News for October 2012

Happy October, everyone!

We’ve got a lot to let you all know about. You can read it either here in our October Newsletter, or below:


(click for publisher info and/or reviews)

Jonathan Ball’s The Politics of Knives
The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine
William Gibson’s Distrust That Particular Flavor
D.T. Max’s Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
Eric Enno Tamm’s The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds
Joseph Frank’s Dostoyevsky: A Writer in His Time
Ian Kershaw’s The End
Julia Donaldson’s A Gold Star for Zog

Sale of the Month: A Bunch of Munsch! 20% off!

In October, we’ll be having a Robert Munsch sale! A whole Bunch of Munsch at 20% off each title. Among Munsch’s 50 kids’ books, we’ve hand-picked some of his latest along with the classics: Promise is a Promise, Love You Forever, Mortimer, I Have to Go!, The Dark, 50 Below Zero… Come check out the selection in the window display and our in-store Kids’ section!


Book of the Month: Nelly Arcan’s Exit (20% off!) 

Somewhere in Montreal, in the not too distant future, an obscure company offers custom-designed suicides for its clients, with one condition: Their desire to die must be pure and absolute. Antoinette Beauchamp is a successful candidate but her suicide is not. Now a bedridden paraplegic, hooked up to machines that monitor all her bodily functions, she tells her story, taking the reader into the disturbing and surrealistic world of the company and its bewildering cast of characters.
Exit is at once a profound examination of what it is that drives someone to want to end their life, as well as how that urge can be turned on its head against all odds. Written with her signature brio and acerbic wit, Nelly Arcan’s last novel is a hymn to life.

Nelly Arcan was born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Her first novel Putain (2001), which drew on her experience working in the sex trade in Montreal, caused a sensation and enjoyed immediate critical and media success. It was a finalist for both the Prix Medicis and the Prix Femina, two of France’s most prestigious literary awards. Two more novels followed, establishing her as a literary star in Quebec and France: Folle (2004), also nominated for the Prix Femina; and A ciel ouvert (2007). She is also the author of an illustrated book on the beauty myth for young girls: L’enfant dans le miroir (2007). Paradis, clef en main (Exit) was her fourth novel and was completed just days before she committed suicide in 2009 at the age of thirty-six.


Sign up for our NYRB Book Club!

We’ve been thinking for a while now of starting an informal book club. There are so many great books out there to choose from that we thought it would be good to stick to a specific publisher to keep us somewhat focused. Since staff and customers alike have consistently appreciated the NYRB selection over the years, we’ve decided to have the book club orbit their catalogue of great rediscovered gems.

The first book? Italo Calvino wrote that every reading list should begin with Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, so we thought that would be a good place to start! If you’re interested, drop us a line to sign up for Book Club notifications. If you can, let us know whether or not you will need a copy of the book; we’re offering 15% off each book club selection. (We’ll be getting stock in later this week!)

This is going to be a collective endeavour so details re: meeting time, place and frequency as well as further book club selections will be hashed out at our first meeting. But for now, let’s plan to meet at the Shop on November 14 at 7PM, copies of Pinocchio read and in tow!

Our Featured Independent Publisher:

In the spring of 1981, publishers and editors Simon Dardick and Nancy Marrelli moved Vehicule Press for the third time onto its current location at Roy Street East in the Plateau. Finally settled, the two continued what Vehicule had begun in 1973: Printing award-winning fiction, poetry, essays, translations and social history, just around the corner from where the Montreal poet Emile Nelligan used to live. Check out their website.

Until the end of Christmas, Vehicule Press will be our featured independent publisher. We’ll be carrying a diverse selection of crime fiction, literary fiction and poetry from their Ricochet, Esplanade Fiction and Signal Poetry imprints, in addition to books of local interest to Montrealers. Great books made by great people.

Check out the list of what we’ll be beginning with below, with new fall titles on the way. Keep an eye on Vehicule’s shelf in the shop; we’ll be revolving different titles as the months go by (click a title to view its info):

• This Island in Time
• With a Closed Fist: Growing up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood 
• Montreal’s Best Terrasses Dining: 2012

• The Body on Mount Royal
• Murder Over Dorval
• The Crime on Cote Des Neiges
• A Message for the Emperor
• The Love Monster

• The Smooth Yarrow
• The Golden Book of Bovinities
• Sumptuary Laws
• Gift Horse
• The New Canon
• The Id Kid
• Circus


…and stay tuned in coming days for announcements about events! The first will be on October 13th, with our Argo Featured Readers Greg Santos and Stuart Ross!

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