Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
13
Friday
Mar
2015
12:00pm • Metropolitain Brasserie • 700 Sussex Dr.

Literary Luncheon with Andrew Morton A Fundraiser for Children’s Literacy

Hosted by Jayne Watson, CEO of the National Arts Centre Foundation
23
Monday
Mar
2015
7:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Hall • 414 Sparks Street

The Great Escape: A Canadian Story with Ted Barris

7:30pm • University of Ottawa • Lamoureux 145 Jean-Jacques Lussier - Room 124

CELTIC CHAIR LECTURE SERIES: Oscar the Irish Rebel, Wilde on Trial

Presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
31
Tuesday
Mar
2015
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

The Right to be Cold with Sheila Watt-Cloutier

9
Thursday
Apr
2015
7:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Hall • 414 Sparks Street

The Night Stages: One on One with Jane Urquhart

Hosted by Charlotte Gray
10
Friday
Apr
2015
12:00pm • Metropolitain Brasserie • 700 Sussex Dr.

Literary Luncheon with Jane Urquhart A Fundraiser for Children’s Literacy

Hosted by Sean Wilson
16
Thursday
Apr
2015
7:00pm • Chez Lucien • 137 Murray st.

Bus to Wakefield

8:00pm • Black Sheep Inn • Wakefield, Quebec

House of Anansi Poetry Bash with special musical guest Mike Dubue

Hosted with the Wakefield Writers Festival - La Pêche and the Black Sheep Inn
20
Monday
Apr
2015
6:30pm • Salle Panoramique, Centre national des arts • 53, rue Elgin

Rencontre avec Nancy Huston

22
Wednesday
Apr
2015
5:00pm • Foyer du Théâtre du CNA • 53, Elgin, Ottawa

Traduire Richard III en français, ici et aujourd’hui : rencontre avec l’auteur et traducteur Jean Marc Dalpe

Catherine Voyer-Léger
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Wednesday's Menu

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Hall • 414 Sparks Street

Teaching for the 21st Century with Joel Westheimer and John Mighton

Hosted by the Ottawa Citizen’s Elizabeth Payne
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Hall • 414 Sparks Street

One on One with Junot Díaz

Hosted by the CBC’s Adrian Harewood
23
Thursday
Apr
2015
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Thursday's Menu

5:30pm • Irene’s Pub • 885 Bank St.

Carleton University presents Andrew Cohen

8:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

All in a Day Songwriters Night hosted by Alan Neal

24
Friday
Apr
2015
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Poetry in Translation with Liana Langa and Margita Gailitis

Hosted by Neil Wilson
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Friday's Menu

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

The Sound and the Fury with Russell Smith, Neil Smith and Sean Michaels, featuring new music by Mike Dubue

Hosted by Michael Blouin
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Pride and Prejudice with Michael V. Smith and Raziel Reid with special musical guest Glenn Nuotio

The Ottawa Citizen’s Matthew Person
25
Saturday
Apr
2015
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Brave New World with Mark Bourrie, Brooke Jeffrey and Brent Rathgeber

Hosted by Don Newman
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Headscarves and Hymens with Mona Eltahawy

Hosted by CBC's Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

The Redeeming Things with Kara Stanley and Peter Kavanagh

5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Saturday's Menu

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

The Time to Make It Shorter with Mark Anthony Jarman, Steven Hayward, Heather O'Neill and Guy Vanderhaeghe

Hosted by CBC’s Sandra Abma
6:45pm • Christ Church (Festival Café) • 414 Sparks Street

Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal with Olive Senior

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Nurturing Creativity with David Usher

Hosted by CBC’s Sandra Abma
26
Sunday
Apr
2015
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

The Teenage Brain with Frances E. Jensen

2:00pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Essentials of the Short Story with Guy Vanderhaeghe

Hosted by Neil Wilson
4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Parenting Exceptional Children with Ann Douglas and Kristine Barnett

Hosted by Jonathan Bennett
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Sunday's Menu

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

A Natural History of Alzheimer’s and Aging with Jay Ingram

Hosted by CBC’s Laurence Wall
6:45pm • Christ Church (Festival Café) • 414 Sparks Street

BookThug Launch: Carellin Brooks, Mike Steeves, Pearl Pirie, Jake Kennedy and kevin mcpherson eckhoff

Hosted by: Sandra Ridley
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Sense and Sensibility with Obi Simic, Nina Berkhout and Beth Powning

Hosted by Adrian Harewood
27
Monday
Apr
2015
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Poetry as a Practice: Don McKay in Conversation with David O’Meara

