optimistic about old age, especially as mental and physical disability is much less common in the elderly than it was 20 years ago. Join us for a discussion on the prospects of slowing or even preventing the worst effects of brain aging, using gene therapy, silicon-neuron implants, virtual reality and intelligent environments. Hosted by John Lacharity

3:00 PM
NLC Manx-Heriage Literary Pub

 

  • UNCOMMON PRAYER: PEACE, POETRY, AND PROSE
    Join poet Susan McMaster and essayest Molly Wolf for an exploration of the search for peace and the power of words. Waging Peace: Poetry and Political Action, the book that collects the poetry and art from Convergence: Poems for Peace will be launched at this session.

4:00 PM
Museum of Nature Auditorium

 

 

  • GLOBAL THIRST
  • A global water shortage looms, but how will Canada cope? Maude Barlow examines the global crisis and the role of transnational corporations and global trade agreements and offers the strategies we need to make a difference. Colin N. Perkel tells the story of a water system that failed utterly at almost every level, and offers an authoritative account of the epidemic in Walkerton that has come to symbolize the frightening and fatal outcome that can arise from deregulation. Hosted by: Shelley Page

5:00 PM
Manx Pub

 

  • PLAN 99
    with Greg Hollingshead

7:00 PM
National Library Theatre

 

  • OTTAWA CITIZEN WRITING LIFE 10
  • The idea is simple. Each Ottawa Citizen Writing Life (there are 10) has been crafted to bring you some of the most innovative poets and fiction writers. The writers will share tasty morsels from their work, and the session will end with an onstage interview and signing. This way, you will not only hear the work, but also get an insight into the writing life itself. Hosted by: Dave Stephens

 

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