CKCU Funding Drive

CKCU at Carleton University is holding their annual funding drive for the next two weeks.

The station is a great supporter of the arts in Ottawa, and has a number of shows that have been especially strong supporters of Ottawa’s literary community. The collaboratively hosted Literary Landscape and Friday Morning Special Blend are important outlets for discussion of poetry in Ottawa, and Apt. 9 has been graciously hosted and discussed on many occasions.

Pearl Pirie has a great write up of Literary Landscape at her Pesbo blog, and it shows you just how many writers benefit from these shows being on her. So please donate if you’re able, and mark one or both of these shows down on your pledge. They deserve it!

Dave Currie | Bird Facts

Forthcoming from Apt. 9 Press in November, Bird Facts by Dave Currie.

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It is far and away the oddest book Apt. 9 has done yet, and I can’t wait for you to read it. Dave reads from the book on November 7 at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair Pre-Fair Reading, where the book will be available for sale for the first time.

It will also be available at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair on November 8, at Meet the Presses in Toronto on November 22, and online shortly thereafter.

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CWILA Membership Drive

CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts) is holding a membership drive right now.

“CWILA is a non-profit organization which advocates for gender equity in Canadian literary culture. We currently have over 400 members consisting of some of Canada’s most prominent writers and academics. As a feminist collective, we depend on our membership to stay responsive and attentive to issues of gender discrimination in Canadian literary communities. Care about social justice and equity in Canadian arts & letters? Join CWILA.”

CWILA does a great deal of good in the Canadian literary community, including publishing fantastic interviews and essays, as well as their invaluable annual CWILA count. Read through the website, and if it resonates, please consider joining.

Five

We’re back in Ottawa now following the tour that was a resounding success. For Apt. 9’s part, we are absolutely thrilled by how many people came out to support the poets, and how many purchased Five. We owe more thanks to more people than can be listed at this moment. Look for a longer rundown in the near future, but in the meantime, thank you.

Five is now for sale online at our etsy store here. You can also pick up copies at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair on November 8, and at Meet the Presses in Toronto on November 22.

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bpNichol Chapbook Award 2014

Congratulations to Christine McNair! pleasantries and other misdemeanours (Apt. 9 Press, 2013) has been included on the shortlist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award alongside five other exciting books from exciting presses:

Government: Jason Christie (above/ground)
Life Savings: Mat Laporte (Odourless)
pleasantries and other misdemeanours: Christine McNair (Apt. 9)
a fist made and then unmade: matt robinson (Gaspereau)
Oilywood: Christine Leclerc (Nomados)
X: Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox)

pleasantries and other misdemeanours was published in June 2013 and sold out nearly immediately. It was a tremendously exciting book to work on, and Apt. 9 was very proud to have published it. That hasn’t changed of course, and we are delighted to think that the book will be seen by new readers now. We are in the process of planning a reprint to have available at Meet the Presses in Toronto on November 22 where the award will be announced. If you missed it the first time around, you’ve got another chance!

Our congratulations to each writer and press on the shortlist. We’ve got 4/6 on our shelves already, and look forward to adding the final two. And a broader congratulations to the small press community in Canada. We love being a part of it.

[Apt. 9 would also like to point out that we have had the previous joy of publishing Phil Hall and Bardia Sinaee (publisher of Odourless Press)].

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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!