2016 Indie Lit Market Will Be Bigger Than Ever!




2016 Indie Lit Market Will Be Bigger Than Ever!

TORONTO, ON (November 10, 2016) – Now in its eighth year, Meet the Presses’ Indie Literary Market will expand its scope to accommodate an even wider literary spectrum, with nearly 50% more publishers in a larger, brighter room. The Indie Literary Market, a curated Market this year featuring 44 of Canada’s best independent book and magazine publishers, along with a specially curated table of publications by Art Metropole, will be held November 19, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor Street West) in Toronto.

The Indie Literary Market aims to introduce the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are often not available in bookstores. Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, curates the Market.

A major feature of the annual event is the announcement of the winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award, whose purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, thanks to an anonymous benefactor. The prize, awarded annually since 1996, is named for the late poet, novelist, and indie publisher bpNichol. The prize goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year. Judges Hoa Nguyen and Alice Burdick — both writers themselves — received for consideration 33 chapbooks from publishers across Canada. The publisher of the winning title will receive $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

The finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball Small Waterways (Apt. 9 Press)

Klara du Plessis Wax Lyrical  (Anstruther Press)

Marilyn Irwin The Blue, Blue There (Apt. 9 Press)

Lillian Necakov The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press)

Christine Stewart The Odes  (Nomados Literary Publishers)

Media contact: Beth Follett, feralgrl [at] interlog [dot] com, Tel. 709.738.6702