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July 21, 2016
What does an Olympic athlete read when he’s not training? Read on! Photos by Ellen Bond
What’s Kitchissippi reading?
A librarian’s reading list
An author’s reading list
It’s our third annual summer reading issue!
In this year’s issue of KT Reads we spoke to 11 well known local artists, writers, business owners—and an Olympic athlete—to see what they are reading this summer. Prepare to pad your own book lists! First up: Michael Tayler! By Anne Boys-Hope
Books about history and Zen are at the top of Olympian Michael Tayler’s summer reading list but he won’t exactly be getting lost in a good book for a few more weeks. First, he
will compete in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. The Westboro resident, and twotime member of the Canadian Olympic team, is currently training for the slalom kayak event in Rio. It’s a challenging sport that requires
skill and speed (and an equal amount of courage) to maneuver quickly through a series of gates in fastmoving rapids. Only one athlete per nation can qualify to compete in the Olympic event, and not every nation qualifies. Continued on page 3
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Westboro paddler Michael Tayler gets ready to compete in his second Olympic Games Continued from page 1 “It is incredibly tough just to qualify for the spot, and to be representing Canada is such an achievement and an honour for me,” says Michael, who spoke to the Kitchissippi Times on a short stopover home from Rio in July. He is thrilled to have qualified for the Olympics, not once, but twice. “In London, in 2012, it was completely shock and awe. I couldn’t even believe it happened just because I didn’t expect it,” explains Michael. “This time, it was really fulfilling after four years of training since the last Olympics.” Michael started paddling at summer camp when he was eight. Growing up in Westboro, he attended Churchill Alternative School and Nepean High School while pursuing his passion for paddling with the Ottawa River Runners. Now 24, he is five-time Canadian Junior National Champion, a senior member of Canada’s canoe/ kayak national team, and of course—an Olympic athlete. Since qualifying in June, Michael has been in Rio training on the artificial whitewater course built for the Olympics. “It is a lot of train, hotel, eat, repeat,” he explains. “It’s really
important to learn the water there and to be prepared for it so that when we go back [to compete] we will know what we are up against.”
“In London, in 2012, it was completely shock and awe.” After the games, Michael says he is looking forward to spending some downtime at the family cottage in Quebec. When he’s not out on the lake paddling, he plans to read History’s People by Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. He chose the first book based on his love of history. In June, Michael graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in history and law from Carleton University. Now he’s keen to pursue books beyond his course reading list and at a more leisurely pace. The second book was recommended by his mother Christine. “It’s a classic. She said I had to read it,” says Michael. The summer Olympics run from August 5 to 21.
Michael’s event begins and ends in the first week—from August 7 to 11. His parents, Christine and Jim, and sister Kathleen, will be in Rio to watch him compete. His Kitchissippi fans will be watching and cheering from the comfort of their living rooms. Follow Michael’s Olympic journey online at michaeltayler.ca, twitter. com/michaeltayler92 and facebook.com/ MichaelTayler92.
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“Survival is insufficient” Piles of books feed Patricia Barr’s love of reading Story and photo by Andrea Tomkins
Patricia “Trish” Barr, owner of Wall Space Gallery in Westboro, didn’t have her top summer read with her during this interview. Instead, she turns her computer monitor to a page on goodreads. com that shows the cover of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester. It’s been rated over 67,000 times and has an average rating of 3.84 stars out of five. “I just started it,” says Trish. She had it in purse for some time, but it was weighing her down so she set it aside. “I don’t know where it is!” she laughs. (It’s very likely still at home, but if you happen to find it, let us know.) “We have stacks of books everywhere in the house,” describes Trish. They are beside the bed, at the front door, and in every other room. The Professor and the Madman is about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary and reveals some surprises about its creation. It’s a timely read, considering the OED has just added 1,000 new words, including ‘glamping’ and ‘budgie smugglers,’ an Australian term for a men’s tight-fitting bathing suit. She says attractive book covers and interesting titles initially draw her to a book, but the appeal of this particular choice goes beyond the cover art. It’s about the words themselves. Trish misses the days of flipping through the dictionary and the process of discovery that happens while your finger is moving down a thick column of words. “While you’re looking up your word you are discovering other words,” she says. She enjoys non-fiction as well as fiction. “I like a story, things that are historically based,” she says. “I like a hidden message,
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things that have an ebb and flow, with beautiful character development… and sometimes tragic endings… things with a little mystery.” Perhaps, not surprisingly, Trish is a big fan of paper books. For her, part of the enjoyment is the tactile experience of reading. She often reads several books at a time. “Wherever I’m sitting I pick up the book I am reading,” she says. (Thank goodness for all of those stacks!) Although she’s generally not interested in dystopian novels, another book on her list is a recommendation from her husband: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It’s about a flu that wipes out 99% of the population. Twenty years later, a group of actors and musicians stage performances in the settlements that have formed in a new world. “It’s about the revival of the arts,” says Trish. There’s one line from this book that has resonated with her: “Survival is insufficient.” Trekkies may be the most familiar with this line. It’s from an
episode of Star Trek: Voyager in which Seven of Nine encounters three Borg with whom she was previously linked. “It’s the idea that you can’t just survive alone. Art enriches your life. Cognitively, we need to be sustained by the arts.” The next book on Trish’s list is Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals, a U.S. web application company now known as Basecamp. Rework is about discarding old work habits and adopting new ones. The publisher describes it as “the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own.” “This book was interesting,” says Trish. “It’s forcing me to rethink – and rework – everything I’ve been doing. It took me out of the box a bit.” The last book on her list is The Kitchen Diaries II by Nigel Slater. This weighty tome would appeal to anyone who loves food and spends time in the kitchen. “It’s a beautiful read,” says Trish.
