November Newsletter + New & Latest Arrivals – 04/11/2013

Hello everyone!

If you wish to have a copy of our newsletter to take away with you, you can download one here: Argo Bookshop Newsletter – November 2013

Now, while this month bears some increasingly chilly temperatures, we hope you’ll be able to make it out to some of our events this month. After all, they’re free! And whether or not you will be available for any of these events, we hope you will all find the time to drop by the shop and check out the new arrivals we’ve brought in, culled from a wealth of publishers’ fall releases from Canada and abroad.

And don’t forget! On November 7th, you should check out the Atwater Poetry Project’s annual Governor General Poetry Finalists reading, including English nominees Adam DickinsonRussell Thornton and Katherena Vernette alongside French nominees Diane RégimbaldRené Lapierre and Mario BrassardFind the details for the reading here. Also, “Writers Read at Concordia and the CURC in Contemporary Literature and Media are proud to present much loved Canadian poet Ken Babstock to read at Concordia Monday, November 25th at 11AM in “The Floating Box” (MB 2.130), John Molson Building, 1450 Guy St. Can’t wait!” Details for the Babstock reading can be found here.

Let’s begin.














Based around a ‘pataphysical conceit that language is a crystallization process, Crystallography represents an act of lucid writing, which uses the language of geological science to intentionally misread the poetics of rhetorical language. In other words, the books exists at the intersection of poetry and science. As Bök himself says, “a word is a bit of crystal in formation,” suggesting there is a space in which words, like crystals, can resonate pure form.

Christian Bök  is an experimental Canadian poet. You probably know him as the author of Eunoia, which won the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, which has been said to be “Canada’s best-selling poetry book ever.”



Our next read is Basti by Intizar Husain:

The Urdu word basti refers to any space, intimate to worldly, and is often translated as “common place” or “a gathering place.”


Basti is a beautifully written reckoning with the tragic history of Pakistan… Intizar Husain’s extraordinary novel begins with a mythic, even mystic, vision of harmony between old and young, man and woman, Muslim and Hindu. Then Zakir, the hero, wakes to the modern world. Crowds gather. Slogans echo. Cities burn. Whether hunkered down with family or furtively meeting to exchange news with friends in cafés, Zakir is alone in a country lost to the politics of loneliness. – NYRB 

We meet bi-monthly, but we’ll be skipping the month of December to recalibrate. So: On January 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. If you would like to join in for our monthly discussions, send an email to argobookshop [at] gmail [dot] com in order to receive regular updates.




A Cross-Border Evening of Poetry

@ Argo Bookshop  

Wednesday Nov. 13th at 7PM


We’re honored to announce that on November 13th at 7PM, American poet Eduardo Corral will be reading his work alongside the prominent Canadian poets Nyla Matuk and Jim Johnstone.


Nyla Matuk is the author of the poetry chapbook Oneiric and a first-full length collection of poetry, Sumptuary Laws, which was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, and was a National Post poetry editor’s favourite book of 2012.

Jim Johnstone is the author of three books of poetry, including Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011) and Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010). Frog Hollow Press published his latest chapbook, Epoch, in 2013. He’s the former winner of a CBC Literary Award, Matrix Magazine’s Lit-Pop Award and The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize.

Eduardo Corral’s debut collection of poetry, Slow Lightning (2012), won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. Corral has received numerous honors and awards, including the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.



Goose Lane Editions/Ice House & Friends

(A Loft Reading of Poetry and Prose)

Thursday, November 14th

3035 St. Antoine West, APT#73



Join host Katia Grubisic for a lax evening of poetry and prose from the new and latest titles of Peter Richardson (Bit Parts for Fools, Goose Lane 2013),Carmelita McGrath (Escape Velocity, Goose Lane 2013), Catherine Bush (Accusation, Goose Lane 2013) and Jon Paul Fiorentino (Needs Improvement, Coach House 2013). Kick back, grab a drink, and enjoy the evening! Books will be supplied by Argo Bookshop.



Sheryl Halpern reads from her collection of stories Surviving Love

Tuesday, November 19th

Argo Bookshop



Local author Sheryl Halpern will be reading from her latest book Surviving Love at the Argo Bookshop on November 19th. One listen will reveal Halpern’s talent for finding the madness and dark humour in everyday domesticity and ordinary love. A collection of 19 short stories, Halpern’s characters demonstrate how everyone is a survivor – they are slightly homicidal wives, harried husbands, desperate parents, lost children, packrats, and graffiti artists, coping with life and the occasional ghost



Argo Open Mic #22

Wednesday, November 27th

Argo Bookshop



Montrealers! Come read some of your work for 5 to 10 minutes at our Open Mic! For those of you who might not know : 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! Make sure to come early to sign up and save yourself a spot!



Argo Featured Reading #22: Danny Jacobs & Leah Umansky

Saturday, November 30th @ 7:30PM

@ Argo Bookshop

Argo Bookshop is pleased to announce a Canadian/American reading with poets Danny Jacobs and Leah Umansky!


August 2013 marked the release of Danny Jacobs’ first full-length poetry collection Songs That Remind Us of Factories since being published in a variety of journals across Canada. A rising figure in the contemporary Maritime poetry landscape, Jacobs’ book is composed of “magpie poems” which address the theme of connection through ” wound language and quiet meditation, the arched-brow wisecrack and the emotionally frank gesture” (Nightwood Editions). “He was pretty awesome,” says one spectator from the University of New Brunswick’s last Poetry Weekend.


Featured on FlavorWire’s article 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013, Leah Umansky will be crossing the border from New York City to present work from her latest book Domestic Uncertainties (BlazeVOX 2012). Written through the themes of love and ‘unlove’, Umansky’s poems are “in search of a wild ‘new bravery,’ renewing our vows to romance and commitment, while wondering aloud if romance and commitment are even still possible/desirable” (author Matt Hart).

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