Apt. 9 has been quiet since our very busy Fall season. Plans are underway for our Spring titles to be released at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair on June 13, 2015. Full details to follow.
The website has received a minor redesign. As Apt. 9’s list grew, things became increasingly unwieldy on the old website. This one should be a bit easier to navigate, and a bit cleaner to look at. To mark this (absurdly) minor occasion, here is an abbreviated bibliography of the press going back to the release of our first titles more than five years ago now. 30 books, 6 broadsides, 2 folios. A lot of paper cuts in there! 4 more Apt. 9 titles will join that list before 2015 is out.
On Saturday November 8 (tomorrow morning), Dave Currie will be interviewed on CBC’s In Town and Out shortly after 8:00am. He’ll be speaking about his new Apt. 9 chapbook, Bird Facts, alongside Frances Boyle discussing her forthcoming debut trade collection, Light-carved Passages (BuschekBooks).
Meet the Presses is running their fabulous Indie Literary Market on Saturday November 22 in Toronto from 11:30-5:00 at the Tranzac Club. This will be our third time taking part, and we can’t wait. All the same books will be on the table, and we’re looking forward to discovering the winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award.
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!
Forthcoming from Apt. 9 Press in November, Bird Facts by Dave Currie.
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.
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.