Another small press book fair come and gone, another Apt. 9 launch. It was a hectic weekend, from the pre-fair reading on Friday to the fair on Saturday to the post-fair reading on Monday, but at Apt. 9 we couldn’t have been any happier with how it all went. We bought some great books, sold some great books, got all sorts of people we love together in a room together three times in four days, and were finally able to get Jeff, Christine and Stephen’s new chapbooks into the hands of readers. A packed house in Raw Sugar on Monday night was dessert.
Jeff Blackman answered the “Writers as Readers” questionnaire at the always-fascinating Open Book: Ontario. Find out what his autobiography will be called someday, what makes him laugh, cry, and what he goes back to.
Apt. 9 also recently felt very privileged to answer some thoughtful and probing questions from Andrew Faulkner about ‘young’ people making chapbooks in Canada right now. Apt. 9 favourites Odourless Press and Ferno House were also in on it, represented by Bardia Sinaee and Mat Laporte. I had a great time answering these questions. Thanks, Andrew! And thanks, Open Book: Toronto!