Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Ottawa Writer's Festival and Date Night in the Glebe


Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid reader and one of my favorite books of all time is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It's a moving memoir about her childhood growing up in extreme poverty with dysfunctional parents.

So when I heard that she would be speaking at the Ottawa Writers Festival, I jumped at the chance to attend. My awesome boyfriend agreed to come with me, so since we are rarely in the Glebe area, we decided to make it a date night.

For dinner we decided to go to Zazaza Pizza , as we had tried it last summer with dining club and wanted to sample another one of their really neat combinations.Tonight I opted for the "Liberty Bella" while Matt went with the "Cajun Cowboy" both were very delicious.
"Cajun Cowboy" with Tomato Chipotle Sauce, Caramelized Onions, Chicken, Spicy Havarti, Chorizo Sausage and Sweet Corn 


"Liberty Bella" with Alfredo Sauce, Cheddar, Steak, Green Peppers, Onion , Mozza, Hot Peppers and Bold BBQ Drizzle

After dinner, we had enough time to grab a yummy gelato from Stella Luna Café. We each got a regular cup of gelato, with 3 flavours each. There were so many great flavours to chose from but I settled on lemon, cinnamon honey and forestberry. Though all 3 were delicious, the forestberry was one of the best gelatos that I've had. It had a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. After tasting it I wished that I had only gotten that flavour.
 
The Writer's Festival event took place in the beautiful Southminster United Church. The pews were nearly filled to capacity with excited book lovers. Jeannette Walls stepped up to the podium, in her simple black dress and beautiful white jacket, the picture of success and spoke to us as if we were one of her close friends. 

She explained how she held her story inside for years, ashamed and afraid that once people knew about her past they would exclude her. Her courage to forge ahead and pen her memoir The Glass Castle has inspired most of us who have been fortunate enough to read her novel. 

She then went on to speak about her latest book The Silver Star which is described as" a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling." She candidly spoke of her hesitance to write fiction and the difficulty to make it sound like non-fiction so to draw in the reader.

Overall it was a great evening and worth every second spent in the book signing line to meet such an inspirational woman. I'm anxious to see which authors next year's Writer's Festival brings to Ottawa. 

For more information on the Ottawa Writer's Festival: http://www.writersfestival.org/