Written by Denise Deby.

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Image courtesy Goose Lane Books http://www.gooselane.com/media/1248.jpg

Here’s how the Ottawa International Writers Festival describes their fall schedule in their latest newsletter:

From Canada to Ireland and Tanzania, First Nations communities to the oil sands and rural Quebec, through the world wars, to the fight against ISIS, this week our festival is bringing stories from around the world to Ottawa.”

A few highlights:

First Peoples, First Stories with Lee Maracle, Bev Sellars and Joseph Boyden, hosted by Waubgeshig Rice, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. (Important things to know, and new ways to think.)

Oil, Gas and Water with Marq de Villiers, Louis Helbig and Andrew Nikiforuk, hosted by Neil Wilson, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. (The politics of water, the “beautiful destruction” of the tar sands, and the fight against fracking.)

The Dorito Effect with Mark Schatzker, hosted by Sean Wilson, on Monday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. (How food flavours have shifted from real and healthy to “craveable” but empty.)

The Reason You Walk with Wab Kinew, hosted by Waubgeshig Rice, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. (A memoir and a reconnection.)

There’s lots more, so check the schedule.

As well as food for thought, the festival has food—including local dishes from Dash Mobile Cookery, Bridgehead and local breweries served in the Festival Café (check the schedule for times). There’s also a Literary Luncheon with Margaret Atwood on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

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