The Small Press of Toronto’s mission is to support reading, encourage publishing and writing, and to increase an awareness of the literary community in Toronto and the GTA. Our mandate is to promote small-to-medium-sized presses by hosting two SPoT Book Fairs in the spring and fall of each year, and by a series of literary readings in the course of the year in order to provide a forum for the networking between the presses and the writers, poets, and artists.
SPoT grew out of the “Meet the Presses” events organized by Stuart Ross and Nick Power over twenty years ago: a once-a-month gathering featuring five or six small and micro presses displaying, selling, and reading from their work. The first Toronto Small Press Book Fair, a much larger gathering, became an annual event in 1987, and a biannual event in the fall 1990.
The Fair is coordinated by two people; in the past decade, these coordinators have included Kristiana Clemens and Beth Follett; Lindsay Zier-Vogel and Beth Follett; Halli Villegas and Myna Wallin; and Veronica Garza Flores and Colin Carberry; Sang Kim and Lisa Pasold. Since January 2011, the coordinators have been Sang Kim and Julian Zacharoff.
To date, approximately 1,000 small to medium-size presses from across Toronto, the GTA, the province, and the country have participated in at least one of our Fairs. The Fair has become an integral part of Ontario’s literary community and is a greatly-anticipated part of the literary seasonal calendar.
Readings by small press poets and fiction writers continue to be an important element of the Fair. Workshops are also an integral element to what the Fair offers both for our collective members and for the public.