Well, May has come and gone, and we have stepped into the tentatively summery month of June. May, we had some good times, full of great readings and lots of really fantastic books coming in through our doors, but June is promising no less: This month we have Phil Hall‘sÂ The Small Nouns Crying Faith as our Book of the Month, our bi-monthly Book Club meeting for Tove Jansson‘sÂ The True Deceiver is coming up on June 26th, and our Featured Readers will be authorsÂ Peter DubÃ©,Â Donald McGrathÂ &Â Harold Hoefle. Read on for more details, or just download a copy of the June Newsletter here:Â Argo Bookshop Newsletter – June 2013
New & Latest ArrivalsÂ
Literature & Poetry
- Transatlantic by Colum McCann
- The Difficulty of Being by Jean Cocteau
- Fish Change Direction When It’s Cold by Pierre Szalowski
- No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton
- The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
- Holy the Firm by Anne Dillard
- The Baboons of Hada by Eric Ormsby
- Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law
- Revolution Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle by Silvia Federici
- The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem
- Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind… by Mario Beauregard
- Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources… by Dambisa Moyo
Book of the Month: 20% off Phil Hall’s The Small Nouns Crying Faith
â€œThe first word in this new collection by Phil Hall is “raw” and the last word is “blurtip.” Between these, many nouns cry faith within a hook-less framework that sings in chorus while undermining such standard forms & tropes as “the memoir,” “genealogy” and “the shepherd’s calendar.” With a rural pen, these poems talk frogs, car-rots, local noises, partial words, remnants, dirt roads, deep breath & hopeâ€¦â€ â€” BookThug
Since our Featured Reading with Phil in May, we wanted to continue putting this book into peopleâ€™s hands. Itâ€™s fantastic from start to finish, full of witty, lyrical play and honest meditations. Additionally, each copy comes with a limited edition chapbook entitled Faith, a long poem culled together from lines of the bookâ€™s separate pieces.
Weâ€™d recommend this book to all lovers of Hallâ€™s previous works, who will enjoy this extension of the poetâ€™s oeuvre, and for first-timers looking to read one of Canadaâ€™s best poets writing today. Give it a shot: During the month of June, you can pick it up at 20% off the retail price!
Phil Hall was the 2011 winner of the Governor Generalâ€™s Literary Award for Poetry in English for his book of essay-poems, Killdeer. In 2012, Killdeer also won Ontarioâ€™s Trillium Book Award, an Alcuin Design Award, and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Book Club Update
Our next read will beÂ The True Deceiver, by the Swedish novelist and childrenâ€™s authorÂ Tove Jansson:
â€œÂ 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 everybodyâ€™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 childrenâ€™s book illustrator, appears to be Katriâ€™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 Annaâ€™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. â€ (NYRB)
On June 26th, weâ€™ll get together to discuss the book over some drinks. Everyoneâ€™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 toÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ in order to receive regular updates.
News for upcoming events coming soon!