UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 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 5

Web Banner for Catherine Hernandez and Saleema Nawaz


Week 5, September 14 - 20, 2020


Author Visit:

Giller Prize finalist Thea Lim hosts a conversation with Catherine Hernandez and Saleema Nawaz, whose novels imagining near-futures of social upheaval and conflict seem eerily prescient in the COVID era.



We seem to avoid thinking about mortality, or talking about loss, but it is an unavoidable fact that we all face the loss of a loved one, and will each confront that truth in different ways. If grief is unavoidable, what is the best way to make peace with it?

Part Two of Living With Dying features Sheree Fitch in conversation with Neil Wilson, and Lorna Crozier in conversation with CBC’s Sandra Abma.

Mark Sutcliffe hosts a conversation with Darrell Fox, Terry’s younger brother, who joined Terry and his friend Doug Alward, on the Marathon of Hope in Saint John, New Brunswick, in May 1980, at the age of 17.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, Forever Terry: A Legacy in Letters recounts the inspiration, dedication, and perseverance that Terry Fox embodied, and gives voice to an icon whose example spoke much louder than his words. 


Pre-recorded Event(s):

Acclaimed Algonquin Anishinaabe novelist Karen McBride talks with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, the Award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer. Her latest book, Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, is a bold reimagination of the novel, one that combines narrative and poetic fragments through a careful and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics.


Ottawa International Writer's Festival Virtual Season - Week 5by OttawaNewcomerServices

Titles featured during Week 5 of the Ottawa International Writer's Festival Virtual Fall Season, September 14 - 20, 2020. Please see https://writersfestival.org/events for more details.