So, students, it’s time to head back to school, which means our shelves are packed to the brim once more. It also means our in-store events are still on a hiatus during the month of September, but we’ve written up the events that will be taking place in the month of October below. So don’t worry, the readings will resume again soon enough! Be sure to check out what we have to offer for new arrivals for the beginning of the month as well, with inbound updates as the month continues.
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Book of the Month: 20% off
Arcanum 17 by André Breton
“Half-hidden among the dreams, soliloquys and recollections is the book’s real purpose–to question the very way of being that had brought the world to such a horrible pass.” (Publishers Weekly)
Written during a trip to Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula in the months after D-Day in 1944, when the Allied troops were liberating Occupied Europe, André Breton’s Arcanum 17 is a book of both prose and poetry, both reality and dreams. “Using the huge Percé Rock—its impermanence, its slow-motion crumbling, its singular beauty—as his central metaphor, Breton considers issues of love and loss, aggression and war, pacifism, feminism and the occult”. (Green Integer)
Excellently translated by Zack Rogow, co-winner of the 1993 PEN-Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for his co-translation of Breton’s Earthlight, and published in Green Integer’s handy-dandy pocketbook form, this book is an excellent piece of surrealism for poetry and prose lovers alike.
New & Latest Arrivals
Out of what’s listed below, we recommend you check the latest novel from Murakami, the incisive work of Frantz Fanon, and the oddly-compelling poetry of the Black Mountain poet Edward Dorn and of Pablo Picasso (yes, the painter!). Don’t forget to check out our newly-arrived copy of George Elliott Clarke‘s Traverse and The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology of 2014.
Seeing as it is textbook season at the store, the first post of New Arrivals in the store will be momentarily slim. However, as new books come in, we’ll be posting about them here on our website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. No matter how you choose to keep in touch with us, we’ll be sure to let you know when we’re packing our copies of, say, the highly anticipated Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Stay tuned!
Click the title of a book to view information on or a review of that title, or just search for them in our catalogue (recommended for price checks).
LITERATURE & POETRY
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
- A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon
- MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (paperback edition)
- The Burial Of The Count Of Orgaz & Other Poems by Pablo Picasso
- Way More West: New & Selected Poetry by Edward Dorn
- Traverse by George Elliott Clarke
- The Elements of Style: Illustrated by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White
PHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL SCIENCES
- On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche (Penguin Classics)
- The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History by Terence McKenna
- Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda
Our Next Book Club Title
Our next read is Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt:
“Whether framed philosophically as “Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?” or more colloquially as “But, Mommy, who made God?” the metaphysical mystery about how we came into existence remains the most fractious and fascinating question of all time. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose, and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt emerges with an engrossing narrative that traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe.”
- (Liveright Books)
On September 25th, we’ll get together to discuss the book over some drinks. Everyone’s welcome, and anyone partaking receives a 15% discount off the book.
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In Anticipation: October’s Events
Argo Featured Reading #27:
NeWest Press Presents
Marguerite Pigeon & Laurence Miall
Monday, October 6th
@ Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM
“Marguerite Pigeon’s gifts for quick characterization and muscular dialogue are on full display in (her first collection of short stories Some Extremely Boring Drives), where you will encounter competitors in an endurance race at the edge of the world; the secret lives of stray cats, and those who try to catch them night after night; an interview with a once-famous musician who seems to be losing touch with reality; a date in Mexico City that ends in a kidnapping; a woman who comes face to face with her mirror image and finds that she’s taken another path; and a girl who’s determined to never, ever stand still again.” (NeWest Press)
Marguerite Pigeon is a former journalist and traveller turned writer of fiction and poetry. In 2001 she lived for several months near the Honduran-Salvadoran border working with a local indigenous organization, an experience that became the inspiration for her first novel, Open Pit. She later attended UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program. Since graduating, her short stories and poems have appeared in journals throughout Canada and internationally, and her first book of poetry, Inventory (Anvil, 2009), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Some Extremely Boring Drives is her first book of short stories. Originally from Blind River, Ontario, she currently lives in Vancouver.
“In Blind Spot, debut novelist Laurence Miall crafts an unforgettable literary antihero, a man disconnected from the pain of those around him, yet blind to his own faults: When his parents’ car is hit by a train, Luke, a failed actor, returns to his Edmonton hometown to attend their funeral, wrap up their affairs, and prepare their house to be sold off. But while all others around him grieve, Luke remains detached, striking up a relationship with a woman in a neighbouring house… and stumbling across evidence that his mother may have engaged in a longstanding extramarital affair herself.” (NeWest Press)
Laurence Miall is a Montreal-based writer who spent his childhood in England before emigrating to Edmonton at the age of 14. Miall has contributed to The Edmonton Journal and his short stories have been finalists in the Summer Literary Awards contest and Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. Blind Spot is his first novel.
A Poetry Reading with
Ricardo Sternberg & Michael Harris
Thursday, October 16th
@ Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM
“Some Dance doesn’t so much mark a departure from Sternberg’s previous work as continue to plot a trend, an evolution from the folkloric and fantastic to the secular and contemporary. Written in the voice of an “inveterate optimist,” Some Dance finds Sternberg taking account of his world, his life, and bestowing to it the dignity of his style, transforming it like the inveterate optimists of the insect world, “The Bees,” with “the trick (or is it wisdom?) / that allows them to distil / from the thorn of grievance, / the sweetest honey.” He takes us through his encounters with charlatans and stoned surgeons, lost loves, failed marriages, dead friends and relatives, the dictionary, a fridge full of expired food and more, and attends to each with the same verbal precision, panache and pathos, so that the unerring consideration of his aesthetic becomes a kind of ethical invigilation, the redemption of imperfect lives by perfect phrases… Ricardo Sternberg is one of the absolute best poets in this country. No s–t.” (from Michael Lista @ The National Post)
On October 16th, we’ll be hosting a reading by Montreal-based poet Michael Harris and Canadian-Brazilian poet Ricardo Sternberg who published his new collection Some Dance earlier this year. “Some Dance is a meditation on stories, the intersection of stories, of things made up, of things imagined, and of things lived – perhaps. Tricks played by memory, scrambling events from life with fiction, are a constant.” (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
The Argo Open Mic is Back! (#29)
Wednesday, October 29th
@ Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM
Featured in Canadian Notes and Queries‘ Montreal issue (#89) and online reviews and mentions by websites like LikeaLocalGuide and MTLBlog, the Argo Open Mic has been running since November 2011 as an open platform for Montrealers to read their work to a like-minded public.
Grab all those poems, stories, anecdotes, songs and opinions you penned over the summer and come on by to read for 5 to 10 minutes. Emerging and established authors alike are encouraged to participate. Join us for a drink and a jazz session at Grumpy’s Bar (1242 Rue Bishop) afterwards.