Thursday, September 15, 2011

the ottawa small press book fair, fall 2011 edition: Saturday, November 5

span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:
the ottawa
small press
book fair
fall 2011 edition
will be happening Saturday, November 5, 2011

in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre
(on Elgin, at 320 JackPurcell 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 [NOTE NEW ADDRESS], c/o 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6;

send by October 26 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,

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, 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, and others. happens twice a year, founded in 1994 by rob mclennan & James Spyker. now run by rob mclennan thru span-o.

free things can be mailed for fair distribution to the same address. we are unable to sell things for folk who cant make it, sorry. also, always looking for volunteers to poster, move tables, that sort of thing. let meknow 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 at and for information on this or other small press book fairs across Canada, be sure to check out

Monday, September 12, 2011

The 3rd annual Kingston Zine Fair, Saturday October 29, 2011

The third annual Kingston Zine Fair will take place on Saturday, October 29, from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Once again, the venue is the Artel, 205 Sydenham St, Kingston.  Table prices are $6 for a half-table, and $10 for a full table.  Music will be provided by CFRC djs.  If you are interested in taking part this year, please reply ASAP to ensure your place.

This year, there will also be a pre-Zine Fair event on Friday, October 28, at the Grad Club, 162-163 Barrie St., Kingston.  This will be held courtesy of the Midnight Magic Rodeo Show, and will feature live music and readings.  If you would like any more information, please contact Bill Gillespie at kingstonzines (at) gmail (dot) com