Biblioasis Bookclub – White Shadow by Roy Jacobsen

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This month we’re diving into White Shadow, the second book in the Barroy Trilogy and the sequel to The Unseen!
White Shadow retains many of The Unseen’s pleasures, not least Jacobsen’s clean, spare prose … vividly detailed and admirably unsentimental, a noble tribute to the human struggle for decency.”
The Times Literary Supplement 

The highly anticipated sequel to International Booker and Dublin Impac Award-shortlisted The Unseen

No-one can be alone on an island . . . But Ingrid is alone on Barrøy, the island that bears her name, and the war of her childhood has been replaced by a new, more terrible present: the Nazi occupation of Norway. When the bodies from a bombed vessel carrying Russian prisoners of war begin to wash up on the shore, Ingrid can’t know that one will not only be alive, but could be the answer to a lifetime of loneliness—nor can she imagine what suffering she will endure in hiding her lover from the German authorities, or the journey she will face, after being wrenched from her island as consequence for protecting him, to return home. Or especially that, surrounded by the horrors of battle, among refugees fleeing famine and scorched earth, she will receive a gift, the value of which is beyond measure.

The highly anticipated follow-up to Roy Jacobsen’s International Booker and Dublin Impac Award-shortlisted The Unseen, a New York Times New and Noteworthy book, White Shadow is a vividly observed exploration of conflict, love, and human endurance.

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Biblioasis Bookclub – On Time and Water by Andri Snaer Magnason

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This month we are discussing On Time and Water! This haunting and compelling take on the climate crisis  is a must read for anyone with concerns about the state of our planet.
“Andri Snær Magnason combines intimate history and collective mythology, personal essay and exploration of memory, geography and environment, to bring the elusive reality of climate change painfully and dangerously close to each of us”
—Paolo Giordano, author of Heaven and Earth

Finalist for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize

Asked by a leading climate scientist why he wasn’t writing about the greatest crisis mankind has faced, Andri Snær Magnason, one of Iceland’s most beloved writers and public intellectuals, protested: he wasn’t a specialist, he said. It wasn’t his field. But the scientist persisted: “If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context,” he told him, “then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end.”

Based on interviews and advice from leading glacial, ocean, climate, and geographical scientists, and interwoven with personal, historical, and mythological stories, Magnason’s resulting response is a rich and compelling work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future. Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for a glacier to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally minded: a travel story, a world history, a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations—and is unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.

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Biblioasis Bookclub – The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen

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This month we are preparing for the release of Roy Jacobsen’s new book White Shadow, by discussing The Unseen which is the first book in the trilogy.
“This stark, beautiful novel, translated from the Norwegian and perfectly pitched for the present moment, follows one family living in isolation on a small, windswept island.” — New York Times

Shortlisted for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize

Islanders are never afraid: if they were, they wouldn’t be able to live here. Born on the Norwegian island that bears her name, Ingrid Barrøy’s world is circumscribed by storm-scoured rocks and the moods of the sea by which her family lives and dies. But her father dreams of building a quay that will end their isolation, and her mother longs for the island of her youth, and the country faces its own sea change: the advent of a modern world, and all its attendant unpredictability and violence. Brilliantly translated into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is a profoundly moving exploration of family, resilience, and fate.

Available in trade paperback and ebook formats, The Unseen is also available as a hardcover printed in a limited edition of 300 copies, signed by the author. It’s available exclusively from Biblioasis.

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First Annual Biblioasis Indie All-Star Game

You read about them in LitHub and in the Washington Post! You stuffed them in your bicycle’s spokes! You traded them at Winter Institute! Now’s your chance to meet face-to-face with the booksellers pictured on Biblioasis’ North American Indies collectible trading cards!

Join us this Friday on February 19th at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST for the first Biblioasis Indie All-Star Game. A cavalcade of literary legends will suit up, take the field, and pitch their favourite books to you, all published by yours truly, Biblioasis. You’ll discovernew titles you can’t wait to stock your shelves with, and be able to purchase them on the spot from the bookstore of your choice. Handselling home runs for one and all! What’s more, one lucky viewer will take home the crackerjack prize—a free copy of every book mentioned during the event.

We’ll also be hearing from publisher Dan Wells about some forthcoming Biblioasis titles, hopeful favourites of the future. And speaking of the future, he’ll be unveiling a new series of bookseller bubblegum cards full of fresh faces. Will you or your local hero be one of them? Tune in online to find out!

