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).

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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).

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
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.

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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.

Luke Hathaway at BookFest Windsor @ Fionn MacCool's Downtown
Oct 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

BookFest will end with the Poetry Café hosted at Fionn MacCool’s Downtown. Luke Hathaway (The Affirmations) will be joined by fellow poet Sarah Y-Mei-Tsiang (Grappling Hook) in reading while everyone enjoys their coffee and other beverages. The event will take place on Sunday, October 16 at 11:30AM ET.

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Grab a copy of The Affirmations here!

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS

“…a trans-mystical work of love and change…”—Ali Blythe, author of Hymnswitch

The mystics who coined the phrase ‘the way of affirmation’ understood the apocalyptic nature of the word yes, the way it can lead out of one life and into another. Moving among the languages of Christian conversion, Classical metamorphosis, seasonal transformation, and gender transition, Luke Hathaway tells the story of the love that rewired his being, asking each of us to experience the transfiguration that can follow upon saying yes—with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, with all one’s strength … and with all one’s body, too.

ABOUT LUKE HATHAWAY

Luke Hathaway is a trans poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. He has been before now at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. His book Years, Months, and Days was named a best book of 2018 in The New York Times. He mentors new librettists as a faculty member in the Amadeus Choir’s Choral Composition Lab, and makes music with Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA.

Oct
22
Sat
Michael Fraser at Bookfest Windsor @ Tower of Freedom Monument
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Words and Monuments is going beyond the borders with Black history-related poetry, non-fiction, dance, and music. Featuring Michael Fraser, author of The Day-Breakers, and local Detroit-Windsor African/Black/Caribbean poets and performing artists. This year is BookFest Windsor’s 21st anniversary and the 20th (plus one!) anniversary of the Tower of Freedom Monument. The event will be in person and recorded for virtual audiences, and will take place at the Tower of Freedom Monument on Saturday, October 22 at 1:30PM ET.

More details here.

Get your copy of The Day-Breakers here!

ABOUT THE DAY-BREAKERS

Saturated with locutions lifted from the late 19th century, The Day-Breakers deeply conceives of what African Canadian soldiers experienced before, during, and in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War.

“It is not wise to waste the life / Against a stubborn will. / Yet would we die as some have done. / Beating a way for the rising sun wrote Arna Bontemps. In The Day-Breakers, poet Michael Fraser imagines the selflessness of Black soldiers who fought for the Union during the American Civil War, of whom hundreds were African-Canadian, fighting for the freedom of their brethren and the dawning of a new day. Brilliantly capturing the rhythms of their voices and the era in which they lived and fought, Fraser’s The Day-Breakers is an homage to their sacrifice and an unforgettable act of reclamation: the restoration of a language, and a powerful new perspective on Black history and experience.

ABOUT MICHAEL FRASER

Michael Fraser is published in various national and international journals and anthologies. He is published in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013 and 2018. He has won numerous awards, including Freefall Magazine’s 2014 and 2015 poetry contests, the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize, and the 2018 Gwendolyn Macewen Poetry Competition. The Day-Breakers is his third book of poems.