Week 1, August 17-23, 2020
Author Visit: The first event of the season is a book launch of Ottawa’s own internationally renowned Francis Itani with her new novel The Company We Keep on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:30 pm, hosted by Hélène Giroux. If you cannot attend a live event, a recording will be made available on Facebook Live and on OPL’s Youtube page later each week.
Podcast: Listen to Podcast Episode 1 discussing why we love scary stories, available as of Friday, August 21: Fear itself with Andrew Pyper, Craig Davidson and Stephen Graham Jones. Has the pandemic changed the way we think about horror? Are we more or less willing to take a fictional walk into the darkness during these difficult times?
Pre-recorded Event(s): Available as of Sunday, August 23.
- A History of My Brief Body with Billy-Ray Belcourt, hosted by Ellen Chang-Richardson. The youngest-ever winner of the Griffin Prize mines his own personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be. Billy-Ray Belcourt's debut memoir opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile First Nation.
- From Stone Tools to Smartphones with Gaia Vince, hosted by Sean Wilson. What enabled us to progress from simple stone tools to smartphones? How did bands of hunter-gatherers evolve into multinational empires? In Transcendence, Gaia Vince argues that modern humans are the product of a nuanced coevolution of our genes, environment, and culture that goes back into deep time.