Year-Round Events 2010


FRiday, March 26

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • BOOK LAUNCH:
    Alan Bradley: The Weed That Strings The
    Hangman's Bag

    at Nicholas Hoare Books, 419 Sussex Drive

    We begin our 2010 season with Alan Bradley's acclaimed follow-up to his international hit, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

    Flavia de Luce didn't intend to investigate another murder - but, then again, Rupert Porson didn't intend to die. When the master puppeteer's van breaks down in Bishop's Lacey, he puts on a show with his loyal assistant, the disarmingly charming Nialla, prone (by Flavia's estimation) to strange bruises and long, solitary cries in graveyards. While Nialla plays Mother Goose, Rupert's goose gets cooked, the victim of an electrocution that is too perfectly planned to be an accident.

    Putting down her sister-punishing chemistry experiments and picking up her bicycle, Gladys, Flavia uncovers long buried secrets of Bishop's Lacey, a seemingly idyllic town that nevertheless has a mad woman living in its woods, a prisoner-of-war with a soft spot for the English countryside, and two childless parents with a devastating secret.




MONDAY, April 12

 

 

8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES SERIES :
    HOPE FOR ANIMALS AND THEIR WORLD
    with Jane Goodall
    Introduction by Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President, Carleton University
    Presented with the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University
    in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute
    Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
    Tickets will not be available at the door.

    Join us for an unforgettable evening with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. In the 50th anniversary year of her research into the behaviour of chimpanzees, world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall will reflect on the meaning of the past five decades, from the incredible insights her research has offered into our closest animal relatives, to the extraordinary change the world has seen since 1960, for people, for animals and for the environment.



 


MONday, May 10

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE: STEVEN HEIGHTON
    and YANN MARTEL
    Hosted by Adrian Harewood
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Beatrice and Virgil "...ruptures the division between worlds real and imagined, forcing us to reconsider how we think of documentary writing. Forget what this book is ‘about’: Yann Martel’s new novel not only opens us to the emotional and psychological truths of fiction, but also provides keys to open its fictions ourselves, and to become, in some way, active participants in their creation." — The Globe and Mail

    And from one of Canada’s finest writers, Steven Heighton, comes a literary page-turner of the highest order. Inspired by an actual event, Every Lost Country is a gripping novel about heroism, human failings, and what love requires. When is it acceptable to be a bystander, and when do life and loyalty demand more?




MONday, May 17

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: I SHALL NOT HATE:
    A Gaza Doctor's Journey
    With Izzeldin Abuelaish
    Hosted by Adrian Harewood
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street


    "I know what I have lost, what was taken from me, will never come back. But as a physician and a Muslim of deep faith, I need to move forward to the light, motivated by the spirits of those I lost. I need to bring them justice... I will keep moving but I need you to join me in this long journey."
    - From I Shall Not Hate

    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a doctor from Gaza who lost three daughters in the Israel/Hamas war of January 2009. Dr. Abuelaish is a remarkable man, whose ability to transcend personal tragedy inspires the search for harmony and peace, rather than hatred and revenge.

TUESday, May 18

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE with JOANNE HARRIS,
    Author of Chocolat and blueeyedboy
    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    We welcome the bestselling author of Chocolat with her new novel blueyedboy.

    "Like Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory, Harris provides us with a narrator we cannot trust -- the only thing certain is that chaos and destruction lie at the heart of this queasy narrative. Harris’ book demands patience and does not render up all its secrets immediately, but those who respond to unusual, transgressive fiction will find it worth persevering; Harris has a mesmerising tale to tell. And be assured -- Chocolat this isn't." --Barry Forshaw


Thursday, May 20

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • BOOK READING WITH DR. SHEEMA KHAN

    Ottawa Public Library (Main), Auditorium • Free Admission
    Presented by Asian Heritage Month Ottawa

    Listen to Harvard PhD scientist, author, commentator, expert witness and hockey mom, Dr. Sheema Khan, as she reads excerpts from her book, Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman. This book of essays is grouped into five categories: extremists' hijacking of Islam, the rights of women, Islam on the international scene, and two aspects of Islam in Canada: how other Canadians see Muslims and what Muslims want and expect from their country. Dr. Khan has been profiled in the Ottawa Citizen, National Post and numerous other media outlets. The reading is followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

MONday, May 31

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES SERIES:
    Why Everything Costs so Much More Than We Think
    with RAJ PATEL
    Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

    “This is a deeply thought-provoking book about the dramatic changes we must make to save the planet from financial madness” — Naomi Klein.

