Author visit

An Evening With Jan Wong

Jan Wong went to China as a starry-eyed Maoist in 1972 at the height of the Cultural Revolution, renouncing rock and roll and hauling pig manure in the paddy fields. Learn about her experiences in Maoist China and how her love affair began to sour as she became aware of the harsh realities of Chinese communism.

About Jan Wong

September 29th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Paddling Routes of Killarney and the French River, with Kevin Callan

Author and wilderness adventurer Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) will be sharing a number of paddling routes in Killarney and French River Provincial Parks. Killarney is Ontario Park's crown jewel, set in the stunning La Cloche Mountain Range. The French River is rich in history and is truly a paddler's paradise. Pre-register for this virtual presentation.  Zoom info will be emailed

April 14th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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OBOA Writing Contest

FAMILY

Writing Contest

Swimming Back to Trout River is a moving story of a Chinese family navigating change in turbulent times.  Families provide an endless source of material; secrets buried, trauma, hope, betrayal and love.  Send us your story of family (real or imagined) to enter the OBOA 2022 writing contest.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

There are two categories: Youth (ages 14 – 17) and Adult (ages 18+)

Submissions can be in any genre but must be original and unpublished in any form

January 9th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
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FAMILY

Writing Contest

Swimming Back to Trout River is a moving story of a Chinese family navigating change in turbulent times.  Families provide an endless source of material; secrets buried, trauma, hope, betrayal and love.  Send us your story of family (real or imagined) to enter the OBOA 2022 writing contest.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

There are two categories: Youth (ages 14 – 17) and Adult (ages 18+)

Submissions can be in any genre but must be original and unpublished in any form

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Sep 25 2022 .
January 9th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
January 16th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
January 23rd, 9:00am to 11:30pm
January 30th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
February 6th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
February 13th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
February 20th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
February 27th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
March 6th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
March 13th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
March 20th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
March 27th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
April 3rd, 9:00am to 11:30pm
April 10th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
April 17th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
April 24th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
May 1st, 9:00am to 11:30pm
May 8th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
May 15th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
May 22nd, 9:00am to 11:30pm
May 29th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
June 5th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
June 12th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
June 19th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
June 26th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
July 3rd, 9:00am to 11:30pm
July 10th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
July 17th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
July 24th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
July 31st, 9:00am to 11:30pm
August 7th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
August 14th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
August 21st, 9:00am to 11:30pm
August 28th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
September 4th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
September 11th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
September 18th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
September 25th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
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Repeats

OBOA Writing Contest

FAMILY

Writing Contest

Swimming Back to Trout River is a moving story of a Chinese family navigating change in turbulent times.  Families provide an endless source of material; secrets buried, trauma, hope, betrayal and love.  Send us your story of family (real or imagined) to enter the OBOA 2022 writing contest.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

There are two categories: Youth (ages 14 – 17) and Adult (ages 18+)

Submissions can be in any genre but must be original and unpublished in any form

January 16th, 9:00am to 11:30pm
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Be a Better Beta

Why do you need a Beta Reader? Beta readers can be one of the best tools in your writing arsenal. Used well, they improve your writing in ways you couldn't imagine before.

Beta readers help you see your story from another set of eyeballs. Learn how to give and get better feedback on your writing.

 

About the Facilitator:

 

Rachel Rosen has worked in the publishing industry as a graphic designer, editor, workshop designer, ghostwriter and manuscript evaluator. Her upcoming book Cascade will be released in Spring 2022.

February 13th, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Changing the Way Housing Can Work

Alex Bozikovic unpacks the housing affordability crisis and offers innovative ideas for creating housing for all ages and demographic groups, posing tough questions about the issues that will make or break our communities. 

House Divided was shortlisted for the Speaker’s Book Award of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Alex has also written for journals including AzureArchitect, Architectural RecordDwell, Frame, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Spacing. 

January 27th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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An Evening with George Elliott Clarke: Where Beauty Survived

George Elliott Clarke is an internationally-renowned poet, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, librettist and scholar. His books have won many honours, including the Governor General Literary Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2008 and served as Canada’s 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

February 3rd, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Superstar Summer Storytellers Series: Meet Jess Keating, Aron Nels Steinke and Katy Farina

The Superstar Storytellers Summer Series! Presented by the public libraries of Durham and York Regions. Join us this summer for four spectacular virtual children’s author visits.

August 17, 7:00-8:00: Meet Jess Keating, Aron Nels Steinke and Katy Farina

Registration opens: August 3, 9:00 am.

Meet Jess Keating, Aron Nels Steinke and Katy Farina

August 17th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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