span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:
spring 2018 /
will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).
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.
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 June 10th if you would
like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.
And don’t forget the pre-fair reading usually held the night before, at The Carleton Tavern! (readers 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).
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
regular appearances by publishers including above/ground press, AngelHousePress, Bywords.ca, Chaudiere Books, Room 302 Books, Textualis Press, Thee Hellbox Press, Arc Poetry Magazine, Canthius, The Ottawa Arts Review, The Grunge Papers, Apt. 9, Desert Pets Press, In/Words magazine & press, Ottawa Press Gang, 40-Watt Spotlight, Puddles of Sky Press, Invisible Publishing, shreeking violet press, Touch the Donkey, Phafours Press, etc etc etc.
ottawa small press fair is held twice a year, and was founded in 1994
by rob mclennan and James Spyker. Organized/hosted since by rob
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