Upcoming Readings & Recent Videos

Beth Follett will be giving two readings in Ontario in the next two weeks, each with copies of A Thinking Woman Sleeps With Monsters available for purchase.

First, on Sunday June 15 at 2pm, Beth will be reading at the Book Shop in Tamworth, Ontario (inside the red brick coach house located at the foot of Peel Street and Bridge Street East). Stan Dragland is also on the bill and will be reading works by Joanne Page. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Reading will be held either inside shop or outside in shaded area, depending on weather. Please bring a chair or blanket if desired. More information: www.tamworthbookshop.com | info@tamworthbookshop.com | 613-379-2108

Second, on Saturday June 21 at 12:30pm, Beth will be reading with Stan Dragland and Robert Hogg at the North Grenville Public Library (1 Water Street, Kemptville).

Reading Poster – Follett, Dragland, Hogg June 21 2014 Final

Ben Ladouceur, author of the recent Apt. 9 title Poem About The Train, recently saw the public release of his new web series, Other Men. Ben is the show’s writer. We’re all tremendously excited to see where the series goes from here. You should give it a watch here or below.

And finally, the recent Ottawa Small Press Book Fair was a great success and a very fun day. Liana Voia, as she has done before, performed a series of interviews with all of the tables at the fair. You can watch the Apt. 9 video below, including a short reading of a poem by Nelson Ball from Minutiae at the end (performed by me, not Nelson). Thanks, Liana!




New From Apt. 9 Press

New from Apt. 9 Press:

A Thinking Woman Sleeps With Monsters | Beth Follett

Poem About The Train | Ben Ladouceur

Both will be available, along with our recent Nelson Ball chapbook, Minutiae, and some backlist at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair. The Fair takes place tomorrow, Saturday June 7 2014, at the Jack Purcell Community Centre in Ottawa, noon to 5pm. Full details here.

Books will be listed online and available for purchase following the fair.


Nelson Ball | Minutiae

Now available from Apt. 9 Press, Minutiae by Nelson Ball.


Ball is a hero of the small press in Canada, and it is truly an honour to have worked with him producing this chapbook. His Weed/Flower Press and related activities have long been sources of inspiration at Apt. 9 Press, and I am particularly delighted that Minutiae has some material connections to Ball’s work in the 1960s. The cover drawing is a portrait of the poet drawn by Barbara Caruso that was originally reproduced and distributed with Ball’s seminal book, Force Movements, published by bpNichol’s Ganglia Press in 1969.

Minutiae is available for purchase here, and you can read more about it here.


Apt. 9 is printing again. Details to follow:



We are sold out of virtually all of our chapbooks, which is one of the best problems a chapbook press can have. If you’re looking for any of our backlist titles, head over to Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe where you’ll find a number of those titles (and a couple broadsides) still available.


Rhonda Douglas’ How to Love a Lonely Man was reviewed by rob mclennan at his blog: “There are some deep hopes, bad fortune and ill-fated choices within the lines of these poems, and hers is a narrator that wishes for something that even she knows is not nearly enough. It’s as though her narrator exists in a kind of Victorian longing: a blend of pessimism, romantic ideals and pragmatism.”

I also managed to completely miss this wonderful re-visiting of Apt. 9 chapbooks by Sandra Ridley and Leah Mol from Ryan Pratt at his always-interesting dead letter birds. It is a thoughtful consideration of both titles, as well as of the experience of collecting and discovering things you’d forgotten were on your shelves: “The motivation behind collecting – anything, really – can be likened to filling a blank horizon with inspired muses; the desire to create a richer lens to look at life through. Hopefully I’ll find some spare time to share more of these older titles as the weather cools. I owe them as much.” A belated thank you, Ryan!

And finally, after Stephen Brockwell launched his full trade collection, Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books, this past Friday in Ottawa, I was inspired to write up some notes on Apt. 9 chapbooks that have found second homes in trade collections. If you’re interested, you can read it here.

Meet the Presses | Toronto, November 16

Apt. 9 will be hitting the road in November to set our books up on a table at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. We made this trip a few years ago and it was a wonderful time. If you’re in or near Toronto on Saturday November 16, you’ll want to swing by the Tranzac Club to see what all these amazing presses have been up to. We’ll have the remaining copies of our most recent titles, and whatever is still available from the backlist. See you soon, Toronto!

Indie lit market poster