Oct
1
Sat
Youthful Confusion: Stéfanie Clermont at TIFA @ Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Youthful Confusion: Stéfanie Clermont at TIFA @ Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join Stéfanie Clermont (The Music Game) alongside Wendy Erskine at the Toronto International Festival of Authors for a discussion about the struggles of growing up, as each explores the experience of being young and confused by playing with narrative possibilities. Canadian author Clermont’s The Music Game is a collection of stories that revolve around a group of millennials who have gathered together after their friend commits suicide. Dance Move, Irish author Erskine’s second short story collection, follows a cast of characters as they struggle to gain control of their lives and reminisce about what it was like to be young.

The event will take place in the Brigantine Room (Harbourfront Centre) on Saturday, October 1 at 6:30PM ET. Tickets will go on sale on August 29.

More details here.

Order your copy of The Music Game here!

ABOUT THE MUSIC GAME

Friends since grade school, Céline, Julie, and Sabrina come of age at the start of a new millennium, supporting each other and drifting apart as their lives pull them in different directions. But when their friend dies by suicide in the abandoned city lot where they once gathered, they must carry on in the world that left him behind—one they once dreamed they would change for the better. From the grind of Montreal service jobs, to isolated French Ontario countryside childhoods, to the tenuous cooperation of Bay Area punk squats, the three young women navigate everyday losses and fears against the backdrop of a tumultuous twenty-first century. An ode to friendship and the ties that bind us together, Stéfanie Clermont’s award-winning The Music Game confronts the violence of the modern world and pays homage to those who work in the hope and faith that it can still be made a better place.

ABOUT STÉFANIE CLERMONT

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Stéfanie Clermont travelled throughout Canada and the United States, working at a wide variety of jobs, before settling in Montreal in 2012. The Music Game, her first book, won the prestigious Ringuet Prize of the Quebec Academy of Arts and Letters, the Quebec Arts Council’s prize for a new work by a young artist, and the Adrienne Choquette Prize for short stories. It was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal and was included in Le Combat des livres, the French-language counterpart of Canada Reads.

Mark Bourrie at Kingston Writers Fest! @ Bellevue Room, Holiday Inn
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mark Bourrie at Kingston Writers Fest! @ Bellevue Room, Holiday Inn | Kingston | Ontario | Canada

The Big Idea: War of the Words

Join award-winning author, journalist, and expert on propaganda and censorship Mark Bourrie (Big Men Fear Me) in conversation with cultural critic Tajja Isen (Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service), author Robyn Maynard (Rehearsals for Living), and moderator Carol Off for an investigation into the weaponization of words, and what it means for society. Good words that once meant something—like freedom and free speech—have now been hijacked and used to inject odious ideas into the public space. Dictator and fascist are now used so liberally that they have lost their meaning. And the term woke—first invented to mean being progressive and aware—is now a dirty word, the subject of political campaigns.

The panel will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 7PM ET. More details here.

Register in advance here.

Order your copy of Big Men Fear Me here!

ABOUT BIG MEN FEAR ME

The remarkable true story of the rise and fall of one of North America’s most influential media moguls.

When George McCullagh bought The Globe and The Mail and Empire and merged them into the Globe and Mail, the charismatic 31-year-old high school dropout had already made millions on the stock market. It was just the beginning of the meteoric rise of a man widely expected to one day be prime minister of Canada. But the charismatic McCullagh had a dark side. Dogged by the bipolar disorder that destroyed his political ambitions and eventually killed him, he was all but written out of history. It was a loss so significant that journalist Robert Fulford has called McCullagh’s biography “one of the great unwritten books in Canadian history”—until now.

In Big Men Fear Me, award-winning historian Mark Bourrie tells the remarkable story of McCullagh’s inspirational rise and devastating fall, and with it sheds new light on the resurgence of populist politics, challenges to collective action, and attacks on the free press that characterize our own tumultuous era.

ABOUT MARK BOURRIE

Mark Bourrie is an Ottawa-based author, lawyer, and former journalist. He holds a master’s in Journalism from Carleton University and a PhD in History from the University of Ottawa. In 2017, he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree and was called to the Bar in 2018. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, including a National Magazine Award, and received the RBC Charles Taylor Prize in 2020 for his book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre Radisson.

Oct
7
Fri
On Browsing Book Launch! @ Queen Books
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On Browsing Book Launch! @ Queen Books | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join us in celebrating the launch of the latest addition to our Field Notes series, On Browsing by Jason Guriel (October 4, 2022)! Jason will be appearing at Queen Books in Toronto for a reading and Q&A, hosted by Liz Harmer. The launch will take place on Friday, October 7 at 6PM ET.