RSVP on eventbrite. Attendance is free, but you have the option when registering to make a donation to BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.


  • Biblioasis (Windsor, Ontario) @biblioasis_books
  • Deep Vellum Books (Dallas TX) @deepvellumbooks
  • Exile in Bookville (Chicago IL) @exileinbookville
  • Interabang Books (Dallas TX) @interabangbooks
  • Island Books (Mercer Island WA) @island.books
  • Madison Books (Seattle WA) @madisonbkstagram
  • Point Reyes Books (Point Reyes Station CA) @pointreyesbooks
  • Porter Square Books (Cambridge MA) @porter_square_books
  • Source Booksellers (Detroit MI) @sourcebooksellers
  • Subtext Books (St. Paul MN) @subtextbooks
  • And mystery guests!

On Property Virtual Book Launch

You’re invited to the virtual book launch for Rinaldo Walcott’s ON PROPERTY. Join us on Thursday, February 25th at 7 PM EST for the event. Rinaldo Walcott will be joined in conversation by Beverly Bain and Idil Abdillahi. We’re also partnering with Another Story Bookshop as co-host and official bookseller. Tune in live for a discussion, reading, and a Q&A. You could win a copy of the book!
The event will be streamed on Facebook Live and on YouTube. RSVP to the event, as the video link will be closer to the day of.
From plantation rebellion to prison labour’s super-exploitation, Walcott examines the relationship between policing and property.
That a man can lose his life for passing a fake $20 bill when we know our economies are flush with fake money says something damning about the way we’ve organized society. Yet the intensity of the calls to abolish the police after George Floyd’s death surprised almost everyone. What, exactly, does abolition mean? How did we get here? And what does property have to do with it? In On Property, Rinaldo Walcott explores the long shadow cast by slavery’s afterlife and shows how present-day abolitionists continue the work of their forebears in service of an imaginative, creative philosophy that ensures freedom and equality for all. Thoughtful, wide-ranging, compassionate, and profound, ON PROPERTY makes an urgent plea for a new ethics of care.
Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality.
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Against Amazon Virtual Book Launch

You’re invited to the virtual book launch for Jorge Carrión’s AGAINST AMAZON AND OTHER ESSAYS. Join us on November 30th at 7 PM EST for a Cyber Monday celebration of independent bookstores. Tune in for an exciting panel discussion with some Canadian & US indie booksellers including Shelf Life Books (Calgary, AB), The Bookshelf (Guelph, ON), Deep Vellum Books (Dallas, TX), Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA) & more. You’ll also get to hear from AGAINST AMAZON’s author, Jorge Carrión. You could win a copy of the book and other prizes!

Stay tuned for more details.

The event will be streamed on Facebook Live and on YouTube. The link to the video stream will be posted closer to the event date. RSVP to the Facebook event to stay up to date.

A history of bookshops, an autobiography of a reader, a travelogue, a love letter—and, most urgently, a manifesto.
Picking up where the widely praised BOOKSHOPS: A READER’S HISTORY left off, AGAINST AMAZON AND OTHER ESSAYS explores the increasing pressures of Amazon and other new technologies on bookshops and libraries. In essays on these vital social, cultural, and intellectual spaces, Jorge Carrión travels from London to Geneva, from Miami’s Little Havana to Argentina, from his own well-loved childhood library to the rosewood shelves of Jules Verne’s Nautilus and the innovative spaces that characterize South Korea’s bookshop renaissance. Including interviews with writers and librarians—including Alberto Manguel, Iain Sinclair, Luigi Amara, and Han Kang, among others—AGAINST AMAZON is equal parts a celebration of books and bookshops, an autobiography of a reader, a travelogue, a love letter—and, most urgently, a manifesto against the corrosive influence of late capitalism.

Jorge Carrión is a writer and literary critic. He studied at the University of Pompeu Fabra, where he now teaches literature and creative writing. His published works include essays, novellas, novels and travel writing, and his articles have appeared in National Geographic and Lonely Planet Magazine. Bookshops was a finalist in the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo, 2013.

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A Bite of the Apple Virtual Book Launch

Join us for the virtual book launch for Lennie Goodings’ memoir, A BITE OF THE APPLE. Tune in on Thursday, October 29th PM EDT for a reading, discussion, and Q&A. You could win a copy of the book!

