Meet the Presses announces its Fall 2013 Indie Literary Market

Meet the Presses is pleased to present its fall 2013 Indie Literary Market on Saturday, November 16, from noon to 4:30 pm at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Street) in Toronto.

The Indie Literary Market is a curated event that showcases about 25 exciting literary presses and magazines, from some of the tiniest of micropresses to some of the biggest small presses, selling books, leaflets, broadsides, chapbooks, zines, journals, CDs, and more. The Market gives the general public an opportunity to peruse — and buy — some of the best of Canadian literature, much of which isn’t available in the ever-dwindling bookstores.

The afternoon will also mark the announcement of the winner of the prestigious bpNichol Chapbook Award, which earns $2,000 for its author and $500 for its publisher.

So mark November 16 on your calendar. If you run a small literary press or magazine, and would like Meet the Presses to consider you for a table at this event, please send a detailed note to by early September — let us know what you publish and why you publish, and provide any links that will help us become familiar with your publications. You may just receive an invitation to take part in the Fall 2013 Indie Literary Market.

Adrienne Gruber Wins 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award

Poet Adrienne Gruber is the winner of the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award for her chapbook Mimic, published by Leaf Press of Lantzville, B.C. Named for the late poet, novelist, and indie publisher bpNichol (1944-­1988), the prize language poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year, as selected by a panel of judges. Administered by Toronto-­‐based small-­‐press collective Meet the Presses, the prize is worth $2,000 to the winning writer.

Originally from Saskatoon, Gruber currently lives in Vancouver. Her first poetry collection was This Is the Nightmare (Thistledown Press, 2008). She has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Her chapbooks Mimic (Leaf Press) and Everything Water (Cactus Press) were published in the fall of 2011.

This year marks the first in which the winning publisher will also receive a cash prize. Through the generosity of poet Jim Smith, Leaf Press will receive $250. Publishing poetry chapbooks since 2001, Leaf Press ( is an independent press located on Vancouver Island.

This year’s judges were Toronto writers Bill Kennedy and Maggie Helwig, who included the following in their remarks on the winner:

“Gruber has written a sequence of connected poems, taking us from underwater landscapes to late night Portuguese bakeries, marked by brevity and precision, witty and alienist by turns. She deserves this year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award for making our minds race and our skins crawl.”

The judges selected the winner from scores of submissions from across Canada. This year’s other finalists were:

Spencer Gordon, Feel Good! Look Great! Have a Blast!, Ferno House
Liz Howard, (skullambient), Ferno House (Toronto)
Robert Martens, Poltergeist, Lipstick Press (Gabriola, B.C)
Elizabeth Rainer and Michael Blouin, let lie, above/ground press (Ottawa)
Hugh Thomas, Opening the Dictionary, above/ground press (Ottawa)

In 2012, Meet the Presses took over the administration of the annual bpNichol Chapbook Award, which was inaugurated in 1996. The winner was formally announced today at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Street, Toronto.

The market gives the public the opportunity to meet independent literary publishers and authors and take home books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsides, and recordings that re largely not available in bookstores.

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. If you have any questions, or wish to arrange an interview, contact Stuart Ross at 416-887-7820 or

Indie Lit Market 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick St, Toronto

Meet the Presses is curating a third Indie Literary Market for November 17 at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. Meet the Presses is an all-volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing books and chapbooks, magazines, recordings, and broadsheets produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses events begun 28 years ago in Toronto by Stuart Ross and Nick Power.

The Indie Literary Market is an invitational event focused exclusively on things literary. It will provide an opportunity for the public to meet independent literary presses and make direct purchases of publications that may not be readily available (or available at all) in bookstores and other commercial outlets.

Baseline Press
Brick Books
Cactus Press
Coach House Books
Ferno House
The Firm & Aerie
Gesture Press
Insomniac Press
Laurel Reed Books
learn/yeats & co
Mansfield Press
Pedlar Press
Proper Tales Press
Puddles of Sky
Red Iron
Rufus Books
serif of nottingham
Sunnyoutside Press
The Emergency Response Unit
The Porcupine’s Quill
Toronto Poetry Vendors
Twoffish Press
Underwhich Editions

More to be announced soon!

Meet the Presses Screaming Chapbook Market

Some of us believe the chapbook is the natural and friendly form for publishing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
Come join us and check out this stubborn resister of eBooks and spines!
A Scream Unfestival event.

AngelHousePress • Apt. 9 Press • BookThug • The Emergency Response Unit • Gesture Press • Horse of Operation • Imago Press • Junction Books • Laurel Reed Books • Proper Tales Press • Red Iron • Serif of Nottingham • Sunnyoutside • Talking Pictures • Toronto Poetry Vendors • Twoffish Press • Underwhich Editions • AND MORE!

Saturday, July 9, noon till 5 pm
Clinton’s Tavern, 693 Bloor West

Presented by the Meet the Presses Collective

The Last Vispo Anthology

Another excellent reason to swing by next weekend’s market:

Meet the Presses’ Toronto Indie Literary Market

proudly presents a digital display of

The Last Vispo Anthology

edited by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis

Saturday, June 5, 2010 | 12-5 | Clinton’s Tavern,

693 Bloor Street West, Toronto

The Last Vispo anthology is a 300-page book of visual poetry featuring well over 125 different seasoned and emerging writer/artists from around the world and covers the decade between 1998 and 2008.

Mark your calendars: the 2nd Indie Literary Market is coming!

The Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market gives the public an opportunity to meet dozens of Canadian literary presses and directly purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all!) in bookstores. So far, participating publishers and magazines include:

  • Anvil Press
  • BookThug
  • Brick Books
  • Carousel
  • Coach House Books
  • Ferno House
  • Gesture Press/Battered Press
  • Imago
  • Insomniac
  • Learn/Yeats
  • Lowlife Publishing
  • Mansfield Press
  • Mercury Press
  • Pedlar Press
  • Peter O’Toole
  • Porcupine’s Quill
  • Proper Tales Press
  • Rampike
  • Red Iron
  • Room 3o2 Books
  • serif of nottingham editions
  • sub-Terrain
  • The Emergency Response Unit
  • Toronto Poetry Vendors
  • Underwhich Editions
  • Wolsak & Wynn

This is Toronto’s only all-literary indie-publisher showcase! You’ll find cutting-edge fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction from some of the most exciting, challenging publishers in Canada.

Saturday, June 5, 2010
Clinton’s Tavern, 693 Bloor Street West

Admission is free. Clinton’s has a great selection of food and drink for purchase.

Three Cheers for Small Press!

The Meet the Presses INDIE LITERARY MARKET on November 29 was a blast.

Thanks so much to all the participating publishers:

Coach House Books
Cormorant Books
ECW Press
Exile Editions
Gesture Press
Insomniac Press/4 a.m.
learn/yeats & co
Mansfield Press
One Hour Empire
Pedlar Press
Playwrights Canada Press
Proper Tales Press/Peter O’Toole
serif of nottingham editions
The Emergency Response Unit
The Expert Press
The Mercury Press
The Porcupine’s Quill
The Puritan
Twoffish Press
Um, Yeah Press
Underwhich Editions
White Wall Review
Wolsak & Wynn

and especially to all the enthusiastic members of the public who turned out for this event. Thanks, too, for emptying your pockets in the name of indie Can-lit!

Click here to view photos from the Indie Literary Market.

Stay tuned in the new year for more events devised and put on by the Meet the Presses collective.

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