Jun 10, 2022
June 13th, 6/13, our area code, is the day when we celebrate Ottawa, its culture and all the special treasures we have the chance to cherish locally!
Your Ottawa Public Library has tons of resources to help you plan a fun day inspired and focussed on local activities. Our collection will spark and encourage you to get adventurous and celebrate the beauty of Ottawa!
Visit one of the many outdoor markets, buy local fresh ingredients and recreate recipes from the best restaurant chefs in town. Discover new scenic hiking trails in the outskirt of Ottawa or become an urban explorer tracking down exceptional architecture through town. Find out what is Ottawa’s oldest street, grab an ice cream from a local shop and enjoy it while listening to Ottawa musicians!
Even from home you can embrace the best of what Ottawa offers. Check out one of our books, in different formats, to read local authors, or attention-grabbing stories set in our city! You can even browse online local newspapers from your smartphone! Furthermore, if you are an archives enthusiast like me, you can go back to local Ottawa newspapers dating from more than a century ago through our database Ottawa Citizen ProQuest Historical Newspaper. Who isn’t curious about what happened in Ottawa on your birthday, or 150 years ago?
“This digitized full-images archives of the Ottawa Citizen provides genealogists, researchers and general public with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
This will allow Ottawans to digitally travel back through the centuries to become eyewitnesses to our local history. Coverage is from 1845 to 2010 (…)”
Check our booklists below to get inspiration or visit your local branch for more ideas!
- Fans of Louise Penny and Michael Connelly, meet exasperating homicide detective Michael Green in this gripping police procedural. Ottawa Homicide Inspector Michael Green is absolutely obsessed with his job, a condition which has almost ruined his marriage several times. When the biggest case of his career comes up, his position, his relationships and several lives are put into grave danger. A young graduate student and scion of a rich family is found expertly stabbed in the stacks of a university library, but no one seems to have the slightest idea why. But as Green probes into the circumstances of the young man's life, a tangled web of jealousy and intrigue is revealed. Green finds himself in the middle of a rivalry in the delicate arena of university politics, where gigantic egos regularly collide. Was it the diligent but socially inept researcher, or the macho ladies-man golden boy of the laboratory? Or was it a crime of passion involving the over-protective family of his beautiful new girlfriend? When the murderer strikes again, Green realizes that he must waste no time in solving the case, no matter what the consequences may be.
- "In Distressed Pavement, Simpson takes the reader on a guided tour of the Ottawa she knows as seen through the eyes of a police officer with a heart of gold, a musician fallen on hard times, a cynical city columnist, and an ethically-challenged Canadian senator. Distressed Pavement exposes the cracks in Ottawa's carefully crafted image: the cover-up of scandals among the elite; restaurant wars that strike fear in the hearts and wallets of local businesses; and a homeless crisis that has left hundreds on its chilly streets and in shelters every year. Distressed Pavement is an engaging romp through Ottawa's history over forty years and is based on urban legends and actual events including the closing of the Ottawa Journal, which left the city with one newspaper for ten years, and changed the journalism landscape forever. It also explores important social topics including the mental health of first responders and soldiers who have borne witness to unthinkable events."--Back cover.
- "Joe Gallagher is the senior detective with the police department in Cairnsmore, a quiet community in the Ottawa Valley. He responds to the scene when the sighting of an injured police dog is reported by Annie Watson, a local scientist. The dog's handler has seemingly vanished into thin air and the disappearance sets off a sequence of events leading to murder. All clues lead to the scientific institute where Annie leads a research team. As Joe's investigation wears on, he believes that Annie is privy to scientific information that could place her in the crosshairs of the suspected killer. Joe works with Annie to connect the dots of a deadly mystery in a race against time to stop the killer. "--Back cover.
