Queer Book Club - Picture Us in the Light
Wednesday December 18 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for our latest Queer Book Club! In this session, we'll be reading one of our favourites from 2018, Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert, a Stonewall Honor Book.
Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined.
Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.
When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
We're looking forward to a lively discussion of the book, and we hope you'll join us! Snacks will be provided.
Solstice Argo Reading Series
Thursday December 19 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
For our last event of the year, we have a reading series to mark the peak of darkness and winter. Please join us for a strong lineup of local authors and musicians. Curated by Ilona Martonfi, this event is $6 at the door.
Our lineup for this event:
Geneviève Lacombe is a poet and an Art History student. Author of a first poetry book, Hurricanes and Cherokee Roses.
Ilona Martonfi is an editor, poet, curator & activist, her latest poetry title is Salt Bride (Inanna, 2019). Forthcoming, The Tempest (Inanna, 2020).
Mark Foss is the author of the novels Molly O & Spoilers, & the short story collection Kissing the Damned. www.facebook.com/markfosscanada/
Marc-Alexandre Chan, Applied scientist by day & artist by night, he writes to explore the intersection of culture & individual experiences.
Gloria Macher is an award winning Latin American writer. Has published five novels & a collection of short stories.
Brian Campbell, poet/singer-songwriter/editor/translator, latest collections, Shimmer Report & Passenger Flight. www.briancampbell.ca
Danielle Wong is a poet & author, her latest collection, Bubble Fusion (Prairie Dragon, 2018), paints what life can be with a child with Autism.
Mike Di Sclafani, Multidisciplinary artist, author of Vultures (2017). Forthcoming, spoken word album Apothecary, 2019. mikedisclafani.com
R.M. Cutler is a poet, allegorist, journalist, historian, international affairs analyst, op-ed writer, essayist, translator & editor.
Colleen Gray has published poetry in Room of One's Own, Fiddlehead, Matrix, The Canadian Forum and Zymergy.
Harry Rajchgot, Author of Gravitational Fields & The Sweetness of Life. Editor, JONAHmagazine. Member of Greene Writers. Writing a musical.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and the League of Canadian Poets.