Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fisher Small Press Fair at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, September 7, 2013

To celebrate the small and fine press publishers whose work is represented in the current exhibition A Death Greatly Exaggerated, the Fisher Library is holding its first-ever small press fair. We're extending the exhibition for an extra week into September and holding the fair on the first Saturday of the month.

Featuring many of the publishers represented in the exhibition, the fair will provide visitors the opportunity to meet these talented and dedicated publishers, chat with them about their work, and to purchase their books and items. It will be a special event that you won't want to miss! Cover of Shanty Bay's Circus

Confirmed publishers include: Coach House Press, Porcupine's Quill, Ewa Zebrowski, George A. Walker, Shanty Bay Press, Alan Stein/Church Street Press, above/ground, Greyweather's Press, Thee Hellbox Press, John Grande's Go If Press, Imago Press, Thomas Dannenberg, Pas de Chance, Lindsay Zier-Vogel's Puddle Press, above/ground press and Chaudiere Books.

Watch this space for more information, and for more publishers as we confirm their participation.

The details:
Date: Saturday September 7, 2013
Time: 10 am-5 pm
Location: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, 120 St. George St. (corner of St. George and Harbord)

Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 15, 2013

the ottawa small press fair, 19th anniversary/autumn 2013 edition: october 12, 2013

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

    the ottawa
    small press
    book fair

autumn 2013 edition
will be happening Saturday, October 12
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 & 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 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6;

send by October 1 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 & 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.