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The Factory Reading Series, as part of the VERSEFEST poetry festival, presents talks and readings by Paige Ackerson-kiely of Vermont and Barry Mckinnon of Prince George, B.C. Free admission. 4:30 p.m. at The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square.

The Ontario Poetry Society (T.O.P.S.) will meet at the Royal Oak, 318 Bank St., from 2 to 5 p.m. A hearty invitation is extended to anyone interested in poetry, whether you’re a member of T.O.P.S. or not. Info: poet Mark Monica Gorman at 613-234-2002 or by email at

Ottawa author R.J. Harlick will be signing her new Meg Harris mystery A Green Place for Dying at at Chapters South Keys, 2210 Bank St., today from 1 to 4 p.m.; at Chapters Pinecrest, 2735 Iris St., on March 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.; and at Chapters Kanata, 400 Earl Grey Dr., on March 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.


The A B Series presents internatio­nally renowned American poet, editor and blogger Ron Silliman at at 8 p.m. at Gallery 101, 301 1/2 Bank St. Silliman has written and edited more than 30 books, most recently Wharf Hypothesis, and has had his poetry and criticism translated into 12 languages. Admission free. Info:


Irving Layton: A Centenary Celebratio­n. 2:30 p.m. at University of Ottawa, Room 129, Simard Hall, 60 University St. The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program and the Department of English welcome you to a celebratio­n of the writings and legacy of Irving Layton (1912-2006), with readings from his works by Ottawa poets and reminiscen­ces from friends and associates. Participan­ts also include MPS Irwin Cotler who studied with Layton and Mauril Bélanger, a longtime admirer of Layton’s poetry. Hosted by professor Seymour Mayne. Reception to follow. Admission to the event is free.


Ruth Latta will launch her new novel, The Old Love and the New Love at the Emerald Plaza branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1547 Merivale Rd., at 7 p.m.


The Tree Reading Series presents a free workshop with Jay Millar on the North American Long (or “Serial”) Poem, with particular emphasis on reading and discussing Canadian Long Poems. 6:45 pm. at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave.


For the first time, bestsellin­g Ottawa writer Charles de Lint will be published by a Canadian publishing house. His new adventure series The Wildlings series has been acquired by Penguin Canada. De Lint will launch the first book in the series, Under My Skin, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset St. West, 613-216-2850. In addition to reading from and signing his new book at the launch, de Lint will perform a short set of songs from his recently released album, Old Blue Truck.

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