Obscure Ottawa is an antidote to all the pretty things in Bytown: Mounties on their shiny horses, the green rooftops of Parliament oxidizing in the sun, 100,000 tulips waving bright and glorious along the canal. Rather, in this book you'll find a derelict DC-3 mouldering at the end of a runway in Carp, Foucault's pendulum swinging in a stairwell at Carelton U, a church converted to a beauty parlour, a movie palace converted to a church. Plus many more oddball Ottawa sights captured on film to inform and delight the discerning eye. For curious readers, a tightly researched historical appendix provides documentation for each photo.
Release date: Friday April 27, 2018

Obscure Ottawa

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A welcome break from saturated colours and tiresome beauty spots--here we have the real low-gloss Ottawa, nicely mounted in bureaucratic black & white. You won't see this stuff on the bus tour. So get out your Brownie Hawkeye camera and let's go find something strange. This book will start us off.

Ray Corrin was born and raised in Wingham, Ontario, hometown of Alice Munro, though he never met her. He holds an MD from the University of Western Ontario, practices medicine in Ottawa, and consults for the World Health Organization in Europe. He has lived in Ottawa since it changed its name from Bytown.

Title: Obscure Ottawa (hardback)
Author: Ray Corrin
Pages: 284
Photos: 145 black & white
Dimensions: 8 X 10 inches (approx)
Weight: 1.16 kg (2.9 lb)
Publisher: Reprieve Press (reprievepress.ca)
ISBN: 978-0-9919819-1-5

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