amongst books

amongst books

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Ottawa Small Press Book Fair

on Saturday--got some neat stuff, really creatively made poems by Samuel Generoux (especially Just which is bound in its own hand-made box (you can't find stuff like this in bookstores), the latest Dusty Owl Quarterly, Chapter Three of Steven Zytveld's novel, The Passing of Arthur King. I love the fact that he's publishing this as a series, a la Dickens, a la King (but not chicken a la king), this novel is very Robertson Davies, very Fifth Business. Stuart Ross' Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. As We Try & Sleep Press's first chapbook: an elegant black "carnage" by rob mclenann. Plus Bywords sold a heep of stuff and although my voice was gone, I did get a chance to chat with friends old and new, not to mention enjoy hanging out with the Bywords team who always shows up en force for the fairs.

For more on the fair, go to John MacDonald's blog: http://www.johnwmacdonald.com/blog/blog.html

There are some amazing small presses out there and these fairs are often the only way to find out about them. Stay tuned for next Ottawa one in the fall. You'd be a fool to miss it.

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