More details here.

Get your copy of On Browsing here!

ABOUT ON BROWSING

A defense of the dying art of losing an afternoon—and gaining new appreciation—amidst the bins and shelves of bricks-and-mortar shops.

Written during the pandemic, when the world was marooned at home and consigned to scrolling screens, On Browsing’s essays chronicle what we’ve lost through online shopping, streaming, and the relentless digitization of culture. The latest in the Field Notes series, On Browsing is an elegy for physical media, a polemic in defense of perusing the world in person, and a love letter to the dying practice of scanning bookshelves, combing CD bins, and losing yourself in the stacks.

ABOUT JASON GURIEL

Jason Guriel is the author of several books, including the verse novel Forgotten Work (Biblioasis 2020). His writing has appeared in Air MailThe AtlanticSlateThe New RepublicThe Yale ReviewThe WalrusPoetry, and elsewhere. He lives in Toronto.

Oct
8
Sat
Confessions With Keith: Book Launch! @ Munro's Books
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Confessions With Keith: Book Launch! @ Munro's Books | Victoria | British Columbia | Canada

Come on out to Munro’s Books and celebrate the launch of Confessions with Keith by Pauline Holdstock (September 20, 2022)! Confessions with Keith will be launched in a double-event alongside This House is Not a Home by Katłįà (Roseway Publishing, 2022). Pauline will be reading from her new book, followed by a discussion, Q&A, and signing. The launch will take place on Saturday, October 8 at 6:30PM PDT.

More details here.

Order your copy of Confessions with Keith here!

ABOUT CONFESSIONS WITH KEITH

An outrageously comic novel documents a middle-aged writer and mother’s grappling with mid-life crisis—her husband’s and her own.

Preoccupied with her fledgling literary career, intent on the all-consuming consolations of philosophy, and scrambling to meet the demands of her four children, the acutely myopic and chronically inattentive Vita Glass doesn’t notice that her house and her marriage are competing to see which can fall apart fastest. She can barely find time for her writing career, and just when her newfound success in vegetable erotica is beginning to take off. Our heroine’s only tried and trusted escape is the blissful detachment of Keith’s hairdressing salon, but when her husband leaves the country, unannounced, she decides to do likewise—in the opposite direction, and with their children. Drawn from the pages of Vita’s journal, this outrageously comic novel documents Vita’s passage through a mid-life crisis and explores all the ways we deceive each other and ourselves.

ABOUT PAULINE HOLDSTOCK

Pauline Holdstock is an internationally published novelist, short fiction writer and essayist. Her novels have been shortlisted for a number of awards, among them the Best First Novel Award, the Scotia Bank Giller prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her historical novel Beyond Measure was the winner of the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction. The Hunter and the Wild Girl, her most recent book, won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Pauline lives just outside Victoria on Vancouver Island.

Oct
9
Sun
Marcello Di Cintio at Calgary Wordfest @ Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Come on down to Calgary Wordfest, where Marcello Di Cintio (Driven) will be hosting a conversation on creative non-fiction with Dave Bidini and Tim Cook. The event will take place at Memorial Park Library on October 9 at 5PM MDT.

More details here.

Get your copy of Driven here!

ABOUT DRIVEN

Shortlisted for the Bressani Literary Prize • Globe and Mail Book of the Year • CBC Books Best Canadian Nonfiction of 2021

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.

“The taxi,” writes Marcello Di Cintio, “is a border.” Occupying the space between public and private, a cab brings together people who might otherwise never have met—yet most of us sit in the back and stare at our phones. Nowhere else do people occupy such intimate quarters and share so little. In a series of interviews with 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 with nothing but a suitcase, Driven seeks out those missed conversations, revealing the unknown stories that surround us.

Travelling across borders of all kinds, from battlefields and occupied lands to midnight fares and Tim Hortons parking lots, Di Cintio chronicles the many journeys each driver made merely for the privilege to turn on their rooflight. Yet these lives aren’t defined by tragedy or frustration but by ingenuity and generosity, hope and indomitable hard work. From night school and sixteen-hour shifts to schemes for athletic careers and the secret Shakespeare of Dylan’s lyrics, Di Cintio’s subjects share the passions and triumphs that drive them.

Like the people encountered in its pages, Driven is an unexpected delight, and that most wondrous of all things: a book that will change the way you see the world around you. A paean to the power of personality and perseverance, it’s a compassionate and joyful tribute to the men and women 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. Di Cintio has served as a writer-in-residence at the Calgary Public Library, the University of Calgary, and the Palestine Writing Workshop, and he teaches nonfiction writing at the annual WordsWorth youth writing residency.

