Monday, March 24, 2014

Call for Vendors: Toronto Indie Arts Market Small Press & Literary Fest - Sunday May 25th 2014

The Toronto Indie Arts Market - a series of marketplace events at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel featuring the work of local artisans in various mediums - will be presenting its semi-annual Small Press & Literary Fest on Sunday May 25th 2014, featuring small/micro press publishers, indie magazines & zines, Canadian authors, etc.

The vendor call is open until March 31st, and we are accepting applications from the following:

  • authors, selling their own work – any content/topic, any size imprint – from self-published works to major publishers, as long as it’s your own or co-written
  • micro press – up to 10 titles total
  • small press – up to 15 titles per year
  • zines
  • indie magazines or journals – circulation up to 10,000 copies per issue
  • comic artists selling their own work
  • small distributors – may bring items that fall into any of the above categories
  • creators of paper goods (blank journals, books, cards, or other stuff to write in)
For more information and to apply to take part, see the event page on the TIAM website.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

the ottawa small press fair, spring 2014 edition: june 7, 2014

span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:

    the ottawa
    small press
    book fair

spring 2014 edition
will be happening Saturday, June 7
in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre
(on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

contact rob at to sign up for a table, etc.

"once upon a time, way way back in October 1994, rob mclennan and James Spyker invented a two-day event called the ottawa small press book fair, and held the first one at the National Archives of Canada..." Spyker moved to Toronto soon after our original event, but the fair continues, thanks in part to the help of generous volunteers, various writers and publishers, and the public for coming out to participate with alla their love and their dollars.

General info:
the ottawa small press book fair
noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)

admission free to the public.

$20 for exhibitors, full tables
$10 for half-tables
(payable to rob mclennan, c/o [NEW ADDRESS!] 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9;

send by May 20 if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables. for catalog, exhibitors should send name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any).

& don't forget the pre-fair reading usually held the night before, info tba! also,

BE AWARE: given that the spring 2013 was the first to reach capacity (forcing me to say no to at least half a dozen exhibitors), the fair can't (unfortunately) fit everyone who wishes to participate. the fair is roughly first-come, first-served, but preference will be given to small publishers over self-published authors (being a "small press fair," after all).

the fair usually contains exhibitors with poetry books, novels,cookbooks, posters, t-shirts, graphic novels, comic books, magazines, scraps of paper, gum-ball machines with poems, 2x4s with text, etc, including (at previous events) Bywords, Dusty Owl, Chaudiere Books, above/ground press, Room 302 Books, The Puritan, The Ottawa Arts Review, Buschek Books, The Grunge Papers, Broken Jaw Press, BookThug, Proper Tales Press, Phafours Press, and others. happens twice a year, founded in 1994 by rob mclennan & James Spyker. now run by rob mclennan thru span-o. questions,

free things can be mailed for fair distribution to the same address. we are unable to sell things for folk who can't make it, sorry. also, always looking for volunteers to poster, move tables, that sort of thing. let me know if anyone able to do anything. thanks. for more information, bother rob mclennan.if you're able/willing to distribute posters/fliers for the fair, send me an email.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Ottawa Zine Off - Winter Edition

A sampling of zines from the last zine off.

The fourth Ottawa Zine Off is coming up soon! If you're unfamiliar with this free event, the concept is simple:
  • Create your own handmade "zine" (think, lil' magazine) on any topic you desire
  • Photocopy it 15 - 25 times
  • Come to Pressed (750 Gladstone) at 8pm on February 5th 
  • Swap copies with other zinesters over drinks, coffee, sandwiches etc.
  • Improve your life immeasurably
At our last event we drew upwards of 50 zinesters, and consensus was that the night was on the awesome side. The idea here is to get something done in a limited time frame without the second-third-fourth-guessing that accompanies most creative projects. Zines have a rough, ready, handcrafted quality that most other formats lack, and they lend themselves to raw expression; that said, we had great zines on everything from a reading tea leaves "how to" to short comics about living with a cat. For more information about the nature of zines and this event, check out the Facebook page and/or get in touch with organizers Maxx Critical and JM Francheteau.

You don't have to make a zine to come out... but wouldn't it be cool if you did?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Apt613 Local Ottawa Writers Book Fair: Book Sale and Signing

November 23, 2013 – 11 am to 4 pm
Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe)

Come and purchase books from local authors who write in English, French and Spanish.  Books will include fiction, non-fiction, YA novels, poetry, mystery, children’s books and comics.  This event is part of Support Local Month in November that is organized by Apartment613.  Special thanks to the Ottawa Public Library and Ottawa International Writers Festival for co-sponsoring.  Participating bookstores are Kaleidoscope Kids (1018 Bank), Perfect Books (258 Elgin) and Octopus Books (116 Third Ave. and 251 Bank).

The following authors will be present to sign copies of their books:

Peggy Blair (mystery)                                 
Katina Michelis (pregnancy and parenting)
Mike Martin (mystery)                                 
Tudor Robins (YA novels)
Rita Donovan (fiction)                                
Jeff Ross (YA novels)
Deborah Jackson (science fiction)             
Kate Jaimet (YA novels/middle-grade books)
Victoria Dunn (fiction & fantasy)                  
Pierre-Luc BĂ©langer (YA novels – F)
Christian McPherson (fiction/poetry)             
Rachel Eugster (children’s books)
Chris Jennings (poetry)                               
Christiane D'Aoust (children’s books – E & F)
Shane Rhodes (poetry)                               
Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair (novels/children’s books – E & F)
Camila Reimers (fiction – E & S)                  
Caroline Frechette (fiction/comics – E & F)
Gabriela Etcheverry (fiction – E, S & F)         
Mirror Comics (comics)
Jorge Etcheverry (fiction/poetry – E & S)

All books are in English unless noted otherwise: E=English  F=French  S=Spanish

Hosted by Apartment613 / see the facebook event here.

For information: Alejandro Bustos at

Monday, October 28, 2013

the ottawa small press book fair, autumn 2013: some reports,

[Jenn Huzera, sitting at the Apt. 9 Press table] Another season, and another edition of the ottawa small press book fair is once again behind us; as such, there are more than a couple of reports from the fair, including one from audience regular Pearl Pirie, and others from participants Jessica Bebenek, Cameron Anstee, Amanda Earl and myself (in two parts), as well as a series of Polaroid shots Ottawa designer and photographer Charles Earl took during the course of the day, of rob mclennan and Christine McNair, Brian Mikok and Jeannie Hoag, jwcurry, Jenny Haysom sitting at the Arc Poetry Magazine table, and Jessica Bebenek.

Thanks to all for another amazing fair! Hopefully we see you again in the spring.