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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Book of the Month: 20% off

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

 

LITERATURE, POETRY, CRITICISM

 


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SOCIAL and POLITICAL SCIENCES & PHILOSOPHY

 

KIDS

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

 

BARGAIN

  • 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

#1

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.

#2

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:
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.

NICHOLAS POWER:
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:
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.

 

#3

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!

 

Vote for Us!

 

It’s that time of year again! Montreal’s premier Anglophone alt-weekly paper Cult MTL is holding their annual Best of #MTL vote, and we’re hoping you’d consider our little shop for the category of Best New Bookstore. We’ve managed to make it onto folks’ ballots in the past, and we hope to be on there again! Here’s the link.

Straight from the Montrealaise horse’s mouth:

“Welcome to the Best of MTL, Cult MTL’s third annual readers’ poll! This is a forum to reward your favourite local people, places, media, art, food, events and services.

Rules: One entry per person (per IP address). Ballots must have a minimum of 25 categories filled in to be counted. Votes for non-local people or things — that are not based in or made in Montreal — will be disregarded. The deadline for voting is 11:59 p.m. on April 17. Results will appear in the May 2015 print edition of Cult MTL.”

 

Click here & show us some love!

 

April Newsletter (04/02/2015)

 

April need not always be the cruellest month: It’s National Poetry Month, so we’re bringing back our celebratory deal where all Canadian and international poetry titles are 20% off. Enjoy! 

A quick synopsis of the newsletter: April’s book of the month is Guillaume Morissette‘s New Tab from the Montreal publisher Vehicule Press, which was recently shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award! 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 (April 9th) we’ll be hosting scholar Brooke Jeffrey‘s presentation of her book Dismantling Canada: Stephen Harper’s New Conservative Agenda, a book that “explores Harper’s successes and failures, and evaluates the likely outcome of his long-term agenda to change Canada into a country most Canadians would not recognize” (McGill-Queens University Press). Second (April 20th), the Governor General award-winning playwright Erin Shields will be reading from her latest play Soliciting Temptation. Finally, our open mic session is on the 29th of the month.

& 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

New Tab by Guillaume Morissette

 

Set in Montreal, New Tab spans a year in the life of a twenty-six year old videogame designer as he attempts to reset his life, in the process chronicling with humour disillusion, boredom, self-destruction, Facebook chats, Concordia University, bilingualism, good parties, bad parties, a backyard cinema, social anxiety and running a possibly illegal DIY venue.
Guillaume Morissette is the author of the collection of stories & poems I Am My Own Betrayal(Maison Kasini, 2012) and the novel New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014). His work has appeared inMaisonneuve Magazine, HTMLGIANT, Carte-Blanche, Little Brother Magazine, Metazen, Thought Catalog and many other publications. (Vehicule Press)

“(I) found it both hilarious and sincere. His comedic side comes out in lines like, “Internet porn didn’t judge me” and, “name a time of the day and I have eaten cereal at it.”  Self-reflection scatters the book between the protagonist’s sexual failures, social anxieties, and workplace depression in the form of status updates. New Tab is a narrative of self-transformation within the everyday life of a twenty-something (pushing thirty-something) Quebecker.” New Tab “is lucid and sympathetic, and manages to integrate actual social media habits as well as plot points based on actual Montreal trends into a text which functions believably as a site for character interactions and development.” (from Jason Freure @ The Town Crier, “Morissette: Broke and Precariously Housed”)

 

New & Latest Arrivals

Featured Montreal-based publisher arrivals this month include selections from DC Books and Metatron Press! Read on for more info. 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).

 

DC Books selection
 

Metatron Press titles

LITERATURE, POETRY, CRITICISM

  • Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy
  • Last Makings: Poems by Earle Birney
  • Proof by Larissa Andrusyshyn

 

SOCIAL & POLITICAL SCIENCES

 

HISTORY

  • America and the Cold War, 1941-1991 [2 volumes]: A Realist Interpretation by Norman A. Graebner and Richard Dean Burns
  • Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War by Sarah E. Kreps

 

Events for the Month of April

#1

Brooke Jeffrey presents her latest book:
“Dismantling Canada: Stephen Harper’s New Conservative Agenda”
Thursday, April 9th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

We’re pleased to announce that author and professor Brooke Jeffrey will be in the shop on April 9th to discuss her book Dismantling Canada, which “explores Harper’s successes and failures, and evaluates the likely outcome of his long-term agenda to change Canada into a country most Canadians would not recognize.” The event is free.
“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)

#2

Playwright Erin Shields reads from her latest play
SOLICITING TEMPTATION
Monday, April 20th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

“In a sweaty hotel room, a lonely businessman and a young woman meet for sex. Somewhere between reality and fantasy, the sex becomes talk and the talk becomes dangerous. Nothing is off limits in this battle of morality, economics and desire. This witty, dark and sexually charged new play by Governor General’s Award–winner Erin Shields shines a light on the complexities of sex tourism and our preconceptions about love.” (Playwrights of Canada)

Erin Shields is a Canadian stage actress and playwright of six plays. She is best known for her play If We Were Birds, which won the Governor General’s Award for English-language drama at the 2011 Governor General’s Awards, and was a nominee for the 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play.

 

#3

The Argo Open Mic! (#34)
Wednesday, April 29th
Argo Bookshop
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

Come to our open mic on the last Wednesday of April to read your poems, stories, anecdotes, songs and opinions! The crowd’s always inviting, and spectators are always welcome. Emerging and established authors alike are encouraged to participate.