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.
Open Mic #10
Thursday May 16 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
It's your time to shine! We'll be hosting our tenth 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.
Mayfest Reading Series
Thursday May 23 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for an evening of poetry, prose, and music by local authors and artists, in the heart of spring! Curated by Ilona Martonfi, attendance is $6 at the door.
Our lineup for this month's event:
April Ford’s debut novel, Carousel, is forthcoming Spring 2020 with Inanna. She lives with her husband and their two cats.
Ilona Martonfi, her latest poetry title is The Snow Kimono (Inanna, 2015). Forthcoming, Salt Bride (Inanna, 2019). The Tempest (Inanna, 2020).
Emily Jones studied in Chicago. She's published in various national and international journals, and teaches poetry to youth through QWF.
Zav Levinson, author of a first chapbook, Trelliswork (2017). Co-editor of Jonah magazine.
Mike Di Sclafani, A multidisciplinary artist, author of Vultures (2017). Spoken word album Apothecary (2019). mikedisclafani.com
Andrea Lake is a songwriter whose poetic songs range from folk to pop and neo soul, she studies at Berklee College of Music. https://andrealake.ca/home
Barry Webster is a writer, musician and translator. His first book won the ReLit Award. He is finishing his third novel.
Colleen Gray is a historian and poet completing her latest work, As a Bird Flies, a biography of Marie Barbier, 17th century Montreal mystic.
Alejandro Saravia, Canadian-Bolivian author. Publications include Jaguar con el corazón en la mano (2010) & L'homme polyphonique (2014).
Jo Walton Book Launch - Lent
Tuesday May 28 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Please join us for a book launch for Jo Walton's newest novel, Lent! The author will be joining us for a reading and signing.
Young Girolamo’s life is a series of miracles.
It’s a miracle that he can see demons, plain as day, and that he can cast them out with the force of his will. It’s a miracle that he’s friends with Pico della Mirandola, the Count of Concordia. It’s a miracle that when Girolamo visits the deathbed of Lorenzo “the Magnificent,” the dying Medici is wreathed in celestial light, a surprise to everyone, Lorenzo included. It’s a miracle that when Charles VIII of France invades northern Italy, Girolamo meets him in the field, and convinces him to not only spare Florence but also protect it. It’s a miracle than whenever Girolamo preaches, crowds swoon. It’s a miracle that, despite the Pope’s determination to bring young Girolamo to heel, he’s still on the loose…and, now, running Florence in all but name.
That’s only the beginning. Because Girolamo Savanarola is not who—or what—he thinks he is. He will discover the truth about himself at the most startling possible time. And this will be only the beginning of his many lives.
About the author:
Jo Walton has published thirteen novels, most recently Necessity. She has also published three poetry collections and an essay collection. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, the World Fantasy Award for Tooth and Claw in 2004, the Hugo and Nebula awards for Among Others in 2012, and in 2014 both the Tiptree Award for My Real Children and the Locus Non Fiction award for What Makes This Book So Great. She comes from Wales but lives in Montreal where the food and books are much better. She gets bored easily so she tends to write books that are different from each other. She also reads a lot, enjoys travel, talking about books, and eating great food. She plans to live to be ninety-nine and write a book every year.
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.