Love. Art in front of the National Library of Canada on Wellington Street. Photo by Robyn Paton.
Ottawa Books & Library Guide
There's much more to Ottawa's literary community than big box stores like Chapters. Ottawa has plenty of independent book stores, an active literary community, and even an annual writers festival.
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OttawaStart Headlines - Authors, Books & Literary Events
- Local Author: Iain Reid at Hazeldean Library on June 24, 2013
- Martin Bueno reads The Rainbow Alchemist
- May 22, 2013 - Cyril Dabydeen at the Media Club of Ottawa
- Christian McPherson Reading
- The Field Stone Poets Reading
- Michael McCann Author Reading
- Alberte Villeneuve Sinclair
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- Ottawa Library
- Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association
municipale de Gatineau
- Carleton University: MacOdrum Library
- University of Ottawa Library
- Algonquin College Learning Resource Centre
- Université du Québec
en Outaouais: Bibliothèque
- Canadian Museum of Civilization Library & Archives
- Canadian War Museum Military Research Centre
- Library and Archives Canada
- Friends of Library and Archives Canada
- National Capital Region Library Directory
- Blog: Special Info & Musings for Ottawa IM Professionals
Independent Book Stores
- After Stonewall (370 Bank, 567-2221)
- Agora Bookstore (145 Besserer)
- Book Baskets Canada
- Book Bazaar (417 Bank, 233-4380)
- Books Canada
- Bytown Bookshop
- Canterbury House Book Store
- Central Computer Books
- Coin Du Livre (1657 Cyrville Rd, 746-1242)
- Collected Works (Wellington @ Holland)
- Dragon Tail Bookshop
- Haven Books (43 Seneca, 730-9888)
- Librairie du Centre (435 Donald 747-1553)
- LIbrairie du Soleil (33 George, 241-6999)
- National Gallery of Canada Book Store
- Octopus Books
- Perfect Books
- Place Bell Books
- Polish Bookstore in Ottawa
- Renouf Books (1-5369 Canotek Rd., 745-2665)
- Salem Storehouse
- Serendipity BOoks and Gifts (1337-B Wellington, 722-3400)
- Singing Pebble Books (202-A Main, 230-9165)
- Weekend Reader (1315 Wellington, 729-5281)
- World of Maps and Travel Books (1235 Wellington, 724-6776)
- Book Den (263 MacLaren, 236-3142)
- Shirley Leishman Books (Westgate Mall 722-8313)
- The New Octopus Bookstore (116 Third Ave, 233-2589)
- Girol Spanish and Portuguese Books (120 Somerset W, 233-9044)
- All Books (327 Rideau, 789-9544)
- Livres Disques Etc. (450 Rideau, 888-320-8070)
- Daniel Leclerc 1116 Wellington, 722-3488)
- Bay Used Books (68-A Robertson Rd, 829-7157)
- Ecclesiastical Bookstore/Librairie Ecclesiastique (223 Main, 751-4015)
- Crosstown Traffic (593-C Bank, 234-1210)
- Perfect Books (258-A Elgin, 231-6468)
- Birder's Corner (101-2 Beechwood Ave, 741-0945)
- Garden of Light (163 Laurier Ave E, 235-2727)
- Sunnyside Bookshop (113 Murray, 241-0943)
- Health Sciences Book Store (501 Smyth, 737-8847)
- Also: not at all an independent book store, but lots of people are searching for the web site for Chapters. Here is is: chapters.indigo.ca
- Dark Age Comics
- Myths Legends & Heroes
- Silver Snail
- Back Copies - 742-0255
- Cave Comics - 739-7831
- Entertainment Inké - 841-5531
- Fandom II, 162 Laurier Avenue West, (613) 236-2972
- Infinte Earths Collectables - 283-0145
- Infinity Entertainment - 247-1131
- The Comic Book Shoppe
- The Wizard's Tower - 569-3317
Antiquarian & Used Books
Campus Book Stores
- Agora Bookstore (145 Besserer)
- Algonquin College First Class Bookstore
- Carleton University book store
- University of Ottawa book store
Writing & Translation Services
- Ascribe Writing Communications
- Clive Pyne Book Indexing
- Devonia Technical Writing
- Ottawa Storytellers
"This association exists to promote the art of storytelling in our community, to nurture and inspire both beginning and experienced storytellers, and to provide tellers and listeners of all ages with opportunities to come together to share and enjoy stories."
