You can find a copy of our newsletter for the month of April here: Argo Bookshop Newsletter – April 2013
There’s a lot we encourage you take advantage of this month:
- We’ve got new hours! More time to drop by the shop.
- Even more new arrivals!
- Our National Poetry Month Sale: All in-store poetry is 20% off!
- Book of the Month: Speedboat by Renata Adler
- It’s the final month to peruse our selections from Melville House Press
And 4 events!
Tomoyuki Hoshino in Translation: Brian Bergstrom presents We, the Children of Catsâ€¨
Tuesday, April 9th: Freeâ€¨Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PMâ€¨
Join us for an evening of Japanese fiction in translation! On April 9th, Brian Bergstrom will read from some of his short story and novella translations from Tomoyuki Hoshinoâ€™s We, the Children of Cats. A new collection of Hoshinoâ€™s early works, the book was recently placed on the longlist of Three Percentâ€™s Best Translated Book Award for the work of both Bergstrom and its co-translator Lucy Fraser. The collection itself is a catalogue of allegorical and surreal tales, observing the transformative qualities of subjects such as technological progress or gender definitions. Stylistically comparable to the magical realism of Marquez or Borges with the foreboding of Kafka, it moves with ease despite strangeness of subject.
Argo Featured Reading #16: Mary Dalton launches HookingÂ with Sue Sinclair â€¨
Friday, April 19th: Free
Doors @ 8PM, Reading @ 8:30PMâ€¨
Mary Dalton and Sue Sinclair will be the readers of our 16th Featured Reading at the shop, an evening of Newfoundland-bred poetry combining both Daltonâ€™s dialectic energy and Sinclairâ€™s cerebral explorations.Â Mary Dalton will be launching her latest book ‘Hooking’, “a series of centos that, on one level, draw inspiration from a traditional Newfoundland craft. Like a hooked rug made up of strips of fabric cut from old clothes, the cento is stitched together from lines scissored out of other poems. Daltonâ€™sÂ cento variants, however, range across continents and epochs, rummaging among poems contemporary and canonical in celebration of the recombinatory energies of language. As Daltonâ€™s lines hook together syntactically and emotionally, they create a striking music, by turns subtle, startling and dazzling.” (Vehicule Press)
Yokoâ€™s Dogs (Jan Conn, Susan Gillis, Mary di Michele & Jane Munro) launch the collective book Whisk
Friday, April 26th: Free
7PM to 9PM
Join Yokoâ€™s Dogs as they launch their first collective book, Whisk. Written collaboratively in the tradition of Japanese linked poetry or renku, Whisk plays with form and subject matter ranging from the everyday to the intensely lyric, from the urban to the rural. Both humorous and contemplative, Whiskâ€™s verses are linked by means that are neither merely logical nor predictable, with the final emerging poem acting more as journey than story. While drawing on Japanese formal tradition, Yokoâ€™s Dogsâ€™ poetry takes on a distinctly Canadian and contemporary cast that evolved over the course of five years.
Argo Open Mic #16
Tuesday, April 30th, Doors @ 7PM & Reading @ 7:30PM
Montrealers, come read some of your work for 5 to 10 minutes at the Argo Open Mic! Every month, the Argo Bookshop hosts this open venue for people to share their writing, music, articles and comedy. Bring your friends and enjoy the evening!