Dave Currie on CBC’s In Town and 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!

Don’t forget to come out to the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair after listening to the show. And be at the pre-fair reading tonight!

Upcoming Book Fairs (Ottawa, Toronto)

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!

Meet the Presses

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.


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.




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.


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.