Nov
30
Tue
Windsor: Then & Now Launch @ Chapter Two Brewing Company
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Windsor: Then & Now Launch @ Chapter Two Brewing Company | Windsor | Ontario | Canada

Join us for our first IN-PERSON book event in almost two years! We’re excited to be celebrating the launch of our latest history book, Windsor: Then & Now by Andrew Foot, and photographed by Ian Virtue. Stop by for a drink, pick up a signed copy of the book, and to chat with Ian and Andrew about the process of putting this together.

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 30 at 7PM EDT, at the Chapter Two Brewing Company.

ABOUT WINDSOR: THEN & NOW

Windsor, Ontario: the City of Roses, the Automotive Capital of Canada, South Detroit. Whatever name you know it by, this is a city that has flourished and transformed over the years, growing and changing with its industrial nature. In Windsor: Then & Now, architectural specialist Andrew Foot partners with landscape photographer Ian Virtue to explore the life of this mid-sized, blue-collar town through photographs. By contrasting historic images, stretching from the turn of the century to the modernist 1970s, with photographs of today’s Windsor, we see a cityscape in vivid relief. From the Gothic towers of St. Mary’s Academy, levelled for a suburban neighbourhood, to the vibrant downtown Norwich Block replaced by the skyscraping Chrysler tower, Windsor: Then & Now shows us a city balancing a rich heritage with a taste for the new—a constant flux, shifting and renewing itself with the times.

ABOUT ANDREW FOOT

Andrew Foot is Windsor’s leading architectural historian. He has documented the built history of Windsor and Essex County online for the past two decades. Andrew exhibited twice at the Art Gallery of Windsor, and published a companion guidebook to one of the exhibitions entitled Windsor Modern. Andrew has been actively involved in the preservation of Windsor’s heritage since 2004 as a volunteer member of the former Windsor Heritage Committee and currently as a member of the Heritage Standing Committee. His research on local architectural history can be found online at internationalmetropolis.com. He enjoys travelling and taking in architecture and culture around the world. Andrew lives with his wife in Windsor.

ABOUT IAN VIRTUE

Ian Virtue is a landscape and commercial photographer based in Essex County. He and his camera have travelled the world, capturing the mountains of Nepal, the rolling wildness of Canada’s west, the beaches of Thailand, and more. You can find his photographic rediscovery of his hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic at ianvirtue.com/the-windsor-project. Ian also works with Arctic Basecamp, a climate advocacy organization focused on speaking science to power. When Ian isn’t out taking photos he can be found in the kitchen making home-cooked meals, hiking, or enjoying a glass of wine on Pelee Island with his fiancée Katie.

 

Get your copy of Windsor: Then & Now here!

Dec
1
Wed
Elaine Dewar at TPL: On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Elaine Dewar at TPL: On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years

Elaine Dewar joins the Toronto Star’s Saba Eitizaz to discuss On the Origins of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years and the importance of asking tough questions during tough times. The event is part of the Toronto Public Library’s On Civil Society series. This virtual event will take place on Wednesday, December 1 at 7PM EDT.

Save your spot here!

 

ABOUT ON THE ORIGIN OF THE DEADLIEST PANDEMIC IN 100 YEARS

When the first TV newscast described a SARS-like flu affecting a distant Chinese metropolis, investigative journalist Elaine Dewar started asking questions: Was SARS-CoV-2 something that came from nature, as leading scientists insisted, or did it come from a lab, and what role might controversial experiments have played in its development? Why was Wuhan the pandemic’s ground zero—and why, on the other side of the Atlantic, had two researchers been marched out of a lab in Winnipeg by the RCMP? Why were governments so slow to respond to the emerging pandemic, and why, now, is the government of China refusing to cooperate with the World Health Organization? And who, or what, is DRASTIC?

Locked down in Toronto with the world at a standstill, Dewar pored over newspapers and magazines, preprints and peer-reviewed journals, email chains and blacked-out responses to access to information requests; she conducted Zoom interviews and called telephone numbers until someone answered as she hunted down the truth of the virus’s origin. In this compelling whodunnit, she reads the science, follows the money, connects the geopolitical interests to the spin—and shows how leading science journals got it wrong, leaving it to interested citizens and junior scientists to pull out the truth.

