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.

Book Launch: Ray Robertson’s How to Die

Join us at Monarch Tavern 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 Poetry at Massy Books

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:
Christopher Evans | Dallas Hunt | Laura Matwichuk | Sonnet L’Abbé | Marion Quednau | Shazia Hafiz Ramji | Shaun Robinson | Ellie Sawatzky | Kevin Spenst | Mallory Tater | Ian Williams

with series guest editor Rob Taylor and special guest Fiona Tinwei Lam!

This event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh Nations.

Massy Books’ downstairs event space is accessible! You can view the floorplan here: http://www.massybooks.com/accessibility/
Please feel free to reach out with any inquiries.

Massy Books is easily accessible by transit! Close to the 22, 3, 8 and 19 bus lines at Main and Georgia/Gore and Georgia. There is metered street parking along Georgia, or lot parking at the Sun Wah Centre around the corner (268 Keefer).

You can find the Facebook event here.

A Christmas Ghost Story Party

 

Reading a ghost story on Christmas Eve was once as much a part of traditional Christmas celebrations as turkey, eggnog, and Santa Claus. We are reviving that tradition through our annual Christmas Ghost Stories series! Come to the bookstore for cookies, hot chocolate, and spooky stories read by students from the UWindsor Drama Department.

 

 

50+ Years of the Windsor Review

Come celebrate 50-plus years of The Windsor Review. The family of the late Eugene McNamara, the journal’s first editor and founder of UWindsor’s creative writing program, will be on hand to accept a memorial photo commemorating The Windsor Review’s history.

The latest edition, edited by UWindsor English professor André Narbonne and published online for free public access, is a selection of works published over the journal’s six decades. The list of authors in what Narbonne calls the “special, retrospective issue,” reads like a who’s who of contemporary literature — poets laureate and iconic essayists, novelists, and authors of short stories.

Pauline Holdstock at Sydney LitFest

7 p.m. Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, B.C.

Tickets $10 (including refreshments) are available online and at Tanner’s Books. A package of tickets to all four events in the Fall 2019 Reading Series will be available for $30 at Tanner’s Books only. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the 2021 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival.