Fall 2004

September 29 - October 6: Imagine the World


wednesday, september 29

8:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • BATTLE OF THE SONNETS
    To mark the launch of this year's Festival, the evening will begin with a set by DiggingRoots whose "Odeimin" or heartbeat music pulls the rhythm of this land into a bold, moving, and at times, defiantly honest voice. Bandmembers Raven and ShoShona are accomplished performers and creators in their own right. Together as DiggingRoots they generate a magical a chemistry onstage.

    Wild Clover Honey & the Beehive - launched at the TREE Reading Series - is a fierce poetical duel between authors Stephen Brockwell and Peter Norman. Their weapon: The sonnet. Their quarrel: Is the sonnet worth a damn? Each poet attempts to assert his position and demolish his opponent in only 14 sonnets. Sex, politics, architecture and astronomy are among the topics that emerge. Old-school verse meets rap-style battle rhyming in this spirited performance. Hosted by TREE's James Moran.


ThursDAY, september 30

6:00 PM Cabaret Room

 


  • A YEAR OF FAVORITE BOOKS
    Join Alberto Manguel, internationally acclaimed author, anthologist and translator, as he explores his love of reading and all the ways in which the world around us can be brilliantly enhanced by what we read. Hosted by Embassy Weekly's Peter Schneider.

7:30 PM Auditorium

 


  • FURTHER FABULOUS CANADIANS
    Further Fabulous Canadians continues the hilarious collaboration between celebrated cartoonist Aislin and acclaimed author and poet Gordon Snell. Join us for an effervescent evening of comedic caricatures and hysterically historical rhymes hosted by The Hill Times' Jim Creskey.

8:00 PM Cabaret Room

 


  • THE WRITING LIFE #1
    Join Vancouver's Steven Galloway, South Africa's Damon Galgut and Toronto's Catherine Bush for an evening of great storytelling hosted by Canada's Commonwealth Prize winner Frances Itani. Readings followed by an on-stage discussion.

9:00 PM Cabaret Room


  • THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF GUYS
    Author and broadcaster Erika Ritter distills a lifetime of experience observing the intense effect of men on women into a deeply personal series of alphabetical encounters with men. Lani Wang hosts this evening of memoir, blatant flights of fancy and hard-won wisdom about men. A perfect night on the town for anyone who's ever lobbed a grenade - or a china plate - in the battle of the sexes!

friDAY, october 1

5:30 PM Cabaret Room

 

  • DIALOGUE OF THE AMERICAS: NERUDA TRIBUTE
    CANCELLED due to illness

7:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE #2
    Join Newfoundland's Leo Furey, Toronto's Colin McAdam and Calgary's Paul Anderson for an unforgettable evening hosted by Ottawa's own Melanie Little. Readings followed by an on-stage discussion.

7:30 PM Auditorium

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: DIALOGUE OF THE AMERICAS: CULTURAL SUPREMACY
    Are regional and ethnic cultures relevant in the 21st century? This lively discussion on cultural survival, hosted by Festival Director Neil Wilson, will look at the challenges and success faced in promoting a diversity of voices in an age of expanding global monoculture.

9:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

  • WRITE ACROSS CANADA LAUNCH
    It's been six years since the Festival team set out on the VIA Rail Great Canadian Literary Tour with some of Canada's best writers for the month-long journey from Newfoundland to Vancouver. Last spring, the Festival sent two fictional characters on a journey of their own - a cross-Canada odyssey featuring nineteen writers, ten provinces and two territories. The result, Write Across Canada, is a landmark celebration of the cultural and geographical diversity of the nation. Aired on CBC Radio's Between the Covers in April, this tale of love, travel and escape has made the transition from cyberspace to radio, and now appears in print. Don't miss this historical evening with five of the featured authors in a discussion hosted by Literary Tour alumna and City of Toronto Book Award winner Sarah Dearing.


SATURday, october 2

11:00 AM

  • THERE IS A SEASON
    Award-winning poet, Patrick Lane, has crafted a memoir of love, despair, hope and courage that details his battle with alcoholism and his relationship with the Garden on Vancouver Island, whose uncommon beauty sustained him throughout his roller-coaster year of sobriety. Patrick weaves the story of his recovery from addiction with memories of his early life and wondrous descriptions of the activity in his garden - his own and that of the plants, animals and insects that also inhabit it. Ottawa's rob mclennan hosts one of Canada's most acclaimed poets.

12:30 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

 

 


  • THE BIG IDEA: STAR WARS: CANADA AND THE WEAPONIZATION OF SPACE
    Mel Hurtig, bestselling author and Officer of the Order of Canada, believes that the American and Canadian governments are intentionally misleading their citizens about the Pentagon's plans to weaponize space. From the new arms race and the end of long-standing arms control agreements to the rapidly increasing danger of a nuclear apocalypse, Mel details the new information that leads him to believe that Ottawa is becoming an active partner is establishing a U.S. first-strike-from-space capability. Join Mel for an on-stage conversation and public forum hosted by Duncan Cameron, President of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and editor of The Canadian Forum.

2:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

 

 

  • BYWORDS LAUNCH: THE JOHN NEWLOVE MEMORIAL ISSUE
    Bywords launches the John Newlove Memorial Issue, a limited edition volume celebrating the poignant poetry of John Newlove, who died in December 2003. Reading from their poems commemorating John will be Steve Artelle, Aidan Baker, rob mclennan, Colin Morton, Pearl Pirie, J.C. Sulzenko, Gordon Phinn and Rob Thomas. We will also hear a selection of John Newlove's poems. The afternoon will be capped by the angelic voice and acoustic guitar of Mélissa Laveaux. We will also announce the winner of Bywords's first annual John Newlove Award for Poetry. For further details, please visit www.bywords.ca. Come join us in poetry and song to celebrate a life well lived by a man whose poetry survives him.

2:00 PM Auditorium

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: CLONING AND IMMORTALITY
    Journalist and author Elaine Dewar documents a biological revolution that will change the way you think about the material world, your own life and even the inevitability of your own death. She chronicles how genetic scientists are busily pushing back the boundaries of what is humanly possible. Studying the lives, the discoveries and the feuds among modern biologists, she explains how they have crafted the tools to alter human evolution and visits companies that are trying to turn cloned sheep into pharmacies on the hoof, to resurrect prize cows from the grave and to transplant human genes into mice - ultimately attempting to give us immortality in pieces while trying to keep investors happy. CPAC's Ken Rockburn hosts a conversation on the motives, conflicts and fears of the men and women whose job it is to trespass the boundaries of what laypeople consider ethical and sacred.

3:30 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

  • DIALOGUE OF THE AMERICAS: THE LINGUISTIC DIVIDE
    Why do we see so few books from Latin America in our bookstores? Is it because there is a shortage of good writing from that region, or has the literary world become a fast-food business? Join us for a lively discussion on the art and craft of translation and the elements of a healthy literary diet.

4:00 PM Auditorium

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: GREENPEACE AND THE BATTLE FOR PLANET EARTH
    Greenpeace is known around the world for its often controversial activism and education surrounding environmental and biodiversity issues. This afternoon, two of Greenpeace's co-founders, Rex Weyler, author of Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists and Visionaries Changed the World, and Robert Hunter, author of The Greenpeace to Amchitka: An Environmental Odyssey, share their stories of how Greenpeace came to be and how it has changed the world. Hosted by CBC Television's Rita Celli.

5:00 PM
The Manx Pub

 

  • PLAN 99 READING SERIES
    The PLAN 99 Reading Series, hosted by the Manx Pub on Elgin Street hosts acclaimed Newfoundland author Michael Winter. Join him for a pint and a taste of his latest novel, The Big Why.

5:30 PM
Cabaret Room

 

  • FIRST FICTIONS
    Three of Ontario's finest first-time novelists show us how it's done. Ottawa's Melanie Little hosts bold new voices Kim Brunhuber, Trevor Cole and Robert McGill. Readings followed by an on-stage discussion.

7:00 PM
Auditorum (In Spanish)

 

  • DIALOGUE OF THE AMERICAS: IDENTIDAD CULTURAL DE AMÉRICA LATINA
    ¿Identidad o Identidades?. Inserción de nuestras identidades en el mundo global. Influencia de nuestra diáspora en nuestras identidades.

7:00 PM
Cabaret Room

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE #3
    Join Gatineau's John Lavery, Kingston's Helen Humphreys and Toronto's Michael Helm for a lively evening hosted by City of Toronto Book Award winner Sarah Dearing. Readings followed by an on-stage discussion.

9:00 PM
Cabaret Room

 

  • POETRY CABARET
    Ottawa's Peter Norman hosts an evening of exhilarating poetry featuring Governor General's Award winner Patrick Lane, Trillium nominee Elyse Friedman and The Americas Best Book Award winner Gary Geddes.

SUNday, october 3

11:00 AM Cabaret Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • THE SPIRIT OF WILDERNESS
    Two award-winning authors with two very different perspectives on the natural world come together to salute life itself.

    In Jacob's Wound, Trevor Herriot, author of River in a Dry Land, explores the Nature that we - and our religions - sprang from. He takes readers on an untrodden path through history, memoir, science, and theology. He tells us stories of the past and present that illuminate what we once were and what we have become. Wayne Grady, author of The Bone Museum, returns to the page with Tree: A Life Story, (co-written with David Suzuki), a detailed look at the life of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from its cone until the tree lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving life to ferns, mosses and other trees. The Festival's Artistic Director, Sean Wilson, hosts this conversation on the natural world, and our perception of it.

