Stuart Ross, TREE, & In/Words

Tomorrow night Apt. 9 has the privilege of releasing a book by Stuart Ross, a stalwart of Canada’s small press community. Stuart’s commitment to small press publishing over the last thirty years, his Proper Tales Press, his piles of little mags (most recently HARDSCRABBLE), and his dedication promoting others, blazed a trail that Apt. 9 hopes it can contribute to in the future. That he continues to support this world is evidenced by his willingness to publish with our modest operation.

In case that was too subtle: we’re thrilled and can’t wait for you to read the book.

I Have Come To Talk About Manners collects eighteen new poems from Ross, his first published set since Dead Cars In Managua (DC Books 2008).

The book will be on sale at the TREE Reading Series, where Stuart is reading with Ottawa’s Stephen Brockwell. There is a workshop beforehand, led by Terry Ann Carter. TREE Readings take place at Arts Courts (2 Daly Avenue), with a brief open-mic at 8:00, followed by the featured readers. Come out, listen, and buy some books (even if they aren’t from Apt. 9!).

It will also be your first chance to buy Michael Dennis’ how are you she innocently asked. $10.00 each, or both for $15.00.

And if you’re free Wednesday night, head over to the Clocktower for the In/Words Open-Mic. In/Words is a wonderful student community run out of Carleton University. This reading may be the final Open-Mic that the mag and chapbook press hosts, after four (five?) years. Hosted by Justin Million (of Guzzle fame), the readings are consistently engaging, and have a remarkable energy and vitality that sets them apart from others in the city. Don’t miss this (potentially) last chance to take part. There are usually piles of free chapbooks and mags, and you’re always encouraged to bring your own work to distribute.

Hope to see everyone tomorrow!

Published by Cameron Anstee

Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press and is pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Ottawa.

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