National Indies Event: Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Wednesday February 24 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
We are happy to announce the next event in our partnership with Penguin Random House Canada as part of their "National Indies Event" initiative: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Keisha N. Blain in conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud!
The way this partnership works is that we get to co-host top-notch online author events that Penguin Random House is putting together, so being able to provide access to this event for the Argo community is very exciting! This is a ticketed event, and the cost of entry is purchasing the book being discussed. All you need to do is buy Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 from us - paper and audiobook versions both apply - and we will email you a ticket to attend the Zoom event. (If you've already bought this book from us in the past and want to attend, email us your proof of purchase at events @ argobookshop . ca.)
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Dr. Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian, professor, and writer. Blain is the current president of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), a scholarly organization founded in 2014 to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching Black thought and culture. She teaches history at the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves as editor in chief of The North Star, which was originally founded by Frederick Douglass in 1847. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), which won the 2019 Darlene Clarke Hine Award—given by the Organization of American Historians for the best book in African American women’s and gender history. Her writing has appeared in popular outlets such as The Atlantic, The Guardian, Politico, and Time.
Winter Japan Book Club
Thursday February 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Looking for a beautiful and emotional read as the cold weather stretches on in Montreal? 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 25.
For this meeting, we'll be discussing Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Kawaguchi Toshikazu. This story focuses on a café located in the backstreets of Tokyo, with a long history of brewing coffee spanning over a century. But there's more than caffeine available here - you also have a chance to travel back in time. There's a catch, though. You can only go back for as long as the coffee is still warm. Over one summer, four different customers take the trip. Sweet, wistful, and mysterious, this book is a perfect winter read.
Join us online via Zoom for a lively discussion of a heartwarming and quirky piece of Japanese literature! Email us at events @ argobookshop.ca for the link. You can read the book in any language. You're also welcome to come if you haven't read the book, but there will be spoilers.
March Argo Reading Series
Thursday March 04 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Argo presents its March reading series event of local prose, poetry, and music, curated by Ilona Martonfi. Please email us at events @ argobookshop . ca for the Zoom link!
Our lineup for this month's event:
Ian Ferrier, Poet, Musician, Performer and Curator. Canadian Literature Scene, For Body and Light (Dance Company), Mile End Poets' Festival.
Klara du Plessis is the author of Ekke (winner, 2019 Pat Lowther Memorial Award) and Hell Light Flesh, freshly released.
Ilona Martonfi is an editor, poet, curator & activist, her most recent poetry book is Salt Bride (Inanna, 2019). Forthcoming, The Tempest (Inanna, 2022).
Greg Santos, author of several collections of poetry. His newest book, Ghost Face is published by DC Books, 2020. Editor in Chief of carte blanche.
Montreal-based dark folk artist delorca is the solo project of Australian singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Simone Pitot.
Mirabel is a Montreal-based poet who grew up in Mumbai, India. Mirabel is the author of the chapbook Dream Fragments (Cactus Press 2020).
Rana Bose is a novelist, playwright, poet & engineer. His latest novel is Fog, Baraka Books, 2019. Editor of Montreal Serai magazine.
Sarah Wolfson’s book A Common Name for Everything won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers’ Federation.
“We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and the League of Canadian Poets.”
Japanese Eco-Lit: Erika Kobayashi and translator Brian Bergstrom in conversation
Thursday March 18 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Is the world ours to make? Or is it the natural world that defines—even controls—us? In Elemental, published by Two Lines Press, a whirlwind of fantastic new writing from Japan, Iran, Madagascar, Iraq, Germany, and more, maps the intimate, ongoing relationship between human civilization and the environment. Featuring fiction and reportage from eight authors working in different languages, Elemental is an awesome collection that speaks of climate catastrophe, geological time, and mythology; it’s a global gathering of engaged, innovative eco-lit.
Trans & Nonbinary Book Club: andrea bennett, Like A Boy but Not A Boy
Thursday March 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for the next edition of our Trans & Nonbinary Book Club, where we will be welcoming author andrea bennett to talk about their book Like a Boy but Not a Boy. The event is free, open to everyone, and captioned. RSVP by clicking here.
Inquisitive and expansive, Like a Boy but Not a Boy explores author andrea bennett's experiences with gender expectations, being a non-binary parent, and the sometimes funny and sometimes difficult task of living in a body. The book's fourteen essays also delve incisively into the interconnected themes of mental illness, mortality, creative work, class, and bike mechanics (apparently you can learn a lot about yourself through trueing a wheel). With thoughtfulness and acute observation, andrea bennett reveals intimate truths about the human experience, whether one is outside the gender binary or not.
andrea bennett is a National Magazine Award–winning writer and editor and the author of two travel guides, one book of poetry, and, most recently, the essay collection Like a Boy but Not a Boy: Navigating Life, Mental Health, and Parenthood Outside the Gender Binary (Arsenal Pulp Press), a CBC Books' pick for the top Canadian nonfiction of the year, and one of Autostraddle's best queer books of 2020. andrea's non-fiction has been published by the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, Hazlitt, Xtra, Reader's Digest, Chatelaine, and many other outlets.