Ottawa's Great Canadian Barbeque invites Canadian Authors to apply for Book Expo.

By Peter Tremblay

Smoque Shack and the Ottawa Book Expo are coming together to deliver a real Canadian feast alongside an array of literary treasures this 2020. The Expo and the Great Canadian Barbecue will be operating for a total of four days and are encouraging grassroots-oriented authors to step up and be a part of the local celebration.

There are various book fairs across Canada at any time of the year. However, it is quite rare that you find an expo that celebrates local talent exclusively, much less grandly. The Ottawa Book Expo is coming back in 2020, and it’s bringing along the Great Canadian Barbecue to celebrate Canadian roots and the literary culture in Canada.

If you’re an aspiring Canadian author, then you’re well aware of the struggle to gain an audience for your work. The Ottawa Book Expo celebrates the local pool of literary genius that has gone unnoticed.

It is the perfect opportunity to mingle with potential readers, agents, and publishing companies. It’s no secret that very few authors get the chance to face success despite multiple attempts to introduce their work.

The lack of publicity and common ties in the literary industry is one of the main reasons why your book might not be succeeding. Mingling with potential readers and fellow authors will expose you and allow you to sell your book upfront—something you can’t do when they’re being sold at a bookstore.

Join independent literary businesses in the fight to keep the literary culture in local Canada alive. It can be very disheartening to see local work ignored while mainstream authors are celebrated regularly.

The fact is, exposure is the only thing you can count on to help you make it big in the literary world. Unless you’ve managed to gain a loyal following, you are most likely not going to be successful in your writing career.

If publicity isn’t your problem, it is still a good idea to talk to like-minded folk who can help you further your goals in the literary industry. There is nothing better than sharing your experience and learning new things about the trade.

It is often forgotten that the literary world is dynamic and continuously changing. Unless you find yourself updated on new trends and publishing styles, you will be left behind, and that is something that will only prove to hinder your goals.

The Ottawa Book Expo is the ultimate event of the year that will allow you to put yourself first. Disconnect from reality and the constant barrage of technological information in the modern world by spending at least one day surrounded by books and comfort food.

The Great Canadian Barbecue offers an early bird rate of $85 per day. This includes at least one serving of each delicious Canadian favourite served by Smoque Shack.

Sample the various tapas-style dishes offered by Smoque Shack alongside all-time barbecue favourites like pulled pork sliders, jerk chicken egg rolls, brisket served on a crustini with horseradish mayonnaise and two bones of pork ribs.

In addition to the various barbecue favourites, Smoque Shack is offering one meal serving each of Smoque Shack’s signature Smoqued favourites: Andouille sausage corn dogs and skewered shrimp.

In case your mouth isn’t watering yet, you should consider the sides Smoque Shack is bringing to the Expo. You will see plates of cornbread with Jalapeno infused cheddar butter, mini mac and cheeses and various surprise feature dishes.

The Expo and the Great Canadian Barbecue will be spread out over four days of literary and culinary celebration. Food and books will be available for tasting and perusing from 11 AM to 5 PM on June 7, 2020, and July 24-26, 2020.

Once a ticket for the Great Canadian Barbecue is purchased, foodies and readers alike will be able to mingle alongside each other and enjoy a day full of literary and culinary wonder.

If you are an author who is hoping to become successful and make a living out of writing books one day, the Ottawa Book Expo is the perfect place to get a head start. Head on over to the Ottawa Book Expo website and inquire regarding author collaborator slots before they fill up. Hurry, this is the literary and culinary chance of a lifetime.

Book Publishers: How to Become a Vendor at Toronto Book Expo 2020


The Toronto Book Expo is gearing up to be the most diverse event in Toronto. The event is currently expecting over a hundred vendors including publishing companies. Despite this, the event organizers are still actively accepting publisher vendor applications. If you value diversity and stand against social issues, the Toronto Book Expo is looking for your books.

The Toronto Book Expo will be the ultimate haven for intellectuals, artisans and book nerds this 2020. The event will house several artists, vendors, authors and publishers from all over the world to showcase the cultural and literary vitality of Canada. The expo is expecting to break barriers and tackle social issues by highlighting them boldly and allowing professionals to share their insights on these matters as well.

The Toronto Book Expo encourages the participation of First Nations authors and publishers as well as works from cultural and social minorities. Above all, it aims to bring attention to one of the greatest issues in society today: illiteracy.

The non-profit organization is actively accepting vendor applications on their website. If you or your organization stands for women’s, LGBTQ+ or racial rights, or any other social issue, the Toronto Book Expo is the perfect platform for you.

The Expo is also expected to bring in thousands of participants that are eager to add value to their lives. Several academic writers and aspiring authors will also be in attendance. For book publishers, this is the perfect place to find new authors to sponsor.

The Toronto Book Expo will also be held in a special Salon of the main Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, March 21

The non-profit event is the perfect place for publishers to scout new talent and share your advocacy among the diverse range of potential clients. It is also the perfect marketing platform for sharing your published books and promote upcoming releases and authors.

The Toronto Book Expo is drawing near. If you are affiliated with a book publisher and are interested in participating in this momentous event for the Toronto literary community, send in your application now and prepare for a whirlwind of readers and literary joy as books, innovation and diversity are celebrated this 2020.