Oct
12
Wed
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
16
Sun
Rinaldo Walcott at BookFest Windsor @ Fionn MacCool's Downtown
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Books and Brunch will be BookFest Windsor’s first catered event in over 2 years! Rinaldo Walcott, author of On Property, will be reading during the brunch, which will be buffet style right from the kitchen of Fionn’s. The event will be Downtown at Fionn MacCool’s on Sunday, October 16 at 10AM ET.

Food sensitivities will be accommodated upon request, given in advance notice when you buy your ticket.

Get your ticket here!

Grab a copy of On Property here!

ABOUT ON PROPERTY

Nominated for the Heritage Toronto Book Award • Longlisted for the Toronto Book Awards • Globe and Mail Book of the Year • CBC Books Best Canadian Nonfiction of 2021

From plantation rebellion to prison labour’s super-exploitation, Walcott examines the relationship between policing and property.

That a man can lose his life for passing a fake $20 bill when we know our economies are flush with fake money says something damning about the way we’ve organized society. Yet the intensity of the calls to abolish the police after George Floyd’s death surprised almost everyone. What, exactly, does abolition mean? How did we get here? And what does property have to do with it? In On Property, Rinaldo Walcott explores the long shadow cast by slavery’s afterlife and shows how present-day abolitionists continue the work of their forebears in service of an imaginative, creative philosophy that ensures freedom and equality for all. Thoughtful, wide-ranging, compassionate, and profound, On Property makes an urgent plea for a new ethics of care.

ABOUT RINALDO WALCOTT

Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality.

Oct
18
Tue
Big Men Fear Me: Ottawa Book Launch! @ Perfect Books
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Big Men Fear Me: Ottawa Book Launch! @ Perfect Books | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

Come out and celebrate the launch of Big Men Fear Me by Mark Bourrie (October 18, 2022)! Mark will be appearing at Perfect Books in Ottawa for the launch, which will include a reading, Q&A, and book signing. The launch will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at 7PM ET.

Grab 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
26
Wed
LPG Reading Series: Try Not to Be Strange @ Audreys Books
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Michael Hingston will be reading from Try Not to Be Strange (September 13, 2022) for the LPG Indie Reading Series. The event will take place at Audreys Books in Edmonton on Wednesday, October 26.

Time and details TBA.

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.