a blog for small press book fairs throughout canada
Thursday, August 17, 2023
the ottawa small press book fair, autumn 2023 (29th anniversary!) edition: November 18, 2023
span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:
the ottawa small press book fair
autumn 2023 will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Station Road (NOTE NEW LOCATION).
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. $25 for exhibitors, full tables $12.50 for half-tables (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available
Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables. To be included in the exhibitor catalog: please
include 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). Be sure to send by November 9th if you would
like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.
And hopefully we can still do the pre-fair reading as well! details TBA
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, although preference will be given to small publishers
over self-published authors (being a “small press fair,” after all).
ottawa small press fair is held twice a year (apart from these pandemic
silences), and was founded in 1994 by rob mclennan and James Spyker.
Organized/hosted since by rob mclennan.
Come on by and see some of the best of the small press from Ottawa and beyond! Free things can be mailed for fair distribution to the same address.Unfortunately, we are unable to sell things for publishers who aren’t able to make the event.
please let me know if you are able/willing to poster, move tables or
distribute fliers for the event. The more people we all tell, the better
Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table