Trans and Nonbinary Book Club - nîtisânak
Thursday September 24 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
For our next session of our Trans and Nonbinary Book Club, we will be discussing Lindsay Nixon's award-winning debut book, nîtisânak!
The book club will be taking place on Thursday, September 24th, from 7 to 9 PM Eastern, over Zoom. Participation is free and open to everyone! Please email events @ argobookshop . ca to register and we'll send you the Zoom link.
Lindsay Nixon's nîtisânak honours blood and chosen kin with equal care. A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on their Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal. It won the prestigious 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and a 2019 Quebec Writer’s Federation first book prize, and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and an Indigenous Voices Literary Award.
Lindsay Nixon is a Toronto-based Cree-Métis-Saulteaux SSHRC doctoral scholarship recipient and a McGill University Art History Ph.D. candidate studying Trans.NDN digital creators and things. They are the co-founder of gijiit: a curatorial collective that focuses on community-engaged Indigenous art curations, gatherings, and research dealing with themes of gender, sex, and sexuality. They are a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award recipient, and have been awarded national Magazine Awards in the Essay category for “Stories Not Told” and in the Best-Editorial Package category for “#MeToo and the Secrets Indigenous Women Keep.”
September Genji Book Club
Friday September 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 eighth edition, we will be discussing Chapters 35-40 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!
K.S. Villoso & Evan Winter: Storytelling as Resistance
Thursday October 01 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
We are thrilled to welcome via Zoom two fantasy authors with books coming out this fall: K.S. Villoso, whose The Ikessar Falcon marks the second installment of her series Chronicles of the Bitch Queen - which began with The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, which draws on Filipino culture and myths to create a detailed fantasy world and uses the first person narrative of a beleaguered queen to explore a tale of secrets, lies, betrayal, and treason - and Evan Winter, whose The Fires of Vengeance follows up his series debut The Rage of Dragons, a brutal and gripping hero's journey that brings to light the ravages of war and colonialism in an expansive African-inspired epic fantasy.
Born in England to South American parents, Evan Winter was raised in Africa near the historical territory of his Xhosa ancestors. Evan has always loved fantasy novels, but when his son was born, he realized that there weren’t many epic fantasy novels featuring characters who looked like him. So, before he ran out of time, he started writing them.
October Argo Reading Series
Thursday October 08 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
The Argo presents its October reading series event of local prose and poetry, curated by Ilona Martonfi. Please email us at events @ argobookshop . ca for the Zoom link!
Our lineup for this event:
John Kerkhoven, a harmonica player and teacher, he plays blues and folk with BluesReel and blues and jazz with the Mojo Vipers.
Susan Elmslie’s prize-winning poetry includes Museum of Kindness (Brick 2017) and I, Nadja, and Other Poems (Brick 2006).
Larissa Andrusyshyn, author of two poetry collections Mammoth & Proof. Completing a new manuscript & teaching creative writing.
Kate Lavut, Graphic novelist. CHiCO, (2015); finalist QWF prize for children’s & young adult lit. Working on a children's book 'I love you with no hair'.
Harold Hoefle’s debut collection of poems, The Night Chorus, was published by MQUP in 2018. Harold teaches at John Abbott College.
Matthew Murphy’s novel, A Beckoning War (2016), has been called a “creditable first novel” by Margaret Atwood (on Twitter).
Karen Isabel Ocaña is a literary translator (Rooms, Guernica Editions 2017) and writer, working on a poetry chapbook and short fiction.
Matthew Rettino's time travelling urban fantasy short story "The Goddess In Him" appears in the September 2020 issue of NewMyths.com.
Nadine Ltaif is a poet and translator. Journey, her latest book translated into English is published by Guernica.
Intro to Japanese Literature
Thursday October 15 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Interested in exploring Japan's thousand-plus years of literary history, but not sure where to begin? In conjunction with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec/Atlantic (JETAA Q/A), we are offering our fourth annual free introductory workshop on Japanese literature to get you started with a variety of authors and genres. We will discuss the origins of Japanese writing, the evolution of its poetry, prose, and theater over the centuries, and some favourites of our staff!
After the session and a question and answer period, attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme through the experiences of former participants.
A Night of Horror
Thursday October 29 | 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Just in time for Halloween, we are excited to host a thrilling evening of horror fiction, presented by Mason Jar Press and Neon Hemlock Press!
Join us for readings by four authors on Thursday, October 29th, from 9 PM to 11 PM (please note the time - it's a late show at the Argo!). The event is free and online, just email events @ argobookshop . ca to register and get the Zoom link!
Jordan Kurella is a queer and disabled author who has lived all over the world (including Moscow and Manhattan). In their past lives, they were a barista, radio DJ, and social worker. Their work has been featured in Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons Magazines. Find them on Twitter (@jskurella), or at jordankurella.com.
Justin Sanders is a ghost from Baltimore. His words have appeared most recently on the city’s walls.
Jan Stinchcomb is the author of The Blood Trail (Red Bird Chapbooks) and Find the Girl (Main Street Rag). Her stories have appeared in Longleaf Review, FlashBack Fiction, Gravel, Monkeybicycle and matchbook, among other places. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology, was longlisted in the Wigleaf Top 50, and is featured in The Best Small Fictions 2018. Currently living in Southern California with her family, she is a story editor for Paper Darts. Find her at janstinchcomb.com or on Twitter @janstinchcomb.
A.P. Thayer is a Mexican-American author based out of Los Angeles. He writes grimdark fantasy, latino-futuristic magic-punk, and cosmic horror. His work has appeared in Made in LA volume 3, Five on the Fifth, and Murder Park After Dark. When he’s not writing speculative fiction, he can be found cooking for his friends, DMing a tabletop game, or hunting down street tacos. Find him at www.apthayer.com or on Twitter @apthayer.
Japan Book Club - Autumn
Thursday November 19 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Looking for a beautiful and emotional read as the weather cools in Montreal? The Argo Bookshop, in conjunction with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, will be hosting its autumn Japan Book Club on November 19.
For this meeting, we'll be discussing Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima. This novel, originally serialized in the late 1970s as 12 stories, depicts a young mother as she starts a new life away from her ex-husband and raising a young child. In navigating Tokyo and her new independence, she shows a woman trying to find her way, with a great depth of emotion in the face of the trials of city life.
Join us online via Zoom for a lively discussion of a modern classic 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 likely be spoilers.