Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Clive Doucet releases novel; new erotica by Amanda Earl; Mandy DeGeit interview

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There is a lot of literary news in the Ottawa Blogosphere.  Below are some upcoming book launches, literary events and other posts that are worth reading.

Book Launches and New Fiction

Clive Doucet, the former city councillor and mayoral candidate, is launching his new novel Shooting the Bruce this evening (April 10) at Irene’s Pub at 885 Bank Street.  The event starts at 7:30 pm.

Pearl Pirie writes on her blog Pesbo about the Ottawa launch of the poetry and prose collection Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 24, from 5-7 pm at Mugshots in the Ottawa Jail Hostel, lower level 75 Nicholas Street..

Amanda Earl, meanwhile, announces on her blog that she has two new pieces of erotica.

Upcoming Workshops and Literary News

In another post on Pesbo, Pirie notes that a haiku workshop will take place this Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 3 pm, at Camellia House.  The cost is $15; interested participants can RSVP at

Literary Tourist has a post on the Write by the River: Fiction Workshop by Richard Taylor from May 7 to August 13.  The classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm. "This half credit course will appeal to anyone interested in writing post card stories, short stories, novels, and creative nonfiction such as blogs, personal essays, humour, travel and memoir writing," says Literary Tourist.  For more info contact Rick at or check

Ottawa-based non-fiction author Charlotte Gray writes on her blog how her book Gold Diggers, which tells the story of the Yukon gold rush of 1896, will appear on television.  With a budget of $25 million, the Discovery Channel is currently adapting the book into a miniseries called Klondike that will appear early next year.


Ottawa Horror interviews local writer Mandy DeGeit.  If you are not familiar with her work, she describes herself like this on her blog: "I call myself an author of creepy fiction as I’m not sure how else to explain what I write.  I am not all about the gore (well not yet anyways).  I try to write about things that just might happen.  I like to point out the darkness that resides inside people around us, the secrets our friends might carry or the things that people close to us think about and are capable of.  I haven’t found a category for that yet so creepy fiction works for me for now."  For her Amazon author page click here.

Interesting Post

Local mystery writer Peggy Blair has a post on her blog on how even published authors need to once again submit their work for consideration once they have completed a book contract.

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