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  • Jeudi Feb 9, 2023 à 18 h 30

    Join us at the Sunnyside branch for a conversation with Author, Poet, Speaker Leslie Roach.  

    Leslie will discuss her experiences with racism in the past, and how she broke into the literary world. 

    Leslie Roach is an Ottawa-based poet and writer. Born and raised in Montreal to thoughtful and loving parents who immigrated to Canada from Barbados, Leslie has lived and worked in Italy, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya and Senegal, shaping her perspectives and worldview. She then moved to Ottawa, working in the International and Interparliamentary Affairs directorate of the Parliament of Canada. 

    As a lawyer, she previously worked for the United Nations for 10 years in law and HR, specializing in conduct and discipline related to sexual, physical and psychological abuse. 

    She started writing and journaling at a young age as a form of therapy to process the racist experiences she had growing up. 

    In 2020, she released her debut book Finish this Sentence, a collection of poetry about healing from the effects of racism, finding one’s voice and power, and claiming your human right to be happy. She has been featured on major media platforms, including CBC, CBC Books, and Pace Magazine, and has partnered with national brands like Deserres. 

    Today, she is an advocate for finding your power through practicing mindfulness, both at work and at home, as a way to respond effectively to situations. She is also a workshop facilitator on journaling and mindfulness at work, and journaling to find one's true calling and purpose. 

  • Lundi Feb 13, 2023 à 18 h

    Dr. Amadou Ba is a historian, political scientist, researcher and writer with a PhD in History, a Master’s in Political Science and a Bachelor’s in Education. Currently, Amadou Ba teaches in the School of Education and the Department of Political Science at Laurentian University  and teaches African History at Nipissing University. He will talk about some of the history and contributions of the Black community in Canada.  

    Registration required. Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link ahead of the program.

  • Mardi Feb 14, 2023 à 18 h / jusqu'à Mardi 28 février 2023

    Join Educator, Writer, Artist, Ariel Clarke for a 4-week session of virtual poetry workshops. For ages 13-18.

    With a focus on Maya Angelou and Amanda Gorman, you will be able to examine and explore Black Poets and their work to make powerful statements. You will learn multiple poetic forms to use and express your own voice as well as learn to perform spoken word. Themes include: Using your voice, the power of voice and expression, Self-identity. 

    Materials you will need: Notebook, pencil/pen, markers (optional) 

    Ariel Clarke is a Drama and Education Alumni from the University of Windsor. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Teaching at OISE-University of Toronto. She has done various community work with marginalized/racialized youth, as well as has taught across multiple Elementary and Secondary schools in Ontario. Ariel has also done specific work in social justice education targeting systemic racism, which has allowed her to implement anti-racist and anti-colonial perspectives as part of lesson design and planning in the classroom and community. 

    Registration required. Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link ahead of the program.

  • Mercredi Feb 15, 2023 à 18 h

    Historien, politologue, chercheur et écrivain, Dr Amadou Ba est titulaire d'un Doctorat en Histoire, d'une Maîtrise en Science Politique et d'un Baccalauréat en Enseignement. Il discutera des faits historiques relatant les contributions de la communauté noire au Canada.  

    Inscription requise. Les participants inscrits recevront un courriel supplémentaire contenant le lien Zoom avant le début du programme.

  • Peter A. Herrndorf Place, National Arts Centre
    Mercredi Feb 22, 2023 à 19 h

    The Ottawa Public Library in partnership with the National Arts Centre is delighted to host Catherine Hernandez. Catherine will be presenting her speech "What would Ms Hina Do?" which explores the themes of community and allyship prominent in her novel Scarborough through this beloved character in the book, a Muslim social worker in the school at the centre of the novel. 

    Catherine Hernandez (she/her) is an award-winning author and screenwriter. She is a proud queer woman who is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian descent and married into the Navajo Nation. Her first novel, Scarborough, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for several awards including Canada Reads 2022. She wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Scarborough, which was nominated for 11 Canadian Screen Awards and won 8 including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Her second novel, Crosshairs, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and made the CBC's Best Canadian Fiction, NOW Magazine's 10 Best Books, Indigo Best Book, and NBC 20 Best LGBTQ Books list of 2020. Her third novel, The Story of Us, will be published Feb 28 2023. She is currently working on a few television projects and her fourth novel.