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February Newsletter (02/02/2015)

 

Damn you, Mr. Groundhog! If you’re somewhat of a ‘marsupially-superstitious’ person, then you know we’ve now got six more weeks of winter coming our way. Yeesh. What better reason to hunker down after a frosty day outside with a good book and a hot beverage of your choice? Netflix can only offer us so much company.

The month of February brings us a whole new batch of titles in the shop both new and at bargain prices, a new Book of the Month (Akhil Sharma‘s Family Life), new events like our Argo Open Mic and a dual Vallum poetry chapbook launch with Mary di Michele and Nicole Brossard… The only exception is that we will be discontinuing our Book Club (read on for more information about that), and replacing it with a regular discount of 15% off offered to any and all book clubs and book club members.

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Book of the Month: 20% off

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

 

Family Life is devastating as it reveals how love becomes warped and jagged and even seemingly vanishes in the midst of huge grief.

(Sonali Deraniyagala, “The Repercussions”, New York Times)

“We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.” (W.W. Norton)

 

New & Latest Arrivals

You’ll find a list of our most recent arrivals in the shop below. What you won’t find listed here is a whopping 80-title list of 1970s science-fiction bargain titles which arrived in the shop in late January.

 

Click on this link to view a complete list of those books, and a sample picture has been provided below.

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

 

RELIGION

 

PHILOSOPHY (LANGUAGE & HISTORY)

 

BARGAIN BOOKS

(& there’s always more on the way!)

  • The Way of an Eagle by Dan Potter ($5)
  • Irish Rose by Patrick Wyatt ($5)
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel ($7)
  • Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos ($4)
  • Mr. Churchill’s Secretary: A Maggie Hope Mystery by Susan Elia MacNeil ($5)

 

The End of Our Book Club

 

Dear Montreal,

It’s been roughly two years since we began our book club. Based out of the store, we had a great time getting to know Montrealers over a great selection of literature. However, we can no longer continue a regular bi-monthly book club at this point in time.

If you are looking for a book club to get engaged in, there are many about the city and members of our own book club have expressed interest in continuing one of their own. If you’d like to be put into contact with the group, feel free to send us an email at argobookshop@gmail.com and we can forward your contact information.

Don’t get us wrong: Book clubs are fantastic! It’s a great way to meet people you otherwise would have never crossed paths with, and it’s always a plus to know that like-minded readers are out there. That’s why we want to encourage your own book club: Book clubs and book club members can receive 15% off their orders! Give us a call, send us an email or message us onFacebook/Twitter to find out more!

Happy reading!

 

Events for the Month of February

#1

Dual Vallum Poetry Chapbook Launch:

Nicole Brossard & Mary di Michele

Thursday, February 19th

@ Argo Bookshop

Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

The Argo Bookshop is very excited to host Vallum Magazine’s dual poetry chapbook launch of Mary di Michele‘s The Montreal Book of the Dead and Nicole Brossard‘s A Tilt in the Wondering: And you’re invited! You can find the Facebook event here.

“Envisioning the passage of time under the ‘full and unwaning’ moon of Mont Royal’s beacon cross, di Michele recalls her Italian immigrant parents in Toronto and her current life in Montreal. This sequence, a sort of decameron, written with her customary brightness and gracefulness of diction, concludes at a deserted customs office where no one wants to see her passport: the truly borderless place of poetry itself.” – Sharon Thesen

Poet, novelist, and member of the collaborative writing group Yoko’s Dogs, Mary di Michele is author of eleven books including a selected poems, Stranger in You (Oxford University Press 1995), and the novel Tenor of Love (Viking Canada 2005). She lives in Montreal where she teaches at Concordia University. Her most recent books are The Flower of Youth: The Pier Paolo Pasolini Poems (ECW Press 2011) and Whisk (Pedlar Press 2013), which was co-authored with the group Yoko’s Dogs.

 

Blending meaning and language, thought and ideas, English and French, A Tilt In The Wondering intimately confuses understanding and the basis by which we judge our own reality. Writing as if the words themselves could vanish, Nicole Brossard fires question after question as if to explore the very nature of existence beyond time and presence. Divided into several poems, which appear to function as sections of the larger work, the language and imagery of each blends into the next and further confounds the already fragile distinctions between the pieces. This leaves the reader with the sense that there is “no real physical space in between/ but a sense of words falling.” (Vallum)

 

Author to 29 books in French (11 of which are translated into English), Nicole Brossard, O.C. is a leading French Canadian formalist poet and novelist, and a major theoretician and promoter of literary and cultural feminism. Her books have earned her, among other awards, four nominations for the Governor General’s Awards and two have won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.    