- Former journalist Jake Scott relies on his weekly breakfast gatherings with friends and a temperamental tabby cat named Oliver to keep his spirits up. He has lost his wife, retired from his job and watched his daughter move to Toronto with her boyfriend. Things change when one of the breakfast attendees, a beautiful and tenacious police detective with a troubled teenage daughter, suggests Jake should write a book. When he takes her advice and researches a convicted murderer's case, he finds out something is terribly wrong. Could a member of the breakfast group be hiding a secret deadly enough to commit murder?
- "For Detective Terry Millar, finding a balance between his job as a top criminal profiler and his role as a single dad to a teenage daughter just got a lot tougher. Murders are rare in his hometown of Ottawa, so when the body of a young woman is found displayed in plain sight, he takes it personally. This is his town. This is his home. Millar and his long-time partner, Detective Sue Penner, are determined to find the killer, but they've only just begun their search when another victim is found, her body similarly staged, taunting the police. Before long, Millar, Penner and an ambitious beat cop, Constable Grant, are being led on the worst kind of treasure hunt around the city. Every clue that they uncover leads to more questions. The evidence is mounting, but it seems to point in an impossible direction. Even if they catch the killer, they know that nothing will ever be the same again. A Striking Similarity is the first book in The Ottawa Detective Series."
- C.J. Lavigne concocts a "realm overlaying a city that brims with civic workers and pigeons. Led by her synesthesia, Verity Richards discovers a hidden world inside an old Ottawa theatre. Within the timeworn walls live people who should not exist--people whose very survival is threatened by science, technology, and natural law. Verity must submerge herself in this impossible reality to help save the last traces of their broken community. Her guides: a magician, his shadow-dog, a dying angel, and a knife-edged woman who is more than half ghost."
- "February, 1942. Canada is at war against Nazi tyranny and Ottawa is mired in a vicious winter. Frances McFadden, personal secretary to Graham Towers, Governor of the Bank of Canada, is hoping to leave on a much-deserved holidays when she is summoned before a military intelligence tribunal and accused of espionage and treason. Someone is trafficking in state secrets and willing to resort to murder to cover the trail. It's one thing for Frances to proclaim her innocence, it's quite another thing to prove it. Facing a fourteen-year prison term and possibly the death penalty, Frances joins RCMP Inspector Hollingsworth and Ottawa Police Sergeant Scobie in a race through a labyrinth of dead ends, dopplegängers, and deceptions to solve the deadly puzzle."
- 1868 Ottawa. D'Arcy McGee is assassinated. As John A. Macdonald cradles his friend's bloody head, he blames transplanted Irish terrorists: the Fenian Brotherhood. Within a day, Patrick James Whelan is arrested. After a show trial, Whelan is publicly hanged. That much is history. Did Whelan do the deed? What if Clara Swift, a mere slip of a girl, sees the trace-line of a buggy turn off Sparks Street, moments after the murder? What if housemaid Clara understands her dead mentor's shorthand, and forges an unlikely alliance with the Prime Minister's investigator? And ends up being trusted by the condemned man's wife - and by Lady Agnes Macdonald
- For Peter Goodwin, owner of a successful international real estate company in Ottawa, Canada, life is good. Until his wife, Julia, confesses to having an affair with one of his friends. Instead of a divorce, Julia proposes an open marriage. Reluctantly, Peter agrees. After Peter has a fling with an author of erotica named Danielle Shepherd, everything changes. Suddenly, very strongly attracted to Peter, Danielle moves to Ottawa. She becomes unstable, her behaviour escalating from aggressive pursuit to obsessive stalking of Peter, and Julia. When Danielle begins to utter threats, Peter realizes with dismay that he is up against a 'woman from hell.' "Dancing Near The Edge" has all the compelling elements of a psychological thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the first to the last page.
- "When the financial crash of 2008 hit, Ottawa hedge fund manager Tom Atwater was swept up like a guppy in a tsunami. Once the storm is over, he and his wife Sarah find themselves nearly destitute and struggling to keep their marriage and family together. In desperation, they are forced to move in with Tom's 88-year-old father, a crusty former judge who finds Tom and his brood about as welcome as a litter of incontinent puppies. The Situation is the story of how the Atwaters fight to keep their self-respect, and rediscover what life is really all about."
