Fall 2006

October 1 - 7: 10th Anniversary


sunday, october 1

2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

  • EXILE EDITIONS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
    Celebrate 30 years and 300 books! Join Exile’s founder, acclaimed writer Barry Callaghan, and Exile’s publisher, Michael Callaghan, for an afternoon with four Exile authors as diverse as they are acclaimed: Priscila Uppal investigates the emotional and philosophical struggle fundamental to notions of being in the 21st century in her collection Ontological Necessities; Seán Virgo’s collection of stories, Begging Questions, takes an intense gaze at a universe full of malevolence as well as beauty and dreams; Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Midnight Stroll explores physical and psychic terrain of four personal moments in history; and James Bacque’s novel, Our Father’s War, explores lives on both sides of World War II.

2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • BIG IDEA: THE BEST OF FRIENDS: CANADA-US RELATIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    Canada’s reputation in the world, as peace-maker, generous donor to third world nations and all-round good guy has been in decline for many years. What will it take for this country to regain its influence among nations? Andrew Cohen’s bestseller While Canada Slept is perhaps more relevant today than when it first appeared three years ago. With the world seemingly in a constant state of war, what kind of foreign policy would best serve our interests and how can we make a contribution? Join columnist and journalism professor Andrew Cohen and Jim Creskey, publisher of the Hill Times, in dialogue with Festival Director Neil Wilson about Canada and the world with a particular focus on Canada-U.S. relations.

4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

  • NEW SCIENCE SERIES: SUPERPILLS: THE PERSCRIPTION DRUGS WE LOVE TO TAKE
    Tagamet, Vioxx, Valium, Prozac, Halcion, Ritalin and Viagra are just a few of the prescription megabrands that fill our medicine cabinets. Uppers, downers, pain relievers, anti-depressants, hayfever medication, sleeping pills, you name it, we got it. And the amount sold is measured in metric tons. Making and selling these drugs is very, very big business. Medicine has moved from curing disease to treating a perceived risk. Despite an absence of hard scientific evidence, millions of healthy people have become addicted to these magic bullets. Steven Manners is an authority on the drug industry. Don’t miss his informed examination of the evolution of prescription drugs and how they are changing our lives.

4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • BIG IDEA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF CANADIAN SLAVERY
    The flattering self-portrait of Canada that many of us learned in school is powerfully exposed in The Hanging of Angélique. Dr. Afua Cooper shocks us awake to our repression of the history of Canadian slavery and challenges us to recover our lost narrative. “Everyone turned out to see the spectacle of the hanging, to gaze upon the Black woman who had burnt their town. She passed in the rubbish cart, her head bare, her legs a bloody mass, her body covered with the garment of the condemned.” Angélique’s history is the first known Black slave narrative in North America.

6:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • STUPID, UGLY, UNLUCKY AND RICH: SPIKE'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS
    Have you ever wondered what really leads to success? Spike has, and after 10 years of research and interviews with over 500 of the world’s most successful people, he discovered what really leads to success, and just as importantly, what doesn’t. Join Richard St. John for an innovative and informative session that shows us what really leads to success with his fast-paced, multimedia presentation that’s a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

6:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • NEW SCIENCE SERIES: THE TROUBLE WITH PHYSICS: THE RISE OF STRING THEORY, THE FALL OF A SCIENCE, AND WHAT COMES NEXT
    Physicists, according to Lee Smolin, are driven to know about space and time and what brought the world into existence — fundamental questions. Smolin says that since the late 18th century, progress has been made on crucial questions every quarter century. But from around 1975 to the present—roughly the span of his own professional career—physics has been at a standstill. During this period, he says, no new knowledge of the laws of nature has been discovered. New theories have been proclaimed but none has been confirmed by experiment—including the sexy string theory, which has captured most of the prestige and research money. String theory, says Smolin, claims to be the one theory that unifies all the particles and all the forces of nature, and yet after more than twenty years, the theory has made no new predictions that can be proven. Smolin and some colleagues, however, are working on a new theory that just might give us a deeper insight into the nature of reality. This theory, according to a recent issue of the New Scientist, might reveal that we truly are at one with the universe.