ABOUT ELAINE DEWAR

Elaine Dewar—author, journalist, television story editor—has been honoured by nine National Magazine awards, including the prestigious President’s Medal, and the White Award. Her first book, Cloak of Green, delved into the dark side of environmental politics and became an underground classic. Bones: Discovering the First Americans, an investigation of the science and politics regarding the peopling of the Americas, was a national bestseller and earned a special commendation from the Canadian Archaeological Association. The Second Tree: of Clones, Chimeras, and Quests for Immortality, won Canada’s premier literary non-fiction prize from the Writers’ Trust. Called “Canada’s Rachel Carson,” Dewar aspires to be a happy warrior for the public good.

 

Get your copy of On the Origin from Biblioasis here!

Dec
3
Fri
Andri Snær Magnason Film Screening in Toronto
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Andri Snær Magnason, author of On Time and Water (March 30, 2021), for a film screening in Toronto! The live event will take place on December 3, 2021 at 7PM EDT.

More details and links TBA.

 

ABOUT ON TIME AND WATER

A few years ago, Andri Snær Magnason, one of Iceland’s most beloved writers and public intellectuals, was asked by a leading climate scientist why he wasn’t writing about the greatest crisis mankind has faced. Magnason demurred: he wasn’t a specialist, he said; it wasn’t his field. But the scientist persisted: “If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context,” he told him, “then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end.”

Based on interviews and advice from leading glacial, ocean, climate, and geographical scientists, and interwoven with personal, historical, and mythological stories, Magnason’s response is a rich and compelling work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change—and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future. Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for an iceberg to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally-minded: a travel story, a world history, and a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations. Already a massive bestseller in Iceland, and selling in two dozen territories around the world, this is a book unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.

ABOUT ANDRI SNÆR MAGNASON

Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction, and non-fiction. In 2009, Magnason co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation (forthcoming from Open Letter). In 2010, Magnason was awarded the Kairos Prize, presented to outstanding individuals in the field of intercultural understanding. Magnason ran for president of Iceland in 2016 and came third out of nine candidates.

 

Get your copy of On Time and Water from Biblioasis here!

Dec
5
Sun
Andri Snær Magnason at Taste of Iceland Toronto @ Fleck Dance Theatre - 3rd Floor
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Andri Snær Magnason at Taste of Iceland Toronto @ Fleck Dance Theatre - 3rd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Andri Snær Magnason will be attending the Taste of Iceland event in Toronto! The event will be giving away copies of his book, On Time and Water (March 30, 2021) which Magnason will be available to sign.

The pre-registration form for the event is available here.

Roland Gulliver, director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, welcomes literary enthusiasts to Fleck Dance Theatre for an engaging discussion about the beloved Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð, also known as the “Christmas book avalanche.” During the round table, Icelandic Writer and Poet Thora Hjörleifsdóttir, Icelandic Writer Einar Kárason, Canadian author of The Bjorkan Sagas, Harold R. Johnson, and internationally bestselling Canadian Novelist Shari Lapena discuss the Jólabókaflóð custom and parallels to Canadian culture. In line with Jólabókaflóð traditions, Inspired by Iceland: North America is gifting a wrapped book to each attendee after the event for guests to open with their families during the upcoming holiday celebrations.

ABOUT ON TIME AND WATER

A few years ago, Andri Snær Magnason, one of Iceland’s most beloved writers and public intellectuals, was asked by a leading climate scientist why he wasn’t writing about the greatest crisis mankind has faced. Magnason demurred: he wasn’t a specialist, he said; it wasn’t his field. But the scientist persisted: “If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context,” he told him, “then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end.”

Based on interviews and advice from leading glacial, ocean, climate, and geographical scientists, and interwoven with personal, historical, and mythological stories, Magnason’s response is a rich and compelling work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change—and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future. Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for an iceberg to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally-minded: a travel story, a world history, and a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations. Already a massive bestseller in Iceland, and selling in two dozen territories around the world, this is a book unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.

ABOUT ANDRI SNÆR MAGNASON

Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction, and non-fiction. In 2009, Magnason co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation (forthcoming from Open Letter). In 2010, Magnason was awarded the Kairos Prize, presented to outstanding individuals in the field of intercultural understanding. Magnason ran for president of Iceland in 2016 and came third out of nine candidates.

 

Get your copy of On Time and Water from Biblioasis here!

Smashing! Read & Resist Book Club: A Ghost in the Throat
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Malvern Books as they discuss their December pick, A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa for their Smashing! Read & Resist book club, a monthly discussion on works by women, women-identified, trans, and nonbinary writers, focusing on books from small and independent presses. This meeting will take place virtually via Zoom on December 5, 2021 at 4PM UTC / 5PM EDT. If you’d like to join in the online chat, PLEASE RSVP becky@malvernbooks.com with “Smashing book club” in the subject line.

