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Ottawa International Writers Festival Virtual Fall Season - Week 11

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Week 11, October 26 – November 1, 2020

Live Author Visits:

Join us for the launch of What the Haruspex Read in the Small Hours of My Body by David Groulx, the 2019 recipient of the John Newlove Poetry Award. 


In a sweeping yet nuanced exploration of identity and the role of Native Americans in a contemporary urban America, Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange’s novel  There There presents a complex portrait of urban life and the impact that racism, ignorance and historical wrongs has had on an interconnected group of Native American characters. Tommy Orange talks with Anishnaabe journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice as part of One Page: Canada’s Virtual Literary Series.




Inquisitive and expansive, Like a Boy but Not a Boy explores author andrea bennett’s experiences with gender expectations, being a non-binary parent, and the sometimes funny and sometimes difficult task of living in a body. John Elizabeth Stintzi’s unforgettable debut poetry collection, Junebat, grapples with the pain of uncertainty on the path towards becoming.

Poet Nina Jane Drystek hosts conversations with two incredible poets, both published by Vancouver’s Arsenal Pulp Press. Render is Sachiko Murakami's intimate and unflinching poetic memoir. In it, she travels the non-linear path of addiction to recovery, how it shifts over time, and what happens when it is translated through poetry. In The Gospel of Breaking, Jillian Christmas extracts from family history, queer lineage, and the political landscape of a racialized life to create a rich, softly defiant collection of poems.


Pre-recorded Event(s):

In Entangled Life, the brilliant young biologist Merlin Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective.  Hosted by Sean Wilson.



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Titles featured during Week 11 of the Ottawa International Writers Festival Virtual Fall Season, October 26 – November 1, 2020. Please see for more details.