Mission Statement

"Supporting small press is supporting literature on the cutting edge. Small press is the guardian of literary culture and free speech." - bpnichol


Meet the Presses is a new, all-volunteer collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses within the Greater Toronto Area. This new collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event begun in Toronto in the mid-80s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross.

Members of the new Meet the Presses organize a variety of curated public events that interest them, and all the events focus on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Meet the Presses’ flagship event is a literary market focused on sales of literary books, chapbooks, magazines, and recordings.

Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market is a curated event - that is, the participating publishers are chosen by the Meet the Presses collective.

The Indie Literary Market gives the public an opportunity to meet local literary presses and directly purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all!) in bookstores and other commercial outlets.

This new incarnation of Meet the Presses - an unfunded and non-profit collective - was founded by five former coordinators of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and four local writers and small pressers.

The Meet the Presses collective consists:

Upcoming Events


Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market

Come meet dozens of Toronto’s best literary publishers of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction! Literary books, chapbooks, broadsides and recordings for sale - including lots of stuff you’ll never find in stores!

Saturday, November 29, 2008 noon - 5 pm

Clinton’s Tavern (rear room) 693 Bloor Street West Just one block east of Christie Station

Free admission! Cash bar! Great food!

Participants so far include: