May Newsletter (05/01/2015)

Greetings! Tomorrow is Authors for Indies Day, so be sure to come by our shop any time between 11AM and 8PM to meet local authors and discover the books they want you to be reading!


A quick synopsis of the newsletter: May’s book of the month is Brooke Jeffrey’s Dismantling Canada: Stephen Harper’s New Conservative Agenda from McGill-Queens Univeristy Press. As for events (click on the links for the Facebook events), we’ve got a great line-up we hope you’ll check out. First (May 9th) we’ll be hosting a triple threat book launch of short stories, a novel and poetry with Rhonda Douglas, Nadine McInnis and Leslie Vryenhoek. Second (May 13th), we’ll be hosting our 29th Featured Reading with poets/small press stars Lillian Necakov, Nick Power and Jim Smith. Finally, we hope any and all folks will be able to come out to our LAST open mic session (#35) on May 27th. This will be Argo co-owner JP’s last month at the shop, and he’d love it if you could drop in and say goodbye!

& 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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Dismantling Canada by Brooke Jeffrey


“Stephen Harper is the first prime minister to represent the new Conservative Party, and the first to declare that his goals include nothing less than changing Canada by entrenching conservative values and replacing the Liberals as the country’s natural governing party. After nine years of a closed-door governing style, his agenda is no longer hidden.
As Brooke Jeffrey outlines in compelling detail in Dismantling Canada, Harper’s agenda is driven by a desire to impose order and tradition at home, and to take firm stands on emerging issues abroad. With only thirty-nine per cent of the popular vote in 2011, his government appears to have gone a surprisingly long way towards achieving those objectives, with little or no concerted public opposition. Illuminating the importance and influence of British and especially American right-wing conservatives on Harper’s strategies, the book explains how he has achieved so much through a combination of stealth, pragmatism, and ruthless determination.” (from McGill-Queen’s University Press)


New & Latest Arrivals








  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls



  • Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment by Lama Surya Das
  • Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation by Lama Surya Das
  • Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by Gloria Steinem
  • Race, Nature,& the Politics of Difference by Donald S. Moore
  • Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings by Walter Benjamin
  • Illuminations: Essays and Reflections by Walter Benjamin
  • Selected Poems of E.E. Cummings
  • Collected Poems of Siegfried Sassoon
  • Collected Poems of Stevie Smith


Events for the Month of April


Triple Threat Book Launch
Rhonda Douglas, Nadien McInnis & Leslie Vryenhoek
Saturday, May 9th
Argo Bookshop
Reading @ 6PM

On Saturday, May 9th at 6PM, the Argo will be hosting an evening of poetry, short stories and novel excerpts from three authors:

Rhonda Douglas will be launching her debut collection of short stories entitled Welcome to the Circus(Freehand Books), a book that “dazzles with daring, dangerous prose. Every moment is a tightrope act, precariously balanced on the edge of destruction. These ten strikingly original stories highlight the courageous, acrobatic acts we learn to perform in search of love.”
Douglas is the author of Some Days I Think I Know Things: The Cassandra Poems, (Signature Editions, 2008). Her writing has been published across Canada and has won awards from The Malahat Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Prairie Fire and Room Magazine.

Nadine McInnis will be launching her new book of poetry Delirium for Solo Harp (Buschek Books): “How do we accompany someone we love through the process of dying? The harp stands in for the visceral aspects of being human in these unflinching poems about the final days of a father’s life. Nadine McInnis is tuned and attuned to the music of memory and mourning.”
McInnis is the author of eight previous books of poetry, literary criticism and short fiction. Her work has been compared by Publishers Weekly to that of Alice Munro and has won or been shortlisted for many awards. Her last book of poetry, Two Hemispheres, was short-listed for the Pat Lowther Award, the Relit Award and the Lampman-Scott Award. Her most recent book of fiction, Blood Secrets, was long-listed for the international Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and short-listed for the Ottawa Book Award.

Leslie Vryenhoek will be launching her debut novel Ledger of the Open Hand (Breakwater Books): “Worlds collide when cautious, small-town Meriel meets her well-heeled college roommate. The give and take of this improbable friendship will shape Meriel’s life for years to come. With humour and insight, this debut novel explores the intimate power of money and personal debt, the fictions we create in our relationships, and how we tend to treat love as a balance sheet.”
Leslie Vryenhoek is a St. John’s-based writer whose fiction, poetry and memoir have appeared internationally. The author of Scrabble Lessons (short fiction) and Gulf (poetry), she has won numerous awards and is the founding director of Piper’s Frith: Writing at Kilmory.


Argo Featured Reading #29
with Lillian Necakov, Nick Power & Jim Smith
Wednesday, May 13th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

Come to the Argo on May 13th for an evening of poetry with some of Toronto’s small press superstars, a preview of Jim Smith’s one-man play I Love You Judy Merril, and discussions on the small press scene!

It’ll be the funniest thing since striped cats!” – Jim Smith

Lillian Necakov is the author of a bunch of books of poetry, including The Bone Broker (Mansfield Press) and Hat Trick (Exile Editions). She runs the Boneshaker Reading Series in Toronto, where she lives with her family.

A founding member of the Meet the Presses literary collective, Power has performed with the storytelling duo The Wordweavers and the sound poetry ensemble Alexander’s Dark Band. He works as a psychotherapist in private practice. He was published in 2014 by Teksteditions (Melancholy Scientist), and also has chapbooks with Underwhich Editions (wells), The Writing Space (a modest device), and Battered Press (No Poems). He has been editing and publishing with his own Gesture Press for 30 years.

Jim Smith’s last two books were Back Off, Assassin: New and Selected Poems, in 2009 which was long-listed for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Poetry (the year of the leaked list!); and 2012’s Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra, published the same year that Jim visited the then 99-year-old poet in Chile. This year, he is exploring a whole new area – his one-man show, I Love You, Judy Merril premieres for 7 nights this July at the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, directed by Second City alumnus, Canadian actor Jim Annan. In the meantime he still laws for a living.



The LAST Argo Open Mic! (#35)
Wednesday, May 27th
Location TBD
@ 7PM

It’s with a heavy heart that we’re announcing the month of May will be Argo co-owner JP’s last month in the shop. Ergo, the open mic series which so many great Montrealers have contributed to must sadly come to an end.

We’re hoping to make this one a grand bash of readings, and are currently researching a location that will allow us to have some drinks and dialogue. So stay tuned through either the Facebook event page or here on our website, as we’ll be posting the when and where during the next couple of weeks!


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