12:30 PM Cabaret Room

 

  • LITERATURE OF SOUTH AFRICA
    Join Dr. Thomas van der Walt for an engaging overview of South African children's literature from its roots in the oral tradition to contemporary publishing.

2:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

 

 

  • D-DAY: STORIES OF JUNO BEACH
    On June 6, 1944, nearly 15,000 Canadians - at sea, in the air, and on the ground - joined the long-anticipated D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe on the Normandy beaches. The piece of ground on which the Canadians fought so hard against heavily armed and embedded German troops was code-named Juno. In the presentation, using photographs and first-person accounts, Ted Barris takes us back to those momentous few hours that forever changed the course of history. This is the story of one of Canada's proudest days and one of the most significant battles of our time. Hosted by the Ottawa Citizen's Graham Green.

3:00 PM Auditorium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • SCREEN SCRIBBLER'S "FULL CIRCLE" & BROKEN ENGLISH THEATRE
    Join us for a celebration of emerging talent from right here in the Nation's Capital as we celebrate the winners of CBC Television's SCREEN SCRIBBLER Contest and the Broken English Writing Competition.

    A young university student is given the chance to return an act of kindness to the man who helped his family settle into their new life in Canada. Don't miss the big-screen premiere of the winning entry in CBC Television's SCREEN SCRIBBLER Contest: Full Circle by Louise Bradford. Louise's short fiction has been published by the Metropolitan Toronto Branch of the Canadian Authors' Association. She has studied screenwriting at the Summer Institute of Film and Television.

    Broken English Theatre, in association with CBC and the Ottawa International Writers Festival, launches its inaugural Broken English Writing Competition, open to all first-generation Canadians, 13 and older, including citizens, landed immigrants and refugees, currently living in the National Capital area. The winning entries in all four categories have been adapted for the stage by Dramaturge, Shobha Gupta-Gallagher and are directed by Bernadette Hendrickx.

    The winning entry in the Adult Story category is Lunch Time by Thusha Agampodi, who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Canada. The winner of the Adult Poem category for 'My Journey' is Nalini Virmani, originally from New Delhi, India. Wivine Mbabazi, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, won the Youth Poem category with her entry 'Nightmare's End.' Sijia Yi, who came to Canada from China at the age of two, won in the Youth Story category for 'Metamorphosis.'

4:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

 

 

 

  • SCREENWRITES: THE AGONY OF PAGE TO SCREEN
    Screen storytelling is a unique form of narrative and exposition because the medium - moving pictures with sound - determines how stories are told. Many popular movies and television series are based on stories from other media: plays, newspaper articles, books and, yes, comic books. Hear how two acclaimed Canadian novelists survived the attempt to translate their own work from the printed page to the silver screen. Authors and screenwriters Paul Quarrington, Whale Music, and Elyse Friedman, Suddenly Naked, take us through the metamorphosis. Host Tom Shoebridge has been teaching film and screenwriting for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Summer Institute of Film and Television and the Canadian Screen Training Centre.

4:30 PM Auditorium

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: ONE MAN'S WAR
    Paul William Roberts, author of Smokescreen, Empire of the Soul, Journey of the Magi and The Demonic Comedy, spent four months in Iraq during and after the recent war in 2003. A classical scholar and one of the few journalists to have interviewed Saddam Hussein, Canadian reporter Paul William Roberts knows Iraq better than most. And he was in Baghdad when the bombs started falling. This is his exposé of the politics behind the recent war--and the brutal reality on the ground. His controversial and deeply personal new book, A War Against Truth, argues that "a fraud was perpetrated on the entire world. A weak and defenseless nation was invaded and occupied by the greatest superpower in history on a pretext that is a transparent deception, a lie. This should bother someone." Join our host, CPAC's Ken Rockburn, for a conversation on the war in Iraq.

5:30 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE #4
    Join New Brunswick's Beth Powning, Quebec's David McGimpsey and Nova Scotia's Donna Morrissey for an entertaining evening hosted by bestselling author Merilyn Simonds from Kingston. Readings followed by an on-stage discussion.

5:30 PM Auditorium

 

 

 

  • DIALOGUE OF THE AMERICAS: CINEMA OF THE AMERICAS
    Latin American countries are producing some of the best and most commercially successful cinema in the world. Film makers such as Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Lucretia Martel, and Walter Salles to name but four who are almost household names in North America have brought a renewed interest in the culture of Latin America. Join us for a lively discussion of the cultural climate of the Americas with three film makers who are currently making waves around the world.

7:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE #5
    Join Toronto's Elyse Friedman, Montreal's Gordon Sheppard and Victoria's Bill Gaston for an evening of unique storytelling hosted by CBC Radio's Alan Neal. Readings followed by an on-stage discussion.

