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
- The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman
- Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia by Julio Cortazar
- Hyena by Jude Angelini
- The Conductor by Sarah Quigley
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher: Stories by Hilary Mantel
- Under The Skin by Michael Faber
- There Is No Year: A Novel by Blake Butler
- Drugs: A Novel by J.R. Helton
- Minotaur by Benjamin Tammuz
- La Guerre, Yes Sir! by Roch Carrier
- Globetrotter by David Albahari
LITERARY CRITICISM & ESSAYS
- Three New York Dadas and The Blind Man: Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood by Dawn Ades and Chris Allen
- Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson by Anita Thompson and Christopher Hitchens
- In the Suicide’s Library by Tim Bowling
- Barolo by Matthew Gavin Frank
- Nocturne: On The Life And Death Of My Brother by Helen Humphreys
- Some Dance by Ricardo Sternberg
- Welling by Margaret Christakos
- Son by Lois Lowry
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive regular updates.
Events for the Month of October
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.