Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

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Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

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Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre kiosk out of service


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Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

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The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction - shortlist

May 21, 2020

July UPDATE: the 2020 winner is Colson Whitehead for The Nickel Boys!

Have you heard of the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction?  If not, it's worth your time checking into an interesting array of titles, ones with serious political overtones.  Only in existence for a year, the 2019 winner was Milkman by Anna Burns, a book that won the Booker, too.

 The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction was started by George Orwell's son Richard Blair, and "will reward outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social and political themes, present or past, through the art of narrative."  Orwell himself said his wish was to make "political writing into an art".

A refreshing promotion of the political in fiction, wouldn't you say?  New in a roster of Orwell prizes including The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils, checkout their enlightening website for more good literature, after reading these shortlisted fictional works, and celebrate the resonance of Orwell's legacy:

Image: Girl


By O'Brien, Edna
Image: Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other

By Evaristo, Bernardine
Image: The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

A Novel
By Whitehead, Colson
Image: The Wall

The Wall

A Novel
By Lanchester, John