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CanLit vending machine to launch at Billy Bishop Airport

Gregory Scofield (George Pimentel Photography)

Forget the pop and chips — this summer, a vending machine at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will be filled with delicious CanLit. Thirty titles from six indie presses will circulate throughout the summer as part of the Literary Press Group’s CarryOnBooks program.

The project, which is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Book Fund, will mark the first time that Billy Bishop has sold books in any format.

CarryOnBooks will launch on June 1 with 20 titles, including Oisín Curran’s Blood Fable (Book*hug), Daniel McIvor’s Who Killed Spalding Gray? (Playwrights Canada Press), and Witness, I Am by Gregory Scofield (Nightwood Editions). Stonehouse Publishing, Brindle & Glass Publishing, and Inanna Publications are also participating.

“While these books have many supporters, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discover them through traditional sales channels and marketing opportunities,” says Christen Thomas, LPG’s executive director.

CarryOnBooks was inspired by short-story machines in Edmonton and Paris airports, installed by the French company Short Edition. After the Billy Bishop project wraps up on Aug. 31, LPG plans to move the vending machine to a new location.