Last week’s book launch reading was an overwhelming success. Those in attendance heard excellent sets from Peter Gibbon and Leigh Nash. Unfortunately, William Hawkins was absent as a result of an injury sustained at the hands of Ottawa’s seasonal freezing rain. Thankfully, Bill is very much on the mend. In his absence, members of the audience signed up and read some favourite poems by Bill and successfully turned part of the night into a celebration of Bill’s accomplished work. The room also joined voices to sing Happy Birthday to Apt. 9 writer Ben Ladouceur. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported some great writers, and thanks once again to Raw Sugar for hosting us so graciously.
Audio of the readings is available on the media page: Introduction – Peter Gibbon – Leigh Nash
As it turns out, I’m useless with a camera in my hand, and have no clean photos to show of Peter, Leigh, or the audience. If you’ve got one or two, please send them in! [firstname.lastname@example.org]
In the days leading up to the reading, Allison Smith of the relatively new online Ottawa arts magazine The Wig was kind enough to write a piece on Apt. 9. Read it in full here. Thanks, Allison!
Apt. 9 will be taking a break during December, but will be back and busy in the new year with titles forthcoming from Jeremy Hanson-Finger and Monty Reid (with further books being confirmed and announced shortly). Monty is a familiar face at Apt. 9, and we are thrilled as ever to have the privilege to present his work to you. By all accounts the next few months will see a flurry of publishing from Monty and we can’t wait to be a part of it.
Jeremy is a good friend of the press and a fantastic writer to boot. He is a founding editor at the Moose & Pussy, a longtime presence at Ottawa readings (though recently departed, regrettably), and more recently founded Dragnet Magazine, an online ebook/literary journal. If you write short fiction, send them your best!
Details on these and more to come. Stay warm out there.