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What’s on a librarian’s reading list? Not surprisingly, this former chief librarian is a prodigious reader Story and photo by Judith van Berkom
Barbara Clubb, former chief librarian of the Ottawa Public Library, with some of the books on her summer reading list.
Barbara Clubb, former chief librarian of the Ottawa Public Library, retired in 2010 after 17 years in her senior position – the first five years before amalgamation in 2000 – and the following 12 years leading the massive changes required in the process. She describes library work as a “field of opportunity.” The work has many facets, appealing to varied talents. Heavily reliant on technology, library work continues to change and evolve. “I have some [e-books] on my devices but don’t usually read them that way. I have macular degeneration – diagnosed
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three years ago – and do audio books, which I like a lot, and large print, which is more comfortable for my eyes, says Barbara. “I may have vision for the rest of my life with the injections I’m taking every two months and was delighted that there was a treatment and that it was covered by OHIP.” First on Barbara’s list is History’s People: Personalities and the Past by Margaret McMillan published in 2015 by House of Anansi Press. “I’ve always loved her both as an author and a commentator on TV. We had her once as a guest at our annual literary dinner,” says Barbara. “I choose her also because our book club is doing the book in the fall. I’ve been a member of the same book club with essentially the same people for the last 21 years. I’m the keeper of the list of books we’ve read on a spreadsheet.” “She [Margaret McMillan] breaks the book down to a type of historical personage. She finds a way to organize information so it’s digestible in pieces. Paris 1919, which dealt with the negotiation of postWorld War I treaties, was divided into countries. She’s a really good writer, a good commentator, and she’s Canadian. Whenever she comes out with a new book, I make a point to read it.” Her second choice is a current Chinese writer, Yan Lianke, whose books have been ‘suppressed’ in China; only some have been translated and are not widely available. “I just got back from [a trip] there. I went to the wedding of the son of someone who had gone through the Cultural Revolution in China. The Four Books: a Novel, published by Mingpao Publishing Co. in 2010, translated from Chinese by Grove Press in 2015, is all about the Cultural Revolution. I’ve read
many socio-political books but no new [Chinese] novels. This is a way of getting into that genre.” The Vegetarian: a Novel, was published in Korean in 2007 by Han Kang, translated in 2015 and won the Man Booker Prize in 2016. “I’ve no idea what it’s about, but this was the winner. I’ve never read anything by a Korean writer.”
“I’ve been a member of the same book club with essentially the same people for the last 21 years.”
Barbara recently completed The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch. It’s about a man who discovers he has Asperger’s disease. “He and his wife set on a journey to learn how to moderate his behaviour so he can become happier, have a relationship with his children, and save his marriage,” says Barbara. “The book is funny – it’s written in the first person and describes his behaviour. He never suspected [he had Asperger’s] but just knew he was unhappy. His wife chanced on a magazine with a list of questions [about Asperger’s]; he scored 100% while his wife barely scored.” It describes some of the techniques he used to learn how to communicate, how to be empathetic, and how to play with his own children. A 220-pager, Barbara arrived at the end, wishing for more.
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A measure of a person Sheila Whyte always has a lot of books on the go Story and photo by Andrea Tomkins
Perhaps it’s a measure of a busy person, but Sheila Whyte, the owner of Thyme & Again, has lots of books on the go and her pile tends to get larger instead of smaller. Sheila says her summer reads are a fairly accurate representation of her interests. There’s a fairly even balance of fiction and nonfiction, but books about food – what we’re eating and how we’re eating it – are in regular rotation. She heard Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect, speak last year at Terroir, a symposium which brings together professionals and business leaders who work in food and hospitality. She admires his taking on the food system and asking some hard questions about what we are doing with our food. Blood, Bones & Butter
by Gabrielle Hamilton is about a woman who opened a restaurant in New York. “It’s about her journey to get there,” describes Sheila. “She writes beautifully and I find that kind of book so fascinating, to see someone else’s journey.”