 

#2

Argo Open Mic #32

Wednesday, February 25th

@ Argo Bookshop

Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

Come to our open mic on the last Wednesday of February to read your poems, stories, anecdotes, songs and opinions! The crowd’s always open and reciprocal, and spectators are always welcome. Emerging and established authors alike are encouraged to participate. Please note that the location is subject to change, depending on the amount of people attending: You can stay informed re: location on the Facebook event page and our website.

 

Ahoy, Sci Fi!

We’ve been inundated by eighty (that’s right, eighty) new Sci-Fi titles for our Bargain Books section, all published in or around the 1970s! There are some fantastic authors here, and the books are beyond compare: All of these books are hardcover, part of the Science Fiction Book Club which is still in motion to this day. We’ve priced each of them at either $4, $5 or $6, depending on the title/author and condition of the book. If you wish to reserve any of the titles we’ve listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us. They’re going fast.

And now for a photo:

 

SCI-FI BARGAIN BOOKS

  • Ellison Wonderland by Harlan Ellison
  • Xeno by D.F. Jones
  • Gray Matters by William Hjortsberg
  • Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven
  • Arrive at Easterwine by R.A. Lafferty
  • The Priests of Psi by Frank Herbert
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World by Harry Harrison
  • Twin Planets by Philip E. High
  • The Stone That Never Came Down by John Brunner
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You by Harry Harrison
  • You Must Remember Us…? by Leonard Daventry
  • The Lucifer Experiment by Adrian Cole
  • The Anarchistic Colossus by A.E. Van Vogt
  • The God Machine by William Jon Watkins
  • Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny
  • Visions & Ventures by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Reefs of Earth by R.A. Lafferty
  • Inverted World by Christopher Priest
  • A Wreath of Stars by Bob Shaw
  • The Doors of His Face The Lamps of His Mouth & Other Stories by Roger Zelazny
  • Oil-Seeker by Michael Elder
  • The Survival Game by Colin Kapp
  • Shipwreck by Charles Logan
  • A Different Light by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  • All My Sins Remembered by Joe Haldeman
  • The Faded Sun: Kutath by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Faded Sun: Kesrith by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Faded Sun: Shon’Jir by C.J. Cherryh
  • Eyes of Amber by Joan D. Vinge
  • Somerset Dreams and Other Fictions by Kate Wilhelm
  • The Jonah Kit by Ian Watson
  • The Martian Inca by Ian Watson
  • Alien Embassy by Ian Watson
  • Miracle Visitors by Ian Watson
  • DeathHunter by Ian Watson
  • Mockingbird by Walter Tevis
  • The Stars in Shroud by Gregory Benford
  • Hello Summer, Goodbye by Michael Coney
  • Leviathan’s Deep by Jayge Carr
  • The Stochastic Man by Robert Silverberg
  • Cirque by Terry Carr
  • The Face by Jack Vance
  • Killer Pine by Lindsay Gutteridge
  • Mardoc by Ronald A. McQueen
  • King David’s Spaceship by Jerry Pournelle
  • Man Plus by Frederick Pohl
  • The Cool War by Frederick Pohl
  • A Dream of Wessex by Christopher Priest
  • An Infinite Summer by Christopher Priest
  • The Wandering Worlds by Terry Greenhough
  • Orbitsville by Bob Shaw
  • Ship of Strangers by Bob Shaw
  • Dagger of the Mind by Bob Shaw
  • The Ceres Solution by Bob Shaw
  • The Visitors by Clifford D. Simak
  • A Heritage of Stars by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Fellowship of the Talisman by Clifford D. Simak
  • Domino by Richard Cowper
  • The Road to Corlay by Richard Cowper
  • Worlds Apart by Richard Cowper
  • Star Probe by Joseph Green
  • The Grain Kings by Keith Roberts
  • The Night of Kadar by Garry Kilworth
  • Midworld by Alan Dean Foster
  • The Typhon Intervention by Douglas R. Mason
  • Wonder-Worlds: Stories by William F. Nolan
  • Frostworld and Dreamfire by John Morressy
  • The Five Doors by Jack Rhys
  • Maxwell’s Demon by Martin Sherwood
  • Shadrach in the Furnace by Robert Silverberg
  • The Kramer Project by Robert A. Smith
  • The Lincoln Hunters by Wilson Tucker
  • Deathbeast by David Gerrold

