Back in August, I had the opportunity to sit down with Nigel Beale and discuss one of my personal and academic interests–Canadian book design. We spoke about Frank Newfeld, McClelland & Stewart, Coach House, and a bunch of other stuff. If you’re interested, you can listen to the 38 minute interview at Nigel’s always fascinating website, The Literary Tourist. I am grateful to Nigel for the interest and for the conversation. It was a great time, and I got to look at Nigel’s books as an added bonus.
One week from tonight, I will be the feature reader in The Reading Series, run by my friends at In/Words Magazine & Press (Carleton University). Beyond my tenure as an editor, I read in the series once before in July 2011 when it was under the stewardship of Justin Million. It will be a joy to take part once again. I’m planning a little freebie handout for anyone who is kind enough to be there listening. 9pm at the Clocktower Brew Pub in the Glebe, downstairs in the basement. Apparently there will be prizes for open-mic participants “dressed up in scary poetry-related costumes.”
Apt. 9 had a wildly successful launch last Friday, with spectacular readings from Jesslyn Delia Smith, Spencer Gordon and Rhonda Douglas. The new chapbooks are available online now in the Apt. 9 Etsy shop for anyone interested. We’ll also be bringing the books to Toronto in November for the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. We had a table two years ago and it was really a wonderful time. I can’t wait to see what everyone in Toronto and beyond has been up to.