Come Out to Meet the Micro-, Small-, and Indie Presses // Jess Taylor for The Meet the Presses Collective
This Saturday marks the 2014 Indie Literary Market, put together by the Meet the Presses collective. The weekend after INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair–where local indie publishers competed with more big budget publishers while sequestered in pavilion corners only to spend the day Tweeting about it–indie and micropress publishers have a day for themselves! On November 22, 2014, members of the public are invited to the Tranzac to interact with micro and small press publishers carefully selected by the collective to participate. The event is free and will run all day from 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The event also celebrates achievements by writers who publish using micropress platforms; the winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award will be announced at 2 p.m. during the fair and awarded with a commemorative plaque and $4000, twice the amount of last year’s prize. The publisher of the winning chapbook also receives $500. Judges Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Sandra Ridley selected this year’s shortlist, which included one of The Puritan’s past associate poetry editors, Mat Laporte, who was nominated for his Odourless Press chapbook, Life Savings. Other finalists included Jason Christie for Government (above/ground), Christine McNair for pleasantries and other misdemeanours (Apt 9.), matt robinson for a fist made and then un-made (Gaspereau Press), Christine Leclerc for Oilywood (Nomados), and Phil Hall for X (Thee Hellbox). Continue reading