Maya Ombasic at The Bookshelf

Join us at The Bookshelf to hear Maya Ombasic read from her Prix de la Littérature de l’Exil winning memoir, Mostarghia!

ABOUT MOSTARGHIA

In the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies Mostar, a medieval town on the banks of the emerald Neretva, which flows from the “valley of sugared trees” through sunny hills to reach the Adriatic Sea. This idyllic locale is where Maya Ombasic’s life begins, but when civil war breaks out in Yugoslavia and the bombs begin to fall. Her family is exiled to Switzerland, and after a failed attempt to return, they leave again for Canada. While Maya adapts to their uprootings, her father never recovers from the trauma, refusing even to learn the language of his new country. Mostarghia, a portmanteau of “Mostar” and “nostalgia,” centers around Ombasic’s often explosive relationship with her father, who was both influence and psychological burden: he inspired her interest, and eventual career, in philosophy, and she was his translator, his support, his obsession. Along with this portrait of a larger-than-life man described by turns as passionate, endearing, maddening, and suffocating, Ombasic deftly constructs a moving personal account of what it means to be a refugee and how a generation learns to thrive despite its parents’ struggles.

ABOUT MAYA OMBASIC

Born in Mostar (formerly Yugoslavia) in 1979, Maya Ombasic immigrated to Switzerland during the Balkan War and later settled in Quebec. She is currently a literary columnist for Le Devoir and teaches philosophy at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal.

Maya Ombasic Reads from Mostarghia at the University of Guelph

Book Launch: Ray Robertson’s “How to Die” at Novel Idea

Join us at Novel Idea Bookstore as we launch the newest book from Ray Robertson and the spiritual sequel to the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction nominated “Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live”: HOW TO DIE: A BOOK ABOUT BEING ALIVE!

About HOW TO DIE:
A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and a literary tourist’s argument for how it can make us happy.

“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,” writes Montaigne in Essais, and in HOW TO DIE, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge, arguing that the active and intentional consideration of death is essential to our ability to value life. An absorbing excursion through some of Western literature’s most compelling works on the subject of death and a self-help book for people who hate self-help, HOW TO DIE is an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we’ll know more about what it means to live meaningfully

About Ray Robertson:
Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, David, I Was There The Night He Died, and 1979 as well as the non-fiction collections Lives of the Poets (with Guitars), Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, he lives in Toronto.

You can find the Facebook event here.

Book Launch: Ray Robertson’s How to Die

Join us at Biblioasis Bookshop as we launch the newest book from Ray Robertson and the spiritual sequel to the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction nominated “Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live”: HOW TO DIE: A BOOK ABOUT BEING ALIVE!

About HOW TO DIE:
A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and a literary tourist’s argument for how it can make us happy.

“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,” writes Montaigne in Essais, and in HOW TO DIE, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge, arguing that the active and intentional consideration of death is essential to our ability to value life. An absorbing excursion through some of Western literature’s most compelling works on the subject of death and a self-help book for people who hate self-help, HOW TO DIE is an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we’ll know more about what it means to live meaningfully

About Ray Robertson:
Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, David, I Was There The Night He Died, and 1979 as well as the non-fiction collections Lives of the Poets (with Guitars), Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, he lives in Toronto.

You can find the Facebook event here.

Ray Robertson’s How to Die Hamilton Book Launch

We are really excited to be hosting the Hamilton launch of Ray Robertson’s new book How to Die: A Book About Being Alive on Friday, February 21st. Doors open at 7 with Ray reading at 7:30p. Hope you can make it out! It is going to be a fantastic night!

You can find the Facebook event here.

Best Canadian Stories at Book Warehouse

 

Biblioaisis, and Book Warehouse Main Street invite you join us for a night of readings from some of the best contemporary Canadian short story writers!

From the intersection of young love and old traditions, to the epic lives of plants, to the intricacies of family stories, the writers in Best Canadian Stories 2019 use the art of storytelling to explore and wrestle, in rich, diverse, and arresting ways, with the issues and concerns of contemporary Canadians.

Featuring:
Shashi Bhat | Zsuzsi Gartner | Cathy Stonehouse

with editor Caroline Adderson!

Doors open at 6:30pm and event begins at 7:00

You can find the Facebook event here.

Book Launch: Ray Robertson’s “How to Die”

Join us at William Street Cafe as we launch the newest book from Ray Robertson and the spiritual sequel to the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction nominated “Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live”: HOW TO DIE: A BOOK ABOUT BEING ALIVE!

About HOW TO DIE:
A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and a literary tourist’s argument for how it can make us happy.

“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,” writes Montaigne in Essais, and in HOW TO DIE, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge, arguing that the active and intentional consideration of death is essential to our ability to value life. An absorbing excursion through some of Western literature’s most compelling works on the subject of death and a self-help book for people who hate self-help, HOW TO DIE is an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we’ll know more about what it means to live meaningfully

About Ray Robertson:
Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, David, I Was There The Night He Died, and 1979 as well as the non-fiction collections Lives of the Poets (with Guitars), Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, he lives in Toronto.

You can find the Facebook event here.

Best Canadian Essays: Toronto Launch

Biblioaisis and The Walton invite you join us as we launch a collection of the best contemporary Canadian essays!

From the violence subjected upon the queer community, to the vast spectrum that is grappling with one’s identity, to a critique of CanLit’s critical structure, the essayists in Best Canadian Essays 2019 use the essay form to explore and wrestle – in rich, diverse, and arresting ways – with the issues and concerns of contemporary Canadians.

Featuring:
Larissa Daikiw | Melanie Mah | Anthony Oliveira | Bruce Whiteman

with guest editor Emily Donaldson!

You can find the Facebook event here.

Poems in Winter: ARC/Biblioasis/Plan 99

Time to warm up with words! Join us for a lively gathering of readings from Arc Poetry Magazine and the Best Canadian Poetry in English 2019. Featuring Claudia Coutu Radmore, Nancy Jo Cullen, Ben Ladouceur, Sarah Tsiang + the work of other poets read aloud. Witness firsthand how our best poets explore and grapple with the issues and concerns of contemporary Canadians in rich, diverse, and arresting ways.

Saturday, January 25, 5pm at The Manx

You can find the Facebook event here.

Best Canadian Poetry at Bolen Books

 

Biblioaisis, Planet Earth Poetry, and Bolen Books invite you join us for a night of readings from some of the best contemporary Canadian poets!

From the necessity of reconciliation, to gender identity to the roller-coaster housing market, the BC-based poets use the art of poetry to explore and wrestle, in rich, diverse, and arresting ways, with the issues and concerns of contemporary Canadians.

Featuring:
Ali Blythe | Marilyn Bowering | Sara Cassidy | Kayla Czaga | Shazia Hafiz Ramji | Dallas Hunt | Sonnet L’Abbé

with series guest editor Rob Taylor and special guest, Poet Laureate of Victoria John Barton!

This event will be free to attend, and refreshments will be provided.

You can find the Facebook event here.