- Un soir de 1984, Nathan est témoin d’un accident de voiture et porte secours au conducteur. Irrésistiblement attiré par ce dernier et tentant de le rencontrer de nouveau, il fera la connaissance d’un groupe qui gravite autour de l’écrivain débonnaire Antoine Dulys. Au fil des soirées chez Dulys, lieu de consommation effrénée de drogues et d’alcool, Nathan perd le fil de sa propre personnalité et le prix à payer est important : Dulys et son entourage sont toxiques et la santé mentale de Nathan en souffre. Entre les nombreux blackouts, pendant lesquels Nathan visite un monde parallèle, la réalité se distorsionne jusqu’à prendre une irréversible tournure dramatique.
- "L’Automne noir. Celui des meurtres de ces jeunes femmes qui ont secoué Hull en pleine course à la mairie. L’automne des politiciens sans scrupules, des barons de la presse et des radios poubelles. L’automne où Estara Villeneuve a enterré sa jeunesse et où Sophie Viau a peint son dernier tableau. L’automne qui a fait dérailler la carrière du sergent-détective Nasir Hassan et durant lequel le reporter vedette Alexandre Aster a tout remis en question. Chacun, à sa façon, cherche la vérité de cette saison qui a bouleversé la région. Les ténèbres, jamais loin, y sont peut-être pour quelque chose. À bien y penser, la frontière entre la surface de la réalité et nos angoisses souterraines est poreuse, très poreuse. Un automne noir pose un regard lucide, tranchant, sur les discours haineux, sur l’immigration et sur le passé sombre des villes ouvrières."
romanBy Savary, Alain(Book - 2019)À Vanier, un quartier pauvre d'Ottawa, un adolescent de 13 ans, abandonné par sa mère et vivant avec un père qui dépend du bien-être social, rêve de « traverser la rue », c'est-à-dire de passer de Vanier à Parc Rockcliffe, le quartier riche d'Ottawa. Il lui faudra faire bien des kilomètres et des rencontres avant de pouvoir franchir cette frontière symbolique.
- Le 21 janvier 2017 à 11h04, la mère malade de Jordan n'est toujours pas réveillée. Il ouvre la porte de sa chambre pour vérifier si tout va bien. Son regard s'ajuste sur la forme allongée dans le lit. Monica vit-elle encore ? Liminal tient dans cette seule seconde. Toute la vie revient alors en une bouffée de souvenirs, une plongée immense dans un seul mystère : être un corps. Qu'est-ce qu'un corps ? Quelles en sont les limites ? (...)
- "Anciennement Eastview, fusionnée depuis 2001 avec Ottawa, Vanier demeure de nos jours le carrefour de la francophonie au sein de la capitale nationale. Lieu de naissance de l'écrivaine et artiste Andrée Christensen, de l'homme politique Bernard Grandmaître, de la porte-étendard du mouvement de résistance S.O.S. Montfort, Gisèle Lalonde, cette pépinière de grands talents a vu les auteurs de ce recueil y vivre leur enfance, y passer des tranches importantes de leur vie, y développer des sentiments d'appartenance ou y faire des rencontres qui ont marqué leur existence. Raconter Vanier est le résultat d'un concours d'écriture initié par les Éditions David au printemps 2017 dans le but d'inciter les auteurs amateurs ou professionnels à raconter une rencontre mémorable, une histoire personnelle ou un moment unique dans une communauté franco-ontarienne emblématique. Il s'agit là du premier recueil d'une série qui devrait en compter plusieurs."