Lennie Goodings will be joined for the discussion by Emma Donoghue and Ben McNally, plus there will be video shout outs from Margaret Atwood and Louise Dennys. We’re also partnering with Ben McNally Books are the official bookseller.

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Following the chronology of the press where she has worked nearly since its founding, Lennie Goodings tells the story of the group of visionary publishers and writers who have made Virago one of the most important and influential publishers in the English-speaking world. Like the books she has edited and published—by writers ranging from Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to Sarah Waters and Naomi Wolf—Goodings’s contribution to the genre breaks new ground as well, telling a story of women in the world of work, offering much needed balance to the male-dominated genre of publishing memoirs, and chronicling a critical aspect of the history of feminism: how women began to assume control over the production of their own books.


Lennie Goodings is Chair of the UK publishing house Virago Press. Her authors include, amongst many others, Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, Sarah Waters, Natasha Walter, Sandi Toksvig and Marilynne Robinson. Goodings was part of Virago’s management buy-out team of five who created a newly independent Virago in 1987 and became the Publishing Director in 1992. In 1995 Virago was sold to Little, Brown where Goodings remained the Publisher and Editorial Director. She stepped back from that position in 2017 and became Virago Chair, still editing and commissioning her authors. Lennie Goodings won the Bookseller’s Industry Award: Editor and Imprint of the Year in 2010 and A Lifetime’s Achievement at WOW, London’s Southbank Women of the World festival in 2018. Born in Canada, she came to London in her early twenties and has remained there since.


Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge, England, before moving to Canada’s London, Ontario. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (The Wonder, Slammerkin, Life Mask, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Akin, Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards.

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Art of the Short Story: A Reading with Three 2020 Scotiabank Giller Nominees

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Biblioasis, McClelland & Stewart, and Véhicule Press are proud to present ART OF THE SHORT STORY: A READING WITH THREE 2020 SCOTIABANK GILLER NOMINEES. Tune in for an exciting event with David Bergen, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Kaie Kellough as they discuss their nominated short story collections. The event will include readings, discussion, and a Q&A. You could win a copy of one of their books!
The event host and moderator will be Dimitri Nasrallah. Biblioasis Bookshop will be the official event bookseller.

We’ll be streaming the event live on multiple channels on Facebook Live and on YouTube. The video link will be shared closer to the event date. RSVP to the Facebook event to stay notified.

DAVID BERGEN is the author of the short story collection HERE THE DARK (Biblioasis, 2020), which has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank GIller Prize. He has previously published eight novels and a collection of short stories. His work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He won the Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between. In 2018 he was given the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. He lives in Winnipeg.
SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA is the author of four poetry books and the short story collection HOW TO PRONOUNCE KNIFE (McClelland & Stewart, 2020), longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Granta. She lives in Toronto.
KAIE KELLOUGH is a novelist, sound performer, and poet. His short story collection DOMINOES AT THE CROSSROADS (Véhicule Press, 2020) has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. His novel Accordéon (2016) was shortlisted for the Amazon Foundation First Novel Award. His work migrates between poetry and fiction, between Canada and the Caribbean, and between text and sound. He lives in Montreal.
Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of three novels, most recently The Bleeds in 2018. His work has been nominated for CBC’s Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He lives in Montreal, where he has been the editor for Esplanade Books, Véhicule Press’s fiction imprint, since 2013.
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Jason Guriel and Carmine Starnino: Double Book Launch

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Join us for a double virtual book launch for Jason Guriel’s FORGOTTEN WORK (Biblioasis 2020) and Carmine Starnino’s DIRTY WORDS: SELECTED POEMS 1997-2016 (Gaspereau Press 2020). Biblioasis is partnering with Bakka-Phoenix Books as the co-host. Tune in on October 1st at 7 PM for a reading and discussion. You could win a signed copy of one of their books!

We’ll be streaming the event live on on our Facebook page. The video link will be shared closer to the event date.



Jason Guriel is the author of several collections of poems and a book of essays. His writing has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, and other magazines. He lives in Toronto.



Carmine Starnino has published five collections of poetry, including This Way Out, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 2009 and recently translated into French by Éditions Hashtag under the title, Par Ici La Sortie. His most recent collection is Leviathan. His other books include The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry and Lazy Bastardism, a collection of essays on contemporary poetry. In 2012, he was guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry in English. He has received numerous awards, including the CAA Prize for Poetry, the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and the F.G. Bressani Prize, in addition to being shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Prize for the best first book of poetry. He lives in Montreal with his wife and three children.