long and distinguished CV. According to her author bio, she’s an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, holder of eight honourary degrees, a teacher, journalist, human rights activist, and contributor to Maclean’s,
“She writes beautifully and I find that kind of book so fascinating, to see someone else’s journey.” Sheila admits that it’s easy to get caught up in daily work life and that reading is a good way to remind us of the world beyond our collective doorstep. It’s important to keep sight of a global perspective. This brings us to Ascent of Women, by Sally Armstrong. Sally Armstrong has a
Chatelaine and the CBC. She is also a member of the International Women’s Commission, a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women, and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East. The connection for
Sheila happened via Project TEMBO. TEMBO partners with Tanzanian organizations that support educational programs for women and girls. “I’m involved in TEMBO, and they brought Sally in as a speaker,” says Sheila. “It was so inspiring. Unbelievable. There’s always been an element of supporting women here [at Thyme & Again]. TEMBO as well is about supporting young girls being educated, so it all ties together.” Sheila reads partly for pleasure, partly for business development, but it’s more than just biz admin textbooks. Ultimately, she’s interested in “the culture of a business.” She ordered Tribal Leadership after she watched a TED Talk by Dave Logan. The book is about how managers can tap into corporate tribes— groups of 20–150 people within a company that
come together on their own—to increase productivity. These “tribes” have the greatest influence in determining the quality and quantity of work that gets done. “It’s really cool,” says Sheila. “He talks about making change and caring about something enough to move it forward. I’m really into that stuff, certainly here [at Thyme & Again], we’re always trying to develop our team and make it stronger.” Rounding out her summer book list is Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal, which Sheila characterizes as “a real page-turner.” The Globe and Mail describes it as a “twisting, intricately woven yarn that spins itself out at an incredible pace…” in which the author “takes on the snarled, pressing
issues of our moment in time.” Summer is also a great time to revisit old favourites. For Sheila, Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance, is that book. Here’s the big question: paper or e-book? “That’s a tough one,” laughs Sheila, “but I do like the feel of a book,” she says. She’s started reading more on her iPad because of the convenience while travelling. Her parents were big readers, so she comes by her love of books honestly. She reads every day, even if it’s just for a few stolen moments. And according to Sheila, perhaps the best thing about books is that there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. “I do love reading,” says Sheila. “So when I get the chance, I read.”
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KT READS “When I go on vacation, I always have a book,” says Mary Taggart, Editor-in-Chief of Ottawa at Home magazine. Photo by Ken Fraser
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Mary Taggart is best known as Editor-in-Chief for Ottawa at Home magazine, which is a job involving a spectacular amount of reading, so she tends to avoid books. That is, until the time comes for her to make a summer escape to the family vacation home on the sunny coast of Maine,
where Mary is finally able to throw the mental switch from editor to casual reader. “I grew up coming to Maine in the summer time,” says Mary. “We built a house down here about 10 years ago. I can lead a whole different lifestyle down here.” Embracing the modern age, Mary splits her literature three ways. There’s
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an audio book for long drives in the car, a Kindle for bedside reading, and a good old paperback for lazy days on the beach. Being the type of person who works with words day in and day out, Mary takes her time away from home to relish in mostly light reading, but with a good bit of drama thrown in from time to time. “When I go on vacation, I always have a book,” she says. “Other than that I struggle to get through a book, because my eyes are done from working all day long.” On audio, she’s just finished, She’s The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. The international best-selling novel recounts a young girl’s violent high school experience, including her own rape and a school shooting. “It’s a heavy one, but it is an easy quick read,” says Mary. “Dealing with the issue of a blackout rape is something that is very topical right now, and unfortunately, some-
thing that most women can relate to in some way or another,” she says. On Mary’s Kindle right now is the newest from Elin Hilderbrand, who conveniently puts out a new release every June. Mary describes Hilderbrand’s work as “totally fluffy fun, beach lifestyle kind of books.” Her current read, Here’s To Us, looks at the contemporary lifestyle of three middle-aged women, from restaurant scenes to fashion, old friendships and new affairs. “The one that I keep a hard copy of in my beach bag is called The Light in The Ruins by Chris Bohjalian,” adds Mary. The book is historical fiction, set in 1940’s Tuscany around a simple Italian family who get caught up in the Nazi invasion of World War II. “I’m usually not a big fan of historical fiction, but it takes place in Tuscany, which is a trip I’d love to make but haven’t done yet. I like the descriptions of the land,” says Mary.
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A buffet of books A taste of Michael Pollan, a sprinkle of Shakespeare, and more Story and photo by Joseph Hutt
Actress, author, editor, singer, and musical director, Rachel Eugster has played a broad range of roles in the Ottawa scene. She has drawn crowds at the 2015 Ottawa Porchfest and taken lead in some rather successful performances, including Bear & Co’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? To be sure, Rachel’s summer reading list is as varied as her artistic occupations.
“...I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve wanted to for a long time.”
“I read omnivorously and randomly,” says Rachel Eugster.
is one of the most important and influential people writing about food and how we eat now... I was a food writer and editor for a time, and he articulates so much of what I had come to believe about food but had yet to see anybody say.” The New WellTempered Sentence: A Punctuation Guidebook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed, by Karen Elizabeth Gordon is another nod to Rachel’s history as an editor. Throwing the gauntlet at Lynne Truss, Rachel even claimed this book to be “everything that Eats, Shoots, and Leaves should have been but wasn’t.” While just as whimsical as Truss, “Gordon is much more thorough,” says Rachel. “Much more scholarly.” Lastly, it isn’t surprising for a trained actor to have some Shakespeare on her nightstand.