 

Oct
12
Wed
Querelle of Roberval Book Launch! @ Notre Dame des Quilles
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Querelle of Roberval Book Launch! @ Notre Dame des Quilles | Montréal | Québec | Canada

Join us in celebrating the launch of Querelle of Roberval by Kevin Lambert, trans. by Donald Winkler (August 2, 2022)! Kevin will be appearing in conversation with fellow author Heather O’Neill for a reading from the book and a Q&A. The launch will take place at Notre Dame des Quilles in Montreal on Wednesday, October 12 at 7PM ET.

Get your copy of Querelle of Roberval here!

ABOUT QUERELLE OF ROBERVAL

Homage to Jean Genet’s antihero and a brilliant reimagining of the ancient form of tragedy, Querelle of Roberval, winner of the Marquis de Sade Prize, is a wildly imaginative story of justice, passion, and murderous revenge.

As a millworkers’ strike in the northern lumber town of Roberval drags on, tensions start to escalate between the workers—but when a lockout renews their solidarity, they rally around the mysterious and magnetic influence of Querelle, a dashing newcomer from Montreal. Strapping and unabashed, likeable but callow, by day he walks the picket lines and at night moves like a mythic Adonis through the ranks of young men who flock to his apartment for sex. As the dispute hardens and both sides refuse to yield, sand stalls the gears of the economic machine and the tinderbox of class struggle and entitlement ignites in a firestorm of passions carnal and violent. Trenchant social drama, a tribute to Jean Genet’s antihero, and a brilliant reimagining of the ancient form of tragedy, Querelle of Roberval, winner of France’s Marquis de Sade Prize, is a wildly imaginative story of justice, passion, and murderous revenge.

ABOUT KEVIN LAMBERT

Born in 1992, Kevin Lambert grew up in Chicoutimi, Quebec. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing at the Université de Montréal. His widely acclaimed first novel, You Will Love What You Have Killed, was a finalist for Quebec’s Booksellers’ Prize. His second novel, Querelle of Roberval, won France’s Marquis de Sade Prize, and was a finalist for the prestigious Prix Médicis and the literary prize of the Paris newspaper Le Monde. In Canada, Querelle of Roberval won the Prix Ringuet of the Quebec Academy of Arts and Letters, was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal and won or was a finalist for six other literary prizes. Kevin Lambert lives in Montreal.

The Power of Story: Joan Johnson Reading @ Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Power of Story: Joan Johnson Reading @ Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join us in honour of the late Harold R. Johnson, with this reading from his last book The Power of Story (October 11, 2022). Joan Johnson will be reading in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson in Saskatoon. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 12 at 7PM CST. The reading will also be recorded as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat, and will be available for viewing thereafter.

More details here.

Order your copy of The Power of Story here!

ABOUT THE POWER OF STORY

Award-winning Indigenous author Harold R. Johnson discusses the promise and potential of storytelling.

Approached by an ecumenical society representing many faiths, from Judeo-Christians to fellow members of First Nations, Harold R. Johnson agreed to host a group who wanted to hear him speak about the power of storytelling. This book is the outcome of that gathering. In The Power of Story, Johnson explains the role of storytelling in every aspect of human life, from personal identity to history and the social contracts that structure our societies, and illustrates how we can direct its potential to re-create and reform not only our own lives, but the life we share. Companionable, clear-eyed, and, above all, optimistic, Johnson’s message is both a dire warning and a direct invitation to each of us to imagine and create, together, the world we want to live in.

ABOUT HAROLD R. JOHNSON

Harold R. Johnson (1954–2022) was the author of six works of fiction and six works of nonfiction, including Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours), which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan to a Swedish father and a Cree mother, Johnson served in the Canadian Navy and worked as a miner, logger, mechanic, trapper, fisherman, tree planter, and heavy-equipment operator. He graduated from Harvard Law School and managed a private practice for several years before becoming a Crown prosecutor. He was a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation.

Oct
13
Thu
Michael Hingston at LitFest Alberta @ Stanley A. Milner Edmonton Public Library – Muttart Theatre
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

LitFest Alberta will launch with this utterly charming and delightfully peculiar new work by celebrated Edmonton author Michael Hingston, Try Not to Be Strange (September 13, 2022)! Part literary history, part travelogue, part quest narrative, prepare to embark on a rollicking recounting of the author’s extraordinary journey of discovery. The event, moderated by Jana G. Pruden, will take place at the Stanley A. Milner Edmonton Public Library – Muttart Theatre on Thursday, October 13 at 1PM MT.

Tickets and more details here.

Order your copy of Try Not to Be Strange here!

