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Algonquin Reads Student Contest

The Algonquin Reads Student Contest!

Let your students know they could win CASH prizes and be published by entering the Algonquin Reads student contest. 

New to this year, we are opening up the contest to include visual submissions such as drawings, videos, illustrations, in addition to written submissions. There are two categories for the contest, creative (short story, poem, screenplay, video, art work, illustration, animation or drawing) or critical (critical essay, opinion piece or journalistic essay)  and must be inspired by the 2010-2011 Algonquin Reads book, Holding still for as long as possible by Zoe Whittall. The book is available at the First Class bookstore and can be loaned from the Learning Resource Centre/Library. 

  Two prizes of $150 will be awarded and submissions may be published in Algonquin Times and/or posted on the Algonquin Reads web site. Word/size restrictions may apply and submissions must be in by March 15, 2011.

Full contest details can be found on the Algonquin Reads web site at  or by contacting Helena Merriam at merriah@algonquincollege or 613-727-4723 x5338.

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Zoe Whittall is Coming to Algonquin!

Zoe Whittall

Author Zoe Whittall

The Algonquin Reads committee is pleased to announce that Zoe Whittall, author of Holding Still as Long as Possible,  is coming to Algonquin College, Friday March 11, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in T102, for an author reading and Q& A session.

Zoe Whittall is a staff writer with the Canadian magazine, Quill & Quire,  and an award winning novelist and poet. Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts was a Globe and Mail “Top 100″ book and a Quill & Quire Best Book. In 2007, she was named Emerging Author of the Year by NOW Magazine.

 Her second novel, Holding Still as long as possible, chosen as this year’s Algonquin Reads pick, tells the story of the interlocking lives of two young women and a man who live in the seedy but gentrifying Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale:  Billy, a former teen idol from the Lilith Fair days; Josh, a shy and sardonic paramedic who travels the city patching up damaged bodies; and Amy, a filmmaker coping with her first broken heart. When a freak accident changes everything, each character must decide how to cope with the things they can’t control.

Learn about the writing process, find out more about a great book and enjoy some refreshments on us!   Bring your class, lots of seats available!

To learn more, contact Helena Merriam at or by calling 613-727-4723 x5338

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North Atlantic Bouillabaisse with Tomato & Fennel

Do you ever find yourself not knowing what to eat? You’re hungry, but nothing seems appealing to your taste buds. I find this time of year particularly challenging. After over-indulging throughout the holidays, the last thing I want is something rich or heavy. And yet it’s still really cold outside, and I crave something that is going to comfort me.

I can’t think of a better go-to recipe for this time of year than a bouillabaisse. Traditionally, bouillabaisse is a Mediterranean dish, featuring seafood and shellfish originating from the warm Mediterranean Sea. But it’s equally enjoyable in this North Atlantic version, which substitutes scorpion fish and sea urchins with halibut, salmon and shrimp. Read more…

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Valentine’s Day – Looking Beyond the Hype

Valentine’s Day can be different things to different people. For some, it is a day of expectation, waiting to see what special treat or trinket the signficant other has dreamed up. For others, it is a day to celebrate love by exchanging cards, flowers and dinner reservations. For many, it is just another day, sometimes a day just to get through by tuning out all of the special-day-of-love fuss and try to forget that there is no one to send a card to.

Here is a small collection of what some folks do – or have done – for Valentine’s Day.

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My husband and I do not usually celebrate Valentine’s Day in a particularly special way. We may have a nice dinner with wine and candles at home, but that is not really different from many other Friday nights, Tuesday nights, or any other. What we do make sure to do on that day is talk to our mums.

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Kahlua Chocolate Truffles

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think chocolate and there’s nothing that can get you off your girlfriend’s naughty list faster than chocolate truffles. Trust me I speak from experience. The best kept secret about chocolate truffles are how quick and  easy they are to prepare. Here is a simple but exquisite chocolate truffle recipe where I use Kahlua but that could be substituted with any flavored liquor your taste buds can handle.

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