UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Mar. 8


Starting Monday, March 8:

  • 28 of our 31 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Ottawa International Writer's Festival Virtual Fall Season - Week 1

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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.

Ottawa International Writer's Festival Virtual Season - Week 1by OttawaNewcomerServices

Titles featured during Week 1 of the Ottawa International Writer's Festival Virtual Fall Season - August 17-23, 2020. Please see https://writersfestival.org/events for more details.