And the word is out.
No rescue to be found for the Collected Works Bookstore.
As I mentioned earlier in the month, this is where - for two years - the Pen and Paper writing workshop held most of its sessions. They'd set up tables and chairs for us, and themoo37 would lead our "Merrye Bande" in telling each other tales, fictional or not, in order to see what worked, what didn't...or maybe just to vent somehow.
Some of the articles I've written for Spacing Ottawa over the years got some issues resolved during those sessions, in fact, with help from the gang at the store.
Well, the Merrye Bande of Pen and Paper still survives, and will be holding our gatherings at Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesday nights from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM, barring any sudden changes in venue preferences. It's not the first time we've moved onward. From Chapters-Gloucester to the Nihao Tea House in Gloucester Centre Mall to Collected Works...and now Collected Works is gone the way of the Nihao Tea House.
I enjoyed Collected Works, though.
Thank you to Christopher Smith and Craig Poile and their staff for hosting us these past two years. Thank you for your help with my entertainment and my research alike. You helped me a lot.
I'm sorry that it's over.
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