Ahoy, Sci Fi!

We’ve been inundated by eighty (that’s right, eighty) new Sci-Fi titles for our Bargain Books section, all published in or around the 1970s! There are some fantastic authors here, and the books are beyond compare: All of these books are hardcover, part of the Science Fiction Book Club which is still in motion to this day. We’ve priced each of them at either $4, $5 or $6, depending on the title/author and condition of the book. If you wish to reserve any of the titles we’ve listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us. They’re going fast.

And now for a photo:



  • Ellison Wonderland by Harlan Ellison
  • Xeno by D.F. Jones
  • Gray Matters by William Hjortsberg
  • Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven
  • Arrive at Easterwine by R.A. Lafferty
  • The Priests of Psi by Frank Herbert
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World by Harry Harrison
  • Twin Planets by Philip E. High
  • The Stone That Never Came Down by John Brunner
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You by Harry Harrison
  • You Must Remember Us…? by Leonard Daventry
  • The Lucifer Experiment by Adrian Cole
  • The Anarchistic Colossus by A.E. Van Vogt
  • The God Machine by William Jon Watkins
  • Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny
  • Visions & Ventures by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Reefs of Earth by R.A. Lafferty
  • Inverted World by Christopher Priest
  • A Wreath of Stars by Bob Shaw
  • The Doors of His Face The Lamps of His Mouth & Other Stories by Roger Zelazny
  • Oil-Seeker by Michael Elder
  • The Survival Game by Colin Kapp
  • Shipwreck by Charles Logan
  • A Different Light by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  • All My Sins Remembered by Joe Haldeman
  • The Faded Sun: Kutath by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Faded Sun: Kesrith by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Faded Sun: Shon’Jir by C.J. Cherryh
  • Eyes of Amber by Joan D. Vinge
  • Somerset Dreams and Other Fictions by Kate Wilhelm
  • The Jonah Kit by Ian Watson
  • The Martian Inca by Ian Watson
  • Alien Embassy by Ian Watson
  • Miracle Visitors by Ian Watson
  • DeathHunter by Ian Watson
  • Mockingbird by Walter Tevis
  • The Stars in Shroud by Gregory Benford
  • Hello Summer, Goodbye by Michael Coney
  • Leviathan’s Deep by Jayge Carr
  • The Stochastic Man by Robert Silverberg
  • Cirque by Terry Carr
  • The Face by Jack Vance
  • Killer Pine by Lindsay Gutteridge
  • Mardoc by Ronald A. McQueen
  • King David’s Spaceship by Jerry Pournelle
  • Man Plus by Frederick Pohl
  • The Cool War by Frederick Pohl
  • A Dream of Wessex by Christopher Priest
  • An Infinite Summer by Christopher Priest
  • The Wandering Worlds by Terry Greenhough
  • Orbitsville by Bob Shaw
  • Ship of Strangers by Bob Shaw
  • Dagger of the Mind by Bob Shaw
  • The Ceres Solution by Bob Shaw
  • The Visitors by Clifford D. Simak
  • A Heritage of Stars by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Fellowship of the Talisman by Clifford D. Simak
  • Domino by Richard Cowper
  • The Road to Corlay by Richard Cowper
  • Worlds Apart by Richard Cowper
  • Star Probe by Joseph Green
  • The Grain Kings by Keith Roberts
  • The Night of Kadar by Garry Kilworth
  • Midworld by Alan Dean Foster
  • The Typhon Intervention by Douglas R. Mason
  • Wonder-Worlds: Stories by William F. Nolan
  • Frostworld and Dreamfire by John Morressy
  • The Five Doors by Jack Rhys
  • Maxwell’s Demon by Martin Sherwood
  • Shadrach in the Furnace by Robert Silverberg
  • The Kramer Project by Robert A. Smith
  • The Lincoln Hunters by Wilson Tucker
  • Deathbeast by David Gerrold


(titles comprised of many of the above-listed authors)

  • The Crystal Ship: 3 Novellas by Vonda N. McIntyre, Marta Randall & Joan D. Vinge
  • Starry Messenger: The Best of Galileo (edited by Charles C. Ryan)
  • Futurelove: 3 Novellas by Anne McCaffrey, Joan Hunter Holly & Jeffrey A. Carver
  • Aries1: Selections (edited by John Grant)
  • New Writings in SF 23 (edited by Kenneth Bulmer)
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year III
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year IV
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year V


Top Ten Books of 2014

…well, our Top Ten Books of 2014 are more like the Top Five Books of 2014, times two. Here are our lists, in no particular hierarchical order whatsoever. Enjoy!


