Oct
14
Fri
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).

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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.

Oct
15
Sat
Stéfanie Clermont at BookFest Windsor: Fiction Across Borders @ School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us at BookFest Windsor for the Fiction Across Borders event! Stéfanie Clermont (The Music Game) will be joined in conversation by fellow author Karl Jirgens (Razor’s Edge) for readings of their works. Books will be sold and signed around the corner in the Amphitheatre space. As a special treat, we will have Windsor’s newest Poet Laurette, Vanessa Shields, doing poetry on demand at the Biblioasis on-site Bookstore in the Amphitheatre space. The event will take place at the School of Creative Arts (The Armouries) on Saturday, October 15 at 6PM ET. Tickets are $20 ($15 for members).

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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.

 

Oct
21
Fri
Stéfanie Clermont at VWF @ The Nest
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join Stéfanie Clermont (The Music Game) at Vancouver Writers Fest for the event, In the Heart of Montreal: Fiction from La Belle Province. Three exceptional authors compare notes on this city, as shared in their latest works. Stéfanie Clermont confronts violence, betrayal, and class as experienced by three millennial friends in The Music Game. Dimitri Nasrallah’s Hotline “sears the heart” with a story of life as a new immigrant in the 80s. And Heather O’Neill ushers us into her spellbinding novel When We Lost Our Heads. For lovers of Mount Royal or simply top fiction, this is an ode to the myriad, kaleidoscopic lives in urban centres. The event will take place at The Nest on Friday, October 21 at 8PM PDT.

More details here.

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.

Oct
27
Thu
Case Study: Reading at Greenlight Bookstore! @ Greenlight Bookstore
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Case Study: Reading at Greenlight Bookstore! @ Greenlight Bookstore | New York | United States

Come down and meet author Graeme Macrae Burnet, as he reads from his Booker Prize-longlisted novel Case Study (November 1, 2022) at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn! The reading and Q&A will take place on Thursday, October 27 at 7PM ET.

Grab your copy of Case Study from here!

ABOUT CASE STUDY

Shortlisted for the 2022 Gordon Burn Prize • Shortlisted for the 2022 Ned Kelly Awards • Longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize

The Booker-shortlisted author of His Bloody Project blurs the lines between patient and therapist, fiction and documentation, and reality and dark imagination. 

London, 1965. ‘I have decided to write down everything that happens, because I feel, I suppose, I may be putting myself in danger,’ writes an anonymous patient, a young woman investigating her sister’s suicide. In the guise of a dynamic and troubled alter-ego named Rebecca Smyth, she makes an appointment with the notorious and roughly charismatic psychotherapist Collins Braithwaite, whom she believes is responsible for her sister’s death. But in this world of beguilement and bamboozlement, neither she nor we can be certain of anything.

Case Study is a novel as slippery as it is riveting, as playful as it is sinister, a meditation on truth, sanity, and the instability of identity by one of the most inventive novelists of our time.

ABOUT GRAEME MACRAE BURNET

Graeme Macrae Burnet is among Scotland’s leading contemporary novelists. Best known for his dazzling Booker-shortlisted second novel, His Bloody Project (2015), he is also the author of two Simenon-influenced novels: The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau (2014) and The Accident on the A35 (2017). Burnet has appeared at literary festivals in Australia, the USA, Germany, India, Russia, Spain, France, Korea, Denmark and Estonia. His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and achieved bestseller status in several countries. He lives and works in Glasgow.

 

Nov
10
Thu
Best Canadian Stories 2023: Toronto Launch! @ Queen Books
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come on out and celebrate the launch of Best Canadian Stories 2023! The launch will feature several writers included in the anthology, who will be reading from their stories, as well as a Q&A. The event will take place at Queen Books on Thursday, November 10.

Time and details TBA.

Order your copy of Best Canadian Stories 2023 from Biblioasis here!

ABOUT BEST CANADIAN STORIES 2023

Selected by editor Mark Anthony Jarman, the 2023 edition of Best Canadian Stories showcases the best Canadian fiction writing published in 2021.

A collection that takes us into a firey near-future and a notorious feminist’s personal past, from a near-drowning to a fake breakdown, through mothers who fail us to crummy jobs, to thieves, to grief, to revenge with a bottle of tabasco sauce. With work by established practitioners alongside that of lesser-known writers, this year’s Best Canadian Stories shows how the short form can evoke the experience of a person on the brink. Including 2023 Metcalf-Rooke Award winner Caroline Adderson, and featuring, in tribute, two stories by the late Steven Heighton, this year’s collection draws together beloved Canadian practitioners of the form and thrilling new voices to continue not only a series, but a legacy in Canadian letters.

ABOUT MARK ANTHONY JARMAN

Mark Anthony Jarman is the author of Touch Anywhere to Begin, Czech Techno, Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, 19 Knives, and the travel book Ireland’s Eye. He has published fiction and creative nonfiction in Europe, India, and North America. Jarman is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a fiction editor for The Fiddlehead literary journal in Canada.

Nov
15
Tue
Clark Blaise at Greenlight Bookstore @ Greenlight Bookstore
Nov 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come out to Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, where Clark Blaise will be reading from his collection of short fiction, This Time, That Place (October 18, 2022)! The reading and Q&A will take place on Tuesday, November 15.

Time and details TBA.

Grab your copy of This Time, That Place here!

ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT PLACE

“Blaise is probably the greatest living Canadian writer most Canadians have never heard of.” —Quill & Quire

“If you want to understand something about what life was like in the restless, peripatetic, striving, anxiety-ridden, shimmer cultural soup of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries,” writes Margaret Atwood, “read the stories of Clark Blaise.” This Time, That Place draws together twenty-four stories that span the entirety of Blaise’s career, including one never previously published. Moving swiftly across place and time, through and between languages—from Florida’s Confederate swamps, to working-class Pittsburgh, to Montreal and abroad—they demonstrate Blaise’s profound mastery of the short story and reveal the range of his lifelong preoccupation with identity as fallacy, fable, and dream.

This Time, That Place: Selected Stories confirms Clark Blaise as one of the best and most enduring masters of the form—on either side of our shared borders.

ABOUT CLARK BLAISE

Clark Blaise (1940-), Canadian and American, is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction. A longtime advocate for the literary arts in North America, Blaise has taught writing and literature at Emory, Skidmore, Columbia, NYU, Sir George Williams, UC-Berkeley, SUNY-Stony Brook, and the David Thompson University Centre. In 1968, he founded the postgraduate Creative Writing Program at Concordia University; he after went on to serve as the Director of the International Writing Program at Iowa (1990-1998), and as President of the Society for the Study of the Short Story (2002-present). Internationally recognized for his contributions to the field, Blaise has received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy (2003), and in 2010 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.