actually no just done dead cheap, but also free! readers and performers and book sellers oh my!
1. Tonight at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street, upstairs; doors open at 7pm
Andrew Faulkner, Stacey May Fowles, Nathaniel G. Moore, Sean Moreland and Kera Willis
it's good to see Andrew returning to Ottawa; he is on the Bywords selection committee, an excellent writer and with Leigh Nash has begun a new small press called Emergency Response Unit.
Sean Moreland, the recipient of the Bywords John Newlove Award in 2007, will be reading from his chapbook, Lupercalia and copies will be available both at the reading and at the Bywords table at the small press fair on Saturday.
this reading, organized off and on by rob mclennan over the years, is a great intro to people who will be participating in the fair the next day. i am looking forward to hearing the entertaining and provocative Nathaniel G. Moore read once more; he is always entertaining. I haven't heard Stacey May Fowles or Kera Willis before, but am looking forward to discovering them.
2. The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, Saturday from noon to five pm, free!
Jack Purcell Community Centre, Rm 203
Bywords will have a table with a new fall issue of the Bywords Quarterly Journal, Sean Moreland's chapbook and other recent publications by at least ten small presses, including my own new imprint AngelHousePress. Yes, the Bywords table is always crowded and full of small press splendour. Other publishers such as In/Words, the Dusty Owl Press, Buschek Books, the Puritan, the Ottawa Arts Review, jwcurry's rm 302 and more will be at the fair. afterwards we go to the James Street Pub on Bank Street for a great gab and drink session. hope to see you at the fair and the pub.
3. The Dusty Owl Reading Series Presents Monty Reid & Call Me Katie
Sunday at 2pm; Swizzles, 246B Queen Street
Monty Reid is one of my favourite poets and it's always a delight to hear him read, but this Sunday there is the rare opportunity to hear him sing and play music along with Sarah Hill and Mike Rivoche. The trio plays bluegrass Ottawa Valley style along with original music written by Monty. If you haven't heard them before, this is a great opportunity to do so, and if you have, you know you don't want to miss them.
See you this weekend where the fun, music and words will flow like...um....wine? (more likely cheap beer)
and remember to voice your agony and displeasure about the City's arts cutting plans. Larry O'Brien and his band of guillotine wiedling councillors are the new incarnation of Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety. another reason to go out and support the arts this weekend