Su Sokol - Book Club with the Author
Thursday January 30 | 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 Run J Run by author Su J Sokol. 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.
About the book:
Jeremy, a high school English teacher coming to grips with a shattered marriage and haunted by the brother he lost, unexpectedly falls in love with his best friend, Zak. Attractive, wildly unconventional, and happy in an open relationship with his partner Annie, Zak seems to embody everything missing from Jeremy’s life, but when the arrest and death of a marginalized student at the Brooklyn high school where they both teach trigger Zak’s mental breakdown and slow descent, Jeremy and Annie are compelled to cross boundaries, both external and internal, in a desperate attempt to save him.
Genji Book Club - Intro Session
Friday January 31 | 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 form an important piece of the foundation of Japanese literature.
For 2020, the Japan Book Club, presented in collaboration with 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 in the store.
In our first edition, before we dive into the text, our group leader will discuss the aesthetics, mores, and context of the Heian period, to provide context for the story ahead. Please join us for this trip through a historic yet timeless tale!
Argo Reading Series - Love Fest
Thursday February 06 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
For our first reading series of 2020, we focus on themes of love! As ever, this event brings us poetry, prose, and music from a number of local artists. Curated by Ilona Martonfi, this event is $6 at the door.
Our lineup for this month's event:
Emily Tristan Jones publishes in Vallum, Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, among other journals. She teaches poetry to youth for QWF.
Ilona Martonfi is an editor, poet, curator & activist, her most recent poetry book is Salt Bride (Inanna, 2019). Forthcoming, The Tempest (Inanna, 2021).
Kate Lavut is a graphic novelist. CHiCO, was a finalist for the QWF prize for children’s & young adult literature. Working on Content Removed.
Mark Foss is the author of the novels Molly O & Spoilers, & the short story collection Kissing the Damned. https://www.facebook.com/markfosscanada/
Jeremy Klughaupt is an American fiction writer based in Montreal. He is currently working on a novel set in Israel/ Palestine.
Shaheen Munir, Writer and women’s rights activist will sing Tagore Songs of Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
Ehab Lotayef, author of To Love a Palestinian Woman (TSAR, 2010). Writes in both English and Arabic. www.lotayef.com
Stephanie Roy is the author of Chemotherapy & Tequila: the Last Road Trip, and has also published in several anthologies by LWL Publishing House.
Mary Ann Lichacz-Karwatsky's memoir, My Father's Store and Other Stories, is now in the Canadian Museum of Immigration, Halifax.
Robert Martin Evans, writer & translator. Poetry has appeared in Canada, the US & abroad. In 2012, he was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize.
Viorika Aresteanu (nom de plume Vera Oren), author of a book of short stories Love Dummies (Xlibris Publishing, 2017).
Japan Book Club - Winter
Thursday February 27 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Looking for a lively read for the cold season? The Argo Bookshop, in conjunction with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, will be hosting its winter Japan Book Club on February 27.
For this meeting, we'll be discussing Convenience Store Woman by Murata Sayaka, winner of the Akutagawa Prize in 2016. In this book, a woman who got a job at a convenience store at 18 and found it simplified her life is still working there at 36, and is under pressure to do something else - change her career, her personal life, and more. Unusual, fun, and incisive, Murata questions what it means to be a person and a worker in modern Japan.
Come for a lively discussion of a thoughtful and offbeat piece of Japanese literature, and enjoy some snacks and refreshments! 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.