Hosted by David O'Meara
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Monday's Menu

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Close Encounters with the Natural World with Jennifer Kingsley and Deni Bechard

Hosted by The Ottawa Citizen’s Matthew Pearson
6:45pm • Christ Church (Festival Café) • 414 Sparks Street

Book Launch: Town & Train with James K. Moran

Hosted by The Ottawa Citizen’s Kate Heartfield
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Poetry Cabaret with Marie Annharte Baker, Marilyn Dumont and Don McKay

Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
28
Tuesday
Apr
2015
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Brain Gain with John G. Jung

Hosted by Carleton University’s Anil Somayaji
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Tuesday's menu

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Ontario Scene Presents Close to Home with Rhonda Douglas, Helen Humphreys and James Bartleman

Hosted by Carleton University’s Susan Birkwood
6:45pm • Christ Church (Festival Café) • 414 Sparks Street

Blog Out Loud: Listen. Look. Laugh. LOUD.

8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Crime and Punishment with Michael Christie, Chigozie Obioma and Linden MacIntyre

Hosted by Neil Wilson
3
Sunday
May
2015
12:00pm • National Gallery of Canada • 380 Sussex Drive

National Gallery of Canada Creative Writing Workshop with Alan Cumyn

14
Thursday
May
2015
5:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

David Dollin: A Celebration of Life

19
Tuesday
May
2015
7:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks Street

Solitude Creek with Jeffrey Deaver

24
Sunday
May
2015
12:00pm • National Gallery of Canada • 380 Sussex Drive

National Gallery of Canada Creative Writing Workshop with Frances Itani

2
Tuesday
Jun
2015
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

The Republic of Imagination with Azar Nafisi

4
Thursday
Jun
2015
7:00pm • Maxwells Bistro • 340 Elgin St.

The Montreal Story Tellers

7:00pm • Shaw Centre, Ottawa • 1074 Bank St.

Canadian Library Association Awards

7
Sunday
Jun
2015
12:00pm • Musée des beaux-arts du Canada • 380 Sussex Drive

Musée des beaux-arts du Canada présente Ateliers d’écriture créative avec Loïse Lavallée

9
Sunday
Aug
2015
3:00pm • Horticulture Building • Lansdowne Park

Book Launch: His Whole Lifewith Elizabeth Hay

19
Wednesday
Aug
2015
8:00pm • St. Alban's Church • 454 King Edward Ave

Arboretum Festival: Queer Songbook Orchestra with Melody McKiver

Presented with Asinabka Festival and the Ottawa International Writers Festival
23
Sunday
Aug
2015
3:00pm • The loft at FIELDWORK • 2501 Old Brooke Rd. Maberly

Framework: Words on the Land

8
Tuesday
Sep
2015
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

John Ibbitson on Stephen Harper

Hosted by Andrew Cohen
10
Thursday
Sep
2015
5:00pm • All five bookstores • Perth, Ontario

2ND ANNUAL PERTH WRITING COMPETITION DEADLINE

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PERTH WRITERS GUILD
7:00pm • Canadian War Museum • 1 Vimy Place

Book Launch: Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper with Jody Mitic

Presented with the Canadian War Museum • Hosted by Kevin Newman
19
Saturday
Sep
2015
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Power in the Blood: A Conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal
24
Thursday
Sep
2015
5:30pm • Metropolitain • 700 Sussex Drive

Book Launch: You Will Wear a White Shirt with Senator Nick Sibbeston

30
Wednesday
Sep
2015
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Unaccountable with Kevin Page

Hosted by CBC's Alan Neal
7:30pm • Morisset Hall room 250 • 65 University Private

Celtic Chair Lecture Series: Paula Meehan

The University of Ottawa, The Embassy of Ireland and in association with the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University
3
Saturday
Oct
2015
9:00am • Crystal Palace • Perth

Perth Book Fair

Hosted by the Perth Farmers Market
1:00pm • Perth & District Union Public Library • 30 Herriott St.