Meg’s Top Five Books of 2014


Insel by Mina Loy
A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon
Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
The Outward Room by Millen Brand
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

JP’s Top Five Books of 2014


A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Gunslinger by Ed Dorn
The Tutu by Léon Genonceaux

It Changes Nothing: Clarice Lispector’s First and Only TV Interview

If you’ve never seen it, watch Clarice Lispector’s first and only TV interview, from February 1977, when she appeared on TV Cultura in São Paulo. She’d arrived intending to appear in a program about film, apparently, when the station’s director summoned his nerve and asked for an interview. She died later that year.
Lispector is restless, and charmingly curt, throughout the interview—it seems as if she really, really doesn’t want to be there. Even under duress, though, she gives stronger, more meaningful answers than many writers give at their most accessible. “I write without the hope that what I write can change anything at all. It changes nothing … Because at the end of the day we’re not trying to change things. We’re trying to open up somehow.”
At one point, the interlocutor asks, “What, in your opinion, is the role of the Brazilian writer today?”
“To speak as little as possible,” she says, her head tilted, her thumb half-massaging her temple, a cigarette between her fingers.”

(from Penguin Books UK and The Paris Review)


December Newsletter + New & Latest Arrivals (12/02/2014)

Happy Non-Denominational Non-Sectarian Inter-Faith (or not) Winter Holidays, everyone! In preparation for the season of giving, we’ve accumulated a lot of really. Awesome. Books. Literature, philosophy, social sciences, women’s studies, art… With a humongous amount of bargain books to boot. As for the newsletter synopsis: The Book of the Month is Jonathan Crary‘s 24/7 (20% off), a searing critique on late capitalism’s effect on our circadian rhythms, the Book Club title is Roberto Bolano‘s By Night in Chile (15% off), a night-long rant on the intertwining of church and state in Chile, and finally (breath) we hope you’ll consider voting on our upcoming Monthly Featured Author deal (link’s at the bottom of this newsletter). There’s no events this month as we’ll be heading home for the holidays soon enough, with the shop closing from the 23rd of December to the 2nd of January, so drop by while the getting’s good.

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Book of the Month: 20% off

24/7 by Jonathan Crary


Jonathan Crary’s 24/7 is a polemic as finely concentrated as a line of pure cocaine. If you’re wondering what Crary’s position is on late-stage capitalism: he’s against it. How much? A lot.” (Benjamin Reiss, “Sleep’s Hidden Histories”, LA Times)

All too often we North Americans like to discuss our sleep patterns, with ‘less is more’ acting as a badge of honour. So you still worked your eight-hour shift on only three hours of sleep? Man, you look tired, what did you get up to last night? Must have been a crazy adventure in sleep deprivation.

Let’s face it: Late capitalism demands that the engine keeps moving at every hour of the day. New York is no longer the city that never sleeps. In this book, “Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and emerging strategies of control and surveillance. He describes the ongoing management of individual attentiveness and the impairment of perception within the compulsory routines of contemporary technological culture. At the same time, he shows that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that is intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, points to other more formidable and collective refusals of world-destroying patterns of growth and accumulation.” (Verso Books)


New & Latest Arrivals

There’s just so many great books here that it’s hard to know where to begin: Frederic Gros’ A Philosophy of Walking? The 2014 Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano‘s Suspended Sentences? New selected poetry from John Berryman? Margaret Atwood‘s Stone Mattress? The first-hand account and poetry of one of Kim Jong-il favoured poets and known defector Jang Jin-sung? Bargain books from J.G. Ballard, Roddy Doyle, Amy Hempel, Lydia Davis and more? And we’ve got copies of Humans of New York for only $10?!?

These titles may be great, but they’re going fast since going on display a few days ago. If you see anything you like, or something you think would make a good gift for someone, feel free to give us a call or send us an email to reserve something.

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).