- En automne de 1914, alors qu'il défile avec le régiment Princess Pat qui va défendre l'Empire, Lusignan ne se doute pas que les choses sont sur le point de changer à tout jamais. Il reviendra de la guerre sain et sauf, mais on ne peut en dire autant du monde dans lequel il a vécu jusque-là. Sur la terre française, labourée par les tranchées et par les bombes, il verra sa vie transformée. Non pas à cause de la mort de ses camarades, non plus à cause de son devoir, à titre d'interprète du régiment, d'annoncer cette mort aux familles éplorées. Ce qui bouleversera sa vie, ce sera de découvrir qu'il y a sur cette terre un homme qui exerce un tel ascendant sur lui qu'il sera prêt à s'agenouiller devant lui et à remettre sa vie entre ses mains. De retour à Ottawa, la figure de cet homme, Essiambre d'Argenteuil, ne cessera de croiser son chemin. Que ce soit à travers miss Amalia Driscoll, la fausse fiancée éplorée, que Lusignan voudra à tout prix séduire, ou auprès de Concorde, la petite bonne du Flatte, dans les bras de qui il trouvera son destin. Dans la même veine picaresque qui avait nourri, L'Homme de paille, le précédent roman de Daniel Poliquin, l'auteur s'attache ici encore à saisir l'esprit d'une époque charnière dans l'histoire de ce pays. Cette Kermesse fait revivre toute une société et nous montre comment elle se transforme de la manière la plus étonnante qui soit. C'est également, et surtout, un romancier au sommet de sa forme qui nous entraîne à la suite de personnages inoubliables.
- "Dans un quartier populaire d'Ottawa au milieu du siècle dernier, Marjorie Chalifoux, jeune couturière de dix-neuf ans, mène une vie rangée et silencieuse à l'ombre d'un père irascible - un homme étrange rompu dans l'art de la conversation avec les morts. Son existence tranquille prendra un tournant inattendu, et pour cause : elle est enceinte d'un amoureux qui a eu la mauvaise idée de mourir dans un accident de voiture… Et elle doit l'annoncer à son père ! Poussée par le destin, elle cherchera à donner un nouveau sens à sa vie. Son périple, qui la mènera jusqu'à Montréal, lui fera rencontrer des personnages plus étonnants les uns que les autres. Elle goûtera à l'amour, aux plaisirs de la chair et apprendra - à son propre étonnement - qu'au fond d'elle-même se cachait une femme déterminée, débrouillarde, têtue et manifestement charmante."
Recipes From A Neighborhood Ice Cream ShopBy Haley, Marlene(Book - 2022)"Ice cream really does make everything better. Compiled with love by the team at The Merry Dairy, Great Scoops features a cheerful collection of 80 easy, custard-style and vegan ice creams and delectable desserts. From hibiscus & passion fruit and bourbon black cherry to triple chocolate and caramel popcorn, this exciting new cookbook also includes recipes for signature sauces, toppings, and baked goods (say hello to chocolate chip cookies and meringue kisses). Best of all, the ice creams are nut-free, sesame-free, (and some even gluten-free). What can we say? This is good mood food at its best. And for those who are new to ice cream making, have no fear: the book includes a chapter covering everything there is to know about making both dairy and vegan ice creams and frozen desserts at home. Great Scoops is a captivating cookbook about artisanal ice cream, the people who craft it and the community that loves them for it. The delightful selection of classic and whimsical flavors reminds us that delicious homemade ice creams can be made year-round and, more importantly, that you're never too old (and it's never too cold) to enjoy a heartfelt scoop."
Healthy, Simply, Yummy : Vegan, Gluten-free Recipes Featuring Local Foods From the Ottawa ValleyBy Oliver, Stéfany(Book - 2020)Features 20 recipes, each with information on difficulty level, preparation time and tips for adapting and enhancing the recipes. Highlights food products from independent, locally owned businesses in Ottawa.
