wet people bought copies of chapbooks from AngelHousePress, Bywords, the Onion Union, Black Bile Press, pooka press and more. and that was just at the Bywords table. most fondled chapbook: some assembly required, pooka press. most purchased: Ursula – my new little chapbook.
stuff i bought this time:
three chapbooks from the Emergency Response Unit by Andrew Faulkner, Marcus McCann and Leigh Nash; they had a very sensible bulk pricing policy. Andrew and Leigh are current selectors for Bywords and Marcus used to be. good to see that they’re so involved in small press shenanigans.
Re: Readings, An Anthology edited by Max Middle for the post mod conference Robert Stacey of U of O put on back in May. Dennis Cooley, Fred Wah, Frank Davey and more!
Bowl Brawl by Nathaniel G. Moore (Conundrum Press, 2005), a great read judging from Friday night’s excerpt at the pre-small press fair reading.
postcards with graphic comics by Kim Houang, a recent new Ottawa resident from Vancouver. hope she stays around. she’s a talented artist.
i also had some great conversations with old friends and new at the fair and at the post reading after bit at the James St. Pub. i love the small press fair; it’s where i developed my addiction to both buying and making chapbooks.
Mario Jamal, the editor of the local magazine, the Sparrow, asked me what the attraction to chapbooks was and I had no real answer. they’re just kinda fun, flexible and independent. they appeal to my rebellious, fuck mainstream nature.
there are a bunch more fairs taking place in November, including the Meet The Presses Indie Literary Market organized by the dynamic collective of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Maria Erskine, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Maggie Helwig, Leigh Nash, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross. It will take place on Saturday, November 29 at Clinton's Tavern (back room) , 693 Bloor West (near Christie Subway) and Expozine in Montreal on the 29th and 30th at 5035 St-Dominique, (Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, between St-Joseph and Laurier, near Laurier Métro).