 
 

SCI-FI FICTION SELECTIONS
(titles comprised of many of the above-listed authors)

  • The Crystal Ship: 3 Novellas by Vonda N. McIntyre, Marta Randall & Joan D. Vinge
  • Starry Messenger: The Best of Galileo (edited by Charles C. Ryan)
  • Futurelove: 3 Novellas by Anne McCaffrey, Joan Hunter Holly & Jeffrey A. Carver
  • Aries1: Selections (edited by John Grant)
  • New Writings in SF 23 (edited by Kenneth Bulmer)
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year III
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year IV
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year V

 

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Published January 27th, 2015 in New & Latest Arrivals, Recommendations

Top Ten Books of 2014

…well, our Top Ten Books of 2014 are more like the Top Five Books of 2014, times two. Here are our lists, in no particular hierarchical order whatsoever. Enjoy!

 

Meg’s Top Five Books of 2014

 

Insel by Mina Loy
A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon
Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
The Outward Room by Millen Brand
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
 

JP’s Top Five Books of 2014

 

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Gunslinger by Ed Dorn
The Tutu by Léon Genonceaux
 

‘IN THE 2000S, THERE WILL BE ONLY ANSWERS’

Some writers we know write about the future: William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick, Ursula Le Guin. We expect them to find insights about how humans might live. But what about someone like Marguerite Duras, an influential post-war French novelist and filmmaker? She had important things to say about the 20th century. What might she say about the future?

Photonics researcher Antoine Wojdyla stumbled across an interview with Duras from September 1985 in the French magazine Les Inrocks. Struck by Duras’ perspective on technology and deception, he translated the article out of the goodness of his heart and sent it to me. It’s strange and remarkable, an uncanny interpretation of our present.

I read her statement as a kind of pre-answer to Google and wearables and the quantified self. When former Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal in 2010, “I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.” That’s what Duras means when she says, “In the 2000s, there will only be answers.”

In any case, here’s Duras as translated by Wojdyla:

“In the 2000s, there will be only answers. The demand will be such that there will only be answers. All texts will be answers, in fact. I believe that man will be literally drowned in information, in constant information. About his body, his corporeal future, his health, his family life, his salary, his leisure.

It’s not far from a nightmare. There will be nobody reading anymore.

They will see television. We will have screens everywhere, in the kitchen, in the restrooms, in the office, in the streets.

Where will we be? When we watch television, where are we? We’re not alone.

We will no longer travel, it will no longer be necessary to travel. When you can travel around the world in eight days or a fortnight, why would you?

In traveling, there is the time of the travel. Traveling is not seeing things in a rapid succession, it’s seeing and living in the same instant. Living from the travel, that will no longer be possible.

Everything will be clogged, everything will have been already invested.

The seas will remain, nevertheless, and the oceans.

And reading. People will rediscover that. A man, one day, will read. And everything will start again. We’ll encounter a time where everything will be free. Meaning that answers, at that time, will be granted less consideration. It will start like this, with indiscipline, a risk taken by a human against himself. The day where he will be left alone again with his misfortunes, and his happiness, only that those will depend on himself.

Maybe those who will get over this misstep will be the heroes of the future.

It’s very likely, let’s hope there will be some left…”

 

(reposted from a Fusion.net article entitled “In the 2000s, There Will Only be Answers” by Alexis C. Madrigal)

January Newsletter + New & Latest Arrivals (01/04/2014)

 

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s textbook season again here at the shop, so priority’s going to bringing boxes upon boxes upon boxes of textbooks throughout the month. Don’t fret, though! Special orders for customers on a individual basis are more than welcome and we will announce new arrivals as they come in on our website, twitter feed and Facebook page.

You’ll find a short list of our new arrivals below, as well as the following: January’s Book of the Month is Jenny Erpenbeck‘s The End of Days (20% off), a Hans Fallada Prize-winning novel, this month’s Book Club title is Roberto Bolano‘s By Night in Chile (15% off) with a meeting on January 21st, and this month marks our restarting the monthly Argo Open Mic, which will be taking place on January 28th.