In the year 2063, on the edge of the Crater formerly known as Montréal, a middle-aged man and his ex’s daughter search for a cult hero: the leader of a short-lived band named after a forgotten work of poetry and known to fans through a forgotten work of music criticism. In this exuberantly plotted verse novel, Jason Guriel follows an obsessive cult-following through the twenty-first century. Some things change (there’s metamorphic smart print for music mags; the Web is called the “Zuck”). Some things don’t (poetry readings are still, mostly, terrible). But the characters, including a robot butler who stands with Ishiguro’s Stevens as one of the great literary domestics, are unforgettable.

FORGOTTEN WORK is available as a paperback, ebook, or in a limited-edition hardcover.



Dirty Words offers a selection of Carmine Starnino’s best poems, drawing from his five published collections: The New World (1997), Credo (2000), With English Subtitles (2004), This Way Out (2009), and Leviathan (2016). Arranged chronologically, Dirty Words follows the development of Starnino’s formal and thematic preoccupations over two decades, revealing how his affinity for rhythm and sound, his muscular ratcheting of language, and his facility for keen observation and evocative description deepen with each new offering. While his poems and their subjects—such as relationships, family, Italian-isms, uprootedness, and masculinity—are nested in the familiar context of contemporary culture, Starnino’s particular artfulness with language and form result in moments of beauty and insight where the personal takes on transcendence. Yet always, his poems are rooted in elemental human experiences: as he writes in “The True Story of my Father,” I would like this, finally, to be a story of love. Visit Gaspereau Press‘ website to learn more about their books.



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Stoop City Virtual Book Launch

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You’re invited to the virtual book launch for Kristyn Dunnion’s STOOP CITY. Kristyn will be joined for the event by Paige Cooper, Sybil Lamb, and Shannon Quinn. Biblioasis is partnering with Bakka-Phoenix Books as the co-host. Tune in on September 22 at 7 PM for a reading, discussion, and even book bingo! You could win a signed copy of the short story collection.

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Welcome to Stoop City, where your neighbours include a condo-destroying cat, a teen queen beset by Catholic guilt, and an emergency clinic staffed entirely by lovelorn skeptics. Couples counseling with Marzana, her girlfriend’s ghost, might not be enough to resolve past indiscretions; our heroine could need a death goddess ritual or two. Plus, Hoofy’s not sure if his missing scam-artist boyfriend was picked up by the cops, or by that pretty blonde, their last mark. When Jan takes a room at Plague House, her first year of university takes an unexpected turn—into anarcho-politics and direct action, gender studies and late-night shenanigans with Saffy, her captivating yet cagey housemate.

From the lovelorn Mary Louise, who struggles with butch bachelorhood, to rural teens finding—and found by—adult sexualities, to Grimm’s “The Golden Goose” rendered as a jazz dance spectacle, Kristyn Dunnion’s freewheeling collection fosters a radical revisioning of community. Dunnion goes wherever there’s a story to tell—and then, out of whispers and shouts, echoes and snippets, gritty realism and speculative fiction, illuminates the delicate strands that hold us all together.



Kristyn Dunnion grew up in Essex County, the southernmost tip of Canada, and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of six books, including Tarry This Night and The Dirt Chronicles, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her short fiction is widely published, most recently in Best Canadian Stories 2020, Foglifter, Orca: A Literary Journal, and Toronto 2033. Dunnion works supporting homeless adults with serious mental illness, and has been a healthy food advocate for marginalized communities in Davenport-Perth, where she resides. Visit her website:



Paige Cooper’s debut collection of short stories, Zolitude, won the 2018 Concordia University First Book Prize, and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and the Danuta Gleed Award. CBC, Toronto Star, The Walrus, Globe and Mail, The Puritan, and Quill & Quire all listed it among their best books of 2018. She’s the editor of Best Canadian Stories 2020. Visit her website:


Sybil Lamb is the author of the forthcoming illustrated YA novel The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason that She Could Fly (Arsenal Pulp Press, October 2020). Her writing and art have appeared in books, magazines, comix, alleys and tattoos. Her novel I’ve Got a Time Bomb was published by Topside Press. Visit her website:


Shannon Quinn is the author of two collections of poetry. Quinn lives in Toronto, Dish with One Spoon Territory. She has a passion for cats and sweatpants and when possible, cats in sweatpants. Visit her website:



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