Curious links for November 2014...

1) See the poster up above? That's happening tomorrow, November 2nd. You should really come out.

2) For those of you missing Canzine (which is happening today), Meet the Presses is the next big "indie literary market" that'll take place on November 22nd in Toronto. The winners of the bpNichol Chapbook Award will be announced and so many presses will be in attendance. Definitely go.

3) above/ground press has opened their subscription service for 2015. Although I think it’s possible to sign up year-round, a reminder is certainly overdue. With Jason Christie’s Government making the shortlist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award and a number of really engaging titles arriving over the past month (from the likes of Jennifer Baker, Gregory Betts and Megan Kaminski), the above/ground press subscription service is really one of the best presents you can give yourself.

4) Sticking with Ottawa for two more unrequested plugs: Our nation’s capital will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair on November 8th. As is customary, the Factory Reading Series will host a reading the night before, with Jennifer Baker, Anita Dolman, Frances Boyle, Dave Currie and Stuart Ross.

Finally, Ottawa’s CKCU radio station is running their annual funding drive to keep quality, community-minded programming on the air (as it has been, 100% indie, since 1975). Please consider donating to keep programs like Literary Landscapes going. (Sidenote: Pearl Pirie has offered up some fun trivia about her year as co-host.)

5) Here’s something you don’t want to miss: The Puritan’s annual soiree BLACK FRIDAY 2014 will go down on November 28th at Loft404 in Toronto. As both an occasion to celebrate the winners of the Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize as well as launch Issue 27: Fall 2014, this BLACK FRIDAY will also host a bang-up series of readers (including Jonathan Bennett, Stevie Howell, Helen Guri, Jay MillAr, Sarah Pinder and many more). Plan an all-nighter for this one.

6) And now back to Hamilton: on Thursday, November 20th, Montreal poet Gillian Sze will be reading at Bryan Prince Bookseller. Her latest book, Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press) has been shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and is quite good. (I’m pushing to have a review of it published by 2015.) Cancelled, apparently.


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