So at last the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair is upon us. Apt. 9, after an appropriate nine months of silence, is back with our first new publication of 2012.
Keys to the Idiot is a broadside from Ottawa poet Bardia Sinaee. I’ve discussed Bardia’s work previously at my own blog. His own Odourless Press made its public debut in November of last year and has since published chapbooks by Jeff Blackman and Ben Ladouceur. His previous chapbooks include Buick & the Bastard (Ottawa ON: In/Words, 2010) and Royal Jelly (Ottawa ON: Odourless Press, 2011). He also has a rapidly growing catalogue of magazine publications. Bardia reads widely and variously and his work shows a developing literacy with a range of voices and forms. Keys to the Idiot balances humour with subtle formal control and a note of sadness. I maintain that Bardia is a poet to watch in Ottawa and beyond, and Apt. 9 is privileged to usher one of his poems into print.
A reprint of Claudia Coutu Radmore’s Accidentals, winner of the 2011 bpNichol Chapbook Award, will be available on our table as well. If you missed the first run, don’t miss the second. Claudia is poised to do further wonderful things in the future, and Accidentals is a chapbook worth having on your shelf.
From the backlist we will have copies of broadsides from Michael Dennis and Ben Ladouceur, books from Justin Million and Leah Mol from last August marking their departure from Ottawa, as well as titles from Jim Smith, Monty Reid, Peter Gibbon and Michael Blouin.Most of these are down to the very final copies. Stop by our table, say hello, and check out all of the other fantastic books on sale at the fair.