  • The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
  • The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet
  • The Complete Short Prose of Samuel Beckett (1929-1989)







  • Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
  • Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman
  • Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max
  • Volunteer Slavery by Jill Nelson
  • An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus by William Todd Schultz
  • Invisible by Paul Auster
  • The Iliad by Homer (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

  • A History of the Present Illness by Louise Aronson
  • The End of the Story by Lydia Davis
  • Tumble Home by Amy Hempel
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
  • The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller
  • Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
  • The Conundrum by David Owen
  • See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Born to Buy by Juliet B. Schor
  • Hunger by Knut Hamsun

  • From a Crooked Rib by Nurddin Farah
  • Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  • Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson
  • Beyond Innocence: An Autobiography in Letters, The Later Years by Jane Goodall
  • The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah
  • Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
  • The City Cook by Kate McDonough


Our Next Book Club Title


Our next read will be By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño:


“By Night in Chile‘s single night-long rant provides — as through a crack in the wall — a terrifying, clandestine view of the strange bedfellows of Church and State in Chile. This wild, eerily compact novel — Roberto Bolaño‘s first work available in English––recounts the tale of a poor boy who wanted to be a poet, but ends up a Jesuit priest and a conservative literary critic, a lap dog to Chile’s rich and powerful cultural elite, by whose (favours) he meets Pablo Neruda and Ernst Jünger. Father Urrutia is offered a tour of Europe by agents of Opus Dei (to study “the disintegration of the churches,” a journey into realms of the surreal); and ensnared by this plum, he is next assigned — after the destruction of Allende — a secret, never-to-be-disclosed nighttime job involving Pinochet. Soon, searingly, Father Urrutia’s memories go from bad to worse.” (New Directions)

On January 21st, 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@gmail.com in order to receive regular updates.



Vote on our First Monthly Featured Author!


Come January, we’ll be introducing our Featured Author deal: Any work by the selected author will be 15% off! Whether the work is in store or special-ordered by you, the deal applies. The thing is, we’re not sure which author to start with:
Simone Weil?
Hélène Cixous?
Alistair McLeod?
Rebecca Solnit?
George Orwell?
Jacques Ellul?
Hubert Aquin?
E.M. Cioran?
Violette Leduc?
Marshall McLuhan?
You’ll find a link below to the ongoing vote, and the deadline is December 31st.  So, which author do you think we should start with?




Happy Non-Denominational Non-Sectarian Inter-Faith (or not) Winter Holidays, Everyone!



October Newsletter + New & Latest Arrivals (10/01/2014)

October arriveth, and so does a batch of new arrivals and monthly events. The fall season brings all kinds of excellent books to the shop, so be sure to check out the selection of literature in the new arrivals section of this post. And don’t forget: Our hiatus from events is over, people! We’ll be hosting reading which newly-published authors from NeWest Press, poets from Montreal and abroad, and our Argo Open Mic is back up and running. Lastly, consider picking up a copy of our Book of the Month, John Darnielle‘s Wolf in White Van (nominated for this year’s National Book Award), and/or joining us for our Book Club in November: We’ll be reading Satantango by László Krasznahorkai, winner of the 2013 Best Translated Book Award.

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Book of the Month: 20% off

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle


Wolf‘s structure, in which plot dances around an unspeakable memory that must be teased out of the text, is not new — but Darnielle is a master at building tenderness from this unspecified grief.” (Carman Maria Machado, “The Monstrous And The Beautiful Dance In ‘White Van'”, NPR)

Many know this novel’s author as the multi-instrumentalist, writer and composer for the band The Mountain Goats, but we assure you: He’s a damn good novelist too. Those familiar with John Darnielle‘s music can find intersecting narrative and thematic consistencies in his debut novel Wolf in White Van, namely from its treatment of adolescent introspection, but the format of the novel has given Darnielle more room to breathe.

The novel follows Sean Phillips, a young man disfigured by an accident which forces him to spend most of his time indoors. Secluded, Sean begins a mail-order game company that distributes text-based adventure games, the most popular of which is Trace Italian, a game where players navigate and attempt to survive a post-apocalyptic America populated by roving gangs of mutagenically infected people. However, Sean’s future as a game writer is compromised by a pair of teenagers who follow the path of their characters in Trace Italian  down to the last syllable, an excursion that results in death and Sean is to blame.


New & Latest Arrivals

We’re just starting to catch up on our new arrivals, but for now, we’ve picked what we could from this season’s bevy of releases. Some of titles listed here are even currently being restocked, and reservations/special orders are welcome. Expect another post on new arrivals midway through the month!

As new books come in, we’ll be posting about them here on our website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. No matter how you choose to keep in touch with us, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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).





Our Next Book Club Title


Our next read will be Satantango by László Krasznahorkai:

Known as the inspiration for the filmmaker Béla Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece of the same name, Satantango is a “spellbinding, bleak, and hauntingly beautiful book”, a testimony that it’s the devil who “has all the good times.” Winner of the 2013 Best Translated Book Award from the online literary periodical Three Percent, the story of Satantango is told over the course of several rainy days in an unnamed hamlet, with readers following its scant inhabitants in their misery of being stuck in the middle of nowehere. “Schemes, crimes, infidelities, hopes of escape, and above all trust and its constant betrayal are Krasznahorkai’s meat.” (New Directions)

On November 19th, 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@gmail.com in order to receive regular updates.