Granted they aren’t his plays specifically, Women of Will: The Remarkable Evolution of Shakespeare’s Female Characters (by Tina Packer) is a collection of essays that sheds some light on Shakespeare’s women. As suggested by the title, this particular collection explores the evolution of women within the playwright’s dramas, how their roles gradually shifted from shrewish parodies to deep and motivated beings. This may seem like an intimidating list of summer reads, but Rachel discloses that she isn’t much of a seasonal reader. “I read casually. I read omnivorously and randomly,” she explains. “Maybe a Tony Hillerman mystery or something for a brain rest, but otherwise it’s just the next things that are in my pile and I won’t necessarily get to them right away.”
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First on the docket is one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s lesser-known but no less impressive works, The Fall of Arthur. It is hard to imagine an author better suited to meet the high fantasy of Arthurian myth than Tolkien himself, and he even aspired to write the entire story in verse. Regrettably, this is one of the stories Tolkien was never able to finish. “I love Tolkien, and this is just such a beautiful [work], and I wish, I wish he’d been able to finish it,” says Rachel. “Of course, not at the expense of anything we do have from him, but it’s so clearly his voice.” After snacking on The Botany of Desire, Rachel developed a taste for Michael Pollan, which is why she is also planning to devour The Omnivore’s Dilemma in the near future. Known for his uncanny ability to change the ways we think about the food we eat, Pollan takes on a much more immediate topic by examining what he calls “our national eating disorder.” “I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve wanted to for a long time,” Rachel explains. “Michael Pollan
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KT READS Staff picks
Since this issue is all about summer book lists, we thought it would be fun to share what Kitchissippi Times staff and contributors are reading as well. Dave Allston, Contributor I’m reading Whiskey and Wickedness - Rideau Valley by Larry Cotton, the newest volume in his series profiling the local history of small towns in eastern Ontario, particularly recounting the prevalence of alcohol and taverns in the 19th century. With stories in bite-size format, Cotton details the most interesting bar fights and liquor-related deaths, making for truly captivating local history! Judith van Berkom, proofreader and contributor Reading choices this summer centre on three areas of my life: the unexplored, copy editing and proofreading, and my inner, spiritual life as a Christian. Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Conner, published (2nd ed.) in 2003 by Riverhead Books is a light, witty look at common grammar problems encountered everyday – an excellent refresher. I’ll be rereading C.S. Lewis’s children’s books and adding Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life (1966) which describes his conversion to Christianity. The unexplored is a book recommended by my daughter, Tamar. Written by an American humorist, David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, published by Little Brown in 2004, is a collection of 22 autobiographical essays. Ellen Bond, photographer I’m in the process of reading All The Way: My Life on Ice by Jordin Tootoo. I love hockey, I love the far north and Inuit people fascinate me. They are part of Canada and many still live a traditional lifestyle. Not to glorify and say all is good, this book looks at the dark side of life in the north too, where it is very likely you know someone who has taken their own life. It’s about someone beating the odds and that type of story always attracts me. Every time Jordin steps on the ice, he does so where very few other Inuit have travelled. What a story! Anne Boys-Hope, contributor My summer read is My Dyslexia by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz. It’s a moving memoir of his lifelong battle with dyslexia, and how it helped him to succeed as a writer. Once a bullied boy, he overcame his chal-
lenges through sheer determination (amazingly, he taught himself to read at age 11), creative thinking, and the love and support of his immigrant mother. Heart-breaking, engaging and inspiring—it is all of these things. I can’t put it down!
between two worlds, two competing desires, finds himself utterly miserable and acts accordingly. A dash of mysticism, a touch of nihilism, and two heaping spoonfuls of existential angst, it will always be at the top of my To Read list.
Tanya Connolly-Holmes I am currently reading the July/ August 2016 issue of The Walrus. Why did I pick it up? The cover ... the reality of crazy drivers, distracted drivers and construction galore. Will a morning drive ever go back to smooth sailing in this city? Lots of great summer reading here.
Shaun Markey, contributor I’m reading My Cross to Bear, by Greg Allman. This memoir of the cofounder of The Allman Brothers Band is rife with all of the excesses and drama one would expect from a rock and roll legend. Still, it is clear that Allman remains solidly in touch with the important things in life: family, friends and his music. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable, at times shocking, rock and roll read!
