Tuesday, October 25, 2011

span-o presents: the pre-small press book fair reading, November 4, 2011

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

The Factory Reading Series'
pre-small press book fair reading

with readings/launches by:
Leo Brent Robillard (Lake Eloida ON)
Nicholas Lea (Ottawa)
+ Lillian Necakov (Toronto)
lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
Friday, November 4, 2011;
doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
The Carleton Tavern,
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

Leo Brent Robillard’s most recent novel is entitled, Drift. Set in South Africa during the Second Boer War, it raises questions about why and how we come to fight wars in far flung places – be it in defense of ideals or in quest for economic gain. These issues – all too relevant today -- are handled intimately through the journey of two prairie boys, an Australian nurse, and a South African balloonist, as they drift together in the blast furnace of the Great Karoo. Robillard is also the author of Leaving Wyoming and Houdini’s Shadow. The former was listed in Bartley’s Top Five in the Globe & Mail for Best First Fiction of 2005. The latter was eventually translated into Spanish. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies at home and abroad, including CV2, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire, Queen’s Quarterly, and Verge. He lives on Lake Eloida in south-eastern Ontario with his wife and two children. www.leobrentrobillard.blogspot.com

Nicholas Lea published his first book Everything is movies (Chaudiere Books, Ottawa) to acclaim in 2007. Reviews of his work have appeared in the Ottawa Xpress, Matrix Magazine, Prairie Fire and The Globe & Mail Online. He has served as a poetry reader for Bywords.ca as well as The Fiddlehead. He lives in Ottawa where he is currently working on his second collection of poetry. He launches a new chapbook with Andrew Faulkner and Leigh Nash's The Emergency Response Unit.

Lillian Necakov has been writing and publishing for over 30 years. Her work has appeared in publications in Canada, the United States, China and Serbia. She is the author of Sickbed of Dogs, Wolsak and Wynn, 1989, Polaroids, Coach House Books, 1997, Hat Trick, Exile Editions, 1998 and The Bone Broker, Mansfield Press, 2007. She was the editor of the very small press Surrealist Poets Gardening Assoc. for a bunch of years. During the 80’s she sold her books on the streets of Toronto and was one of the subjects of the documentary film “Street Writers, Lucky to be Here”. Lillian runs the Boneshaker Reading Series. She lives and works in Toronto.

and don't forget the ottawa small press book fair, which happens the following day at the Jack Purcell Community Centre!

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 az421@freenet.carleton.ca 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.
questions, az421@freenet.carleton.ca

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 rob_mclennan@hotmail.com and for information on this or other small press book fairs across Canada, be sure to check out http://www.smallpressbookfair.blogspot.com/

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

Monday, August 8, 2011


Zine Dream is an annual small press art fair featuring over 50 vendors of self published books, comics, music, zines, hand made crafts, prints & much more!

Featuring music by Fresh Flesh, Skull Bong, Moon Wood and DJ's Laura Mccoy, Val Uher & The Boogie Woogie Mix Tape Library. Plus performances by Kathleen Phillips and Amelia Ehrhardt.

Sunday, August 21 2011 from 12 to 5 pm.

at The TRANZAC, 292 Brunswick Ave.



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Zine & Small Press Fair at SappyFest

Dear Zine Makers, Comic Folks, Small Press Book Publishers, and Makers
of Any Lovely Such Things:

You are cordially invited to show and sell your stuff at the third
annual SappyFest zine/small press/record/other things fair this
Saturday July 30th 2011, 12-5pm in Sackville, New Brunswick. This
event is presented in collaboration with the Anchor Archive Zine

Tables cost $20 (and you can share, or get a half table for $10).
Please note that the cost for the table does not include a ticket to
the music festival. The fair will be at the Royal Canadian Legion
on Lorne Street.

Please contact Sarah: zinecrafter@sappyrecords.com to book a table or
to ask questions. More info about the festival at www.sappyfest.com.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Meet the Presses SCREAMING Chapbook Market!

Meet the Presses SCREAMING Chapbook Market in Toronto!

Saturday, July 9 · 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Clinton's Tavern
693 Bloor Street West (near Christie subway)
Toronto, ON

The Meet the Presses collective celebrates the final Scream Festival with a stapled, folded, stitched, and trimmed chapbook market!


AngelHousePress (Ottawa)
Apt 9 Press (Ottawa)
BookThug (Toronto)
Emergency Response Unit (Toronto)
Gesture Press (Toronto)
Proper Tales Press (Cobourg)
Serif of Nottingham (Hamilton)
Underwhich Editions (Toronto)

and lots more presses from Ontario and perhaps further!

Some of us believe the chapbook is the natural and friendly form for publishing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
Come join us and check out this stubborn resister of eBooks and spines!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Book Affair : The Niagara Literay Arts Festival Book Fair

Join The Niagara Literary Arts Festival Saturday June 4th for "A Book Affair"

With guest presses and artists:

•Heronwood Enterprises
•The Book Band
•Alexandra Fic
•Kevin McCabe
•rob mclennan
•Catherine Owen
•Warren Dean Fulton
•Monty Reid
•Thee Hellbox Press
•Brock Creative Writers Group
•Bygones Publishing
•Cormorant and Dancing Cat Books
•wolsak and wynn
•Pedlar Press
•Proper Tales/Mansfeild Press
•Grey Borders Books
•Steve Fulton
•Greald Archambeau
•And More!•

10am-5pm at
The Niagara Falls Public Library
4848 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls

Friday, May 20, 2011

Small Press of Toronto Book Fair

The Small Press of Toronto Book Fair is happy to announce that the 2011 spring book fair will take place on June 19 at the stately Hart House on U of T campus!

The fair runs from 11 am to 5 pm so swing by and check out the excellent local and Canada-wide talent on display.

For more info on the fair and an up-to-date list of participants check out www.smallpressoftoronto.wordpress.com

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

OCAD zine fair - call for tablers

The Ontario College of Art and Design University's zine library is holding a zine fair, March 3, and they're currently looking for tablers. Email ocadzinelibrary@gmail.com for more information.