More details available on their website here.

 

ABOUT A GHOST IN THE THROAT

An Post Irish Book Awards Nonfiction Book of the Year • A Guardian Best Book of 2020 • Shortlisted for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize • Shortlisted for the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize • Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize

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 DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA

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.”

Get your copy of A Ghost in the Throat at Biblioasis!

Dec
7
Tue
Quickie Reads with Kristyn Dunnion & Shannon Quinn
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Quickie Reads with Kristyn Dunnion & Shannon Quinn

Join in virtually for this fast and furious live literary event featuring Poetess Shannon Quinn, reading from her new collection Mouthful of Bees, published by Mansfield Press (November 2021), and Authoress Kristyn Dunnion, reading from the ReLit Award winning Stoop City, published by Biblioasis (September 22, 2020). The event will be hosted on Zoom on December 7 at 7PM EDT. There will also be a book giveaway!

More details available on Kristyn Dunnion’s author page on Facebook here.

Link to join here!

 

ABOUT STOOP CITY

Welcome to Stoop City, where your neighbours include a condo-destroying cat, a teen queen beset by Catholic guilt, and an emergency clinic staffed entirely by lovelorn skeptics. Couples counseling with Marzana, her girlfriend’s ghost, might not be enough to resolve past indiscretions; our heroine could need a death goddess ritual or two. Plus, Hoofy’s not sure if his missing scam-artist boyfriend was picked up by the cops, or by that pretty blonde, their last mark. When Jan takes a room at Plague House, her first year of university takes an unexpected turn—into anarcho-politics and direct action, gender studies and late-night shenanigans with Saffy, her captivating yet cagey housemate.

From the lovelorn Mary Louise, who struggles with butch bachelorhood, to rural teens finding—and found by—adult sexualities, to Grimm’s “The Golden Goose” rendered as a jazz dance spectacle, Kristyn Dunnion’s freewheeling collection fosters a radical revisioning of community. Dunnion goes wherever there’s a story to tell—and then, out of whispers and shouts, echoes and snippets, gritty realism and speculative fiction, illuminates the delicate strands that hold us all together.

ABOUT KRISTYN DUNNION

Kristyn Dunnion grew up in Essex County, the southernmost tip of Canada, and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of six books, including Tarry This Night and The Dirt Chronicles, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her short fiction is widely published, most recently in Best Canadian Stories 2020FoglifterOrca: A Literary Journal, and Toronto 2033. Dunnion works supporting homeless adults with serious mental illness, and has been a healthy food advocate for marginalized communities in Davenport-Perth, where she resides.

 

Get your copy of Stoop City from Biblioasis here!

Dec
9
Thu
CHEMICAL VALLEY Halifax Launch @ Halifax Central Library
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Don’t miss this in-person launch event! David Huebert, author of Chemical Valley (October 19, 2021), will be joined in conversation by fellow authors Alexander MacLeod, Asha Jeffers, and Shannon Webb-Campbell for a night of readings hosted by the Halifax Central Library. Local bookstore Bookmark Halifax will be doing book sales. The event will take place on Thursday, December 9 at 6PM.

More details on the Halifax Central Library website here.

 

ABOUT CHEMICAL VALLEY

Oil-soaked and swamp-born, the bruised optimism of Huebert’s stories offer sincere appreciation of the beauty of our wilted, wheezing world.
From city-dwelling preppers to long term care nurses, dishwashers to professional hockey enforcers to refinery workers, Chemical Valley’s caring and carefully-wrought stories cultivate rich human emotional worlds in all the dankness of our bio-chemical animacy. Full-hearted, laced throughout with bruised optimism and a sincere appreciation of the profound beauty of our wilted, wheezing world, Chemical Valley does not shy away from urgent modern questions—the distribution of toxicity, environmental racism, the future of technology, the climate, and the human body—but it grounds these anxieties in vivid and often humorous intricacies of its characters’ lives. These are stories about big questions, but they are not scared of sentiment. Swamp-wrought, they run wild with vital energy, tilt and teeter into crazed and delirious loves.

ABOUT DAVID HUEBERT

David Huebert’s writing has won the CBC Short Story Prize, The Walrus Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 Journey Prize. David’s fiction debut, Peninsula Sinking, won a Dartmouth Book Award, was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize, and was runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. David’s work has been published in magazines such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve, enRoute, and Canadian Notes & Queries, and anthologized in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. David teaches at The University of King’s College in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, where he lives and writes.

 

Order your copy of Chemical Valley here!