So, over the last few years, I kept seeing Events posted on Facebook about the Chiaroscuro Reading Series in Ottawa. And I was really keen to go… but well, life happens.
Until THIS event – June 6th 2017! I said ‘screw you life!’ and decided rather last minute that I was going to attend one of these events – and I’m glad I made the hour-long drive to get there! It was great!
I’ve heard a few sample readings from Authors before at writer conferences, but this was a different experience.
ChiSeries Ottawa had just moved to a new location The Clocktower Brew Pub where everyone met in the cozy and intimate party room down stairs. A whole room, and bar, all to ourselves with most excellent service!
With the evening’s special Host Sandra Kasturi , we heard samples from Authors: Kathlyn Bradshaw who read an excerpt from her novel The Frankenstein Murders , Michael Libling read from his novella Hollywood North and Julie Czerneda beautifully read excerpts from 3 very different works. AND there was a hat story from none other than Marie Bilodeau!
Plus, there were enough donations raised that we were privileged to witness Matt Moore rock a rather dapper basket-hat (of Marie’s choice) for the rest of the evening.
I believe the next Ottawa reading event will be in September – BUT, they have reading events all across Canada! So, if you don’t live near Ottawa, or just can’t wait till September, there are 5 cities choose from (with more to come in the near future) and you can go and support Canadian Authors there/then – because supporting home talent is a good thing 😉
As I had posted on Twitter later that evening –
There really is something magical about hearing author’s works in their own voices.