Argo Bookshop Newsletter: May 2013

Whew! What a month! April was chock full of great discussions, photo opportunities, and our annual National Poetry Sale was a big success; all thanks to you, Montreal. Now we’re into the month of May, with Kate Zambreno‘s Heroines as our new book of the month, a new book club selection, and a bunch of great events coming up. Read on for for info, or download our newsletter for May here: Argo Bookshop Newsletter – May 2013

Oh, and before we forget to mention it: Consider popping on over to the Cult #MTL (formerly Montreal Mirror) Best of Montreal 2013 voting website and vote for the Argo Bookshop as Best New Bookstore. It should only take you 5 to 10 minutes to fill out their minimum of 25 categories (Best Mexican or Best-Dressed Montrealer, for example). You can access the voting site here. Thanks for your consideration!


New & Latest Arrivals


Book of the Month: 20% off Kate Zambreno’s Heroines

“I am beginning to realize that taking the self out of our essays is a form of repression. Taking the self out feels like obeying a gag order–pretending an objectivity where there is nothing objective about the experience of confronting and engaging with and swooning over literature.” – Heroines

“On the last day of December, 2009 Kate Zambreno began a blog called Frances Farmer Is My Sister… Widely reposted, Zambreno’s blog became an outlet for her highly informed and passionate rants about the fates of the modernist “wives and mistresses.” (In it,) Zambreno reclaimed the traditionally pathologized biographies of Vivienne Eliot, Jane Bowles, Jean Rhys, and Zelda Fitzgerald: writers and artists themselves who served as male writers’ muses only to end their lives silenced, erased, and institutionalized…

In Heroines, Zambreno extends the polemic begun on her blog into a (work of literary scholarship). Combing theories that have dictated what literature should be and who is allowed to write it–from T. S. Eliot’s New Criticism to the writings of such mid-century intellectuals as Elizabeth Hardwick and Mary McCarthy to the occasional “girl-on-girl crime” of the Second Wave of feminism–she traces the genesis of a cultural template that consistently exiles female experience to the realm of the “minor” and diagnoses women for transgressing social bounds.” (MIT Press)


Book Club Update

Another book club choice of ours, Victor Serge’s Conquered City, has come and gone. On to the next one!

Our next read will be The True Deceiver, by the Swedish novelist and children’s author Tove Jansson:

“ Snow has been falling on the village all winter long. It covers windows and piles up in front of doors. The sun rises late and sets early, and even during the day there is little to do but trade tales. This year everybody’s talking about Katri Kling and Anna Aemelin. Katri is a yellow-eyed outcast who lives with her simpleminded brother and a dog she refuses to name. She has no use for the white lies that smooth social intercourse, and she can see straight to the core of any problem. Anna, an elderly children’s book illustrator, appears to be Katri’s opposite: a respected member of the village, if an aloof one. Anna lives in a large empty house, venturing out in the spring to paint exquisitely detailed forest scenes. But Anna has something Katri wants, and to get it Katri will take control of Anna’s life and livelihood. By the time spring arrives, the two women are caught in a conflict of ideals that threatens to strip them of their most cherished illusions. ” (NYRB)

On June 26th, 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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News for upcoming events coming soon!

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