    Opening with Oscar Wilde’s observation that “nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing,” Patel shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. He reveals the hidden ecological and social costs of a hamburger (as much as $200), and asks how we came to have markets in the first place. Both the corporate capture of government and our current financial crisis, Patel argues, are a result of our democratically bankrupt political system.

    Presented with USC Canada


    USC Canada


THURSday, June 3

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • New Science Series: THE GLOBAL FOREST
    With Diana Beresford Kroeger
    Nicholas Hoare (419 Sussex Drive)

    Skillfully weaving together ecology, ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality, science, and alternative medicine to capture the magic spell that trees cast over us, one of the world's experts on how trees chemically affect the environment shares her revolutionary bioplan on how trees can be planted in urban and rural areas to promote health and counteract pollution and global warming.



THURSday, June 10

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • AAYAN HIRSI ALI
    Hosted by Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    In her powerful new memoir, the #1 bestselling author of Infidel tells the stirring story of her search for a new life as she tries to reconcile her Islamic past with her passionate adherence to democracy and Western values. A unique blend of personal narrative and reportage, moving, engaging, wryly funny at times, Nomad gives us an inside view of her battle for equality in the face of considerable odds.

    Please note: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.




monday, september 27

7:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • DAVID SUZUKI: THE LEGACY LECTURE
    Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper

    Based on the premise — 'If I had one last lecture to give, what would I say?' — David Suzuki: The Legacy Lecture will present a critical and candid exploration of a period of human history which includes his own life's journey — an era which has overlapped and converged with many of the most important social, scientific, cultural and political developments of the past seventy years. His focus also acknowledges the wisdom of his grandparents and moves forward through to the promise held in the birth of his new grandson.

    Presented in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Faculty of Science and the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

    Carleton University

  • THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.


tuesday, september 28

6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • JUST WATCH ME: THE LIFE OF PIERRE ELLIOT TRUDEAU
    with John English
    Hosted by Denise Chong
    Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

    “Other books may yet be written about Pierre Elliott Trudeau, but it’s hard to imagine another that would beat English’s version for insight and overview of the man and his time."
    The Gazette

    Just Watch Me, written with exclusive access to Trudeau’s private papers and letters, completes what the Globe and Mail called “the most illuminating Trudeau portrait yet written” — sweeping us from sixties Trudeaumania to his final days when he debated his faith.



8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE HISTORY OF CANADA
    with Margaret MacMillan, Tim Cook, Robert Bothwell and Dan Snow
    Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

    "The History of Canada series," says Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris, 1919 and Nixon in China, "is about those defining moments when the course of Canadian history and the nature of Canada itself were oscillating. It is about the human beings—heroic, flawed, wise, foolish, complex—who had to make decisions without knowing what the consequences might be."

    Margaret MacMillan hosts award-winning author and Great War historian Tim Cook, author of The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie, Robert Bothwell, author of author of Canada Among Nations, 2008: 100 Years of Canadian Foreign Policy, and BBC journalist Dan Snow, author of Death or Victory: The Battle of Quebec and the Birth of an Empire.



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13

NOON

 

 

 

 

  • LUNCH WITH JOSEPH BOYDEN AT THE NAC
    Tickets: $55 (includes lunch and a copy of Through Black Spruce)

    Join us for lunch and a conversation with Joseph Boyden, the Giller Prize winning author of Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce.

