September Newsletter + New & Latest Arrivals

Hello everyone!

As the month of September begins, so does textbook season. That said, we won’t be hosting any events in the shop this month for the sake of piles of books filling the shelves and the surprisingly humid days we’re having. But that doesn’t mean you can’t drop by and check out our new and latest arrivals, or incoming titles like Joseph Boyden‘s The Orenda, Norm Sibum‘s The Traymore Rooms or the paperback edition of Emma Donoghue‘s Astray.

You can view the details for this month below, or pick up a copy of our newsletter in the following link: Argo Bookshop Newsletter – September 2013


New & Latest Arrivals


Book of the Month – 20% off :

Li’l Bastard by David McGimpsey

“David McGimpsey’s fifth collection of poems takes to new levels the melding of the deeply personal and the culturally popular that drove his acclaimed book Sitcom (nominated for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry). This is confessional poetry as written by a chronic trickster and a committed liar. Written in part as an homage to the poetic idols of McGimpsey’s youth, John Berryman and Robert Lowell, Li’l Bastard is a collection of ‘chubby sonnets’ – sixteen-line poems organized into eight longer sequences – that explore the poet’s obsessions and engagements with America and Canada, popular culture, love and death, aging, baseball and beer and Barnaby Jones. Adopting a wild array of tones and artistic strategies, from picaresque to fantasy, to observational humour and the simple song lyric, these poems map the poet’s midlife crisis on a wild flight that touches down in Montreal, Chicago, Nashville, Texas and L.A.” — Coach House Books

David McGimpsey was born and raised in Montreal. He is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, and is also the author of the award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America’s Pastime and Popular Culture. McGimpsey writes a regular humour column for Montreal’s Matrix Magazine and the ‘Sandwich of the Month’ column as a contributing editor for EnRoute magazine.


As for our Book Club… Our next read is The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka:

 Call it “Zen and the Art of Farming” or a “Little Green Book”

 “Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book “is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture.”

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural lore. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense (sic), sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.” – NYRB



On October 30th, 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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As aforementioned, we won`t be holding any events in the shop this month. However! We do recommend you check out the off-site Featured Reading this month:


Norm Sibum launches his debut novel The Traymore Rooms

Wednesday, September 18th

Bar CFC: 6388 Rue St. Hubert


Norm Sibum is a long-time NDG resident and poetry veteran with over a dozen collections published by leading independent presses in Canada and the UK such as Carcanet, Oberon, Biblioasis and The Porcupine’s Quill, as is the winner of the 2002 AM Klein Poetry Prize.


The Traymore Rooms is Sibum’s first novel, an eccentric 600+ page epic of sex, politics, and philosophical exploration set in downtown Montreal during the Bush-Era villainy of the early 2000s. The novel has already received advanced praise from such leading online literary magazines as The Millions, as well as such Canadian media publication like the Toronto Star, the National Post and Publishers Weekly, garnering comparisons to William Gass and David Foster Wallace. Not to mention: It is rare for a book of such girth and ambition to be published in Canada, let alone for it to receive international notice prior to its release.

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