Year-Round Events 2005


Tuesday, February 15

7:00 PM @ Nicholas Hoare Books

  • BOOK LAUNCH: THE WILDERNESS WITHIN
    By award-winning poet Michel Thérien
    Translated by Rachelle Renaud


Wednesday, February 16

7:30 PM @ Nicholas Hoare Books

  • BOOK LAUNCH: THE SECRETS OF RUE ST ROCH
    By Scotland's Janet Morgan


Friday, February 18

7:30 PM @ Nicholas Hoare Books

  • BOOK LAUNCH: THE SAD TRUTH ABOUT HAPPINESS
    By Anne Giardini

Monday, February 21

7:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • TREE: A LIFE STORY
    With David Suzuki


    "Only God can make a tree," wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In Tree: A Life Story, authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a "biography" of this extraordinary - and extraordinarily important - organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, Tree describes in poetic detail the organism's modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors recount the amazing characteristics of the species, how they reproduce and how they receive from and offer nourishment to generations of other plants and animals. The tree's pivotal role in making life possible for the creatures around it - including human beings - is lovingly explored. The richly detailed text and Robert Bateman's original art pay tribute to this ubiquitous organism that is too often taken for granted.

TUesday, March 8

7:30 PM

 

  • CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
    with acclaimed Israeli author Judith Katzir

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

7:30 PM @ Nicholas Hoare Books

  • BOOK LAUNCH: DIPLOMATIC ADVISOR, 1994-1998
    By James Bartleman


    For four years, James Bartleman mixed with all the biggest names - Clinton, Blair, Yeltsin, Mitterrand, Castro, Kohl, Chirac, and on and on, as Chrétien's Henry Kissinger figure.

    Which leader at the G7 Summit in Halifax passed out drunk in the hotel elevator? What did Jean Chrétien do to set White House aides threatening, "the next time there's a referendum, we will support the separatists"? And why did Fidel Castro grab our author, shaking him and snarling, "I hope you are satisfied, Bartleman"? It's all in this lively book.

sunday, April 17

10:00 AM @ CHATEAU LAURIER

  • NICHOLAS HOARE BOOKS AND BRUNCH

    Featuring Ted Barris, Laura Brandon, Heather Mezies and Kristen den Hartog

Sunday, May 15

7:30 PM

  • DUTCH POET AND NOVELIST ANNA ENQUIST

    An evening of unforgettable poetry with Amsterdam's Anna Enquist. Her acclaimed publications include The Secret, The Masterpiece and Morpheus.

Thursday, May 19

7:30 PM

 

  • DONNA MORRISSEY

    Celebrate the launch of Sylvanus Now the latest from acclaimed bestseller Donna Morrissey, author of Kit's Law and Downhill Chance. An unforgettable evening with one of Canada's most celebrated storytellers.

Saturday, May 28

2:00 PM

  • JOHN RALSTON SAUL

    Spend an afternoon with the internationally acclaimed author, one of Canada's foremost thinkers, as he discusses his latest publication: The Collapse of Globalism: And the Reinvention of the World.

Sunday, May 29

7:00 PM

 

  • POETRY CABARET
    presented in collaboration with PLAN 99
    Simon Armitage and Ken Babstock

    Ottawa's David O'Meara hosts an evening of great poetry from the U.K. and Canada.

June 9 - 11

 

  • STEP INTO STORIES:
    Ottawa's Festival for Young Readers
    Presented by Raise a Reader

    June 9 and 10: School Visits
    June 11: Family Fun Day at the All Saints Church, Westboro, hosted by WESTFEST


SUNDAY, JUNE 12

7:00 PM

 

  • AN EVENING WITH NOBEL PRIZE WINNER JOSE SARAMAGO

    Join writer, actor and director Don McKellar for an unforgettable evening with Portugal's José Saramago, one of the world's most acclaimed and respected authors.

    Presented in association with the Portuguese Embassy and The University of Ottawa.

Monday, September 12

7:30 PM

 

  • AN EVENING WITH JANE URQUHART
    Celebrate the launch of Jane Urquhart's latest novel, A Map of Glass


    Jane Urquhart's stunning new novel weaves two parallel stories, one set in contemporary Toronto and Prince Edward County, the other in the nineteenth century on the northern shores of Lake Ontario. A novel about loss and the transitory nature of place, A Map of Glass contains all the elements for which Jane Urquhart's novels are celebrated.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19

6:30 PM @ Canadian Museum of Civilization

 

  • DEEPA MEHTA'S WATER
    Join Deepa Mehta for the Ottawa Premiere of her acclaimed new film, Water.


    Don't miss this special fundraiser for the Writers Festival! The Ottawa Premiere of a film that Salman Rushdie has praised as "A magnificent film ... unforgettably touching."

    Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, the story begins when eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence.  Chuyia's feisty presence affects the lives of the other residents, including a young widow, who falls for a Gandhian idealist. Special thanks to Mongrel Media and Deepa Mehta.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20

6:00 PM @ Nicholas Hoare Books

  • BOOK LAUNCH: POLITE REVOLUTION
    by John Ibbitson


    From one of this country's best and most controversial political writers, a searing blueprint for the Next Canada. In this compelling, and ultimately hopeful book, John Ibbitson dismantles the old ways of thinking about Canada's immigration, free trade, social, and defence policies. His ideas for the future of this country are daring - a devolution of power and dollars from the federal to the provincial level, a revamping of medicare, a refashioning of the electoral system. They amount to no less than a revolutionary plan for the creation and defence of a new national dream.


Thursday, november 3

7:30 PM

  • THE DOLPHIN'S TOOTH
    with Bruce Kirkby


    Celebrate the acclaimed new book from the bestselling author of Sand Dance with a multi-media presentation by Bruce Kirkby. In a fit of rebellion, Bruce quits his job to bicycle the Karakoram Highway in northern Pakistan. He is twenty-two and absolutely clueless. Miraculously, hilariously, he survives - and discovers his life's passion. Whether it's gun fights and crocodile attacks while running Africa's Blue Nile Gorge, the rescue of a fallen sherpa on Mount Everest, evading capture in Myanmar's forbidden tropical paradise, or learning to embrace the wilderness on the Tatshenshini River of Canada's Arctic, Kirkby shares the excitement, doubts, insights, and even the uncomfortable self-knowledge that a life lived on the edge brings.


friday, november 11

7:30 PM

  • THEATRE OF THE MIND: PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN ON CONSCIOUSNESS
    with Jay Ingram

    Can we be conscious of our consciousness? What does consciousness feel like? Is it really a stream of steadily flowing thoughts, images and feelings, or something else altogether? What happens in those lapses during highway driving, in which you have no memory of the last 10 kilometres? How is it that most of what goes on in our brains is actually unconscious? And, in the end, do we even need our brain?

    Jay Ingram, renowned science broadcaster and bestselling author, takes us on his most challenging and controversial journey yet-a look at thestate of consciousness. Mixing science, philosophy, history and pop culture, Ingram transforms grey matter into a brilliantly hued, completely understandable exploration of what's really going on in our conscious and unconscious minds.

monday, november 14

7:30 PM

  • ROOTS OF EMPATHY: CHANGING THE WORLD CHILD BY CHILD
    with Mary Gordon

    With violence, antisocial behavior, bullying, and aggression among young children escalating at a frightening rate, it is clear that we need to develop a new understanding of childhood. Mary Gordon, an educator who has worked for more than two decades with children from all kinds of backgrounds, has discovered that the solution to bullying and other anti-social behaviour lies within children's innate sense of caring and compassion.

    Mary Gordon shares her vision of a nation of compassionate and caring children who will pass on their legacy of empathy to their own children.

WEDNESday, november 14

7:00 PM @ National Press Club

  • WILLIAM SAMPSON: CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN:
    TORTURE AND SURVIVAL IN A SAUDI PRISON

    On Sunday, December 17, 2000, Canadian engineer William Sampson stepped outside his house in Riyadh only to be hauled into a car and beaten by two Saudi men he didn't know. Within an hour, he was incarcerated in one of the city's most notorious jails. Within two months, he was tortured into a confession of responsibility for a wave of car bombings he did not commit. Sometime in that first year, he was sentenced to death in a secret trial. For two and a half years, Sampson was continually subjected to beatings and torture, convinced his death was just around the corner. Inept diplomacy failed him but human rights groups took up his cause and on August 8, 2003, he was finally freed in a controversial prisoner exchange. It wasn't until February 2005 that Sampson's name was officially cleared when a British inquest exonerated him of the crimes.

    Angry, intelligent, and compelling, Sampson places his personal story within the context of the geopolitics that engineered his fate, and in doing so has crafted a searing exposé of Western foreign policy in the Arab Middle East.

sunday, december 11

7:30 PM @ Arts Court

  • OTTAWA LAUNCH OF THE NEW CANON: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CANADIAN POETRY

    The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry offers a controversial guide to the last two decades of contemporary Canadian poetry. Critic and poet Carmine Starnino has collected fifty of the most interesting Canadian poets born between 1955 and 1975, many of whom have never made an appearance in a major anthology.

    With readings by Andrew Steinmetz, Steve Heighton, Anita Lahey, Asa Boxer, Geoff Cook, Susan Gillis and David O'Meara, plus poems by the late Diana Brebner.

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