Andrea Cranfield Things are so busy for me right now that I hate to admit I am not reading anything at the moment. Well, that is not entirely true. I am pregnant and due October 14. So if I ever do pick up something to read it is 100,001 + Best Baby Names, The Complete Book of Baby Names. But that’s about it. And we still don’t have names picked. Eric Dupuis I am currently reading The Bad Guys Won, by Jeff Pearlman. This is the story of the 1986 New York Mets of Major League Baseball, the rowdiest team to ever put on a new york uniform and maybe the best. The 1986 Mets won 108 regular season games and the 1986 World Series, one of the most memorable ever. As good as they were on the field, they were equally as bad off it. Known as the Scum Bunch this team left a trail of wreckage in their wake: hotel rooms, charter planes, a bar in Houston and much more. It is a critical look at baseball’s last “play all day, party all night” team. It’s a team that could have won multiple championships if not for some poor off-field decisions by several of their best players.
Alyson Queen, contributor I’m currently devouring All the Light We Cannot See. Anthony Doerr vividly paints the lives of two young characters – one French, one German running in parallel during World War II. It’s easy to become attached to Marie-Laure and Werner, whose stories alternate in short chapters with hauntingly beautiful prose. Paula Roy, contributor I’m currently reading The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure. It’s set in France during World War II and tells the story of a talented architect who is enlisted to craft ingenious hiding places to protect Jews from the Nazis. The characters – both the good guys and the bad guys - are fascinating and Belfoure does an excellent job of building tension and suspense.
Ted Simpson, contributor I’ve just started on Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky because I feel like I’m overdue for a “Russian authors phase” in my life. What really drew me to this one right now is that it was published in 1866, Bhavana Gopinath and I’ve not read much from that time I’m reading Kamila Shamsie’s period aside from a few token Mark Salt and Saffron right now. This Twain stories. I’ve got War and Peace Pakistani author has a deft touch with by Tolstoy on deck, that is a spectacuwords and an uncanny ear for nuance. larly thick novel, but I feel like it is a Warning: a talented chef is a key ele- mountain I must climb, with any luck, ment of the story, so there are incredibly mouth-watering descriptions of pulaos and kababs. This book made me ravenous not just for food, but also for more of Ms. Shamsie’s writing. Joseph Hutt, contributor Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf is one of those books whose meaning changes whenever I read it. Harry Haller, the Steppenwolf, is caught
I’ll find some form of enlightenment at the top. Also I’ve still got the Game of Thrones books on the go; it’s quick easy reading for when my mind needs a break. I’ve already seen the show, so I know what’s gonna happen, reading the books is purely self-indulgence. Mark Sutcliffe, CEO When I told my wife I had started a new book called “How Not to Be Wrong” she responded dryly, “I’m not surprised you would read a book with that title.” Jordan Ellenberg’s fascinating book, however, isn’t a tool for people who like to win arguments. Subtitled the “Power of Mathematical Thinking,” it’s surprisingly accessible and free of jargon and it’s about how the basic rules of math play into a wide range of everyday topics, including obesity, art and lotteries. Andrea Tomkins, Managing Editor and Associate Publisher I recently finished The Widow, by Fiona Barton. If you enjoy thrillers such as The Girl on the Train you should definitely consider this one. It was an express loaner from the Ottawa Public Library, which meant I only had seven days to read it. I needn’t have worried because I couldn’t put it down. It’s the best kind of book for summer lists; a quick read that keeps you turning the page. Bradley Turcotte, contributor After fulfilling my summer 2015 pledge to read J.G. Ballard, I sought out spicier stories than the British writer’s dry, competently written sci-fi. Montreal author Daniel Allen Cox’s 2015 novel Mouthquake is a blistering read, detailing a gay stutterer’s sexual exploration and unexpected relationship with a deaf man. Next up in the pile on my bedside table is local author Kate Reid’s Lost in Time and The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. Jackie Whalen, Controller I am reading A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking. It is fascinating to read it now, almost 30 years after it was written. Hawking is a brilliant individual, who is able to effectively communicate his message to the masses, about our universe, and where it may be headed.
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What is this local author reading this summer? Spoiler alert: it’s the ultimate book for the Kitchissippi-dweller By Jared Davidson
Tudor Robins is on the forefront of a new school of thought on published writing, one that embraces the DIY and scoffs at the ivory towers of established publishing venues. Some have likened the change to a revolution; others see it as a fad. For Tudor, selfpublishing has allowed a level of creative freedom, and likely of fame, that is hard to come by in the publishing world. However, doing it oneself does come with some sacrifices, especially scheduling compromises. As a mother and a writer, Tudor often finds her life becoming rather busy. However, she still finds time to read, and when we invited her to contribute to this year’s KT Reads, she was more than enthusiastic about her recommendation. River, Road and Rail: Woodroffe Memories is what would traditionally be called a coffee table book, but it invites so much more than just a casual glance. As Tudor explains, this is the
ultimate book for the Kitchissippi-dweller. It is a book that delves into the area’s past, detailing the construction of important landmarks, and uncovering much of the hidden history of the region. It has been selfpublished by a group of venerable local historians and community members based out of the Woodroffe North Community Association, among them Dave Grosvenor, Katherine Day, Wayne Jackson, Phil Goldring and Bob Grainger. It traces a history of Woodroffe through imagery and lore, from its founding to the present day. In it, readers will discover the story behind the creation of the Parkway, the original City of Ottawa buildings, and one particularly famous castle-shaped house at the corner of Byron and Courtney Avenues. “It’s really engaging and well written,” says Tudor. “And if you live in this neighbourhood, you’re inclined to enjoy it anyway.”
