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For those who like to read a good book, drink a good beer (or other libation) and maybe combine the two every once in a while. Looking for people interested in laid-back discussions about books worth reading. Though our focus is primarily on fiction, we will make the occasional foray into the world of non-fiction. Meetings are usually held in central Ottawa. We try to chose places with an extensive beer menu and a relaxed ambiance that allows for great conversation.

We typically host three book discussions a month: CanLit Monday, a Not Your Momma's book selection that tends to deal with socially relevant issues, controversial subject matter, or books that land a little on the fringe side of things and Last Monday of the Month book where we are welcome to exercise our eclectic reading muscles.

Along with book discussions, we also post Writers Festival events, book sales, book swaps, plays, and anything else that are book/reading related.

Hope to see you soon!

Upcoming events (5+)

Book swap!! **In honour of International Book Giving Day**

A private residence


Book shelves bursting at the seams? Desperate for a new read? Want to save yourself loads of $$? Then come on over to my house and join some fellow book lovers as we peruse the stacks of books that never fail to disappoint. How does it work? **2:00-2:30 Arrival of guests Set up and perusal of donated books Socialize and chat over beverages and snacks (provided by me) ** 2:30-3:00 Lottery determines who picks the first book and continues through all the guests. We then go in reverse order. For example:[masked] ** 3:00-4:00 After we've gone through two rounds of first/second picks, people are invited to take as many or as few books as they desire. **This is not a 1-to-1 swap. You may come with only one book and leave with 20. Whether your goal is to lighten your shelves or to fill them up, this is the event for you!** Important to note: 1. Be respectful. The house can get quite busy. You are invited to take as many books as you wish but be considerate of your fellow bibliophiles. They need something to read, too! 2. I have a house of pets: two short-haired cats and two, medium-sized, non-shedding dogs. Please be mindful if you have allergies or phobias. 3. Please make me aware of any food allergies. I will ensure there are nut-free and vegan selections available in addition to the "regular" treats. My kitchen, however, is not an allergen-free zone. 4. We will be starting the swap promptly at 2:30. You are welcome to join the melee late but we're not going to wait to begin. 5. A nominal donation (minimum of $2) will be collected from every guest. All proceeds will be donated to the Ottawa Writers Festival youth literacy program. More info about this wonderful program here: https://writersfestival.org/schools 6. I will provide my address a few days prior to the event. The map pin is pretty accurate. Bus service to my area is not the greatest on the weekend. Please consider carpooling if you take public transport. The Eagleson Park & Ride is about a 10 minute drive up the road. There is plenty of street parking in front of my home. 7. People are welcome to take any of their leftover books home or I will arrange to have them donated locally.

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby- Adi taking lead *PLEASE NOTE DATE*

Winner of the Lascaux Prize in Fiction A warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, Ashley Shelby's South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel about the courage it takes to band together when everything around you falls apart. Do you have digestion problems due to stress? Do you have problems with authority? How many alcoholic drinks to you consume a week? Would you rather be a florist or a truck driver? These are some of the questions that determine if you have what it takes to survive at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54°F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling has just answered five hundred of them. Her results indicate she is abnormal enough for Polar life. Cooper’s not sure if this is an achievement, but she knows she has nothing to lose. Unmoored by a recent family tragedy, she’s adrift at thirty and—despite her early promise as a painter—on the verge of sinking her career. So she accepts her place in the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers Program and flees to Antarctica, where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own. The only thing the Polies have in common is the conviction that they don’t belong anywhere else. Then a fringe scientist arrives, claiming climate change is a hoax. His presence will rattle this already-imbalanced community, bringing Cooper and the Polies to the center of a global controversy and threatening the ancient ice chip they call home.

Live production at Ottawa Little Theatre: Of Mice and Men

Ottawa Little Theatre

How apropos. Ottawa Little Theatre is staging a live performance of this Steinbeck classic and it happens to coincide with our March book discussion. Ottawa Little Theatre is a lovely space with a warm and intimate feel to it. Feel free to join us even if you aren't coming to the book discussion. Tickets are $29 and are tax free. You can purchase them here: https://tickets.ottawalittletheatre.com/TheatreManager/1/online **Shows run from February 13th to March 2nd.** The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream--a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

CanLit Mondays: Starlight by Richard Wagamese

Little Italy

**This is the unfinished sequel to Wagamese's Medicine Walk. Startlight can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.** The final novel from Richard Wagamese, the bestselling and beloved author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, centers on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion--and the land's ability to heal us. Frank Starlight has long settled into a quiet life working his remote farm, but his contemplative existence comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of Emmy, who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. Starlight takes in Emmy and her daughter to help them get back on their feet, and this accidental family eventually grows into a real one. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go. He wants revenge and is determined to hunt her down. Starlight was unfinished at the time of Richard Wagamese's death, yet every page radiates with his masterful storytelling, intense humanism, and insights that are as hard-earned as they are beautiful. With astonishing scenes set in the rugged backcountry of the B.C. Interior, and characters whose scars cut deep even as their journey toward healing and forgiveness lifts us, Starlight is a last gift to readers from a writer who believed in the power of stories to save us.

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