7:00 PM Cabaret Room

  • POETRY CABARET
    Join Ottawa's David O'Meara for an evening of exhilarating poetry with Montreal's Jon Paul Fiorentino, Toronto's Goran Simic, and Ottawa's Stephen Brockwell.

MonDAY, October 4

5:30 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

 

 


  • WAR AND GLOBALIZATION
    Join bestselling author and professor, Michel Chossudovsky and Embassy Weekly's Peter Schneider for an examination of our post-9/11 world. Is the "war on terrorism" a war of conquest? Is globalisation the final march to a "New World Order," dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex? Is there evidence of a hidden agenda to extend the frontiers of the American Empire to facilitate U.S. corporate control outside the U.S. and a virtual police state on the inside? Chossudovsky peels back the layers of rhetoric to reveal what he suggests is a huge hoax - a complex web of deceit aimed at tricking the American people, and the rest of the world, into accepting a military solution that threatens the future of humanity.

7:30 PM
NAC Studio

 


  • ABBEY THEATRE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
    This special co-production with the National Arts Centre recreates the Opening Night at the Abbey Theatre on December 27, 1904 - featuring Kathleen Ni Houlihan and On Baile's Strand by W.B. Yeats, Spreading the News by Lady Gregory, and In the Shadow of the Glen by J.M. Synge.

7:30 PM Cabaret Room


  • THE WRITING LIFE #6
    Join Governor General's Award-winner Paul Quarrington, Governor General's Award nominee Cordelia Strube, Trillium award-winner Alistair MacLeod and our host, CBC Radio's Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, for an evening you won't soon forget.

9:00 PM Cabaret Room



  • POETRY CABARET
    Ottawa's Stephen Brockwell hosts an evening of challenging and entertaining poetry featuring Whitehorse's Erling Friss-Baastad, Ottawa's Shane Rhodes, and Kingston's Steven Heighton.

TUEsday, october 5

5:30 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

  • BOOK LAUNCH: LEAVETAKING
    The High Commission of Australia hosts a book launch for Joy Hooton's remarkable new book of historical fiction. Leavetaking tells the story of Michel Caseneuve's experience of the momentous events in Lower Canada in 1838. Based on contemporary journals written by the Canadian patriots, Michel's journey from Canada to Australia is as dramatic as it is true to history.

7:00 PM Auditorium

 

 

  • IAN RANKIN'S FLESHMARKET CLOSE
    Master storyteller and internationally acclaimed bestselling Scottish author Ian Rankin unveils one of Rebus's most personal cases. Fleshmarket Close explores a society whose shared heritage is lost beneath the uglier aspect of human nature: greed, mistrust, violence and exploitation. CBC Radio's Alan Neal hosts the evening.

8:30 PM Cabaret Room

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE #7
    Join Edmonton's Greg Hollingshead and Margaret Macpherson and Richard B. Wright from St. Catharine's, Ontario, for an evening of great storytelling hosted by CBC Radio's Lucy van Oldenbarneveld.

WEDNESday, october 6

7:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE #8
    Ottawa's Geoffrey Brown, Toronto's Shyam Selvadurai, and Tulsa, Oklahoma's S.E. Hinton, join award-winning Gatineau author Phil Jenkins for this year's final Writing Life.

9:00 PM Cabaret Room

 

 

  • DEAD ALIVE: THE WEALTH OF NOTIONS
    With a minor accent on some Chinese calligraphy, (come and see close brushes with representation) this year's Dead Alive will look at some heart-based ideograms and reveal how some sounds and graphs in Mandarin and other languages might be xin (pronounce as 'seen'; this sound and pinjin translate into Mandarin as 'heart') as poetic.

Exhibits on display during the 2004 Festival:

The High Commission of South Africa presents an exhibition of South African Children's Literature featuring more than 100 books in 11 languages. School visits to the exhibition, which highlights the oral tradition, will include storytelling sessions. This exhibition, open to the public, will be on display in the foyer of the Library and Archives of Canada throughout the Festival.

Arta Gallery in Toronto's Distillery District presents "Iran Revisited," a collection of photographs by ALEKSANDAR OTOVIC featuring images of Iran from 1958 to 1961. This exhibition, open to the public, will be on display in the foyer of the Library and Archives of Canada throughout the Festival. Ivana Otovic presents, from her personal Collection, photographs by her grandfather, Aleksandar Otovic, amateur photographer. Aleksandar, originally from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, was a treasurer to the Yugoslav Embassy in Tehran in 1958. Over the course of his three-year stay in Iran he had photographed almost every site he had visited. Today, his photographic collection extends to hundreds of images that display tombs and palaces, turquoise tiled mosques and exotic bazaars.

 

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