    On the menu: Sweetgrass Smoked Duck Confit with caramelized pear and Vidalia onion tartelette, seasonal greens and tarragon vinaigrette; or wild mushroom gnocchi potato dumplings filled with chopped wild mushroom mix, sautéed with diced peppers and red onion, sage and brie cream sauce.



7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • EXTRAORDINARY CANADIANS
    with Joseph Boyden and John Ralston Saul
    Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

    The latest installment of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians. John Ralston Saul, Executive Editor of the series and president of PEN International, presents his biography of Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin and Joseph Boyden presents Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.




THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14

7:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • PEN CANADA PRESENTS THE TAXI STAND JAM
    Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave.
    Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood

    What happens when you pair up 7 of Ottawa’s top artists with 7 outstanding writers in exile, give them 7 hours to develop a 7 minute performance based on a theme revealed that day? You get the TAXI Stand Jam – an exciting evening of performance, music, spoken work, digital art and surprises presented by PEN Canada.

    The featured artists are world-renowned Indian classical musician Mushfiq Hashimi, award-winning spoken word artist Oni the Haitian Sensation, innovative digital artist eepmon, celebrated theatre creator Emily Pearlman, visionary Oud player Mel M’rabet, theatre artist Sheila James and songwriter and musician Phil Jenkins. The featured writers in exile are Amatoritsero Ede, Goran Simic, Sheng Xue, Alvaro Gómez, Nooshin Salari, Petronila Cleto, and Gordana Icevska.

    For more information please contact PEN Canada at www.pencanada.ca.


Monday, November 8

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • CHANGING MY MIND with MARGARET TRUDEAU
    Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave

    Under intense international scrutiny, Margaret Trudeau has survived remarkable highs and devastating lows. Plagued since childhood by extreme moods, Margaret was ill-prepared for the high-profile role into which she was cast at age twenty-two, as Canada's youngest first lady. Captivated by her high spirits, youth and beauty, Canadians fell in love with Margaret, just as they had with her charismatic husband, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, three years earlier. But away from the cameras and the public appearances, and increasingly isolated at 24 Sussex Drive, Margaret struggled with a growing depression offset by bouts of mania. Her behaviour seemed inexplicable to many -- including to herself -- and two years after the birth of their third son, Michel, the marriage broke down.

    Gradually, though, a fragile stability took hold, as Margaret found happiness in work as a photographer and in her marriage to Fried Kemper. But the tragic death of Michel Trudeau, closely followed by Pierre Trudeau's own passing, caused her to spiral into suicidal depression. Finally accepting the diagnosis of bipolar, she sought medical treatment. Since regaining control of her life, she has brought her formidable passion to helping others, be they Canadians suffering from mental illness or families living without access to water half a world away. A recipient of the Society of Biological Psychiatry Humanitarian Award, she now offers her journey of recovery, acceptance and hope, and generously shares with us many previously unreleased photos, in one of the most important memoirs to come out of this country.


Tuesday, November 23

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • ATLANTIC with SIMON WINCHESTER
    Hosted by Charlotte Gray
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, the New York Times bestselling author of Krakatoa tells the breathtaking saga of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, setting it against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution. Join us for a biography of this immense space, of a sea which has defined and determined so much about the lives of the millions who live beside or near its tens of thousands of miles of coast. Spanning from the earth's geological origins to the age of exploration, and World War II battles to modern pollution, this is epic and awe-inspiring narrative.


THUrSDAY, December 2

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THEY FIGHT LIKE SOLDIERS, THEY DIE LIKE CHILDREN
    With ROMÉO DALLAIRE
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    LGEN THE HON. ROMÉO DALLAIRE (Ret) was first confronted with child soldiers in unnamed villages on the tops of the thousand hills of Rwanda during the genocide of 1994. Believing that not one of us should tolerate a child being used in this fashion, Dallaire has made it his mission to end the use of child soldiers. Join us for an intellectually daring and enlightening introduction to the child soldier phenomenon, as well as inspiring and concrete solutions to eradicate it.

    Please note: this event is SOLD OUT.


 

 

 

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