Tuesday, September 4, 2007

the ottawa small press book fair, fall 2007 edition

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

the ottawa
small press
book fair
fall edition
will be happening Saturday, October 27, 2007
in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).
contact rob at az421@freenet.carleton.ca to sign up for a table, etc.

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

admission free to the public.
$20 for exhibitors (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 858 Somerset St W, main floor, Ottawa Ontario K1R 6R7). full tables only. for catalog, exhibitors should send (on paper, not email 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). also, due to the increased demand for table space, exhibitors are asked to confirm far earlier than usual. i.e. -- before, say, the day of the fair.

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. happens twice a year, started in 1994 by rob mclennan & James Spyker. now run by rob mclennan thru span-o. questions, az421@freenet.carleton.ca

more info on span-o at the span-o link of www.track0.com/rob_mclennan

free things can be mailed for fair distribution to the same address. we will not be selling things for folk who cant 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, contact Grant Wilkins at grungepapers@sympatico.ca

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Date: Nov. 4, 2007

Time: 10 AM to 4 PM

Location: Upstairs at Loblaws, Princess Market, 1100 Princess St., Kingston

22 Spaces (half an 8 foot table) for displays at a cost of $5 each. Contact Leah Browning (laker@dakotacom.net) to reserve your space to display books, chapbooks, book artistry, book-like artifacts, etc.

Opportunities to demonstrate book-growing skills. Contact Erin Foley (folio39@hotmail.com).

Opportunities to read a piece. Contact Diane Dawber (dawberm@kos.net).

Opportunities for local schools to grow a book for display. Contact Daniel Lalonde (lalonded@limestone.on.ca).

Beverages and snacks will be available both in the store and at the coffee shop on the upper level. There will be an area to sit and listen to readers and enjoy your snacks.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The 2nd Annual Saskatoon Anarchist Book-Fair is coming, and we need vendors, workshop facilitators, and volunteers!

The dates have been set as September 28th and 29th, 2007 at the Cosmo Senior Citizen's Centre off Broadway, with a potluck supper on Friday the 28th to welcome out-of-towners followed by a party with live music, and a jam-packed day of book-fair from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday the 29th. (No fair on Sunday)

The event will be wheel-chair accessible and all ages, with free admission, free vegan food, free workshops, and free child-care. Donations will be accepted at the door to recoup expenses. If you run a distro, store, collective, or other organization and would like to register a table to distribute your anarchy-related wares, please try to confirm with us before September 10th. Tables are free; however we encourage donations from vendors that profit from the fair to help pay the bills. If you are travelling from afar, let us know ASAP if you need a billet (how many people, any allergies, any lifestyle or bedding preferences) and feel free to ask us about travel subsidies. Also, please let us know approximately how much table space (square metres) you would like. Interested parties ask us about adding a non-compulsory $1 Tree Tax to prices of print materials that we will donate to an appropriate conservation or reforestation organization (to be determined – any suggestions?) after the fair.

If you want to lead a free workshop, please get in touch! We are especially looking for creative and unusual workshop ideas that build community, share useful skills, are inclusive, and that deal with any of the following: aboriginal justice, food, community organizing, consensus facilitation, queer/LGBT issues, feminism, age-ism, social justice, class struggle, pacifism, armed resistance, permaculture, alternative energy, reducing consumption, green technology, mental health, science, spirituality, history/herstory, anarchy in practice/anarchy defined, political theory, media, language, etc. We can supply electrical outlets, white-boards/flip-charts, chairs, tables, pens/paper, and quiet space – let us know what you need. The workshop schedule will be finalized in September, but let us know right away about any scheduling constraints on the 29th. Deadline for workshop submissions: September 10th.

If you want to volunteer a couple hours to help out before or during this fun and busy day, we need you! Let us know before-hand what you enjoy most: childcare, cooking, cleaning, set-up, take-down, transporting items by bike or car, planning, or promotion, OR just show up on the day and ask someone what needs to be done. All contributing efforts are highly valued, and we encourage drop-in visitors to take a shift washing dishes, sweeping, or moving tables to lighten the workload for everyone.

More info, including a car-pool registry, coming soon at saskatoonanarchy.blogspot.com. Love and solidarity,

The bookfair team

Monday, July 9, 2007

For everyone who has sent me the link, I don’t have the Hamilton Small Press Fair listed here because the organizers claim they aren’t planning another one anytime soon. Also, it's been suggested that I include American fairs on same; I think that would be a massive undertaking & I'd worry about it taking over this site; why not have someone out there compile all the American in one place & I'll include a link to that?

Aiming for end of August to set up the date for the next Ottawa fair, probably the end of October or near-beginning of November. Anyone else have a sense of their dates, so I don’t manage to conflict?

Thursday, July 5, 2007

small press book fair

This is meant to be a collection of small press book fairs and other activities that happen throughout Canada; if you have information about a fair we've missed, or run one of your own, email rob mclennan at az421 (at) freenet (dot) carleton (dot) ca to get included here.