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An evening of food and conversation with authors Jan Wong and Jackie Kai Ellis Thursday, March 29

Mar 14 2018

Ottawa - The Ottawa Public Library is very pleased to collaborate with Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa International Writers Festival to host a special evening of conversation with Jan Wong, author of Apron Strings, and Jackie Kai Ellis, author of The Measure of My Powers, on Thursday, March 29:

à la carte: Jan Wong and Jackie Kai Ellis in conversation with Hattie Klotz
Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada
Pellan Room, 2nd floor
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

This event is part of the Ottawa Public Library’s award-winning food literacy project, à la carte, which is funded by the Government of Ontario.

During the evening, authors Jan Wong and Jackie Kai Ellis will share a few selections from their books Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China and The Measure of My Powers: A Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris. These adventurous and talented writers will also discuss food, family and culture with the evening’s moderator, Hattie Klotz, an Ottawa-based writer and journalist. The audience can participate in a Q&A with Ms. Wong and Ms. Ellis following the readings. Both authors will be available to sign copies of their books at the end of the evening.

Complimentary appetizers will be served; and beverages will be available for purchase.

“OPL is delighted to welcome Library and Archives Canada to our table of food literacy partners,” said Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board and City Councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward. “With Ottawa Writers Festival and LAC, this evening of food, culture, and stories will satisfy foodies and readers alike. This is one example of the power of collaboration in delivering innovative programs that fulfill OPL’s mission to inspire learning and literacy.”

The event is free, but seating is limited. Please register on  Please note, the event will be in English only.

About Jan Wong’s book
Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China

A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Jan Wong’s Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he was not keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he could not pass up.


About Jackie Kai Ellis’ book
The Measure of My Powers: A Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris

This is the story of how, armed with nothing but a love of food and the words of the great 20th century food writer M.F.K. Fisher, one woman begins a journey--from France to Italy, then the Congo and back again--to find herself. Along the way, she goes to pastry school in Paris, eats the most perfect apricots over the Tuscan hills, watches a family of gorillas grazing deep in the Congolese brush, has her heart broken one last time on a bridge in Lyon, and, ultimately, finds a path to life and joy.  


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