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A season rich in new reads, emotion and diversity — The Library and AAOF launch the second edition of Croisée des mots in Ottawa

Aug 31 2020

OTTAWA  Poetry, short stories, queer lit, novels, controversial stories, style, fiction… What will be discussed during Croisée des mots 2020-2021? Today the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF) launched the second edition of Croisée des mots. They are delighted to present a rich season of events showcasing the Francophonie in the heart of the National Capital Region. 

This year’s events will be offered online, so between now and May 2021, you will have the chance to discover eight guest authors. These fascinating and generous authors will read from their latest works and answer your questions about their work, their art, their profession… Whether you are in your kitchen, your back yard or out of town, you will be able to interact with these authors live over Zoom or through comments on Facebook, and enjoy captivating discussions hosted by Hugues Beaudoin-Dumouchel. 

Registration is open now for the first session which will take place live online, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 6 pm guest author Paul Ruban will be discussing his most recent collection of short stories, Crevaison en corbillard, which won the 2020 Trillium Book Award. 

As part of its mission to promote literature, the Library works to support and champion Francophone culture to Ottawa audiences and offer a platform that makes discovering, reading, and meeting Franco-Ontarian authors easy and inspiring. After last year’s success, the Library was thrilled to have the chance to partner with the AAOF once again to launch a new edition of Croisée des mots with an even greater diversity of styles, talents and authors. 

The AAOF brings together over a hundred authors active in the province and beyond, as well as supports projects, collaborations and service offers designed to develop and promote talent and literary practices in French-speaking Ontario. The AAOF is delighted to renew and deepen its partnership with OPL to present Croisée des mots in Ottawa. As a special showcase for authors’ talents, this series of virtual literary events is guaranteed to enhance the visibility of AAOF members and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage directly with their readers. 

This second edition of Croisée des mots would not be possible without the generous support of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, Library and Archives Canada, Unique FM and Rogers TV. The AAOF would also like to thank its funders: the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. 

You will find the books of each guest author at Croisée des mots in the OPL collection, including their latest releases. So, dear readers and lovers of Franco-Ontarian literature, get ready to dive into the wonderful worlds of these accomplished writers. 

To see the full list of authors or for more information on this program, visit BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL extends public access to information and services through the library’s 34 branches, physical and virtual at www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, as well as two mobile libraries and a vending machine-style lending library service. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter www.Twitter.com/OPL_BPO and like us on Facebook www.Facebook.com/OPLBPO. Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. If it’s out there, it’s in here! 


Founded in 1988, the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF) is the foremost supporter of the Francophone literary community in Ontario. It brings together poets, novelists, short story writers, playwrights, essayists and screenwriters as well as artists who write and illustrate children’s books. Its members are active across Ontario and beyond. 

To contact us or to learn more: https://aaof.ca 




Media: Media@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca       AAOF: dg@aaof.ca