November 21, 2014

Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market

Thirty of Canada’s best independent publishers and magazines gather for the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market on Saturday, November 22nd, from 11:30am to 5 pm, at the Tranzac Club. The event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

One of the biggest highlights of the Literary Market culminates in the announcement of the winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award, whose purse this year doubled to $4,000, 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 Sandra Ridley and Kevin McPherson Eckhoff — both writers themselves — were in charge of making the tough choices this year. The publisher of the winning title receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

The finalists for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Government: Jason Christie (above/ground press)

Life Savings: Mat Laporte (Odourless Press)

pleasantries and other misdemeanours: Christine McNair (Apt. 9 Press)

a fist made and then unmade: matt robinson (Gaspereau Press)

Oilywood: Christine Leclerc (Nomados)

X: Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox)

The purpose of the Indie Literary Market is to introduce the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. This is also an opportunity to find some authors whose works may become a new favourite. Poetry and literature lovers, be sure to come out!

Indie Literary Market
Saturday, November 22, 11:30 am till 5 pm
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Presented by the Meet the Presses Collective

November 17, 2014

Concert: Trifolia - Marianne Trudel At Alliance Française Toronto

Alliance Française Toronto presents Trifolia - Marianne Trudel's mixed media musical show, combining jazz, romantic music and world rhythms, inspired by the French sculptor Camille Claudel.

The name trifolia is often applied to a plant that possesses three leaves. In this case, the three musicians of Trifolia form a dynamic unit. Marianne Trudel on piano with Patrick Graham on percussions, and Etienne Lafrance on double bass have been enchanting audiences since last year.

Trifolia: Le Refuge was also the Winner of the prix Opus 2012-13 for Jazz CD of the year and was nominated for the Juno Awards, as well. The trio will be in Toronto for one night only, November 22nd. Do not miss this chance to hear them live in and in the round.

Trifolia: Marianne Trudel, Étienne Lafrance, Patrick Graham
Photo: Vincent Lim

Marianne Trudel with Patrick Graham and Etienne Lafrance
Saturday November, 22th 2014 - 8pm
Alliance Française Toronto
Spadina Theatre
Tickets: $17 - $20

November 13, 2014

Hye Recommends: INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair

Launching with its Lift-Off Opening Party tonight, November 13th, and spanning three and a half days, the Association for Art and Social Change presents INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair, Canada’s largest book exposition for all things print and digital.

This weekend, INSPIRE! will host over 400 authors and their books, for all ages and interests, at eight stages and feature areas. The event will  showcase everything from literary fiction to the most popular children’s books, from romance to mystery, from the science of business to the business of science, where the book in all its forms is the star of the show. INSPIRE! will take over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Halls A and B, North Building, from November 14th to 16th.

Why do I recommend INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair?
Because it is a place for book lovers to connect, in the most immediate ways, with authors and with those who produce the books they love. A 3.5-day event that is part exhibition, part market, and part cultural festival is an excellent way to celebrate the love of reading.

INSPIRE! will feature the likes of Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Day, Jeff Kinney, Dav Pilkey, Kathy Reichs, Anne Rice, as well as, many more local and world-famous authors.

You can also get some shopping done at INSPIRE! There will also be a Marketplace where you can browse he booths of well-known publishers like Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic and others to discover their new books and meet their authors, or you can also check out the carefully curated on-site bookstores like The Beguiling Books &Art, A Different Booklist, Book Thug, and You Are Special.  These are just a few of the publishers who'll be on-site. The Marketplace will feature a vast range of vendors. You can check the full listing online at

Be sure to take advantage of the professional shipping and wrapping services, courtesy of Critical Path Express and GiftWrapping by Yvonne, located near the Next Issue Café at booth 225

But that's not all! 

INSPIRE! will have 8 stages and feature areas including:

The International Pavilion showcasing12 countries, encompassing 25 languages and featuring 75 poly-cultural authors

The Children’s Activity Zone, featuring a gallery exhibit of 40 pieces of eye-catching original art, Capturing Imagination: The Art of Storytelling, curated by the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). This gallery wall space will include both early versions and final pieces from renowned illustrators such as Barbara Reid, Michael Martchenko, and Brenda Clark.

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literary Circle is a space dedicated to celebrating the diverse voices of Aboriginal writers, storytellers, and performers and embodying the vibrancy and multi-faceted expression of indigenous literary experiences. Books and literary collections will be available for sale adjacent to the Circle, courtesy of

Those intersted in indie writers should visit The Hub. This is the place for micro-publishers, emerging illustrators/authors, associations, and collectives to exhibit and sell their work.

INSPIRE! Hours And Prices*

Friday, November 14, from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 15, from 10: 00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 16, from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Adults: $15 + HST
Children aged 12 and under get in FREE with a paying adult

Lift-Off Opening Party, Thursday, November 13, from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Priced at just $25 + HST, ticket includes welcome drink, entertainment on all stages, and food sampling.

*Ticket prices include re-admittance with a re-admit pass. This means tickets are valid all weekend. Free re-admission!

Whether you're a book lover, a budding writer, or someone curious about literature, INSPIRE! is the place to be this weekend. For full schedule, authors & vendors listings, visit