Another fine day at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, now in its 19th year. Here are the treasures I picked up at the fair.
40-watt spotlight (Adam Thomlison): "a further last thumbnail picture show" - the final in a zine series & bound in index prints from film. I make sure to buy whatever new work Adam has on his table. these very short stories are fun, irreverent tales.
2 zines from Radical Montreal's Zine Distro: over the years, I've become increasingly fascinated by zines & zine culture. this autumn, I was fortunate to attend the third annual zine off at Pressed, where I was exposed to a variety of zines & intriguing independent-minding folk…my kind of people. zines can be personal memoir type works or zany collection or informative and helpful advice offerings. at the Radical Montreal table I picked up two: Sheena Swirlz' Representing the Q3, Poly, a lovely little advice zine for those interesting in exploring polyamory. It can fit in the pocket or the wallet. I should have bought ten of these to hand out. They were only $1. The other zine I bought was also by Sheena & called Sustainable Street Art: Radical Montreal Guide to Green Graffiti. this is a small booklet jam packed with photos, recipes & suggestions, such as moss bombing, filling street repair cracks with flowers, seed bombing etc.
At the table of Montreal visual artist Matthew Thomson, I wanted pretty much everything there. I purchased In Clarity # 3 by Organes Variables. Film negatives were used to create some beautiful pieces of art in one long stream. He had amazing stuff on the table: posters of architectural drawings, a photo of doors…very glad to see a Montreal contingent at the fair.
from local poet Cameron Anstee's Apt. 9 Press, I picked up Conservative Majority by former Ottawan & pal Spencer Gordon & ever generous Cameron offered me a second, Jesslyn Delia Smith's the grass is a yard, now again. all I've done so far is look at the pretty covers.
I have almost all of local author Christian McPherson's prolific oeuvre now, but I had never purchased his short story collection, Six ways to Sunday (Nightwood Editions, 2007). I'm expecting it to be fun & entertaining.
at the Chrysalis Table, a smiling & friendly Kimberly Dawkins was offering poems for a dollar that she would type on her manual typewriter. I picked up the latest issue of the Chrysalis Zine, Issue 4 - Histories. The zine was based in Toronto, but is now in Ottawa with a print magazine that began only last year.
from Grow & Grow, a Toronto micro-press run by JessicaBebenek, who gave a great reading the night before at the pre-fair event, I picked up "Novella: A Short Story" by Kaz Adam Mason with a poetic response by one of the characters, entitled "Until the Morning" by Novella Ebony Danger (authors Jessica Bebenek & Mark Jordan Manner) & Jessica threw in a free blank book.Sunny Outside was here a while back & i picked up a bunch of titles then.
Blank books were all the rage at this year's fair. From Sunny Outside Press of Buffalo, NY, I picked up Bull Shit. & I only paid $5 for it. Two of the Sunny Outsiders, Brian Mihok & Jennie Hoag also gave excellent readings, along with Jessica Bebenek & local poet Rhonda Douglas on Friday night.
Michael E. Casteels of Puddles of Sky Press from Kingston, Ontario was at the fair once again this year. I picked up my complementary copies of Illiterature Issue 3, which contains a visual poetry chapbook of mine entitled "Une Semaine dans la vie de l'alphabet." As usual he had a plethora of wee & well made chapbooks, including my previous vispo chapbook with PoS (of the body).
from jwcurry's Room 3o2 Books, I picked up three issues of Gronk magazine, edited by David UU. I'm not really a collector of anything, but I do have a wee bit of David UU's work & am always in the market for more, when I have the dough.