Notes: Profile, Interview, Book Fair

Despite the press going on an unofficial hiatus as of the end of August, there has been some activity to keep track of around the press.

rob mclennan wrote a generous and thoughtful profile of Apt. 9 that was published at Open Book: Ontario today. He sent me a few questions over email concerning the future of the press, and also looked back to the origins of my interest in Canadian Small Press at Carleton University. Thanks, rob!

Christine McNair interviewed Justin Million and Leah Mol on CKCU’s Literary Landscapes way back in August before their final Ottawa readings and ultimate departure. Audio of that interview is up on her blog for the show here. It really is a fantastic interview. Christine has insightful questions and Leah and Justin are in fine form speaking back and forth.

Sandra Ridley recently saw her second trade collection, Post-Apothecary, into print with the always wonderful Pedlar Press. Apt. 9 was lucky enough to publish a part of that manuscript in the chapbook Rest Cure way back in August 2009 as one of our inaugural titles. There is audio of Sandra reading from and discussing the book here. Sandra was also recently shortlisted for the City of Ottawa Book Award for her first trade collection, Fallout. Congratulations, Sandra!

Apt. 9 favourite Monty Reid will be reading at Tree in Ottawa next Tuesday, October 11. Monty has seen at least a half dozen chapbooks into print in the last year, with more on the horizon (and, we hope, a new trade collection before too long). Any chance to hear Monty is one that must be taken advantage of. Be there! We’ve still got copies of his recent Site Conditions, too, but not many.

We’re still looking for more places to send review copies. Do you review chapbooks? Send us an email!

Finally, Apt. 9 will be at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair on Saturday November 5. Ah, we love the book fair. Come visit us, we’ll have HADRON, And I’ve Been Thinking Dangerously, Exit Interviews, and some wonderful backlist titles.

Hope everyone is warm and dry.


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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