Jim Smith & the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair

So the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair is nearly upon us for another spring  installment, and Apt. 9 is just about ready. To celebrate the fair, we have a brand new chapbook from Jim Smith that we’re just thrilled to be able to get into all of your hands.

2009 saw the publication of Jim’s Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems (Mansfield). Aside from having one of the greatest titles for a selected in recent memory, the book was an introduction to Jim’s work for several generations of young Canadian poets. Jim’s publishing and small press life find their origins in 1980s Toronto in a series of books with equally wonderful titles: One Hundred Most Frightening Things (blewointmentpress, 1985), The Schwarzenegger Poems (Surrealist Poets’ Gardening Assoc., 1988), and Convincing Americans (Proper Tales Press, 1986) among others.

Apt. 9 feels privileged to be publishing Exit Interviews and contributing to his most excellent bibliography.

Jim will be in town to read from Exit Interviews at the traditional Pre-Fair Reading on Friday June 24.The reading will happen at the Carleton Tavern (233 Armstrong Ave. across from the Parkdale Farmer’s Market), upstairs. Doors at 7:00, readings at 7:30. Details have not yet been released for the full lineup of readers, but Jim will be there, and so should you. Readers are typically drawn from poets and presses appearing the following day at the fair with new material. It is not to be missed. We’ll be sure to make full details known once we have them.

We hope to see you at the fair! Maybe even with some books you published?



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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