So, Apt. 9 is nearly ready for the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair on Saturday 16 October. Are you ready? Will you be there?
We have three new titles stitched and numbered and set aside. eating thistles from Peter Gibbon, Sweet & Sour Nothings from William Hawkins, and the first non-fiction title of the young life of Apt. 9, the Wm Hawkins Folio. As well, all titles still available from the backlist will be represented to help you fill in the holes on your bookshelves.
Be sure to attend to the pre-fair reading on Friday 15 October. Peter Gibbon will be reading, alongside Helen Hajnoczky, Natasha Nuhanovic and Suzanne Bowness. Doors at 7:00pm, reading at 7:30pm, The Carleton Tavern (223 Armstrong Ave.).
In other non-fair news, local book-doctor and writer Christine McNair kindly interviewed me on CKCU’s Literary Landscapes in August. The full interview can be listened to on her blog here. We talk about Apt. 9, as well as my M.A. work on the Contact Poetry Reading Series. She has also interviewed a ton of other excellent people, and you can listen to them all. Look at this call for submissions for her own cartywheel press while you’re over there, and send her your best work. It is going to be a stunning production.
Front&Centre, Ottawa’s excellent fiction magazine published by Matthew Firth through his Black Bile Press, will be running a review of Michael Dennis’ how are you she innocently asked. The new issue, #24 if you’re keeping count, “contains biting new fiction by some of the hardest hitters in the business. Grant Flint, Kathryn Sussman, Gary F. Iorio, Peter Stockland and Salvatore Difalco serve up sizzling new short fiction in #24. Plus we’ve got reviews of the best small press fiction titles from Mark SaFranko, Jenn Farrell, Michael Bryson, Elizabeth Baines, George Bowering, John Calabro and Michael Dennis.” Ordering information is on the website. Matthew’s sustained energy with the magazine is something to marvel at. Support him and the writers.
Hope to see everyone on the 15th! And then the 16th! In the meantime, Apt. 9 will be busy making plans for the books to follow.