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  • Library and Archives Canada Alfred Pellan Room

    Tuesday Nov 28, 2023 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    Join us for a book launch presented in collaboration with the Ottawa International Writers Festival and Library and Archives Canada.

    From one of Canada’s most beloved performing artists comes an audacious work of non-fiction that explores the stories that shape us and the reach that the past can have across generations.

    Growing up north of Toronto, R.H. Thomson’s imagination was captured by romantic notions of war. He spent his days playing with toy soldiers on the carpet of his grandmother’s house, recreating the Battle of Britain with model planes in his bedroom or sitting at the local theatre watching World War II B movies—ones that offered a very clear perspective on who were the heroes and who the villains, which side were the victors and which the vanquished.

    In By the Ghost Light, R.H. Thomson offers an extraordinary look at his family’s history while providing a powerful examination of how we understand war and its aftermath. Using his family letters as a starting point, Thomson roams through a century of folly, touching on areas of military history, art, literature and science, to express the tragic human cost of war behind the order and calm of ceremonial parades, memorials and monuments. In an urgent call for new ways to acknowledge the dead, R.H. has created “The World Remembers,” an ambitious international project to individually name each of the millions killed in the First World War.

    Epic in its scope and incredibly intimate in its exploration of lives touched by the tragedy of war, By the Ghost Light is a truly original book that will challenge the way we approach our history.

    Venez assister au lancement de livre présenté en collaboration avec le Festival international des écrivains d’Ottawa et Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.

    Un des artistes du spectacle les plus appréciés au Canada nous livre un audacieux ouvrage dans lequel il se penche sur les récits qui façonnent notre identité et sur l’influence du passé au fil des générations.

    Pendant son enfance dans le nord de Toronto, R. H. Thomson est habité par une vision romantique de la guerre. Il joue par terre avec des figurines de soldats dans la maison de sa grand-mère, ou reconstitue la bataille d’Angleterre avec des maquettes d’avion dans sa chambre. Parfois, il se rend au cinéma du quartier et regarde des films de série B sur la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, dans lesquels il est très facile de distinguer le bon du méchant et le vainqueur du vaincu.

    Dans By the Ghost Light, R. H. Thomson jette un regard exceptionnel sur l’histoire de sa famille et analyse de manière poignante notre compréhension de la guerre et de ses conséquences. Prenant les lettres familiales comme point de départ, Thomson étudie un siècle de combats insensés, abordant des sujets comme l’histoire militaire, l’art, la littérature et la science. Il décrit ainsi le coût tragique de la guerre, au-delà du calme et de la discipline observés pendant les prises d’armes ou devant les monuments. Dans un appel urgent pour rappeler la mémoire des défunts, R. H. Thomson a créé « Le monde se souvient », un ambitieux projet international visant à nommer chacune des millions de personnes tuées pendant la Première Guerre mondiale.

    Par son originalité, son étendue impressionnante et son exploration très intime des vies touchées par la tragédie de la guerre, By the Ghost Light nous pousse à nous interroger sur notre vision de l’histoire.

  • Colorful picture of people conversing, with different shape bubbles above their heads

    Wednesdays, Nov 29, 2023 - Dec 20, 2023
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Every Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm

    September 13th- December 20th

    Practice your English conversation skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. All levels are welcome in this free program.

  • Tuesday Dec 19, 2023 at 1:30pm
    60 minutes

    Pack your bags and prepare for the first chapter in a tour around the world! Joins us every third Tuesday until June 2024, where we will discuss a title set in a different country and/or written by a foreign author.

    When you pick up a copy of September's title, you will receive a Traveler's Guide to keep with you for the year, in which you may keep notes as you read, draw something from the book that has inspired you, or bring up points you'd like to discuss during the meet-ups.

    At every meeting you attend, you will get your "passport" stamped. We hope to see you well-traveled by summer 2024!

  • Open book on a table

    Thursday Dec 21, 2023 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    Come join us the 4th Thursday of every month for lively discussion on a variety of English-language books.

  • magnifying glass on top of orange-tinted map of the earth

    Tuesdays, Jan 16, 2024 - Mar 19, 2024
    1:30pm
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Registration opens on Friday, December 1, 2023 - 9:00am

    Continuing from the fall session, all aboard for the next leg of our tour around the world, with Japan, Mexico, and Sri Lanka! Join us the third Tuesday of each month until June 2024, where we will discuss a title set in a different country and/or written by a foreign author.

    When you register, we will reserve a copy of the book for you - no need to place a hold, unless you would like to enjoy the book in a different format. When you pick up your copy, you will receive a Reader's Passport to keep with you for the year, in which you may keep notes as you read, draw something from the book that has inspired you, or bring up points you'd like to discuss during the meeting.

    At every meeting you attend, bring your "passport" to have it stamped. We hope to see you well-traveled by summer 2024!

  • open book on tree roots, surrounded by leaves

    Thursdays, Jan 25, 2024 - Mar 28, 2024
    7:00pm
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Come join us the 4th Thursday of every month for lively discussion on a variety of English-language books. Everything from non-fiction to fantasy to gentle reads, there's something for everyone - and you may find a new genre that appeals to you!

  • Tuesdays, Nov 28, 2023 - Jun 25, 2024
    10:00am
    180 minutes

    30 sessions remaining

    Get feedback on your writing (any genre)and ideas from the group. Hear the work of other writers and offer your feedback. Discuss ideas about writing and publishing. Share your triumphs, trials and tribulations with a supportive, informal group.

  • santa claus image

    Tuesdays, Nov 28, 2023 - Dec 02, 2023
    10:00am
    420 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Do you have a special request for Santa? We've got you covered! Come to the Richmond branch and write Santa a letter to let him know you've been extra good this year, and don't forget to share with him your hopes for Christmas morning surprises! Remember to include your name, age and address to receive a letter back from the big guy in red! 

    Starting: November 18th until Saturday December 2nd, 2023. 

    Grown ups: we will be sending out the letters on December 4th so that they get to the North Pole by  December 7,2023-  that is the date the Elf Post Office closes for the season. . 

    Richmond branch, OPL 
     

  • Tuesdays, Nov 28, 2023 - Dec 12, 2023
    10:15am
    30 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. 0-18 months. 30 min. Registration required.

  • Tuesdays, Nov 28, 2023 - Dec 12, 2023
    10:15am
    30 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 0-18 months. Drop-in program.