Meet the Presses is a collective of volunteers who write, publish and read. In a week’s time, they will hold their annual Indie Literary Market at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. If ”Indie Literary Market” reads like frilly synonyms for "small press fair", it’s for a good reason: this will not be your typical small press fair.
The forty or so presses gathering on Saturday, November 22nd have been selected by the collective, which not only ensures a certain benchmark for quality but for variety as well. Influential publishers such as Mansfield Press, BookThug and Coach House Books will share wares with emerging outfits like Apt. 9 Press, words(on)pages and Cough.
The event will also reveal the winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award from a shortlist featuring Jason Christie (above/ground press), Mat Laporte (Odourless Press), Christine McNair (Apt. 9 Press), matt robinson (Gaspereau Press), Christine Leclerc (Nomados) and Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox Press). The prize this year has doubled to $4,000, with the publisher of the winning chapbook also receiving $500. The judges are Sandra Ridley and Kevin McPherson Eckhoff.
There will be much to celebrate. Check out full details on the poster above and let me know if you’ll be attending!