7:00 PM

 

 

 

  • HEART MATTERS: AN EVENING WITH ADRIENNE CLARKSON
    Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s twenty-sixth Governor General, returns to the Writers Festival with Heart Matters, an autobiography that traces a remarkable journey, from her family’s escape in 1942 from Japanese-occupied Hong Kong to her often controversial time as Canada’s head of state. Join us for an intimate and candid evening covering the personal and political life of a great Canadian.

8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • FAITH, HOPE, AND CLARITY: THREE STAGED PLAY READINGS
    Concentration by Emily Kisko: Sixty years after the end of World War II, Alzheimer’s causes a group of seniors to relive the horrors that they had experienced years earlier in concentration camps. Stella, a young woman with a broken spirit, learns how to move through her own pain, by understanding how her Grandmother survived hers.
    Unimaginable! by Amanda Doiron: Angela is a young woman with Down Syndrome who people prefer to believe wants nothing to do with love and sex. Not sure where she fits and what she “should” want, Angela works out these very human desires through Fairy Tales and Harlequin fantasies.
    Walter Loves Donna by Jamie Snasdell-Taylor: Walter guards Donna’s body because she guards his heart and soul. When this twisted bargain finally breaks, Walter must learn to love as a father or lose Donna forever.

8:00 PM

 

 

 

  • POETRY CABARET
    An evening of acclaimed Canadian poetry that runs the gamut from Ottawa’s Ronnie R. Brown, who was described by Irving Layton as “the only female version of Layton that I can see on the horizon” to Jon Paul Fiorentino, dubbed “one of Montréal’s finest poets” by Hour Montréal, to Toronto’s Afua Cooper, whose poetry is praised as “eloquent and visionary.”

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2

7:00 PM

 

 

 


  • MUSIC, MAGIC AND THE IMAGINATION
    A gifted musician and one of the world’s most popular writers, Charles de Lint’s urban fantasy continues to win awards and new readers. Charles reunites readers with two of his most beloved characters in Widdershins, where Jilly and Geordie’s story is finally being told. Join us for an evening of music and magic as Charles de Lint returns to the Festival with accomplished musicians Chris Breitner, Greg T. Brown and MaryAnn Harris.

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: SEA OF FAITH: ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES
    The shared history of Islam and Christianity has left us a dual legacy of sublime beauty and lofty ideals and inhuman depravity and violence. For a millennium following Emperor Justinian the Great’s death and the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, these two great faiths contended for primacy in the Mediterranean world. Stephen O’Shea brings this rich history to life from the battlefields to the eras of coexistence and leaves us with the possibility and hope of reconciliation between the Cross and the Crescent.

8:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

  • WRITING LIFE #1
    The Writing Life begins with an evening of accomplished new fiction: Randy Boyagoda’s scalding début, Governor of the Northern Province, is about an ex-African warlord named Bokarie who moves to small-town Canada; Leo Brent Robillard’s second novel, Houdini’s Shadow, is a darkly poetic tale of desire and obsession, faith and betrayal, set amid the decadent underworlds of Montreal and New Orleans in the 1920s and 30s; and Anita Rau Badami returns to the Festival with Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?, a novel that spans fifty years, from the partition of India to the explosion of Air India Flight 182.

8:30 PM

 

 

  • BOOK LAUNCH: WYRWOOD
    Join us for the launch of Wyrwood, the second volume in Daniel Heath Justice’s The Way of Thorn and Thunder trilogy. A deep green world of ancient mystery and sacred shadow is under siege in the ongoing saga of the Kyn.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3

6:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • DEAD ALIVE #10: SAMUEL BECKETT'S MOLLOY
    “Samuel Beckett composed Molloy in 1947, a time of intense creativity for the 21-year-old Dubliner. Molloy can be said to belong to a literary aesthetic known to some as “le nouveau roman,” a new way of considering and writing the novel. Judging from what I’ve read in recent months about Molloy and Beckett in general, the reading public remains bemused and little given to this kind of writing. So, in part, it is in response to negative criticism of Beckett’s work that I am taking the listener just a little ways into Molloy, using a few analogies from the arts in order to create parallel contexts. Molloy abounds in humour, penetrating psychological insights, narrative innovation and—yes!—Molloy tells a story. Join me in the unfolding of Molloy’s adventures, listening all the while to Beckett’s words, and find out how an inquisitive reader has learned to enjoy one of literature’s great works.”— Murray Wilson