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Book of the Month: 20% off

End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck

 


reading Erpenbeck always produces a shiver of metaphysical vertigo. Her wisdom feels uncannily ancient and, like the earlier work, The End of Days is shot through with an insight that almost blinds.” (Kapka Kassabova, “The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck review”, The Guardian)

Winner of the Hans Fallada prize for fiction and a bestseller in Europe, The End of Days “consists essentially of five “books,” each leading to a different death of the same unnamed woman protagonist. How could it all have gone differently? the narrator asks in the intermezzos. The first chapter begins with the death of a baby in the early twentieth-century Hapsburg Empire. In the next chapter, the same girl grows up in Vienna, but her strange relationship with a boy leads to death. In the next scenario, she survives adolescence and moves to Russia with her husband. Both are dedicated Communists, yet our heroine ends up in a labor camp. But her fate does not end there…”  (New Directions)

 

New & Latest Arrivals


 

 

Our Next Book Club Title

 

Our next read will be By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño:

 

“By Night in Chile‘s single night-long rant provides — as through a crack in the wall — a terrifying, clandestine view of the strange bedfellows of Church and State in Chile. This wild, eerily compact novel — Roberto Bolaño‘s first work available in English––recounts the tale of a poor boy who wanted to be a poet, but ends up a Jesuit priest and a conservative literary critic, a lap dog to Chile’s rich and powerful cultural elite, by whose (favours) he meets Pablo Neruda and Ernst Jünger. Father Urrutia is offered a tour of Europe by agents of Opus Dei (to study “the disintegration of the churches,” a journey into realms of the surreal); and ensnared by this plum, he is next assigned — after the destruction of Allende — a secret, never-to-be-disclosed nighttime job involving Pinochet. Soon, searingly, Father Urrutia’s memories go from bad to worse.” (New Directions)

On January 21st, we’ll get together to discuss the book over some drinks. Everyone’s welcome, and anyone partaking receives a 15% discount off the book. If you would like to join in for our monthly discussions, send an email to argobookshop@gmail.com in order to receive regular updates.

 

 

Behold: Our First Featured Author!

 

 

The first vote is over, and the ‘winner’ is the author George Orwell. All throughout the month of January, if you purchase any titles by this author, whether it’s Burmese Days, Homage to Catalonia, 1984, Animal Farm… it’s 15% off! Take this opportunity to stock up on this amazing author’s work and reap the benefits.

 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page or our website to see the next Featured Author poll!

 

January’s Events

 

The Argo Open Mic! (#31)
Wednesday, January 28th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

 

Grab those poems, stories, anecdotes, songs and opinions you wrote over the holidays 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. You can find the Facebook event page for this event here.

 

Holiday Hours – X-Mas 2014

Our holiday hours from the 24th of December to the 2nd of January are as follows:

December 24th

OPEN: 10AM to 7PM

December 25th

CLOSED

December 26th

CLOSED

December 27th

CLOSED

December 28th

CLOSED

December 29th

OPEN: 10AM to 7PM

December 30th

OPEN: 10AM to 7PM

December 31st

CLOSED

January 1st

CLOSED

January 2nd

OPEN: 10AM to 7PM

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Published December 22nd, 2014 in Announcements

It Changes Nothing: Clarice Lispector’s First and Only TV Interview

If you’ve never seen it, watch Clarice Lispector’s first and only TV interview, from February 1977, when she appeared on TV Cultura in São Paulo. She’d arrived intending to appear in a program about film, apparently, when the station’s director summoned his nerve and asked for an interview. She died later that year.
Lispector is restless, and charmingly curt, throughout the interview—it seems as if she really, really doesn’t want to be there. Even under duress, though, she gives stronger, more meaningful answers than many writers give at their most accessible. “I write without the hope that what I write can change anything at all. It changes nothing … Because at the end of the day we’re not trying to change things. We’re trying to open up somehow.”
At one point, the interlocutor asks, “What, in your opinion, is the role of the Brazilian writer today?”
“To speak as little as possible,” she says, her head tilted, her thumb half-massaging her temple, a cigarette between her fingers.”

