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!

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.

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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.

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:
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).

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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.

Elise Levine at the Baltimore Writers’ Conference

Driving Outside Your Lane: Writing in More than One Genre

Adam Foulds at Writers Reading

Taras Gresco at Ben McNally Books and Brunch


Sunday, November 10, 10:00 am


King Edward Hotel, 37 King St E.

Brunch is served in the Vanity Fair Ballroom on the second floor of the King Edward Hotel.

Tickets are $60.00 each (taxes included) and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Please call us at 416.361.0032 with your credit card information to reserve tickets.

Elise Levine at Baltimore Book Fest: Short Stories Matter: The Art of the Short Tale

These prize-winning authors remind their fellow writers and readers that great written works are not always lengthy ones. This collection of authors prove this point well. Rion Amlicar Scott’s new The World Doesn’t Require You is a powerful follow-up of his debut collection, Insurrections, awarded the 2018 PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction; Camille Acker, author of Training School for Negro Girls, with a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom call Washington, DC, home; Elise Levine, author of the recent collection This Wicked Tongue, and Driving Men Mad; and Andria Nacina Cole, whose short story Leaving Women won the Ploughshares’ Cohen Award. Prepare to be informed, entertained, and wanting to write your own short tale.

Mike Barnes Toronto International Festival of Authors Launch of Launches