7:00 PM

 

 

 

  • HUNKAMOOGA'S RETURN: COFFEE-STAINED NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND
    Canada’s inimitable master of the surreal, Stuart Ross, a Festival favourite, is back for an unforgettable evening of prose and poetry. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from his novel-in-progress, some new poems and a taste of his acclaimed essays—plus an on-stage interview by Ottawa’s Stephen Brockwell.

7:30 PM

 

 

  • BOOK LAUNCH: READING WRITERS READING
    A sublime voyage into the heart of literary creation, Israeli photographer and teacher, Danielle Schaub celebrates the launch of Reading Writers Reading, which features more than 160 Canadian writers, sharing their experiences of reading alongside Danielle’s striking portraits.

8:30 PM

 

 

 

  • CRIMINAL MINDS
    An evening with three of the genre’s leading authors: Louise Penny, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award, returns to Three Pines for her anticipated second book, Dead Cold; the United Kingdom’s David Hewson continues Nic Costa’s bestselling Italian adventures in The Lizard’s Bite and Ottawa’s Rick Mofina, also an Ellis Award winner, presents Every Fear, the second book in his new series about crime reporter Jason Wade.

9:00 PM

 

  • THE TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS: FORM AND FUNCTION
    Readings and a discussion on form and genre with three of Canada’s most versatile writers, Paul Glennon, Mark Frutkin and Daphne Marlatt.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4

7:00 AM

 

 

 


  • I WAS A CHILD OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
    Here is a memoir that is at once full of pain and unsentimental pathos—a book of tears and healing. Artist and author Bernice Eisenstein has done the impossible: created a book that reaches beyond cliché and speaks to all readers of all ages and ethnicity. Here is a triumph of the human spirit, a book that must be read by everyone who seeks the power of words to uncover the hidden depths of the soul.

7:00 PM

 

 


  • BYWORDS PRESENTS: THE JOHN NEWLOVE AWARD
    Join ByWords for music by Andrea Simms-Karp of The Vanity Press, the launch of Welcome To Beautiful San Ria by Melissa Upfold, winner of last year’s award, and the announcement of the winner of the 2006 John Newlove Poetry Award.

8:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

  • VILLA AIR-BEL: WORLD WAR II, ESCAPE, AND A HOUSE IN MARSEILLE
    An evening of narrative non-fiction at its razor-sharp best. France in 1940 was a hellish place, full of spies, Gestapo and collaborators. For many of the cultural elite, like Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Marc Chagal, who were being hunted by the Nazis, salvation was found in Villa Air-Bell, a chateau outside Marseille where a group of young people risked their lives for the safety of these enemies of the Third Reich. Governor General’s Award winner Rosemary Sullivan has crafted a remarkable true story culled from the diaries and letters of those involved.

8:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

  • WRITING LIFE #2
    Three renowned writers return to the Writers Festival with their latest novels: Steven Heighton’s Afterlands, A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, examines both a devastating encounter with the natural world and the unrelenting demands of the human heart; Trevor Cole, follows his Governor General’s Award-nominated début with The Fearsome Particles, a novel that captures a family at a crucial turning point, as a father faces the limits of what he can do to protect the people he loves; while internationally bestselling author Kenneth J. Harvey offers Inside, an examination of friends and enemies, family and fate, and the relative nature of freedom.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

7:00

 

 

 

 

  • ON THIN ICE: POLAR BEARS IN A CLIMATE OF CHANGE
    The World Wildlife Fund presents an evening of stories, images and music to celebrate the lives of people in the north and their relationships to the polar bear. Jamie Bastedo, author of the novel, On Thin Ice and the accompanying teachers guide Polar Bears in a Climate of Change will join Darren Keith and Jerry Arqviq, authors of Inuit Qaujimaningit Nanurnut (Inuit Knowledge of Polar Bears) to launch their new books, teachers guide and video.