(from Penguin Books UK and The Paris Review)

 

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Published December 12th, 2014 in Recommendations

December Newsletter + New & Latest Arrivals (12/02/2014)

Happy Non-Denominational Non-Sectarian Inter-Faith (or not) Winter Holidays, everyone! In preparation for the season of giving, we’ve accumulated a lot of really. Awesome. Books. Literature, philosophy, social sciences, women’s studies, art… With a humongous amount of bargain books to boot. As for the newsletter synopsis: The Book of the Month is Jonathan Crary‘s 24/7 (20% off), a searing critique on late capitalism’s effect on our circadian rhythms, the Book Club title is Roberto Bolano‘s By Night in Chile (15% off), a night-long rant on the intertwining of church and state in Chile, and finally (breath) we hope you’ll consider voting on our upcoming Monthly Featured Author deal (link’s at the bottom of this newsletter). There’s no events this month as we’ll be heading home for the holidays soon enough, with the shop closing from the 23rd of December to the 2nd of January, so drop by while the getting’s good.

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Book of the Month: 20% off

24/7 by Jonathan Crary

 

Jonathan Crary’s 24/7 is a polemic as finely concentrated as a line of pure cocaine. If you’re wondering what Crary’s position is on late-stage capitalism: he’s against it. How much? A lot.” (Benjamin Reiss, “Sleep’s Hidden Histories”, LA Times)

All too often we North Americans like to discuss our sleep patterns, with ‘less is more’ acting as a badge of honour. So you still worked your eight-hour shift on only three hours of sleep? Man, you look tired, what did you get up to last night? Must have been a crazy adventure in sleep deprivation.

Let’s face it: Late capitalism demands that the engine keeps moving at every hour of the day. New York is no longer the city that never sleeps. In this book, “Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and emerging strategies of control and surveillance. He describes the ongoing management of individual attentiveness and the impairment of perception within the compulsory routines of contemporary technological culture. At the same time, he shows that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that is intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, points to other more formidable and collective refusals of world-destroying patterns of growth and accumulation.” (Verso Books)

 

New & Latest Arrivals

There’s just so many great books here that it’s hard to know where to begin: Frederic Gros’ A Philosophy of Walking? The 2014 Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano‘s Suspended Sentences? New selected poetry from John Berryman? Margaret Atwood‘s Stone Mattress? The first-hand account and poetry of one of Kim Jong-il favoured poets and known defector Jang Jin-sung? Bargain books from J.G. Ballard, Roddy Doyle, Amy Hempel, Lydia Davis and more? And we’ve got copies of Humans of New York for only $10?!?

These titles may be great, but they’re going fast since going on display a few days ago. If you see anything you like, or something you think would make a good gift for someone, feel free to give us a call or send us an email to reserve something.

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

  • The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
  • The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet
  • The Complete Short Prose of Samuel Beckett (1929-1989)

 

PHILOSOPHY, SOCIAL STUDIES & WOMEN’S STUDIES

 

KIDS

 

BARGAIN BOOKS

  • Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
  • Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman
  • Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max
  • Volunteer Slavery by Jill Nelson
  • An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus by William Todd Schultz
  • Invisible by Paul Auster
  • The Iliad by Homer (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

  • A History of the Present Illness by Louise Aronson
  • The End of the Story by Lydia Davis
  • Tumble Home by Amy Hempel
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
  • The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller
  • Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
  • The Conundrum by David Owen
  • See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Born to Buy by Juliet B. Schor
  • Hunger by Knut Hamsun

  • From a Crooked Rib by Nurddin Farah
  • Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  • Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson
  • Beyond Innocence: An Autobiography in Letters, The Later Years by Jane Goodall
  • The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah
  • Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
  • The City Cook by Kate McDonough

 

Our Next Book Club Title

 

Our next read will be By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño:

 

“By Night in Chile‘s single night-long rant provides — as through a crack in the wall — a terrifying, clandestine view of the strange bedfellows of Church and State in Chile. This wild, eerily compact novel — Roberto Bolaño‘s first work available in English––recounts the tale of a poor boy who wanted to be a poet, but ends up a Jesuit priest and a conservative literary critic, a lap dog to Chile’s rich and powerful cultural elite, by whose (favours) he meets Pablo Neruda and Ernst Jünger. Father Urrutia is offered a tour of Europe by agents of Opus Dei (to study “the disintegration of the churches,” a journey into realms of the surreal); and ensnared by this plum, he is next assigned — after the destruction of Allende — a secret, never-to-be-disclosed nighttime job involving Pinochet. Soon, searingly, Father Urrutia’s memories go from bad to worse.” (New Directions)

On January 21st, we’ll get together to discuss the book over some drinks. Everyone’s welcome, and anyone partaking receives a 15% discount off the book. If you would like to join in for our monthly discussions, send an email to argobookshop@gmail.com in order to receive regular updates.

 

 

Vote on our First Monthly Featured Author!

