In this anthology, the authors of Ottawa Independent Writers explore the many ways we experience connection, a basic human need that is all the more appreciated in our post-pandemic .
Vivid stories and
poems illustrate the love and pain of family, casual assignations
that grow into friendships, connections to the earth, windows into
the past, spiritual connections, attachments to
We all have
connections to the past and to those we have lost, which resonate
We invite you to
feel the joy, humanity and humour expressed in this diverse collection
is a short story called Coming Storm, about a couple dealing with
The Ottawa Independent Writers Anthology roars back
to life after a pandemic hiatus. Dive into creative stories
This anthology salutes our city and its
peoplefrom a moonlit skate on the canal to a dystopian
Meet an insightful robotic janitor, enter a portal
to a mirrored world, admire artistic greats, journey to an idyllic
Bobbi's contribution to this book describes the
Beacon Building in Ottawa, which is houses the Aga Khan
In 1972, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
welcomed thousands of Ismaili Ugandans to Canada, thanks to his
One Ismaili couple was befriended by Bobbi, and their story is told in this piece.
available on Amazon
Bobbi Linkemer's new book answers the ten most
pressing questions older adults ask to help them live well now
One day, they just seem to appear, bringing with them a host of concerns.
While there are no magic answers to these questions, the more we understand, the better able we will be to answer them.
Each chapter answers one question thoroughly; and
each is both personal and practical, explaining the subject
Bobbi Graham contributed the final chapter to this
book, as she and "the other Bobbi" have been long-distance
Their careers have been parallel, and Bobbi's
satirical piece, My Kick the Bucket
List, seemed to Bobbi Linkemer
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In her decades as a journalist, Gwen
Florio told stories from places as diverse as Afghanistan and
Somalia to Lost Springs, Wyoming, population three. She mines some of
the same ground in her award-winning crime fiction that explores
issues in the
Gwen (whom I'm happy to call a cousin) is one of those writers who regularly publish series and stand-alones that leave a lasting impression.
Her latest book is The Least Among Us, which the New York Times included in its list of new crime novels deserving attention, the second book featuring the Duck Creek public defender Julia Geary, up to her neck in trouble.
Consider what shes contending with: a relationship thats on the rocks thanks to her boyfriends child custody issues; a loathsome intern whos been foisted upon her; and the imminent need to find a new place to live when her mother-in-law, widowed like Julia, announces her husband-to-be is moving in.
Then theres her new client, Ray Belmar, whom shes defending on a public indecency charge. (He interrupted Duck Creeks raucous St. Patricks Day parade wearing just a sock, which wasnt on his foot.) When Ray is inexplicably charged in the death of a homeless man, Julia knows hes not guilty. But shes on the case for all of a few hours before her boss summarily removes her from it, making vague excuses.
Its a lot to handle, though Julia does even when things turn scary. Very scary: Theres a denouement straight out of a horror flick.
Do check Gwen's website for all her award-winning books.