- Ottawa Translation
- Words For Sale
- The Writing Coach
- Writer's Deadline Mailing List
Local Writers & Books
- Jonathan Appleseed: Cosmeiosis
- Peggy Blair
- Michael and Renate Eisele
- Darryl McMahon: The Emperor's New Hydrogen Economy
- The Road to God Knows...
- Sparkler Books
- The Trivia Guys
- Darrilyn M. Wilson mystery writer
- Wisdom and Delight
- OttawaStart Blog: Local authors & books
Writing & Literary events
- Ottawa Independent Writers
- ARC Magazine
- Capital Crime Writers
Capital Crime Writers has over seventy members who meet on the second Monday, holding workshops and inviting guest speakers. Over the years there have been forensic pathologists, lawyers, police officers, private investigators, script writers, editors - the list goes on.
- Kanata Writers' Group
- Literary Events
- Literary Tourist
- National Capital Letters
- Ottawa Independent Writers
- Ottawa Science Fiction Society
- Ottawa Writing Resources
- Students for Literacy Ottawa
- The Bookworm (blog by Donald Ermen, Ottawa Sun)
- Writers' Deadline (mailing list)
- Writers Festival
Books about Ottawa
The Unknown City by rob mclennan
Ottawa may be our capital city but it's also a place of contradictions—the official version offers numerous, beneficent historic sites, institutions, museums, and galleries, but there are other stories to be told. In this latest edition of Arsenal's Unknown City series of alternativecity guides for both locals and tourists, Ottawa comes alive as a diverse, quirky town that may look like a government city on the surface but boasts a small-town charm. The book charts a course through the city's hidden landmarks, shopping, dining, and nightlife hot spots, as well as secret histories that will come as a surprise even to life-long locals.
- Secret Ottawa by Laura Byrne Paquet. Secret Ottawa reveals a side of the capital that most visitors-and many locals-never see. Find out where you can spot a blue heron at sunrise, eat Sri Lankan string hoppers, buy armour or angels, or work out at 3:00 a.m. From cycling to sundials, and waterfalls to wine, Secret Ottawa is your guide to the city's hidden treasures.
- Frommer's® Ottawa by Louise Dearden. Covers everything Ottawa has to offer, including visual and performing arts, historic monuments, and world-class outdoor sports and recreation.
- Capital Dining by Anne DesBrisay. Ottawa’s top restaurant critic and the author of the Citizen’s popular “Dining Out” column, Anne DesBrisay recommends over 150 restaurants in the National Capital Region. This is the second edition of Capital Dining—new and updated for 2008.
- Capital Walks: Walking Tours of Ottawa by Katharine Fletcher.
- Ottawa with Kids by James Hale. The complete family travel guide to attractions, sites and events in Ottawa.
- The Lobster kids' guide to exploring Ottawa-Hull by John Symon. Whether you're a parent, an educator or a tourist, if you're caring for children between the ages of 1-12, this book is the perfect answer. More than 100 suggestions for fun-filled family activities in the National Capital Region.
- Frommer's® Ottawa with Kids by Louise Dearden. Reveals the most fun and educational experiences for kids in Canada's capital. It's full of incredibly detailed tips - right down to which hotels offer cribs and rollaway beds and which restaurants offer high chairs.
- The Hike It Bike It Walk It Drive It Guide: to Ottawa, the Gatineau, Kingston & Beyond by Ann Campbell. Features a variety of outdoor daytrips in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Contains maps, directions, up-to-date info and contact phone numbers.
- Ottawa: A colourguide by Carol Martin. Museums, festivals, Parliament Hill, accomodation, heritage sites, dining, recreation, shopping, galleries.
- Ottawa-Gatineau Film & Video Registry. A who's who guide to Ottawa's growing film industry.