Events for the Month of October


Argo Featured Reading #27:

NeWest Press Presents

Marguerite Pigeon & Laurence Miall

Monday, October 6th

@ Argo Bookshop

Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

Marguerite Pigeon’s gifts for quick characterization and muscular dialogue are on full display in (her first collection of short stories Some Extremely Boring Drives), where you will encounter competitors in an endurance race at the edge of the world; the secret lives of stray cats, and those who try to catch them night after night; an interview with a once-famous musician who seems to be losing touch with reality; a date in Mexico City that ends in a kidnapping; a woman who comes face to face with her mirror image and finds that she’s taken another path; and a girl who’s determined to never, ever stand still again.” (NeWest Press)

Marguerite Pigeon is a former journalist and traveller turned writer of fiction and poetry. In 2001 she lived for several months near the Honduran-Salvadoran border working with a local indigenous organization, an experience that became the inspiration for her first novel, Open Pit. She later attended UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program. Since graduating, her short stories and poems have appeared in journals throughout Canada and internationally, and her first book of poetry, Inventory (Anvil, 2009), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Some Extremely Boring Drives is her first book of short stories.  Originally from Blind River, Ontario, she currently lives in Vancouver.


“In Blind Spot, debut novelist Laurence Miall crafts an unforgettable literary antihero, a man disconnected from the pain of those around him, yet blind to his own faults: When his parents’ car is hit by a train, Luke, a failed actor, returns to his Edmonton hometown to attend their funeral, wrap up their affairs, and prepare their house to be sold off. But while all others around him grieve, Luke remains detached, striking up a relationship with a woman in a neighbouring house… and stumbling across evidence that his mother may have engaged in a longstanding extramarital affair herself.” (NeWest Press)

Laurence Miall is a Montreal-based writer who spent his childhood in England before emigrating to Edmonton at the age of 14. Miall has contributed to The Edmonton Journal and his short stories have been finalists in the Summer Literary Awards contest and Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. Blind Spot is his first novel.



A Poetry Reading with

Ricardo Sternberg & Michael Harris

Thursday, October 16th

@ Argo Bookshop

Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

Some Dance doesn’t so much mark a departure from Sternberg’s previous work as continue to plot a trend, an evolution from the folkloric and fantastic to the secular and contemporary. Written in the voice of an “inveterate optimist,” Some Dance finds Sternberg taking account of his world, his life, and bestowing to it the dignity of his style, transforming it like the inveterate optimists of the insect world, “The Bees,” with “the trick (or is it wisdom?) / that allows them to distil / from the thorn of grievance, / the sweetest honey.” He takes us through his encounters with charlatans and stoned surgeons, lost loves, failed marriages, dead friends and relatives, the dictionary, a fridge full of expired food and more, and attends to each with the same verbal precision, panache and pathos, so that the unerring consideration of his aesthetic becomes a kind of ethical invigilation, the redemption of imperfect lives by perfect phrases… Ricardo Sternberg is one of the absolute best poets in this country. No s–t.” (from Michael Lista @ The National Post)

On October 16th, we’ll be hosting a reading by Montreal-based poet Michael Harris and Canadian-Brazilian poet Ricardo Sternberg who published his new collection Some Dance earlier this year. “Some Dance is a meditation on stories, the intersection of stories, of things made up, of things imagined, and of things lived – perhaps. Tricks played by memory, scrambling events from life with fiction, are a constant.” (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

Ricardo Sternberg‘s poetry has been published in magazines such as The Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry (Chicago), Descant, American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly and Ploughshares.
Michael Harris is a two-time winner of the CBC Literary Competition, he also has edited poetry books and anthologies and translated the complete poetry of Marie-Claire Blais. He runs Montreal Books, a rare and used Internet bookshop. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.



The Argo Open Mic is Back! (#29)

Wednesday, October 29th

@ Argo Bookshop

Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM

Featured in Canadian Notes and Queries‘ Montreal issue (#89) and online reviews and mentions by websites like LikeaLocalGuide and MTLBlog, the Argo Open Mic has been running since November 2011 as an open platform for Montrealers to read their work to a like-minded public.

Grab all those poems, stories, anecdotes, songs and opinions you penned over the summer and come on by to read for 5 to 10 minutes. Emerging and established authors alike are encouraged to participate. Join us for a drink and a jazz session at Grumpy’s Bar (1242 Rue Bishop) afterwards.