ABOUT TRY NOT TO BE STRANGE

On his fifteenth birthday, in the summer of 1880, future science-fiction writer M.P. Shiel sailed with his father and the local bishop from their home in the Caribbean out to the nearby island of Redonda—where, with pomp and circumstance, he was declared the island’s king. A few years later, when Shiel set sail for a new life in London, his father gave him some advice: Try not to be strange. It was almost as if the elder Shiel knew what was coming.

Try Not to Be Strange: The Curious History of the Kingdom of Redonda tells, for the first time, the complete history of Redonda’s transformation from an uninhabited, guano-encrusted island into a fantastical and international kingdom of writers. With a cast of characters including forgotten sci-fi novelists, alcoholic poets, vegetarian publishers, Nobel Prize frontrunners, and the bartenders who kept them all lubricated while angling for the throne themselves, Michael Hingston details the friendships, feuds, and fantasies that fueled the creation of one of the oddest and most enduring micronations ever dreamt into being. Part literary history, part travelogue, part quest narrative, this cautionary tale about what happens when bibliomania escapes the shelves and stacks is as charming as it is peculiar—and blurs the line between reality and fantasy so thoroughly that it may never be entirely restored.

ABOUT MICHAEL HINGSTON

Michael Hingston is the author of Let’s Go Exploring and The Dilettantes. His journalism has also appeared in National Geographic, Wired, and the Washington Post. Hingston lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his partner and two kids.

Oct
14
Fri
Stéfanie Clermont at BookFest Windsor: Francophone Evening @ School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a Francophone evening at BookFest Windsor! Stéfanie Clermont (The Music Game) will be joined by fellow author Gabriel Osson for a dinner and panel, followed by a poetry performance, moderated by Giselle Hinch. The event will take place at the School of Creative Arts (The Armouries) on Friday, October 14 at 6PM ET. Tickets are $25.

Get your tickets here!

Get your copy of The Music Game here!

ABOUT THE MUSIC GAME

Friends since grade school, Céline, Julie, and Sabrina come of age at the start of a new millennium, supporting each other and drifting apart as their lives pull them in different directions. But when their friend dies by suicide in the abandoned city lot where they once gathered, they must carry on in the world that left him behind—one they once dreamed they would change for the better. From the grind of Montreal service jobs, to isolated French Ontario countryside childhoods, to the tenuous cooperation of Bay Area punk squats, the three young women navigate everyday losses and fears against the backdrop of a tumultuous twenty-first century. An ode to friendship and the ties that bind us together, Stéfanie Clermont’s award-winning The Music Game confronts the violence of the modern world and pays homage to those who work in the hope and faith that it can still be made a better place.

ABOUT STÉFANIE CLERMONT

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Stéfanie Clermont travelled throughout Canada and the United States, working at a wide variety of jobs, before settling in Montreal in 2012. The Music Game, her first book, won the prestigious Ringuet Prize of the Quebec Academy of Arts and Letters, the Quebec Arts Council’s prize for a new work by a young artist, and the Adrienne Choquette Prize for short stories. It was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal and was included in Le Combat des livres, the French-language counterpart of Canada Reads.

 

Ray Robertson at Windsor Bookfest! @ School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come on out to BookFest Windsor for Friday Night Fiction! Ray Robertson (Estates Large and Small) will be joined in conversation by fellow authors Kim Conklin (King of Hope) and Cary Fagan (The Animals). The event will take place at the School of Creative Arts (The Armouries) on Friday, October 14 at 7PM ET. Tickets will be $20 ($15 for LAW members).

Get your tickets here!

Get your copy of Estates Large and Small here!

ABOUT ESTATES LARGE AND SMALL

Profound, perceptive, and wryly observed, Estates Large and Small is the story of one man’s reckoning and an ardent defense of the shape books make in a life.

What decades of rent increases and declining readership couldn’t do, a pandemic finally did: Phil Cooper has reluctantly closed his secondhand bookstore and moved his business online. Smoking too much pot and listening to too much Grateful Dead, he suspects that he’s overdue when it comes to understanding the bigger picture of who he is and what we’re all doing here. So he’s made another decision: to teach himself 2,500 years of Western philosophy.

Thankfully, he meets Caroline, a fellow book lover who agrees to join him on his trek through the best of what’s been thought and said. But Caroline is on her own path, one that compels Phil to rethink what it means to be alive in the twenty-first century. In Estates Large and Small Ray Robertson renders one man’s reckoning with both wry humour and tender joy, reminding us of what it means to live, love, and, when the time comes, say goodbye.

ABOUT RAY ROBERTSON

Ray Robertson is the author of eight novels and three works of non-fiction. His work has been translated into several languages. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, he lives in Toronto.