May
10
Mon
The Giller Book Club: Here the Dark
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Giller Book Club: Here the Dark

Join 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted author David Bergen in conversation with Canadian/British author and journalist and 2020 juror Tom Rachman as they discuss Bergen’s book, Here the Dark! Guests will also be given the opportunity to ask Bergen questions via the Q&A feature.

This virtual event will be one hour long, and registration is open now here!

ABOUT HERE THE DARK

From the streets of Danang, Vietnam, where a boy falls in with a young American missionary, to fishermen lost on the islands of Honduras, to the Canadian prairies, where an aging rancher finds himself smitten and a teenage boy’s infatuation reveals his naiveté, the short stories in Here the Dark chronicle the geographies of both place and heart. Featuring a novella about a young woman torn between faith and doubt in a cloistered Mennonite community, David Bergen’s latest deftly renders complex moral ambiguities and asks what it means to be lost—and how, through grace, we can be found.

ABOUT DAVID BERGEN

David Bergen has 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.

Purchase your copy of Here the Dark now at Biblioasis!

 

May
13
Thu
Driven Virtual Launch
May 13 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Driven Virtual Launch

Join us for the virtual book launch of Marcello Di Cintio’s Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers! Hosted by Biblioasis, Shelf Life Books, and Glass Bookshop. Marcello Di Cintio will be joined in discussion by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. We’ll be streaming live on Facebook and on YouTube on Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM MDT / 9 PM EDT.
The video link will be shared closer to the event date, so RSVP to stay up to date.

ABOUT DRIVEN

In conversations with drivers ranging from veterans of foreign wars to Indigenous women protecting one another, Di Cintio explores the borderland of the North American taxi.
“A taxi,” writes Marcello Di Cintio, “is a border.” Inside every cab is a space both private and public: accessible to all, and yet, once the doors close, strangely intimate, as two strangers who might otherwise never have met share a five or fifty minute trip. In a series of interviews with Canadian taxi drivers, their backgrounds ranging from the Iraqi National Guard, to the Westboro Baptist Church, to an arranged marriage that left one woman stranded in a foreign country, Di Cintio seeks out those missed conversations, revealing the untold lives of the people who take us where we want to go.

ABOUT MARCELLO DI CINTIO

Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense—also a W. O. Mitchell Prize winner. Di Cintio’s magazine writing has appeared in publications such as The International New York Times, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic and Afar.

Order from Shelf Life Books

Order from Glass Bookshop

Learn more about Driven from Biblioasis

May
27
Thu
Strangers Virtual Launch
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Strangers Virtual Launch

You’re invited to the virtual launch of Rob Taylor’s latest poetry collection, Strangers! We’ll be streaming live Thursday May 27 at 7PM EDT. Rob Taylor will be joined by Sadiqa de Meijer and Sue Sinclair for the event, which will be co-hosted with Massy Books in Vancouver, BC.

You can watch on Facebook Live or on YouTube! Stay tuned for more details.

 

ABOUT STRANGERS

“It makes no sense. You would be strangers / if not for this.”

In Strangers, Rob Taylor makes new the epiphany poem: the short lyric ending with a moment of recognition or arrival. In his hands, the form becomes not simply a revelation in words but, in Wallace Stevens’ phrase, “a revelation in words by means of the words.” The epiphany here is not only the poet’s. It’s ours. A book about the songlines of memory and language and the ways in which they connect us to other human beings, to read Strangers is to become part of the lineages (literary, artistic, familial) that it braids together—to become, as Richard Outram puts it, an “unspoken / Stranger no longer.”

ABOUT ROB TAYLOR

Rob Taylor is the author of four poetry collections, including Strangers (Biblioasis, 2021) and The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He is also the editor of What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018) and the guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis, 2019). Rob lives with his family in Port Moody, BC.

 

Order your copy from Biblioasis here!

You can also order from Massy Books, or your local bookstore!

Jun
11
Fri
Doireann Ní Ghríofa at the Belfast Book Festival
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Doireann Ní Ghríofa (virtually, of course) at the Belfast Book Festival on June 11, 2021 at 7 PM IST / 2 PM EDT.

More details to come, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the Belfast Book Festival!

ABOUT A GHOST IN THE THROAT

When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.

