Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Megan Catherine MacDonald
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Pico Iyer in Yoga Plus magazine
from the Ottawa International Writers Festival blurb:
"Poet and critic Zachariah Wells figured it was high time for an update on that dusty tome. In Jailbreaks, Wells has gathered 99 of his favourite sonnets written by Canadians, from the 19th century to the present day."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Glenn Nuotio, Kyrie Kristmanson & Justin Rutledge
I thought this would be a nice photo to end my photographic coverage of the Ottawa International Writers Festival this year.
I will probably post several more photos in the coming days and weeks, however.
I love the tender gaze of Glen Nuotio and (especially) that of Justin Rutledge towards Kyrie Kristmanson. They all played a lovely informal musical set which ended the literary festival on a perfect musical note.
I wish to say a big Thank You to the folks at the Ottawa International Writers Festival for allowing me to (hopefully gently) intrude into the writing life once again to make some photographic memories. Cheers!
ReLit 2008 Winners
Relit 2008 Winners: Roberta Rees, Gillian Wigmore and Gil Adamson Hosted by Kenneth J. Harvey. Photo taken at the 2008 ReLit Awards ceremony and readings.
This year’s winner for Short Fiction is Long After Fathers by Roberta Rees (Coteau). The Poetry Award goes to Soft Geography by Gillian Wigmore (Caitlin), the Novel Award to The Outlander by Gil Adamson (Anansi).
Ottawa International Writers Festival
Neil Wilson, Joseph Boyden & Fan
I particularly like this photo or rather the context in which it was taken. It shows Ottawa International Writers Festival director, Neil Wilson (center) flanked by author Joseph Boyden signing a book for a fan after the reading. I say context because the look on Wilson's face says alot of this moment.
Seconds after the reading finishes and applause dies down throngs of well-wishers crowd the stage attempting to get their personal moment with the author and to get their books signed. It's Wilson's role to try to intercede (for lack of a better word) and escort the guest to a waiting table outside the venue for a formal book signing. Most times it's too late and people unwittingly pen the author in and he politely signs as many books in the interim.
Wilson, at this point, uses his discretion and patiently waits to cue the author to step outside to be greeted by the other hundeds of equally eager guests. It's potentially an awkward moment but Wilson deftly does this dance with aplomb as all he can do is wait. This is that moment.
Not since John McDonald's 2006 impromptu Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) dance electrified an Ottawa audience until Joseph Boyden made his moose calls on stage. A man of many talents. One day I'll put the audio online and we'll see if any moose in the area are influenced to come out of hiding.
Henighan, Fallis, Gaston, & Dearing
Winner of the Prix Medici Étranger, Sahitya Akademi Award and the Pushcart Prize, Amitav Ghosh makes his Ottawa International Writers Festival debut with the Booker Prize nominated Sea Of Poppies.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Mark Frutkin discusses his latest book, Erratic North: A Vietnam Draft Resister’s Life in the Canadian Bush at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. www.writersfestival.org
Ed note. The foyer is lit with some crazy colourful gels making the subjects look like they're straight from the pages of a comic book.
Bill Gaston, winner of the Timothy Findley Prize and the ReLit Award, reads aloud from his latest novel, The Order of Good Cheer. www.writersfestival.org
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Rawi Hage Rawi Hage, winner of the Prix des libraires du Québec and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, graciously took a minute to pose for me after his Ottawa appearance along with fellow writers Bill Gaston and David Bergen. www.writersfestival.org/
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Haven't been able to attend many events as of yet due to some early deliveries. But that's to be expected. Hope to get out to see some more writers and poets soon, however. Such a great line up again this year.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Governor General’s Award winner Nino Ricci on stage reading from his latest book, The Origin of Species at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.
James Laxer reads from the stage of the Ottawa International Writers Festival from his latest book, Oil. www.writersfestival.org/
Andrew Nikiforuk, winner of seven National Magazine Awards, read from his latest book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. www.writersfestival.org
Maggie Helwig on stage at the Ottawa International Writers Festival read from her novel, Girls Fall Down. www.writersfestival.org
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Photos: Megan and Kelly.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Will keep you informed how things go as the days progress.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Here's the link to the pdf file:
Heather Mallick - Maclean's 13 October 2008
MacLean's magazine ran my photo of Heather Mallick in the 13 October 2008 edition. It is my debut photo in this magazine. Ms. Mallick's words got her in some hot water recently with some people south of the border (and the CBC) with her choice words describing VP candidate, Sarah Palin. The rest of the details is in the caption.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Terence Byrnes - Closer to Home
"Closer to Home: The Author and the Author Portrait (Véhicule Press) fixes its gaze on writers as we seldom see them. These photographs, and the stories that accompany them, were captured where the writers live, work, or play. The result is a series of portraits that take us inside writers’ lives and inside the process of making portraits—all served with a touch of refined literary gossip. " (VP)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Happy Anniversary To Us
Thursday, October 09, 2008
We Can Be Heroes
I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Will drive them away
We can be Heroes
Just for one day
We can be us. Just for one day
- David Bowie
'Vocab' aka DJ Morales was de-throned from CBC's annual slam poetry all-star face off. CBC Radio's Alan Neal relishes in the moment while wresting the crown from Vocab, the 2006 winner.
I always wanted to set this moment to music. Took me awhile, however. It's from the CBC Poetry Face Off from 2007. I did post select photos from the event here.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
I Dig The Fair
(fair warning: fairly annoying fair music when you click the above link... sorry for the puns.)
Friday, October 03, 2008
One on one time with your favorite author AND you get to help out the Writers Festival!
If you have a car, and some free time during the day between October 18th and 27th, we need you! We're always looking for volunteers willing to pick up and drop off Festival guests at the train station, airport, and hotels. This is a great chance to talk to an author in person and private - ever wanted to chat with a Pulitzer Prize winner? A famous scientist? a Poet Laureate?
And our volunteers get free admittance to the Festival, too. If you're interested, contact Leslie
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-562-1243.
And thanks for your support!
The Festival Team
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
7:30pm doors open / reading at 8pm
Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery
110 Laurier Avenue West
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
waiting for the ultrasound
a photo post for takingthebrim.blogspot.com/