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Monday, July 11, 2011

Come celebrate summer with Bywords on July 17

Dear Ottawa poetry and music enthusiasts, I invite you to spend the afternoon of Sunday July 17 enjoying great poems and songs at our summer reading, which will take place at the newly renovated and spacious Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee Shop.

The festivities begin at 2pm and admission is free. We will pass the hat and give you a copy of the summer Bywords Quarterly Journal. This is also a great time to stock up on your summer reading and indulge in your caffeine addiction.

Ottawa is blessed with a number of fine independent bookstores and I’m thrilled that Collected Works will be the home of our readings this year.

Come listen to the poetry of
Allison Armstrong, co-host with Faye Estrella of the excellent series Voices of Venus;

Steven Artelle, Ottawa’s literary historian and talented artist (see the covers of the Bywords Quarterly Journal for his Parliamentary line art);

L. Garrison, who is an emerging writer and recent University of Ottawa graduate;

and Sean Moreland, co-host along with Aaron Kozak of the blUe Mondays reading series and recipient of the 2008 Bywords’ John Newlove Poetry Award. You can still find a few copies of his chapbook, Lupercalia through the Bywords online store.

On the 17th it will also be a pleasure to welcome spoken word sensation and musician Brad Morden. If you love the ukulele and big smiles, you’ll love Brad. Listen to some of his music here.

One of our mandates is to promote local writing, music and art. This month’s cover of the Bywords Quarterly Journal features the artwork of local artist Colin White whose wonderful series of Ottawa confectionary stores has been on display at Raw Sugar on Somerset West. Come by to the reading and pick up the summer issue of the BQJ to get a taste of his art, and some of Ottawa’s finest poetry.

And if you’d like a preview what’s in store, tune in to CHUO’s Click Here on Wednesday, July 15 at 5pm. Mitchell Caplan will speak to me and Brad Morden and we'll hear some of Brad Morden’s music. And on Friday, July 15 at 7:30 am, have a listen to Susan Johnston’s Friday Special Blend on Carleton’s CKCU for some poetry by Sean Moreland and Allison Armstrong. And a happy anniversary to Susan who has been hosting the show for nine years.

Come celebrate the summer with Bywords on Sunday, July 17 at 2pm at Collected Works. Take in some poetry and music, sip some coffee, buy some books. It'll be grand!

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