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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Busy Book Weekend

There were many, many literary events to keep any booklover busy this weekend: Mother Tongue Books hosted three talented poets from around the country this past Friday. It was a "teaser reading" prior to the Small Press Book Fair hosted by Ottawa's rob mclennan. Saturday was a triple feature day as well with the 25th Ottawa Book Fair (which continues Sunday), the aforementioned Small Press Book Fair, and the David Helwig reading at the Manx Pub, part of the Plan 99 Reading Series. This Sunday also features two of Ottawa's popular reading events, Bywords (Happy Birthday Amanda) and the Dusty Owl Reading Series.


Liam McGahern of Patrick McGahern and Liam McGahern Books on Bank Street in Ottawa.


Mr. Munroe Scott with John Flood, publisher of Penumbra Press of Manotick, Ontario. Mr. Scott poses with his new book Always and Updraft: A Writer Remembers. Mr. Flood produces books of exceptional production value and artistic merit and this book is no different. I look forward to reading my copy of Mr. Scott's memoir.

Now, I really don't have to introduce the couple below, do I? If you have ever been through the city of Montreal and bought a used book, you have probably heard of or been to "The Word Bookstore" on 469 Milton Street. If, for some reason, you've never been to this part of the McGill ghetto, the couple pictured are Adrian & Lucille King-Edwards. Truly one of the best bookstores in Montreal (in Canada, really, now that I think about it) and a couple of the nicest people on the planet.

Just a side note, Ottawa online bookseller Neil Cournoyer is back in Ottawa from a year in Brockville. Neil is the one who really opened up my eyes to collecting Can Lit a few years ago. He always has a nice selection of books and great book-buying advice. Like Adrian of The Word Bookstore, he'll steer you in the right direction of which books to purchase.

Ottawa poet and publisher, jwcurry, and Jon Paul Fiorentino of Matrix Magazine and the pope of comedic fiction, browse Jay MillAr's (BookThug / Apollinaire's Bookshoppe) well-stocked table at the Small Press Book Fair Saturday afternoon. Jay MillAr produces some of the most elegant small press publications in Canada today. They are very much works of literary art. See more of his publications available online.


Today, I received an amazing book from jwcurry. It is an ultra-limited edition (four copies) book edition of his mesmorizing Messagio Galore concrete sound performance last month. I am practically speechless at this generous gift. It features all the pieces that curry, Middle and Books performed that evening. Wow! The copies were compiled by curry to his usual exacting standards, exclusively for Max Middle, Jennifer Books and myself. You have to see it to believe it. Freakin' amazing... There is also good news that Mr. curry is planning more of the hit and run series of events with some very special guest readers. Stay tuned my little concrete poetry friends.


P.S. Be sure to check out the photo and brief interview of bicycle courier, Jennifer Books in the October 2005 edition of Ottawa Magazine. "Wheelers of fortune: Ottawa's bicycle couriers tell it like it is" (page 32) Photography by Marc Fowler, Text by Fateema Sayani.


David O'Meara introduces poet David Helwig to the mic at the Plan 99 Reading Series at the Manx Pub on Elgin Street.

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