Ottawa Small Press Book Fair & Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market

Come see Apt. 9 Press at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair tomorrow. Same book fair place, same book fair time as usual: 12:00-5:00pm at the Jack Purcell Community Centre. We’ll have brand new titles from Nelson Ball and Michael e. Casteels, still-fairly-new titles from Marilyn Irwin and Lillian Nećakov, and somewhat-less-new-but-still-exciting titles from Christine McNair , Ben Ladouceur, and the Accord of Poets poets (and a handful of copies of my own new Baseline Press chapbook).

Next weekend, Apt. 9 hits the road to run a table at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. If you’re anywhere near Toronto, it’d be great to see you at the Tranzac Club from 11:30-5:00pm.

Our latest titles will be available for purchase online at our Etsy shop following both fairs.

Two book fairs in two weeks–hope the shelves in the office are ready for the influx of new books!

cr8nshqwsaa2qr3

An Accord of Poets – One-Year Anniversary and Sale

One year ago today, I was excited and lucky to be starting a five-day poetry reading tour with Jesslyn Gagno, Jeff Blackman, Justin Million, and Rachael Simpson. We read in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Peterborough (and later Kingston). Apt. 9 published its first book with a spine to coincide with the tour, and today, to mark the one year-anniversary, that book is on sale for 50% off($10.00 down from $20.00). It’ll be on sale October 11-15, the original five days of the tour. If you missed it the first time around, or just feel like buying a backup copy (or three), this is a good time do it! Thanks once again to all in the Accord, to our families for putting up with our extended absence over the Thanksgiving weekend, and to all that helped make the tour possible. ‪#‎itallhappened‬ ‪#‎oneyearago‬

20140917_132453

oct-13-five-outside-2

Apt. 9 Press: A Bibliography (2009-2015)

Apt. 9 has been quiet since our very busy Fall season. Plans are underway for our Spring titles to be released at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair on June 13, 2015. Full details to follow.

The website has received a minor redesign. As Apt. 9’s list grew, things became increasingly unwieldy on the old website. This one should be a bit easier to navigate, and a bit cleaner to look at. To mark this (absurdly) minor occasion, here is an abbreviated bibliography of the press going back to the release of our first titles more than five years ago now. 30 books, 6 broadsides, 2 folios. A lot of paper cuts in there! 4 more Apt. 9 titles will join that list before 2015 is out.

Apt 9 Press: A Bibliography (2009-2015)

Apt. 9 Press: 2009-2015
Apt. 9 Press: 2009-2015

Dave Currie on CBC’s In Town and Out

On Saturday November 8 (tomorrow morning), Dave Currie will be interviewed on CBC’s In Town and Out shortly after 8:00am. He’ll be speaking about his new Apt. 9  chapbook, Bird Facts, alongside Frances Boyle discussing her forthcoming debut trade collection, Light-carved Passages (BuschekBooks).

Good luck, Dave! We’ll be listening!

Don’t forget to come out to the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair after listening to the show. And be at the pre-fair reading tonight!

Upcoming Book Fairs (Ottawa, Toronto)

Apt. 9 will be running tables at two upcoming small press book fairs.

The Ottawa Book Fair runs on Saturday November 8, from 12:00-5:00 at Jack Purcell Community Centre. We will have our newest title, Dave Currie’s Bird Facts, as well as copies of Five and a good selection of backlist. We will also have a reprint of Christine McNair’s recently bpNichol-shortlisted chapbook pleasantries and other misdemeanours. Don’t miss the Pre-Fair reading on Friday November 7, with Dave Currie officially launching Bird Facts.

1798741_10152174669956688_3774543978360523676_n

Meet the Presses is running their fabulous Indie Literary Market on Saturday November 22 in Toronto from 11:30-5:00 at the Tranzac Club. This will be our third time taking part, and we can’t wait. All the same books will be on the table, and we’re looking forward to discovering the winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award.

Hope to see you at one or both!

Meet the Presses

CKCU Funding Drive

CKCU at Carleton University is holding their annual funding drive for the next two weeks.

The station is a great supporter of the arts in Ottawa, and has a number of shows that have been especially strong supporters of Ottawa’s literary community. The collaboratively hosted Literary Landscape and Friday Morning Special Blend are important outlets for discussion of poetry in Ottawa, and Apt. 9 has been graciously hosted and discussed on many occasions.

Pearl Pirie has a great write up of Literary Landscape at her Pesbo blog, and it shows you just how many writers benefit from these shows being on her. So please donate if you’re able, and mark one or both of these shows down on your pledge. They deserve it!