Reading at the Carleton Tavern – Friday, 7 p.m.

Attention, Ottawa writers and writing fanatics!

This Friday, there will be another entry in the Factory Reading Series at the Carleton Tavern as a prelude to the fall Ottawa Small Press Book Fair (which is on Saturday). The reading starts at 7 p.m., and features five writers connected to the fair, including my friend Stuart Ross.

Aside from the chance to see Stuart read – if you never have, that’s reason alone to come out on Friday – one of the other readers will be local writer Anita Dolman. I’m particularly excited about this because I just read her short story “Handcrafting,” which appeared in the most recent issue of On Spec, and is easily my favorite story in this issue. Without giving too much away, the story centers on an old couple at a campground who bestow gifts on pregnant women (and possibly others) that they encounter in their travels. The brilliant part about “Handcrafting” is that we never really find out the old couple’s true identities. It’s hinted at in their dialogue, and in the influence that they seem to have over humanity’s growth and development, but the uncertainty makes the story all the more intriguing. If you haven’t already bought a copy of the most recent On Spec (vol 26, no. 2, specifically) it’s worth it for this story alone.

Hopefully you can make it out to the reading this Friday to support some local writers, as well as my friend Stuart and the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair. Expect an after-action report from me sometime next week.

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