111 Places in Ottawa That You Must Not MissBy BAIN.(Book - 2022)* The ultimate insider's guide to Ottawa* Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides* Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 650 titles and 3.8 million copies in print worldwide* Appeals to both the local market (almost 995,000 people call Ottawa home) and the tourist market (more than 11 million people visit Ottawa every year!)* Fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs111 Places in Ottawa That You Must Not Miss reveals to Ottawans and visitors alike the city's most interesting people, places and stories, some lurking off the beaten path and others hiding in plain sight. Pay homage to a Soviet intelligence officer whose shocking defection reportedly ushered in the Cold War. Admire a giant piece of stone money at one place and learn how money is made at another. Follow a trail of historic sundials. You can dine in a restaurant that's home to an Elvis Sighting Society beside a lane named for the superstar, long-gone but never forgotten. Fly over the city in a vintage, open-cockpit biplane. Or surf on a river with views of the Parliament buildings. You can also find the spots where homegrown musician Alanis Morissette and actor Ryan Reynolds once walked. And learn why Ottawa loves tulips. Join author Jennifer Bain and photographer Liz Beddall as they take you on a quirk-filled journey through O-Town, the modern and multicultural capital city that promises to be "Canada in one city."
- 1768: Charlotte, daughter of the Habsburg Empress, arrives in Naples to marry a man she has never met. Her sister Antoine is sent to France, and in the mirrored corridors of Versailles they rename her Marie Antoinette. The sisters are alone, but they are not powerless. When they were only children, they discovered a book of spells -- spells that work, with dark and unpredictable consequences. In a time of vicious court politics, of discovery and dizzying change, they use the book to take control of their lives. But every spell requires a sacrifice. And as love between the sisters turns to rivalry, they will send Europe spiralling into revolution
- "An Asian woman traces her mother's past journey in order to learn who she really is and where she belongs. When Lily was eleven years old, her mother, Swee Hua, walked away from the family, never to be seen or heard from again. Now, as a new mother herself, Lily becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Swee Hua. She recalls the spring of 1987, growing up in a small British Columbia mining town where there were only a handful of Asian families; Lily's previously stateless father wanted them to blend seamlessly into Canadian life, while her mother, alienated and isolated, longed to return to Brunei. Years later, still affected by Swee Hua's disappearance, Lily's family is nonetheless stubbornly silent to her questioning. But eventually, an old family friend provides a clue that sends Lily to Southeast Asia to find out the truth. Winner of the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award from the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, Dandelion is a beautifully written and affecting novel about motherhood, family secrets, migration, isolation, and mental illness. With clarity and care, it delves into the many ways we define home, identity, and above all, belonging."
- Family ties run deep. Family secrets run deeper. Investigators discover Jenn has troubling secrets, but she isn't the only one. With the threads of their picture-perfect life unraveling, Greg is forced to confront the lies that hold their marriage together--and a dark past that refuses to stay buried. Perfect wife. Doting mom. Jennifer Griffin was loved by everyone, including the women in her suburban-neighborhood book club. Their meetings sometimes went late, but Jenn always came home. Until that night. When Greg Griffin wakes to find his wife is not in bed, his blood runs cold. Her book club friends say Jenn left for home hours ago. But she's missing. Greg tells detectives their marriage is good, but his alibi is razor-thin. With their young son away at a sleepover, Greg had all night to commit a crime. And there are scrapes on his hands...
