September 28, 2017 Fundraising Event




We are very much honored to invite you to Persisting Beyond Margins, ALSO’s first annual “Banned Book Night”. Local authors, journalists and poets will read from their favourite banned books.

There will be a silent auction with amazing items for you to bid on. Each ticket entitles you to a few glasses of fabulous local wine, cheese and appetizers, access to the event and the silent auction.

Event Details

When: Thursday, September 28th 2017 | Time: 7 – 9 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Venue: Heartwood House (Unitarian Sanctuary) 404 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa
Cost of Participation: $40 per ticket or 2 for $70. | Includes wine tickets and food.
If you or your organization buy more than 5 tickets, you will receive a 20% discount per ticket. $20 from the sale of each ticket qualifies for a charitable tax receipt.

Buy your ticket here!

The event will support ALSO’s family literacy programming in the community. We offer the Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) to 6 partner sites serving over 150 low income families each year. Vanier, Rideau Rockcliffe, Overbrooke and Lowertown all have a high percentage of vulnerable families with children who are not as ready for school as they need to be. RAPP provides parents with the skills they need to better support their child’s learning at home. All proceeds go into direct service at the community level.

Thank you for supporting 150 local families served by ALSO’s family literacy programs.



Brenda Gayle
Brenda Gayle has been a writer all her life but returned to her love of fiction after more than 20 years in the world of corporate communications–although some might argue Read More
Dan Rubinstein
Dan Rubinstein is an Ottawa-based writer and editor. His first book, Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act, explores the myriad benefits of walking, from physical and Read More
Allison van Diepen
Allison van Diepen is the author of 10 novels for young adults. Her books Street Pharm, Snitch and Takedown (SimonPulse) are American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and Read More
Claude Lalumière
Claude Lalumière’s fourth book is VENERA DREAMS: A WEIRD ENTERTAINMENT, which is a 2017 release from Guernica Editions’s MiroLand imprint. Claude has published more than 100 stories, and his work has been Read More
Elizabeth Hay
Elizabeth Hay’s most recent novel is His Whole Life. She has won the Giller Prize, the Ottawa Book Award and twice been short-listed for the Governor General’s Award. She has lived in Read More
Frances Itani
Frances Itani’s 17 books include her new novel, That’s my Baby, Tell, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as a top fiction title of Read More
Jennifer Carole Lewis
Jennifer Carole Lewis is a full-time mom, a full-time administrator and a full-time writer of paranormal romance, which means she is very much interested in speaking to anyone who comes Read More
Linda Poitevin
Linda Poitevin is an award-winning, multi-genre author from the Ottawa area. When she’s not plotting the world’s downfall, an inter-galactic war, or the next great love story, she’s a wife, mom, friend, Read More
Nathan Burgoine
Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Read More


ALSO has long been a champion for family literacy in Ottawa. We persist beyond margins, serving our community’s most vulnerable families. The families we serve persist beyond margins, struggling to support their child’s learning and ensuring that everyone in the family has enough. This is no small task. We encourage you to persist beyond margins, reaching out, getting involved and supporting a small local charity doing good work – it’s not just about the big guys!