INSPIRE is an inclusive and poly-cultural event which celebrates mass public enjoyment of print and digital books and reading in all forms, and embraces all facets of the writing and publishing industries. The inaugural Fair takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Timed to kick off the holiday shopping season, the inaugural Fair opens with an immense celebration on the show floor on Thursday November 13, 2014 and continues November 14 -16. See: www.torontobookfair.ca
An aspect of the Fair floor we are working to develop is an area called the INSPIRE! Hub. The Hub is a 2,000+ square ft.,multi-disciplinary area that will bring together a variety of influencers, and early adopters, who are on the frontier of the publishing world.
The Hub is an exciting destination for visitors interested in true indie innovators. Created as an affordable, beautiful, and fully built-out area. This is a place for Zines, micro-publishers, emerging illustrators and publishing artisans exhibit and sell their work, where fair-goers can interact with and learn about the multitude of alternative publishing mediums, and emerging talent in the publishing world.
At the centre of The Hub will be the Soapbox, an intimate presentation space (with seating for small groups). This presentation area will provide a platform for participating exhibitors to showcase their disciplines, and for publishers and authors to present to, speak and interact with Fair goers.
Space in The Hub is moving quickly. We are thrilled to have a number of fantastic self-published authors, small presses, and illustrators who will call this place home. INSPIRE! is also collaborating with a number of studios interested in showcasing the work of their members and a number of colleges interested in taking out swathes of space in The Hub to showcase their students Fourth Year work.
Below are links to a general floor plan (The Hub can be found in the southeast corner of the map), and a Hub specific floor plan.