If you love to read and are looking to support some local talent, then we have the ultimate list for you.
Our nation’s capital produces and houses some of the most talented authors in the country. We love highlighting local talent, so we have put together a list of 5 books by local authors we think you should read.
As I Walked About by Phil Jenkins
If you’re interested in Ottawa’s history, you need to check out this book. Author, musician, and journalist Phil Jenkins can answer any questions you may have about the history of our nation’s capital. This book is curated from over 25 years of columns written for the Ottawa Citizen.
Dark August by Katie Tallo.
Katie Tallo is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and director from Ottawa. Dark August is a thrilling mystery about a woman who is haunted by her past. The story is set here in Ottawa as the protagonist returns to her hometown after her grandmother dies and learns that there is more to her mother’s death than she knew.
The Company We Keep, by Frances Itani
Frances Itani, is a Canadian fiction writer, poet, and essayist. The Company We Keep is about six strangers who meet on Tuesday nights in a café and seek solace from one another. They find themselves part of a “Company of Good Cheer.” These six strangers are learning that beginnings can be possible at any stage of life. But as they tell their stories, they must navigate what is shared and what is withheld.
Ottawa Rewind and Ottawa Rewind 2 By Andrew King
Andrew King loves to solve mysteries from the past. King investigates some of Ottawa’s greatest mysteries and answers them in these two books. Ottawa Rewind is a fun and unique way to learn about our city’s history while uncovering some pretty great mysteries.
The Ancient Dead, by Barbara Fradkin
Barbara Fradkin is an Ottawa-based mystery writer. Her novel The Ancient Dead follows Amanda Doucette and Todd Ellison who search desperately for the connection between an old family photograph, bones discovered in a remote coulee, and an uncle who went missing in Alberta thirty years ago.
The Last Wave By Maggie Wheeler
This is Maggie Wheeler’s seventh and final novel in the popular Lost Villages mystery series. It’s a book you won’t want to put down.
If you’re interested in any of these books, they are available for purchase in most online bookstores. However, we encourage you to shop right from the author’s websites to ensure the proceeds go towards the local talent.
Are there any books we missed? Let us know on our socials who your favorite local authors are or if you read any of the books on this list. Happy reading everybody!