On discovering her murdered husband’s body, an eighteenth-century Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s poem travels through the centuries, finding its way to a new mother who has narrowly avoided her own fatal tragedy. When she realizes that the literature dedicated to the poem reduces Eibhlín Dubh’s life to flimsy sketches, she wants more: the details of the poet’s girlhood and old age; her unique rages, joys, sorrows, and desires; the shape of her days and site of her final place of rest. What follows is an adventure in which Doireann Ní Ghríofa sets out to discover Eibhlín Dubh’s erased life—and in doing so, discovers her own.

Moving fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and those who make it, A Ghost in the Throat is a shapeshifting book: a record of literary obsession; a narrative about the erasure of a people, of a language, of women; a meditation on motherhood and on translation; and an unforgettable story about finding your voice by freeing another’s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, whose awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University). Her debut book of prose is the bestselling A Ghost in the Throat, which finds the 18th-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective, and of which the Sunday Times writes: “Sumptuous, almost symphonic, in its intensity … As readers, we should be grateful for her boldness. Without it, we would not have had one of the best books of this dreadful year.”

Find out more about A Ghost in the Throat at Biblioasis.

Jun
12
Sat
Doireann Ní Ghríofa at Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jun 12 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tune in on Saturday, June 12 at 2:30PM EDT for a Q&A at the virtual Ireland residency with Doireann Ní Ghríofa and the fiction writer Kevin Power. Doireann and Kevin will each read 15-20 minutes and then do a conversation and Q&A with the audience.

Stayed tuned for more details closer to the event date!

ABOUT A GHOST IN THE THROAT

When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.

On discovering her murdered husband’s body, an eighteenth-century Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s poem travels through the centuries, finding its way to a new mother who has narrowly avoided her own fatal tragedy. When she realizes that the literature dedicated to the poem reduces Eibhlín Dubh’s life to flimsy sketches, she wants more: the details of the poet’s girlhood and old age; her unique rages, joys, sorrows, and desires; the shape of her days and site of her final place of rest. What follows is an adventure in which Doireann Ní Ghríofa sets out to discover Eibhlín Dubh’s erased life—and in doing so, discovers her own.

Moving fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and those who make it, A Ghost in the Throat is a shapeshifting book: a record of literary obsession; a narrative about the erasure of a people, of a language, of women; a meditation on motherhood and on translation; and an unforgettable story about finding your voice by freeing another’s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, whose awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University). Her debut book of prose is the bestselling A Ghost in the Throat, which finds the 18th-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective, and of which the Sunday Times writes: “Sumptuous, almost symphonic, in its intensity … As readers, we should be grateful for her boldness. Without it, we would not have had one of the best books of this dreadful year.”

Find out more about A Ghost in the Throat at Biblioasis.

Jun
17
Thu
A Ghost in the Throat Virtual Canadian Launch
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Ghost in the Throat Virtual Canadian Launch

Don’t miss the exciting Canadian launch of Irish writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s A Ghost in the Throat, in an online conversation with Toronto bookseller and In Her Voice organizer, Danielle McNally, in an event brought together by the Koffler Centre of the Arts, and co-hosted by Ben McNally Books.

Register today here!

ABOUT A GHOST IN THE THROAT

When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.

On discovering her murdered husband’s body, an eighteenth-century Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s poem travels through the centuries, finding its way to a new mother who has narrowly avoided her own fatal tragedy. When she realizes that the literature dedicated to the poem reduces Eibhlín Dubh’s life to flimsy sketches, she wants more: the details of the poet’s girlhood and old age; her unique rages, joys, sorrows, and desires; the shape of her days and site of her final place of rest. What follows is an adventure in which Doireann Ní Ghríofa sets out to discover Eibhlín Dubh’s erased life—and in doing so, discovers her own.

Moving fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and those who make it, A Ghost in the Throat is a shapeshifting book: a record of literary obsession; a narrative about the erasure of a people, of a language, of women; a meditation on motherhood and on translation; and an unforgettable story about finding your voice by freeing another’s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, whose awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University). Her debut book of prose is the bestselling A Ghost in the Throat, which finds the 18th-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective, and of which the Sunday Times writes: “Sumptuous, almost symphonic, in its intensity … As readers, we should be grateful for her boldness. Without it, we would not have had one of the best books of this dreadful year.”

A Ghost in the Throat can be purchased at Ben McNally Books.

Find out more about A Ghost in the Throat at Biblioasis.