August Genji Book Club
Friday August 21 | 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 seventh edition, we will be discussing Chapters 29-34 of the Tale of Genji in whatever translation you are reading. If you are interested in joining us, please email us at email@example.com for the link. Please join us for this trip through a historic yet timeless tale!
Japan Book Club - Summer
Thursday August 27 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Looking for a foxy and surreal read for the heat of summer in Montreal? The Argo Bookshop, in conjunction with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, will be hosting its summer Japan Book Club on August 27.
For this meeting, we'll be discussing The Fox and Dr. Shimamura by Christine Wunnicke. A work of historical fiction by a German author, we look at the life of a Meiji-era Japanese doctor trying to train the eye of modern psychological eye on the phenomenon of people being possessed by fox spirits. For being 150 pages, this book packs in a lot to discuss - science, folklore, gender, surreealism, history, Westernization in Japan, and much more.
Join us online via Zoom for a lively discussion of a thoughtful and offbeat piece of literature about Japan! You can read the book in any language. You're also welcome to come if you haven't read the book, but there will likely be spoilers.