The Ottawa International Writers Festival continues this week with a variety of events, all taking place at the National Library and Archives on Wellington Street. Tonight, catch author Bill Waiser talking about Saskatchewan: A New History a commemorative publication marking Saskatchewan’s centennial in 2005. In it, Mr. Waiser, a specialist in western and northern Canadian history, looks at the stories of people in Saskatchewan since 1905, juxtaposing them against the larger backdrop of the historical events that have defined Saskatchewan. The author takes readers on a journey that gives an insight into the challenges facing the province today. On Oct. 6, CBC broadcaster Lucy van Oldenbarneveld converses with writers of internationally acclaimed Canadian fiction, with readings from Varda Burstyn’s Water Inc., Charles Foran’s Irish-set Carolan’s Farewell, Rabindranath Maharaj’s A Perfect Pledge, about an irascible cane farmer in Trinidad, and Katherine Govier’s Three Views of Crystal Water, a lucid and exotic tale that is part fable, part history and entirely original, in which the author reflects on nature–both earthly and human. See Listings for details.
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