Queer Book Club - March
Wednesday March 27 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for our latest Queer Book Club! For this session, we'll be discussing Sarah Waters's now-classic debut novel, Tipping the Velvet. A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King - oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End 'tom'.
There's a lot to unpack and talk about for this one, so we hope you'll join us! Light refreshments will be served, as well.
Reading with Darrell Epp
Thursday March 28 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Please join us for a poetry reading by Darrell Epp. Mr. Epp will be visiting us from Hamilton, Ontario to share his work with us. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Mr. Epp's poetry has appeared in 130 magazines on 6 continents. He is the author of 3 poetry collections: Imaginary Maps, After Hours, and Sinners Dance. After Hours was nominated for a City of Hamilton Literary Arts Award.
"A fun, sly jumble of poems that often tackle weighty issues despite their often-light tone, Epp can move into darker registers with incredible confidence."
--Winnipeg Free Press
"I enjoyed these poems immensely."
--William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist
Open Mic #9
Thursday April 04 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
It's your time to shine! We'll be hosting our ninth open mic night since our reopening. Come share stories, poetry, music, or whatever suits your fancy! Let us know you're planning to come at email@example.com - we try to accommodate walk-ins, but if you want to be sure of a spot, please let us know in advance. But you can also take your chances coming the day of to lay it on us! See you there.
Song, Verse & Fun Reading Series
Thursday April 11 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for an early spring evening of poetry, prose, and music by local authors and artists, in celebration of National Poetry Month! Curated by Ilona Martonfi, attendance is $6 at the door.
An Evening of Poetry & Prose & Music
Our lineup for this event:
Rebecca Morris won Honourable Mention in Prairie Fire’s 2018 fiction contest. She is currently working on a novel. www.rebeccamorris.ca
Ilona Martonfi, her latest poetry title is The Snow Kimono (Inanna, 2015). Forthcoming, Salt Bride (Inanna, fall 2019). The Tempest (Inanna, 2020).
Claire Sherwood, Writes in Minority Reports: New English Writing in Quebec, carte blanche, Kola Magazine, Expozine, Canzine Toronto & Ottawa.
Ehab Lotayef, author of To Love a Palestinian Woman (TSAR, 2010). Writes in both English and Arabic. www.lotayef.com
Mike Di Sclafani, Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist, author of Vultures (Coracle, 2017). Spoken word album Apothecary, March 19th 2019.
R.M. Cutler is a poet, allegorist, journalist, historian, international affairs analyst, op-ed writer, essayist, translator and editor.
Viorika Aresteanu (nom de plume Vera Oren), author of a short story collection Love Dummies (Xlibris Publishing, 2017).
Catherine Watson writes creative non-fiction, poetry and short stories. She has published in Montreal Serai.
Robert Martin Evans is a writer and translator, with new work in Where is the river: a poetry experiment.
Anne J. Fotheringham is published in poetry, short stories, children’s and non-fiction. She is currently writing a mystery series.
Jeffrey Mackie is an internationally published and translated poet. He is currently studying for the Anglican priesthood at McGill.
Konchan, Anand, and Trites Reading
Thursday April 18 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for an evening of fiction reading from three talented local authors, Virginia Konchan, Anita Anand, and Lesley Trites! Books will also be available for sale and signing.
Virginia Konchan is the author of two poetry collections, Any God Will Do (Carnegie Mellon, 2020) and The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and three chapbooks, including Empire of Dirt (above/ground press, 2019). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Boston Review, and elsewhere.
Anita Anand was born in Montreal. She has moved back and forth from her hometown and places such as the Bronx, Bedfordshire, England and Vancouver. In every neighborhood where she has lived, she has been the only person her age of Indian origin, which she considers to have been a priceless gift to her development as a writer. Her collection Swing in the House and Other Stories won the QWF-Concordia First Book Prize in 2015, and was nominated for the first Prix de la Diversité du conseil des arts de Montréal and for the 2016 Relit Prize for short fiction. Her translation of Juliana Léveillé-Trudel's novel Nirliit was a finalist for the 2018 John Glassco Translation Prize.
Lesley Trites is the author of the story collection A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream (Véhicule Press, 2017) and the poetry collection echoic mimic (Invisible Publishing, 2011). Winner of the 2016 3Macs carte blanche Prize, she lives in Montreal, where she is the associate editor of the Montreal Review of Books. Aphelia, her translation of Mikella Nicol’s novel Aphélie, will be out in April 2019.
Mark Foss - Book Club with the Author
Thursday April 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for the latest iteration of our Book Club with the Author, where a local Montreal author joins us to discuss their book! This time, we'll be discussing Molly O by author Mark Foss. As with all our book clubs, we recommend reading the book in advance, but you are welcome to attend as long as you are all right with spoilers.
Mark Foss is the author of the novels Molly O and Spoilers, as well as the short-story collection Kissing the Damned. His fiction and creative nonfiction have also appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, subTerrain, Numéro Cinq, Mitra and carte blanche, He lives in Montreal where he is working on a new novel. Visit him at www.markfoss.ca and follow his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/markfosscanada
Susan Lloy - Book Launch
Thursday May 02 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Please join us for the launch of Susan Lloy's new short story collection, Vita. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Ms. Lloy is also the author of the short story collection But When We Look Closer, and has been published consistently internationally since 2012.
More information about this collection:
Angst, seduction, escape and extinction control these many tales—a whisper in the ear convinces a lady to take the plunge, another to take up surfing, and a young man to jump in front of a moving train—and there is joy in settling a score with despised neighbours and a conspiracy under the California sun. Some sketches are laced with passion and loss—a son comes to know his mother from a series of letters following her death, while a face transplant changes a man’s life, but with it comes the unwanted pursuit of the donor’s wife—while others show murderous aspirations and an irrepressible desire for release. Always vital, Vita opens wide the windows into our many lives.
Japan Book Club - Spring
Wednesday May 29 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Looking for a exciting and thought-provoking read for early spring? The Argo Bookshop, in conjunction with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, will be hosting its spring Japan Book Club on May 29.
We'll be discussing Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro, a darkly comic and insightful book looking at the life of a teenage boy, born and raised in Japan, but of North Korean citizenship. We follow his life in Tokyo, from school to clubs to studying, and the impact of a shocking event on his views of the world. Kaneshiro's book was a sensation and Naoki Prize winner in Japan upon its publication in 2000, and Takami Nieda's new crackling translation is a fast and winning read.
Come for a lively discussion of contemporary Japanese literature, and enjoy some snacks and refreshments! You can read the book in English or Japanese. You're also welcome to come if you haven't read the book, but there will likely be spoilers.