 

Come January, we’ll be introducing our Featured Author deal: Any work by the selected author will be 15% off! Whether the work is in store or special-ordered by you, the deal applies. The thing is, we’re not sure which author to start with:
Simone Weil?
Hélène Cixous?
Alistair McLeod?
Rebecca Solnit?
George Orwell?
Jacques Ellul?
Hubert Aquin?
E.M. Cioran?
Violette Leduc?
Marshall McLuhan?
You’ll find a link below to the ongoing vote, and the deadline is December 31st.  So, which author do you think we should start with?

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

 

 

Happy Non-Denominational Non-Sectarian Inter-Faith (or not) Winter Holidays, Everyone!

 

 

Poll: Monthly Featured Authors

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Published November 19th, 2014 in Announcements

November Newsletter + New & Latest Arrivals (11/03/2014)

Now’s the time to head out and stockpile your literature, just as the city starts its first steps towards a deep freeze! We’ve got plenty to pick from, with (as always) more on the way. Be sure to check out the new arrivals and Bargain Book selections we’ve posted during October (the links can be found in the New Arrivals section of this post). As for events, we’ll be holding our last Argo Open Mic of this year on November 18th, and for books in our spotlight this month, consider picking up a copy of our Book of the Month (20% off!), Jesse Ball‘s Silence Once Begun and/or joining us for our Book Club in November: We’ll be reading Satantango by László Krasznahorkai, winner of the 2013 Best Translated Book Award.

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Book of the Month: 20% off

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball

 

Jesse Ball‘s Silence Once Begun resists the standard narrative tropes of contemporary novels. It pushes against them with antique, gentlemanly language, a conflicting set of stories that clearly reference “Rashomon,” and a structure like a funnel that starts at the wide open end. ” (Carolyn Kellogg, “Jesse Ball’s slippery ‘Silence Once Begun’ built on false confessiom”, LA Times)

In Jesse Ball’s absorbing, finely wrought fourth novel, “Silence Once Begun,” a journalist also named Jesse Ball tells the story of a thread salesman who makes a wager with two people in a bar. Upon losing that wager, he signs an extremely detailed confession to a crime he didn’t commit — the kidnapping of eight people from a Japanese town called Narito over the course of four months. The kidnappings, known to the populace as the “Narito Disappearances,” have spurred a moral panic that demands a scapegoat. A man who would offer himself up as that scapegoat is taking the most desperate of chances, asking all his fellow men for some proof that he should continue to live. (Helen Oyeyemi, “Deathly Quiet”, NY Times)

 

New & Latest Arrivals

It’s great to see so many folks interested in our reinstated Bargain Books section! If you’ve missed out on the batches ‘o books that have been arriving in the shop since October, you can click on the following links to view books lists from October 16th, October 22nd and October 23rd (or the photos below).

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

LITERARY CRITICISM & ESSAYS

  • Barolo by Matthew Gavin Frank

 

POETRY

 

KIDS

  • Son by Lois Lowry

 

BARGAIN BOOKS

  • The Theory of Everything: Love by H.M. Person ($7)
  • The Unpossessed by Tess Slesinger ($7)
  • Self Condemned by Wyndham Lewis (Black Sparrow Press edition, $10)
  • Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver ($7.50)
  • The Canal by Lee Rourke ($9)


 

Our Next Book Club Title

 

Our next read will be Satantango by László Krasznahorkai:

Known as the inspiration for the filmmaker Béla Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece of the same name, Satantango is a “spellbinding, bleak, and hauntingly beautiful book”, a testimony that it’s the devil who “has all the good times.” Winner of the 2013 Best Translated Book Award from the online literary periodical Three Percent, the story of Satantango is told over the course of several rainy days in an unnamed hamlet, with readers following its scant inhabitants in their misery of being stuck in the middle of nowehere. “Schemes, crimes, infidelities, hopes of escape, and above all trust and its constant betrayal are Krasznahorkai’s meat.” (New Directions)

On November 19th, we’ll get together to discuss the book over some drinks. Everyone’s welcome, and anyone partaking receives a 15% discount off the book. If you would like to join in for our monthly discussions, send an email to argobookshop@gmail.com in order to receive regular updates.

 

 

Events for the Month of October

#1

The Argo Open Mic (#30)

Tuesday, November 18th

@ 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.

 

 

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Published November 3rd, 2014 in Events, New & Latest Arrivals