For Tudor, the book holds special significance. Her own family has long lived within the boundaries of Kitchissippi, and reading River Road and Rail gives her insight into her own heritage, as well as a better sense of her neighbourhood. It’s like stepping back into a world that, until now, she’s only heard family stories about. For Tudor, that is a fascinating journey. Tudor herself has often toyed with the idea of writing about the past, but historical novels aren’t always the most lucrative or sustainable means of making a living as an author. Though a traditional publisher may see it as initially interesting, books like that are gambles, and many are never embraced. “It’s something that publishers like, and it’s something that the Canada Council likes, but it’s not exactly the most marketable idea,” she says. And in the world of self-publishing, an idea that sells is a good idea. If that’s the downside
Hot summer reads for teens Submitted by Courtney Mellor, Teen Services Librarian at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library
It’s not too late for young readers to join the Summer Reading Club at Carlingwood and Rosemount Library. It’s a great way to keep kids reading over the summer months. Reading Club kits are available at the library. A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects, by Kate Albrecht This popular lifestyle blogger, YouTube star, and designer offers a beautiful collection of step-by-step personal style and DIY projects. Teens can learn DIY nail art,
makeup techniques, and tips to revive your wardrobe. The craft projects are fairly easy, but you will need a glue gun for most projects! Get real: what kind of world are you buying, by Mara Rockliff This book provides information to help young people become more conscientious about their purchases. There’s lots of great information about sweatshops, advertising, fast food, and other topics, and as well as ideas and resources for being a more educated consumer. After reading this, anyone would think twice about their buying habits!
Make it Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Marcus Samuelson A memoir of Ethiopianborn orphan and Swedish raised Marcus Samuelson. This book is perfect for aspiring chefs or fans of the Food Network and provides insight into what goes on behind the scenes in kitchens of restaurants across the globe. Teens will learn new cooking terms and the book will encourage foodies and young entrepreneurs to follow their passion. This title is part of this summer’s Battle of the Books at the Ottawa Public Library and has been deemed a must read. To learn about the Battle of the Books, visit: biblioottawalibrary.ca.
of doing it yourself, Tudor says it’s well worth it. Last month, Tudor was featured in a Globe and Mail article that presented multiple takes on selfpublishing. Hers was decidedly positive. “I think the vast majority of writers in the vast majority of cases are better off self-publishing,” she says. “I’m really lucky in that, in just a couple of years, writing has gone from something that I just do on my own, to something that, while it doesn’t make me a living, earns me money.” Tudor points to the new, ever-changing publishing landscape as crucial to her success, and sees River, Road and Rail
Tudor Robins’ summer book choice hits close to home. Photo by Marilyn Mikkelsen
as another example of DIY done right. The book, she points out, would likely have not been accepted by a traditional publisher. And while Canadians have been slower than the US to catch on to the
value of new digital platforms for publishing, books like River, Road and Rail (and of course Tudor’s own writing) are providing excellent arguments for diving into self-published writing this summer.
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Satisfy your soul Nadine Hogan is drawn to books that make her think By Bhavana Gopinath
“I love to read,” says Nadine Hogan. She reads faithfully every single night, usually goes through at least two books at once, and enjoys sharing thoughts and ideas from books with friends and loved ones. She always has a book stashed away in her bag in case she gets a few unexpected moments of free time. Nadine and Heather Andrews run Wheelhouse, a spin studio in Wellington Street West. Nadine is a recent recipient of a Forty Under 40 award. The award recognizes accomplished business leaders who are under the age of 40 and is a joint venture of the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. Nadine also just completed her first Half Ironman Triathlon. As a business owner and athlete, Nadine finds inspiration in motivational and self-development books which push her to take risks and explore her personal limits. One such author is Brené Brown, who is “very, very, good.” Brown researches and talks about themes like vulnerability, courage and worthiness, and is also the author of bestsellers like Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, and Rising Strong. Nadine also enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. In a similar vein, Nadine is inspired by the stories of world-class athletes. She is curious about how elite athletes stay focused and motivated. She recommends ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run, and Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington’s A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey. For Nadine, reading is often a quest for something to satisfy her soul. So crime fiction or police procedurals aren’t her taste; she is drawn towards works that make her think, or feel differently
When it comes to fiction, Nadine hogan likes “books that transport you to another place.” Photo by Kenya Jade Pinto
about the world. For example, she loves Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, which describes the author’s conversations with his ALS-afflicted teacher. One of her current favorites is Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay. She also recommends “anything by David Sedaris” for cottage reading, as his works have the right mix of satire and humour. She is presently reading Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance: An Investigation, which she describes as “really cool and fascinating.”
