Canada Reads, Ottawa Event on Friday – S11E20

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On Friday night, I had the opportunity to attend CBC Canada Reads public event and hosted by All In A Day‘s Alan Neal. The 2016 edition of Canada Reads is nearing and this event had one of the finalists, Saleema Nawaz for her book, Bone and Bread. She’s originally from Ottawa and now residing in Montreal.

Nawaz’s defender, Farah Mohamed was there for the event and telling the audience why’s she defending the book and hoping it wins Canada Reads.
Aside from the conversations, there were performances from Mehdi Cayenne Club and Casey Mecija (formerly of Ohbijou and host of CBC’s The Doc Project).

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I Found Momo [Summer Special]

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Momo, the border collie, along with his owner, Andrew Knapp came into Ottawa for a book tour. The popular dog released a second photo book called Find Momo Coast to Coast. For those that don’t know, Momo is popular on the Internet and Instagram where there’s a photo of a location and you try to find where Momo is. It’s like hide and seek and Where’s Waldo? mixed into one.

His owner has documented the road trips and showing the fun photos to finding the lovable dog. In a way, Momo has been a viral hit and still getting a lot of likes on Instagram now.

The appearance was held at Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books down in the Glebe area, across from Lansdowne Park. Knapp gave a slideshow showing the beginning of Momo and the adventures they have journeyed. It was a fun afternoon with the kids and adults enjoying Momo’s appearance. I’ve been wanting to see Momo due to the Instagram photos and glad I was able to see him and his owner.

You can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.

One of the Books Read from Canada Reads 2015 – S10E21

When Everything Feels Like The Movies

I made an accomplishment as I read one of the contending books for CBC’s Canada Reads. The book I read was When Everything Feels Like The Movies, written by Raziel Reid. Other books competing are And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier, Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee, Ru by Kim Thúy, and The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King. All of the books are defended by well-known Canadian personalities, musicians and actors. They are Cameron Bailey (Ru), Kristin Kreuk (Intolerable), Craig Kielburger (The Inconvenient Indian), Elaine Lui (When Everything Feels Like The Movies) and Martha Wainwright (And the Birds Rained Down).

The reason for picking When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid and defended by Elaine Lui was that it interested me as it’s the first young adult book to be entered in Canada Reads. It won the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards and not without controversy with the subject matter of the book.

The book by Reid is pretty ambitious and explicit as the themes of homosexuality, sex and loneliness being prevalent throughout the book. It’s quite a tough book to read as there’s profanity and other harsh words being used. Aside from the negative points, the thing that intrigued me with the book was the use of pop culture reference and social media/Internet sites as it bursted a lot of ideas and imaginations in my head. It does bring the notion everything feeling like the movies. It also made me wish that I went back to high school to experience what changes and attitude teens are doing now since the use of the Internet is influencing for the good and the bad. It really opened up an perspective for respecting one another in terms of gender rights.

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Elaine “Lainey” Lui at Chapters Rideau – S09E29

Impossible Lainey Gossip

I was convinced by a good friend that I should check out Lainey Lui of Lainey Gossip and co-host of The Social on CTV at Chapters in downtown Ottawa. She was at there to promote her book, Listen To The Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s A Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort of). Such a long title as it’s a memoir about her life and family (mainly her mom) with humour added.

What struck me about her is that she’s raised in a typical Chinese family living in Canada. It reminds me of how my mom is like but really depend with one another. Chinese families can have wacky dynamics ranging from the annoyance to being supportive in times of need. I felt like I can relate to her because it’s how Chinese families are raised through a unique cultural setting in Canada.

As I’m blogging, my brother was reading out some parts of the book and laughing like crazy. Quite distracting as I concentrated typing this entry.
I can say it’s definitely a good read for anyone who likes memoirs and humour but it’s not for all ages as they’re some profanity.
Even though I’m not familiar with her works on TV and blogging, I should pay attention to her stuff from time to time.

Overall, I had a good time checking her out in person and usually a surprise to see another friend also go to the book signing event. It’s always nice to be cheered up and go out to certain events like that.
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