Friday, September 26, 2008

The Fall Small Press Affair Mini-Fair (Nov 1, 2008)

Because many of you wanted a press fair with a boisterous, party atmosphere, the fall "Small Press Affair" is now going to be an evening mini-fair with entertainment celebrating the sparkling spirit of independent press.

A limited number of tables will be available at the Tranzac Club, so you can sell your wares, network and exchange ideas, while you enjoy readings, music and more.

The spring fair, which is slated for May 30, 2009 at the Miles Nadal JCC, will again be full-fledged daytime event with space for a larger number of tables and a separate room for readings. We’re hoping that one (or perhaps even both) of these two different events will suit the style and needs of your press.

A downloadable registration form will be on-line shortly. Due to limited table space, it’s important that you send in your form as soon as you can.

The Small Press Affair

When: November 1, 2008,

Where: The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick (south of Bloor)

Time: 6pm -11pm (set up time is 5 pm).

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

the ottawa small press book fair, fall (14th anniversary) edition

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

the ottawa
small press
book fair
spring (fourteenth anniversary!) edition

will be happening Saturday, November 15, 2008
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 the first one, 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 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, 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 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, send me an email at