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Friday, October 29, 2010

Donkin & Trépanier

Catherine and Louis requested a promotional photoshoot at the Old Burnside Bed and Breakfast in Almonte, Ontario this past August. It was a wonderful location in which to shoot: lots of land and waterfalls right on the river front. I had previously photographed Catherine but it was my first time meeting with her husband Louis who played his guitar for me (and Catherine...) Here are a few shots from that late summer's day.
Donkin & Trépanier
Louis Trépanier
Donkin & Trépanier
Catherine Donkin

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Andrea Levy

Via Ottawa International Writers Festival website:
"CBC's Adrian Harewood hosts Andrea Levy, winner of The Orange Prize for Fiction, the Whitbread Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Small Island. She returns to Ottawa with her fifth novel, The Long Song, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and tells the story of July, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation whose tumultuous life ends in blessed freedom."
Andrea Levy
Andrea Levy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Winter Fedyk - 2010 John Newlove Poetry Award

Winter Fedyk - 2010 John Newlove Poetry Award
2010 John Newlove Poetry Award

Uncle Brad - Winter Fedyk (published February 2010)

"This year’s winner of the John Newlove Poetry Award stood out from a strong field of finalists for its rich execution of focalized perception and its economical rendering of character through the use of terse, gritty idiom. Character in its formative context is communicated from the child’s perspective through concrete observations of small things, until the adult’s worldview arrives and is heard in the poem like a drill that has pierced its way through the distance of time and memory."
Jason Camlot, 2010 John Newlove Poetry Award Judge

Honourable Mentions:

Collage No. 34 - Emily Falvey (January 2010)
Over Easy - Rebecca Geyelyn (September 2009)
In medias res - Stephen de Paul (June 2010)

the judge for the 2011 award will be poet, editor and interdisciplinary artist Angela Rawlings. poems published on between September, 2010 and August, 2011 will be considered for the award. please consult the guidelines on the site and send your submissions to

Amanda Earl

Poetry Cabaret @ the 2010 OIWF

Poetry Cabaret @ the 2010 OIWF
Gwen Guth hosted an evening of great Canadian poetry. At the
Gates of the Theme Park brings Peter Norman back to the capital from his
new digs in Toronto. Ottawa’s Sandra Ridley celebrates the publication of
her debut collection, Fallout. Bookninja George Murray makes the trek
from Newfoundland with Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms. Governor
General’s Award winner M.T. Kelly joins us from Toronto with his latest,

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Crimson Time booklaunch tonight


"The official launch party for The Crimson Time will blast off at the fabulously wonderful and highly stimulating Venus Envy Sex and Bookstore in Ottawa on October 23, 2010 at 7:30 PM. Local poet, Stephen Proulx, will be on-hand as my special guest. You and your wily friends are welcome! (Patricia K. McCarthy) will be reading a full chapter from the novel (no doubt a controversial selection)."

David Rackoff

David Rackoff
David Rackoff signing books at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

2010 ReLit Award Winners

ReLit 2010 Award Winners
Kenneth J. Harvey and the 2010 ReLit Award winners: Stuart Ross, Gillian Jerome, & Michael Kenyon.. More info here

Michael Cunningham

New York’s Michael Cunningham, the author of A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, and Specimen Days, makes his Ottawa International Writers Festival debut with his latest, By Nightfall, which, like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, is a heart-breaking look at the way we live now.
Michael Cunningham & Sandra Abma
Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham & Sandra Abma

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ottawa International Writers Festival Starts Today

Dear Festival Friends - It's time for some great writing! The Festival
kicks off today with Ken Dryden, Michael Cunningham and the 10th
Anniversary ReLit Party!

Should be a great day and the start of a great Festival! We'll have
the box office line manned from all afternoon throughout the Festival,
so give us a call at 613.562.1243.

Complete schedule is online here. Tickets available at the door.

See you soon,

Sean Wilson
Artistic Director
Ottawa International Writers Festival
Festival Discussion Forum

Monday, October 18, 2010

Spider Web

This spider web was neat because it was in front of my girl's window. It was quite enormous, too, since the top thread went all the way to the rooftop. It practially goes unnoticed most of the time. You really get to see it when the morning sunlight shines on it from the side as shown in these photos.
spider web
spider web

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Governor General Welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan at Rideau Hall

(via press release) OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. His Highness is in Ottawa on the occasion of the inaugural board meeting of the Global Centre for Pluralism.

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tear sheet - strappo foglio

According to Google's Italian to English translation, the article on Christian Bök translates into, "My poem in gene sequence". The Italian newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, licensed my photo from Christian Bök's appearance in Ottawa at the AB Reading Series sponsored by the Tulip Festival, May 2009. The original photo is seen here in black and white:

tear sheet - strappo foglio