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WAY IT WORKS
    For over thirty years Eddie Goldenberg was Jean Chrétien’s right-hand, confident and close friend. From 1993 to 2003 he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister. When things needed to get done, or when vital decisions needed to be taken, Eddie Goldenberg was the man. The Way It Works is more than the autobiography of a quintessential insider, it is also essential reading for anyone who is curious about power and Canada’s place in the world during a decade of great promise.

8:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • CD AND BOOK LAUNCH
    Celebrate the latest work from Ottawa poets Seymour Mayne and Betty Warrington-Kearsley. Seymour Mayne, winner of the J.I. Segal Prize, the Lockshin Memorial Award and the Fuerstenberg-Aaron Prize, presents his CD Hail, featuring his acclaimed poetry put to music by John Armstrong, and sung by Doreen Taylor-Claxton ; and Betty Warrington-Kearsley, winner of the Diana Brebner Prize, unveils her debut collection, Red Lacquered Chopsticks.

8:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

  • WRITING LIFE #3
    Three of Canada’s most acclaimed authors share the stage: Each story in Bill Gaston’s stunning new collection, Gargoyles, has a strange and unique guardian spirit whose presence informs the characters and their actions; Richard Teleky’s novel,Winter in Hollywood, deals with the complicated and painful issues of aging and mourning, along with the bittersweet consolations of memory, family, friendship and faith; while Michael Redhill’s latest, Consolation, is a haunting novel about the traces of history layered in our lives, and how time alters the contours of even the things we hold most certain.

9:30 PM

 

 

  • SONGWRITERS CIRCLE
    Jim Bryson is joined by fellow singer-songwriters Oh Susanna and Lynn Miles for an unforgettable evening of intimate music and lively conversation on the art and craft of songwriting. Special guest Jowi Taylor and the Six String Nation Guitar.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

1:00-4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • WORDLOUNGE WORKSHOPS:
    WHAT'S UP IN YOUR WORLD? YOUTH WRITING WORKSHOP

    There's a lot going on in the world, good and not so good: it's a writer's job to make sense of the larger world as well as his or her own personal/creative life. This workshop invites you to explore it all through fiction, personal writing and poetry with professional fiction writer and journalist Marnie Woodrow. We'll explore the craft of writing creatively as well as censorship and self-censorship. Fun, fast-paced writing exercises and discussion. Plus, you'll have the chance to meet other creative writers in your area. Bring paper and pens!

7:00 PM

 

 

 

  • CAUSEWAY: A PASSAGE FROM INNOCENCE
    Construction on the Canso Causeway began when Linden MacIntyre was a young boy. The Causeway was to be a link from his tiny Cape Breton village to the world outside and the promise of prosperity for all—but most importantly, a bridge between a father and a son. A story of modernization and the end of the old world.

7:00 PM

 

 

 


  • HOCKEY NIGHT AT THE FESTIVAL: A FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN'S LITERACY
    Hockey, as every true Canadian knows, is the best game in the world, and it was invented and perfected by Canadians. Hockey Night at the Festival brings together two storytellers in fine skating form. Midnight Hockey by Giller nominated Bill Gaston is a poignant story of his final season in the beer league, a nostalgic, humorous and thoughtful account of the power of hockey to consume a life. In Stole This from a Hockey Card, Chris Robinson, Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, delves into the life and times of Doug Harvey, one of hockey’s greatest players, whose life ended in tragedy and mystery.

8:30 PM

 


8:30 PM

 

 

 



  • WRITING LIFE #4
    Three diverse narratives that examine the search for meaning and self: Maureen Lennon’s debut, A Place Apart, follows 15-year-old Cathy Mugan’s painful journey of self-discovery; Mark Foss’s first book, Kissing the Damned, explores the emotional ups and downs of Murray Lockhart, an Ottawa-based aid worker as he struggles for balance in his life; and in The Communist’s Daughter, international bestseller Dennis Bock imagines legendary Canadian doctor Norman Bethune as he composes a wrenching letter to his daughter, a small child he has never seen, amidst the death and chaos of the Japanese army’s advance into China.

