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Spring 2021: Apr 29 to May 4
Fall 2021: Oct 21 to Oct 26

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We miss you, but have some exciting (virtual) programming coming soon!

It's been a strange year, hasn't it? We hope you are staying safe and look forward to the day we can gather again to celebrate creativity and community. 
While we can't yet gather safely in person, we do want to stay connected and are looking forward to celebrating some amazing authors this fall.
With that in mind, we are pleased to let you know that each week, starting in mid-August, we will be delivering three distinct (and free) virtual events per week:
A podcast each Friday, author interviews each Sunday and live events (in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada) each Monday evening.
We're glad so many of you are shopping local and supporting independent booksellers and can't wait to roll out our Fall Programming Season. 

In the mean time, we invite you to browse clips from past events on our Videos Page.


Huge thanks to our community for supporting the Festival in these difficult times. We are eternally grateful. 


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