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Ottawa International Writers Festival Virtual Fall Season - Week 8

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Week 8, October 5 - 11, 2020

Author Visits:

Matthew Pearson hosts a conversation with Justin Ling on his book Missing from the Village, discussing the tragic and resonant story of the disappearance of eight men—the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur—from Toronto’s queer community. This event will also available in French translation: L’événement sera diffusé en direct sur YouTube. (En anglais avec un service d’interprétation simultanée en français.)

(Rescheduled from Friday, October 2.) Join us for the long-delayed Ottawa launch for One Good Reason, hosted by Mark Sutcliffe. In this deeply personal memoir, co-written with wife Andrea Aragon, singer-songwriter and renowned mental health, addiction, and recovery advocate Séan McCann leaves no stone unturned.


Two of the season's most anticipated releases explore the inner lives of women, and the realities we too often try to ignore. Resentment and resilience, rage and regret: There is turbulence under the surface, unacknowledged causes and effects that reverberate through lives. This episode features Rebecca Watson and Annabel Lyon in conversation with Author and educator Julie S. Lalonde.

All history is a kind of fiction, and the best stories are often built around real people and places, so what can we learn from invented truths and our relationship with imagination and investigation? This episode features Helen Humphreys in conversation with Frances Boyle and Will Ferguson in conversation with's Peter Robb.


Pre-recorded Event:

From iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a nostalgic memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their origin story. Ottawa’s own musical powerhouse Kellylee Evans hosts a conversation on the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another.

Author Rhonda Douglas hosts a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson on the long-awaited fourth and last of her Gilead novels—one of the great works of contemporary literature. 

Don’t miss this incredible conversation with Pico Iyer, hosted by Peter Schneider. His two most recent books, Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells and A Beginner's Guide to Japan offer incredible insight into the country of Japan but also into our relationship with ourselves and those around us.


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Titles featured during Week 8 of the Ottawa International Writers Festival Virtual Fall Season, October 5 - 11, 2020. Please see for more details.