Perth:One Book One Community: Janet Hepburn

Hosted by Chief Librarian Perth & District Union Public Library, Erica Heesen
7
Wednesday
Oct
2015
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Road Trip Rwanda with Will Ferguson

21
Wednesday
Oct
2015
5:00pm • Ottawa City Hall, Jean-Pigott Hall • 110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa

The 30th Annual Ottawa Book Awards / Le Prix du livre d’Ottawa and The Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry

Hosted by Sabine Daniel and Hugues Beaudoin-Dumouchel
7:00pm • Carleton University • 1125 Colonel By Dr,

The Munro Beattie Lecture with Joseph Boyden

22
Thursday
Oct
2015
5:30pm • Irene's Pub • 885 Bank St.

Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Environment

5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Thursday Food Service in the Festival Café

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

la poésie acadienneavec Jonathan Roy et Herménégilde Chiasson

6:30pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

First Peoples, First Stories with Lee Maracle, Bev Sellars and Joseph Boyden

Hosted by CBC’s Waubgeshig Rice
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Spotlight on Irish Fiction withGavin Corbett, Claire Louise Bennett and Colin Barrett

Hosted by CBC’s Sandra Abma
23
Friday
Oct
2015
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Friday Food Service in the Festival Café

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Lost (and Found) In Translation with Samuel Archibald, Larry Tremblay and Kim Thuy

Hosted by Blue Metropolis’ Gregory McCormick
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Niall Ferguson on Henry Kissinger

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
24
Saturday
Oct
2015
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

And Home Was Kariakoo: One on One with M.G. Vassanji

Hosted by Peter Schneider
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

All Out with Kevin and Alex Newman

The Ottawa Citizens Matthew Pearson
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Meaning Schmeaning: A Poetry Workshop

4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

World War Two: Canadian Stories with Mark Zuehlke and Tim Cook

Hosted by CBC’s Laurence Wall
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Saturday Food Service in the Festival Café

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Oil, Gas and Water with Marq de Villiers, Louis Helbig and Andrew Nikiforuk

Hosted by Neil Wilson
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Condemned to Be Free with James Grainger, Karim Alrawi, Owen Sheers and Anakana Schofield

Hosted by David O’Meara
25
Sunday
Oct
2015
2:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Inuit-Qallunaat Visual Encounters with Carol Payne

Presented in partnership with Ottawa Art Gallery
Hosted by The Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Simpson
4:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Living History with Sharon Butala, Paul Yee and Sharon Johnston

Hosted by Carleton University’s Susan Birkwood
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Sunday Food Service in the Festival Café

6:30pm • Maxwell’s • 340 Elgin Street

Poetry Cabaret with Nick Papaxanthos, Tara Azzopardi and Stuart Ross

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Written by Time with Don Gillmor, Tracey Lindberg and Ronald Wright

Hosted by the Ottawa Citizen’s Kate Heartfield
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Scene of the Crime with Steve Burrows, Sara Blaedel and Giles Blunt

Hosted by CBC’s Sandra Abma
8:30pm • Maxwell’s • 340 Elgin Street

The Al Purdy A-Frame Celebration

26
Monday
Oct
2015
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

A Writing Life: One on One with George Bowering

5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Monday Food Service in the Festival Café

6:30pm • Maxwell’s • 340 Elgin Street

Bywords 2015 John Newlove Poetry Award Ceremony and Reading

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

The Dorito Effect with Mark Schatzker

Hosted by Sean Wilson
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Only Interpretations with AJ Somerset and Camilla Gibb

27
Tuesday
Oct
2015
12:00pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Child Soldier with Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine

Hosted by Sean Wilson
5:30pm • Festival Café in Christ Church • 414 Sparks St.

Tuesday Food Service in the Festival Café

6:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

The Reason You Walk with Wab Kinew

Hosted by CBC’s Waubgeshig Rice
8:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

Sweet Emotion with Nino Ricci, David Constantine and Terry Fallis

Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
28
Wednesday
Oct
2015
6:30pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

In Flanders Fields with Tim Cook, Mary Janigan and Roméo Dallaire

Hosted by Charlotte Gray
8:30pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Don’t Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today’s Middle East with Gwynne Dyer

Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood
16
Monday
Nov
2015
7:00pm • Southminster Church • 15 Aylmer Ave

The Heart Goes Last with Margaret Atwood

Hosted by CBC's Alan Neal
17
Tuesday
Nov
2015
12:00pm • Empire Bar + Restaurant • 47 Clarence St.

Literary Luncheon with Margaret Atwood

Hosted by Charlotte Gray
19
Thursday
Nov
2015
12:00pm • Empire Bar + Restaurant • 47 Clarence St.

Literary Luncheon with Ian Rankin

Hosted by CBC's Alan Neal
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Even Dogs in the Wild with Ian Rankin

Hosted by Peggy Blair
21
Saturday
Nov
2015
7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St.

Event PostponedMaking a Difference with Dalton McGuinty

28
Saturday
Nov
2015
30
Monday
Nov
2015
7:00pm • Southminster Church • 15 Aylmer Ave.

Avenue of Mysteries with John Irving