When it comes to fiction, Nadine likes “books that transport you to another place,” like Edward Rutherfurd’s works, whose characters are interwoven with the history of the city the story is set in. Nadine also loves stories and authors from her native Newfoundland, and one of her favorites is The Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace. She also recommends works by awardwinning Newfoundland and Labrador authors Michael Crummey, Lisa Moore, and Donna Morissey. Nadine also
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Telling the stories that matter If there’s time to read, Amanda Rheaume reaches for a good self-help book By Alyson Queen
Tucked into a café in Hintonburg for our chat, Amanda Rheaume just seems like the girl next door. She’s lived here for ten years, knows her neighbours and blends right in. Yet, she is an accomplished Canadian songwriter with four albums who has recorded with Chantal Kreviazuk and is set to tour the UK this month. Before talking about books for KT Reads, we chatted about her new album. Holding Patterns was released in May and features the song, Red Dress, which is a provocative take on an issue that hits home. “Red Dress was a song that I’d been wanting to write for a really long
time, surrounding the idea of honouring the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada.” She was inspired by the REDress project in Winnipeg, where over 600 red dresses were displayed publicly as a powerful visual for the tragedies. She was also clearly impacted by the notguilty verdict rendered in the Cindy Gladue case in Edmonton, which ignited outrage across the country. Although set to a dreamy score, it’s not a healing song. It’s an awareness piece and a call to action. To honour the more than 1180 murdered and missing Indigenous women, she is donating $1 from every album or Red Dress single sale to
victim blaming, and how many of these women don’t have a choice most of the time. They’re stuck and they’re suffering. It’s to encourage that conversation.” The song has grabbed attention, including from
Chantal Kreviazuk, who recorded it with her for the album. Life has been busy since the new album was released. Amanda was on tour in Canada in May, hit BluesFest here in Ottawa and will be back in Ontario in August after her UK Tour. So what is she reading this summer? “I don’t read too much on the road unfortunately, because we are on the move so much,” she admits. When she gets the chance though, she will often reach for a good self-help book. “I find them really helpful to try and live a more balanced life and gain insight into myself.” As someone who has her own challenges with anxiety, she’s currently digging into The Worry
Trap by Chad LeJeune. A practical book filled with analogies and fresh perspective, it focuses on mindfulness and acceptance. “It’s a self-help book of sorts that teaches how to deal with overwhelming worries or thoughts or anxiety. It is really helping me to put some distance between anxiousness and being able to enjoy life. I’d highly recommend it,” says Amanda. Everyone needs a little inspiration and encouragement along the way – and Amanda finds hers in a variety of places. Yet one thing is clear: she is determined to use her voice to tell stories that matter, causing people to think and act differently after having heard her music.
she was drawn to so much as the ones he hosts for each of his four uniquely personified cats, such as the crude hooligan Shipley and the smug Ralph. “I follow his sad cat [ t w i t t e r. c o m / MYSADCAT],” Alison clarifies, referring to The Bear, the author’s morose companion from the cover of the aforementioned book. However, does Tom’s
Twitter-based writing style translate well to fullon prose? Alison seems to think so. “I did start to read it, and it’s hilarious,” she says. “I love the way he writes. It’s fun and fluffy.” Now, while Alison often repeats that she doesn’t have much time to sit around and read, it brings to mind that reading really is just a way to
escape the humdrum of daily life whenever we have a few moments to spare, and one of the many ways at that. Sitting there in her lush, wellcultivated garden, it was clear that her down time is already well invested. However Alison decides to spend her summer, whether it’s with a trowel, a palette knife or a book in hand, she’s sure to enjoy every moment of it.
Photo of Amanda Rheaume by Jen Squires
the safety and violence prevention program of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Both are easily available on iTunes or at amandarheaume.com. “If people can think about it in the way of
Fun and fluffy Alison Fowler’s book choice is feline-inspired Story and photo by Joseph Hutt
“I don’t actually read very much,” warns Alison Fowler. Alison is a popular local artist. One of her projects is the annual Wall of H’arts exhibition at Twiss and Webber and Art in the Alley, which took place at the end of June.
“I don’t know how people have time to read... It’s a total luxury.” Balancing her extensive artistic and gardening pursuits — while being a mother at the same time — it is no surprise that she feels that way. “I was talking to [my friend] and I asked her how she reads, and she said ‘I read ten minutes a
Between time spent working on her art and in the garden, Alison Fowler doesn’t have a lot of extra time to read. The book on her list, however, is perfect summer fare that will make anyone smile.
