Available in June, new books from Marilyn Irwin and Lillian Necakov. Printing is now underway. More details to follow.
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).
Good luck, Dave! We’ll be listening!
Apt. 9 will be running tables at two upcoming small press book fairs.
The Ottawa Book Fair runs on Saturday November 8, from 12:00-5:00 at Jack Purcell Community Centre. We will have our newest title, Dave Currie’s Bird Facts, as well as copies of Five and a good selection of backlist. We will also have a reprint of Christine McNair’s recently bpNichol-shortlisted chapbook pleasantries and other misdemeanours. Don’t miss the Pre-Fair reading on Friday November 7, with Dave Currie officially launching Bird Facts.
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.
Hope to see you at one or both!
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!
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.
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.
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.