DATE: Saturday, June 19. (Readers and performers, TBA)
TIME: 11 am-5 pm (presses should be on-site by 10:00 at the latest—doors open at 9 am)
ADDRESS: 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto M6J 1H3
(Directions: Queen Street West & Dovercourt Road. Some street parking. Public Transit: TTC Queen Streetcar.19, 2001
Up to 80 small- to medium-sized presses from the Greater Toronto Area—and a number from as far afield as Montreal, Calgary, and even Vancouver—will gather in the atrium of the Toronto Reference Library to sell their books, chapbooks, graphic novels, audio-books, magazines and comics, and a wide array of high-quality arts & crafts.
List of Participants*:
Bongo Beat Books
Iron Rabbit Bindery
The Porcupine’s Quill
ESR Media / The Eclectic Screening Room
learn/yeats & co
Picture it Picture Books
The Mammalian Daily
above/ground press + Chaudiere Books
Fangs ’n Hiss Books
Clouds in the Sky, Jessica Chan
Burning Effigy Press
Dragon Moon Press
Talia Eylon, Dina Eylon
Wooden Rocket Press
Kate Story / Ursula Pflug
Judith Kopacsi Gelberger & Eric Choi
Alternate Reality News Service
Bits of String
Nano-Nano (OCAD indie publishing course)
Worn Fashion Journal
Writers ink – a Rosedale Heights small press
Royal Sarcophagus Society
Lost City Press
Lickin’ the beaters / The Molotov Rag
*Registration is now closed.
The Toronto Small Press Group is a non-profit arts organization that has dedicated itself to support reading, encourage publishing and writing and to increase an awareness of the literary community in Toronto and the GTA. Its mandate is to promote very small to medium-sized presses, by holding two Toronto Small Press Book Fairs in the spring and fall of each year, and by a series of literary events held throughout the year.
The Toronto Small Press Group grew out of the “Meet the Presses” events organized by Stuart Ross and Nick Power back in the 80s, which was then a once-a-month gathering featuring five or six small and micro presses displaying, selling, and reading from new work. A much larger gathering, The (first) Toronto Small Press Book Fair, became an annual event in 1987, and a biannual event in the fall of 1990. The fair has become an integral part of the Ontario literary community and is a greatly anticipated part of the literary seasonal calendar.