10:00 PM

 



  • HIPPIE CAMPFIRE CD RELEASE PARTY
    Hippie Campfire returns to the Writers Festival to celebrate the long-awaited launch of their new CD. Join Rich, Andy, Rick, Lou, Scott, Eric and Dave for a night of high-energy Rock, R & B, Folk, Country, Blues and Soul.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

12:00-5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • WORDLOUNGE WORKSHOPS:
    HOW TO GIVE A KICK-ASS READING

    Enjoy this seriously irreverent workshop for poets and prose writers of all ages and stages who want to improve their public readings and kick some publishing industry ass on the way. Also excellent for revving up presentation skills in not-so-literary circles. Fun writing/presenting exercises and discussions about everything from stage fright to conquering the monotony of a piece you've read one too many times. This workshop sells out every time it's offered and enrollment is limited, so register soon and bring two double-spaced pages of your own work [or 2 poems if you're a poet] along on the day of the workshop.

2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • FOR HONOUR'S SAKE: THE WAR OF 1812 AND THE MAKING OF AN UNEASY PEACE
    Two years into the War of 1812, it was clear that victory could not be won on the battlefields. In a monastery in the ancient Flemish city of Ghent eight men, including a future American President, a Congressman who preached war, a disgraced British Admiral and a young British diplomat, try to bring sanity to what might become a nightmare. Join Mark Zuehlke for engaging insights into Canada’s tumultuous early years and our relationship with our neighbours to the south.

2:00 PM

 

 

 

  • THE RAP CANTERBURY TALES
    MC Baba Brinkman resurrects Chaucer’s brilliant stories from their vellum mausoleum into visible and audible contemporary forms that delight and edify—a rebirth of what poetry once was and still is in its essence. Don’t miss your chance to take in this internationally acclaimed performance—a huge hit at the Edinburgh Festival.

4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • PRIVATE DEMONS: THE TRAGIC PERSONAL LIFE OF JOHN A. MACDONALD
    Bestselling author Patricia Phenix explores the turbulent personal life of this fascinating Father of Confederation. Private Demons follows Sir John A. MacDonald’s remarkable life from a childhood, filled with poverty, alcoholism, and the beating death of his five-year-old brother at the hands of a drunken babysitter, to his myriad challenges as Canada’s most successful politician. Don’t miss this vivid portrait of nineteenth-century society and the tumultuous life of our most famous prime minister.

4:00 PM

 

 

 

  • CELEBRATING OTTAWA MAGAZINE'S FICTION ISSUE
    With such a wealth of local talent, the Writers Festival celebrates Ottawa Magazine’s inaugural fiction issue and Ottawa’s world-class literary luminaries with readings by Nichole McGill, founder of the popular durtygurls reading series, poet Anita Lahey, winner of the Ralph Gustafson Prize, and Giller Prize finalist Alan Cumyn.

6:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

  • WRITING LIFE #5
    The final Writing Life of our 10th Anniversary Festival boasts an internationally respected trio of award-winning authors; Paul William Roberts, winner of the PEN Canada Paul Kidd Courage Award, chronicles humanity’s trek toward a dystopian future under the influence of a corrupt American empire in the novel Homeland; in Jean McNeil’s Interpreter of Silences, a woman caring for her aging father and a journalist haunted by the Rwandan genocide, and of bodies plummeting from the Trade Centre, struggle to make sense of their lives; while British author Simon Ings joins seemingly random events, from the London Blitz to the first moon walk, to the revolution in Cuba and the civil war in Mozambique in his international bestseller, The Weight of Numbers.

8:00 PM

 

  • THE CUSTODIAN OF PARADISE
    The 10th Anniversary Festival closes with the long-awaited return of Newfoundland’s Wayne Johnston. Resuming the story he began in his international bestseller The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, his new novel, The Custodian of Paradise, reunites readers with Sheilagh Fielding in the waning days of World War II in St. John’s, a city of wounded or absent men. Join us for an evening with one of North America’s most respected and popular authors as he shares a magnificent portrait of his celebrated character.
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