Calling all bibliophiles

The Argo is for sale!

After five wonderful years of living a childhood dream, it is time for me to move on to different pastures.

I’m looking for someone(s) to take over, and keep this little place alive. The Argo is undeniably a historical landmark in the city and I believe independent bookstores are vital to nourishing the spirit of a city.

Anyone who wishes to take up the post in Montreal’s oldest English bookstore, please get in touch via email at

Thank you Montreal, for letting me sit here on Saint Catherine’s and talk about the books I love for this long.

Meaghan Acosta

News & Events

While Spring proves reluctant to appear, let us curl up with some good poetry this month.

A Selection of New & Latest Arrivals




International Poetry Month
(All Poetry is 10% off)


We will be celebrating the under-celebrated form this month with featured titles from local Montreal publishers Vehicule, Metatron and DC Books, each with their own shelf of chosen poetry titles. There are also great new titles either in store now or to be later in the month as they are released, so come by and peruse. 

April’s Events
Three poets read on April 15th at 7PM
Peter Van Toorn
Shane Neilsen &
Dan Renton

After a much needed and extended hiatus, we’re finally back!

Wanderlust has subsided, weather-induced melancholy is slowly lifting and the chaos of the winter semester has finally ended. With such calm comes new life into the shop. We have lots of new titles this week with more on their way, we will be resuming the reading series next month, our hours will once again be extended, and we’re re-instating the book of the month.

March’s book of the month is Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts/The Day of the Locust compendium from New Directions.


These two novellas are a classic favourite at the Argo, and this feels like the perfect time to return to it. Set in New York, at around this time of year, this black comedy is perfect company for anyone feeling the malaise of grey slush and frostbite. Miss Lonelyhearts is the tale about a man who writes for the agony column of a newspaper under the pseudonym Miss Lonelyhearts. We never learn his real name as he pulls us through the grind of anonymity in New York, where he alternates between sitting at his typewriter, unable to provide genuine advice for his readers (real excerpts from a newspaper), and bouts at a speakeasy with his cynical editor Shrike where nothing is sacred and everything is turned inside-out.

As usual, the BOM is 20% off until March 31st (or until we run out).



New Arrivals snyder book

Garments Against Women, Anne Boyer
Diana’s Tree
, Alejandra Pizarnik
This Present Moment, Gary Snyder
And: Phenomenology of the End, Franco Bifo Barardi
Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing, Susan Hawthorne
Interaction of Color, Josef Albers
Heartsnatcher, Boris Vian
In Praise of Shadows, Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein (now paperback)
And more!


Forthcoming Titles we’re looking forward to later this month and in April
(call or email to pre-order!)

Extracting the Stone of Madness, Alejandra Pizarnik
A Little Lumpen Novelita, Roberto Bolano
State and Politics: Deleuze and Guattari on Marx, Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc

bolano book

My Struggle, Book 5, Karl Ove Knausgaard
Houses, Boris Pekic
The Last Interview of Jane Jacobs

Our hours have changed for Spring and will be longer:
Tues-Friday, 10-7PM
Saturday, 12-6PM
Sunday & Monday, closed

Updates on the reading series to come!