The ongoing global pandemic has affected all of our lives in countless ways, and life at the Argo has been no exception. Between increased hygiene measures, a change in how we run events, and creative ways of getting books to you, we've adapted as best we can.
We have installed a plastic shield at the front desk; we provide hand sanitizer at the front and require customers and employees to wear masks; we sanitize major surfaces multiple times a day; we offer the possibility of contactless curbside pickup and even deliver books right to your door.
We've also moved our Thursday night events online, which has allowed us to open them up to guests and attendees from all over the world. We've been hosting an exciting variety of book clubs, poetry nights, author visits, and more; if you want to join in, check the events page on our website or keep an eye on our social media.
Recently we've also been reopening our storefront to the public, and it's been lovely to see your (masked) faces as you come browse our shelves again. Although Montreal has entered a renewed period of restrictions because of a spike in Covid-19 cases, we are permitted to stay open, so feel free to still drop by - or order from our web store for pickup or delivery, if you prefer!
And finally, let us thank you once again for all the support you've shown us over the past months. This is a strange and unpredictable time to be an independent bookstore, and between ordering books online, joining events, and telling friends about us, you've all turned up for the Argo in a big way. We can't thank you enough.
- Your staff at the Argo
November Genji Book Club
Wednesday November 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
The Tale of Genji, written by Murasaki Shikibu around the year 1000, is often considered the world's first novel. Her story of the Shining Prince of the Imperial Court and his life, culture, and relationships with women, has stood the test of time and forms an important piece of the foundation of Japanese literature.
For 2020, the Japan Book Club, presented in collaboration between the Argo and JETAA Q/A, is meeting monthly to discuss this important and still lively work. You can read the complete Tale of Genji in any of its English translations, by Arthur Waley, Edward Seidensticker, Royall Tyler, or Dennis Washburn; we have all of them available for sale. You can also choose to read it in French or other languages, if you prefer.
In our tenth edition, we will be discussing Chapters 46-50 of the Tale of Genji in whatever translation you are reading. If you are interested in joining us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link. Please join us for this trip through a historic yet timeless tale!
Our Book of the Month for October is Nothing Much Happens, a collection of stories by Kathryn Nicolai that aim to calm and soothe the reader. We know it's not exactly in the Halloween spirit, but we feel that people probably could use some calming and soothing right now, and these stories are great for that.
As always, the Book of the Month is offered at 15% off, while supplies last.
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