night before I go to bed,’” she recounts in disbelief. “How do you finish a book ten minutes at a time?!” However, despite these disclaimers, she mentions that she did have one “light read” she was planning to peruse this summer. With a cover that portrays a near spitting image of her own black cat, Alison produces Tom Cox’s The Good, The Bad, and The Furry: Life with the World’s Most Melancholy Cat and Other Whiskery Friends. Just one of his four felineinspired books, each details the entertaining and all-too-true consequences of being a cat lover, from the endearing moments to the messier, less pleasant ones. “I found this fellow on Twitter, of all places,” Alison says. “His tweets were hilarious. Cracking me up, they were so funny.” That being said, it wasn’t necessarily Tom Cox’s own Twitter page
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A love for reading that started early It’s New York Times bestsellers and Pulitzer Prize winners for this Westboro dentist By Bhavana Gopinath
Dr. Dan Hwang of Westboro Station Dental has happy childhood memories of spending Saturday mornings at the library, immersed in its treasures. He remembers enjoying Gordon Korman and Roald Dahl, and trying out several Young Adult authors. Browsing the library was an adventure in itself, because as avid readers know, one might meet The One: a book which simply cannot be put down. That love for books and reading is deeply embedded in his busy adult life. His responsibilities are many: he runs a dental practice, he is the Chair of the Westboro BIA, and volunteers for the Ottawa Dental Society. In addition, he donates his bike-fixing skills for reCycles, a not-for-profit bicycle recycling shop in
Ottawa; a dedicated biker himself, he wants to help re-Cycles promote the sport of cycling in his beloved Ottawa. With time being at such a premium, “I’d like to be efficient with my reading” he says. So for the summer, he has been following the New York Times bestseller list and Pulitzer Prize winners for critically acclaimed works. His first choice for this summer’s reading is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Dr. Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer. His book, published posthumously by his wife, spent weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Dr. Hwang admits that this isn’t the stereotypical light summer fare, but he is interested in how people react when they are close to death. “I’m looking for
insight,” he says. Next on Dr. Hwang’s list is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. This bestseller explores the role of grit and its related traits in success. Dr. Hwang has two children aged 4 and 6, and he’s hoping to instill these qualities in them to help them succeed in life. Dr. Hwang is also hoping to read Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo’s latest, Everybody’s Fool, the sequel to Nobody’s
Fool, which he enjoyed. “So much to read, so little time,” he says. There is a stack of books in his home library that he plans to read whenever time pressures ease a little. These include several classics like Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, and Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. Then there are other books like Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, Zadie Smith’s acclaimed first novel, White Teeth, Gil Courtemanche’s A
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“I’d like to be efficient with my reading.” Sunday at the Pool in Kigali (in the original French, ideally), and Carole Shields’s Stone Diaries.
Dr. Hwang plans to travel to Quebec in the summer, but for the most part, he plans to remain home – “Ottawa has such glorious summers,” he says. He will take time off from work and other responsibilities and is looking forward to going through his list. His two children are just exploring the joys of reading, so perhaps they will also lay down memories of happy childhoods immersed in books, just like Dr. Hwang did.
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Teen Volunteers help Teens learning English as a second language with their reading at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Saturday, July 16 & 23 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Offered in partnership with Frontier College and Algonquin College. Registration is required. For youth between 12 and 18 years of age. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
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JULY 20- FAMILY YOGA
Drop in and play Super Smash Bros on Wii U at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Thursday, August 11 & 18 from 4:15 p.m. until 5 p.m. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
Family yoga combines basic yoga postures, music, and movement to energize, strengthen and calm our bodies and minds. This workshop celebrates the many benefits of yoga & music, while encouraging creative play and individual expression between parent and child. Guaranteed to inspire big smiles and healthy bodies! For children ages 2 to 4 years old. Free! Wednesday July 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Mothercraft Ottawa (475 Evered Ave.) For more information contact Cathy Cadieux at 613-728-1839 ext. 248.
JULY 23 - SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE Saturday Night Dance at the Westboro Legion with Andy King at 7 p.m. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778.
JULY 26 - TEEN LIFE-SIZE BOARD GAMES Imagine playing a board game you can walk on? Come play larger than life Snakes & Ladders, Angry Birds, and Big bowling at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesday, July 26 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. For teens age 12 to 18. Registration is optional. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
JUNE 27 - HOW TO TAKE BETTER TRAVEL PHOTOS Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your travels through pictures. Also learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to not only create a better picture but to enhance the sensation of “being there” when viewed by others. Presented by Lynda Buske and Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, June 27 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/how-take-better-travel-photos-3
JULY 27 - POSTNATAL EXERCISE An effective strength training workout that allows you to bond with your baby. Build strength, tone muscles, regain functional movement, improve your posture and bounce back after childbirth, all while having fun with your baby. Use your baby as resistance and strengthen your back, legs, upper body and core. For mothers/fathers and infants from 8 weeks to 12 months. Free. Monday June 27 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Mothercraft Ottawa (475 Evered Avenue). For information, or to register, contact Cathy Cadieux at 613728-1839 ext. 248.
JULY 28 - SUICIDE SQUAD MOVIE RELEASE PARTY! Celebrate the release of the Suicide Squad with a makeup contest, trivia, green screen, button maker, “blood” fondue bar, and prizes at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Thursday, July 28 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Registration is optional. For 12 to 18 years old. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca
JULY 29 - OPEN STAGE NIGHT Open Stage night at the Westboro Legion with the host band The Werthman starts at 8 p.m. For more information visit our website at rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778.
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