March Newsletter (03/02/2015)


March is certainly more than welcome in Montreal. Fingers crossed, we bid adieu to the frigid month of February (reported to have been Quebec’s coldest since the late 1800s) and welcome the beginning thaw. When we’re ever looking out the front window of the shop, it’s just so nice to see people out and about again! That said, we’ve decided to amp up new arrivals and events this month in celebration of the diminishing chill.

For March, we’ve decided on Kazuo Ishiguro‘s The Buried Giant (his first novel in a decade!) as our book of the month, and you’ll find a complete list of new arrivals below. As for events, we hope you come out to one of the events we’ve got lined up: First (March 10th) we’ll be hosting writer and comedian Jonathan Baum tell us stories about his impaired moral compass. Second (March 19th), our featured reading this month will highlight authors from Montreal’s own Metatron Press, Marie DarsignyGuillaume Morissette and Jay Winston Ritchie. Then we’ve got our open mic session on the 25th of the month, and capping it all off with a solo reading from poet Joel Lewis, declared to be the “quintessential New Jersey poet of our time” by poet Ron Silliman.

& don’t forget: We’ve got a regular discount of 15% off offered to any and all book clubs and book club members.

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Book of the Month: 20% off

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro


He had been in the throes of some powerful and strange emotion, one that had all but put him in a dream, though every word being spoken around him still reached his ears with perfect clarity. He had felt as one standing in a boat on a wintry river, looking out into dense fog, knowing it would at any moment part to reveal vivid glimpses of the land ahead. And he had been caught in a kind of terror, yet at the same time had felt a curiosity – or something stronger and darker – and he had told himself firmly, “Whatever it may be, let me see it, let me see it.”’ (an excerpt from The Buried Giant, originally posted in The Telegraph)

Following his highly-acclaimed novels Never Let Me Go and Against the Day, The Buried Giant is Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade. It tells the story of Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons living in a Roman-ravaged Britain, who decide to set off across the scarred countryside to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. “They know they will face many hazards—some strange and otherworldly—but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight—each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life’s memories.” (Random House)


New & Latest Arrivals

You’ll find a list of our most recent arrivals in the shop below. Click the title of a book to view information on or a review of that title, or just search for them in our catalogue (recommended for price checks).




  • Virginia McClure: Drawings / Dessins (edited by Victoria Lablanc and Alexandra McClure Troy)





(& there’s always more on the way!)

  • The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq by Christian Parenti ($10)
  • Baghdad Express by Joel Turnipseed ($10)
  • Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad by Arthur L. Kopit ($5)
  • Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate by Naomi Klein ($8)
  • Mistress to an Age by J. Christopher Herold ($5)
  • The Devil in Massachusetts by Marion L. Starkey ($5)
  • Settlers of the Marsh by Frederick P. Grove ($3)
  • I, Fellini by Charlotte Chandler ($7)
  • Poesies de Rimbaud ($4)
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis ($9)
  • The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels ($9)
  • Fear The Worst by Linwood Barclay ($5)


Events for the Month of March


Comedian & Writer Jonathan Baum
reads from his debut collection of stories
“My Impaired Moral Compass”
Tuesday, March 10th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

Join us for a night of comedy writing! Jonathan Baum is a stand-up comedian living in Whistler, BC. Stopping by the shop during his cross-country stand-up tour, Baum will be presenting stories from his compilation of ten years’ worth of stories, My Impaired Moral Compass. Navigating the moral ambiguity surrounding his feeble pursuits of money, sex, power, and fame, Baum’s twenty tales touch on misgivings and accomplishments surrounding everyday living, from Craigslist to Tinder dates.


Argo Featured Reading #28:
Guillaume Morissette, Marie Darsigny & Jay Winston Ritchie
Thursday, February 19th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM


For our next Featured Reading, we’re putting the spotlight on Metatron, an independent publisher located in Montreal specialized in “contemporary literature & good vibes.” We’ll have three writers fromMetatron performing in store, plus we can talk about “contemporary literature,” or what it’s like to run a small press in Montreal.

Readings & things by:

~ GUILLAUME MORISSETTE, Metatron’s co-editor and the author of the novel New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014). He tweets at @anxietyissue.

~ MARIE DARSIGNY, a bilingual writer whose work has appeared in both English and French in xoJane, xoVain, Urbania and Nightlife Magazine, among others. A Little Death Around the Heart (Metatron, 2014) is her first collection of writing.

~ JAY WINSTON RITCHIE, the author of Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac Press, 2014) and How to Remain Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside (Metatron, 2014). He’s the former editor in chief of The Void and was shortlisted of the LitPop award (2012) for fiction.

If you’d like to find out more about Metatron, you can visit Metatron’s website.



The Argo Open Mic! (#33)
Wednesday, March 25th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM


Come to our open mic on the last Wednesday of March to read your poems, stories, anecdotes, songs and opinions! The crowd’s always open and reciprocal, and spectators are always welcome. Emerging and established authors alike are encouraged to participate. Please note that the location is subject to change, depending on the amount of people attending: You can stay informed re: location on the Facebook event page and our website.


New Jersey Poet Joel Lewis reads @ The Argo
Friday, March 27th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM



Joel Lewis, declared by Ron Silliman to be “the quintessential New Jersey poet of our time” (as much so as Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Amiri Baraka, David Shapiro or Joe Ceravolo were for theirs), is the author of North River Rundown (2013), Surrender When Leaving Coach (2012), Learning From New Jersey (2007), Vertical’s Currency (1999) and House Rent Boogie (1992). Lewis is winner of the second (and last) Ted Berrigan Memorial Award. He edited Bluestones and Salt Hay, an anthology of contemporary NJ poets, as well as editing Reality Prime, the selected poems of the American Communist poet Walter Lowenfels and On The Level Everyday, the selected talks of Ted Berrigan.

A social worker by day, he has taught creative writing at the Poetry Project, The Writer’s Voice and Rutgers University. And, for better or worse, he initiated the ill-fated New Jersey Poet Laureate position that was such a headache for Amiri Baraka. With his wife, Rutgers University cinema professor Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, he resides in Hoboken, opposite Manhattan and on the west bank of the Hudson River.

For his reading at Argo Bookshop, Joel will be reading from his memoir-in-progress about his friendship with fellow Jersey poet, Amiri Baraka.


2 comments on “March Newsletter (03/02/2015)

  1. Carrie says:

    Hello – I’m going to be in Montreal on May 19th and am looking for a poetry event for that evening, preferably open mic. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Looks like you have a great shop – can’t wait to visit!

  2. jpkarvatski says:

    Hey Carrie! We don’t think there will be any open mics that night. We’ll be holding ours on the 27th of May. Best of luck in your search!

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