- "Iranian refugee Alice Ahmadi grew up in Northern England, never certain of where she belonged. Interning at a struggling expat magazine, Bonjour Paris, she discovers a priceless diamond and emerald necklace with a golden honeybee pendant. Alice shares the discovery with the magazine's American editor, Lily Wilkins, who sees it as a lifeline to save the magazine: they will put the necklace, and its history, on next month's cover. Lily's best friend and fellow American, Daphne Smythe-Baird joins them in their quest. Forming the 'Fellowship of the Necklace'' with a trio of unlikely men, the women dive into research. From the stunning and historic Richelieu Library, to a creepy disused theatre in a bad part of town; from high-end jewellers near Place Vendome to the idyllic home of a Loire Valley winemaker; the Fellowship encounters fascinating characters in their search for the truth. At the edges of all this excitement, Élise Boucher, Bonjour Paris's cranky long-time office manager, worries about her future. Through diaries, letters and reminiscences, the romantic story of the necklace is unravelled. Commissioned by the lusty Napoléon III for his favourite mistress, the 'Honeybee Emeralds' was next owned by ill-fated First World War spy, Mata Hari. During the Roaring Twenties the necklace found its way onto the elegant neck of Josephine Baker, the American singer, dancer and sex symbol who took Paris by a storm. As the Fellowship unravels the twists and turns of the necklace's life, one secret remains: how did it end up in a Parisian basement?"
- "Photographer Todd Ellison is engrossed in a photo shoot deep in Alberta's dinosaur country when he stumbles upon human bones buried in the sand of a remote coulee. Not far away, while driving through the Alberta prairie, Amanda Doucette glimpses an abandoned farmhouse that reminds her of an old photograph hanging on her aunt's wall. Who is the cocky young cowboy in the photo? Could it be connected to Amanda's uncle, who went missing in Alberta thirty years ago? As Amanda starts to makes connections between his disappearance and the body in the coulee, she discovers more questions than answers. To make matters worse, a mysterious person will stop at nothing to get her to abandon the investigation."
- "The trip to a lakeside resort was to be her fresh start until a suspicious death threatens not only her budding romance but all their lives.1949. Lake Scugog, Canada. Reporter Charley Hall has lost a lot—her husband, her dream job, her best friend. Accompanying her new beau to his class reunion at a lakeside resort seems like the perfect opportunity to begin again. But old habits threaten to derail her new relationship after a beloved teacher is found dead behind a locked door. Alone in her conviction that the death was far from natural, Charley puts her sleuthing skills to the test and learns the deceased educator was not so well-loved after all. When the group becomes stranded by a late-season ice storm, the pressure’s on to determine whether all that hatred adds up to murder. Can this single-minded sleuth solve the puzzle or will she get a failing grade, trapping them with a devious killer?"
- "Something is not right in the North Maine Woods. A small family-run lumber company should not have more than two hundred million unaccountable dollars on their books. Money like that comes from moving something other than wood across the border. The first agent the FBI sent undercover was their best man-sure to get the answers that were needed. He was dead within a month. Now, Danny Barrett is taking his place. Before he was a cop, Danny grew up in the woods of Northern Michigan. He is the only chance the feds have of getting answers, but how many more will have to die first?"
Book 1, We All Want to Change the WorldBy Allan, Von(Book - 2021)"Lauren Greene is an ex-police officer who turned her badge in after becoming frustrated with the police force's corruption. She's had enough of violence and is thinking about packing her bags and hitting the road to see how she can make a difference out in the larger world, when her mother Patty shows up at her door with a complication. It turns out that Patty's employer - a secretive military corporation - has created an artificial intelligence to fight humanity's wars. Unfortunately for the corporation, the AI fell in love with Patty's humanity and orchestrated its own escape through her. Giddy with excitement, Patty brings the AI straight to Lauren for help, not realizing the danger she's putting herself and her daughter in. But Lauren has dealt with people like this; she knows what they're capable of and she is terrified. Her fears are realized when she and her mother are confronted by corporate goons who want the AI for themselves and are willing to do anything to get it. As Lauren does her best to keep herself, her mom, and her family safe, the tensions over the AI erupt into violence... and suddenly Lauren is on her own. The new little life form doesn't want to go back to the corporation and Lauren realizes it cannot be forced to live out its life as a war machine. There is already enough corruption, inequality, and violence in the world; the AI has to have a chance to help humanity - peacefully - while figuring out its own existence. Together with the AI, an eccentric cast of friends and family, and her dog, Lauren must figure out her next steps... while keeping herself alive."