It's your time to shine! We'll be hosting our sixth open mic night since our reopening. Come share stories, poetry, music, or whatever suits your fancy! Let us know you're planning to come at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just come the day of and lay it on us.
Jason Freure - Book Launch (w/ Domenica Martinello)
Thursday October 04 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for the Montreal launch of Jason Freure's debut poetry collection, Everyone Rides the Bus in a City of Losers! He will be reading and signing copies of his book, and will be joined by fellow writer Domenice Martinello.
Jason Freure is originally from Kitchener. He is the operations manager of The Puritan and Everyone Rides the Bus in a City of Losers is his first collection of poetry. He lives in the east end of Toronto with his two cats.
Domenica Martinello is the author of the chapbook Interzones (2015) and All Day I Dream About Sirens (forthcoming, Coach House Books 2019). She was a finalist for the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the winner of the carte blanche 3Macs award for her genre-bending work of literary criticism, “Ferrante in the Cellar: A Vulgar Appreciation." Recent poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, THIS Magazine, DUSIE, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Notes & Queries, Vallum, carte blanche, PRISM International, CV2, Cosmonauts Avenue, Lemon Hound, and elsewhere. Martinello holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, lives in Montréal, and tweets as @domenicahope
The Best Way to Write a Book is to Write!
Thursday October 11 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
The Best Way to Write a Book is to Write!
Please join us for a two-hour creative writing workshop run by local editor, poet, and teacher Ilona Martonfi! Working on a short story, flash fiction, prose-poetry, or creative non-fiction? This is the workshop for you! Participation costs $8.
The workshop will cover the following topics: Stories are about Ordinary People:
Exciting, Scary, Fun, Funny or Sad
Start a Story in Medias Res: Flashbacks, Stakes
Characterization: Protagonist, Antagonist, Foil
Who’s Talking and Why? — Aspects of Voice
Polishing and Publishing
All workshops include:
Discussions on the Craft, Writing Time and In-Class Critiquing
Ilona Martonfi is the author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy (Coracle, 2009), Black Grass (Broken Rules, 2012), and The Snow Kimono (Inanna, 2015), with the next, Salt Bride, forthcoming from Inanna in 2019, and The Tempest with Inanna in 2020. She has written in Canadian Woman Studies, Vallum, The Fiddlehead, and Serai, as well as five chapbooks. She is the founder and Artistic Director and host of the popular Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings, as well as co-founder of Lovers & Others. She is the recipient of the QWF 2010 Community Award, and has taught creative writing workshops in her studio as well as in outreach programs for many years.
Book Club with the Author - Kaie Kellough
Thursday October 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for our fall Book Club with the Author, when we will be hosting Kaie Kellough to discuss his novel Accordéon! If you've read a book and wanted to talk over what you thought and your questions with the author themselves, this is the event for you.
Accordéon is an experimental novel, a piercing deconstruction of Québécois culture, an ode to Montréal--a city where everything happens at once and all realities exist simultaneously. Against a satirical Ministry of Culture set on quotas, preservation and containment according to its own cultural code, Kellough weaves voices and images from the margins to probe collective fantasies of Québec old and new.
Kaie Kellough is a novelist, sound performer, and poet. His novel Accordéon, published in 2016, was shortlisted and written about. His work migrates between poety and fiction, between Canada, South America, and the Caribbean, and between text and sound.
Japan Book Club - Fall
Wednesday November 14 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
The fall edition of our Japan Book Club, conducted in collaboration with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, will feature a new translation of the Japanese sci-fi classic Hybrid Child by Mariko Ohara. As a special treat, the book's translator, Jodie Beck, will be joining us for the discussion!
Hybrid Child is a classic of Japanese speculative fiction that blurs the line between consumption and creation when a cyborg assumes the form and spirit of a murdered child, Jonah. In another thread, on faraway Planet Caritas, an outpost of human civilization, the female AI system that governs society has become insane. Meanwhile, the threat of the Adiaptron Empire, the machine race that #3 was built to fight, grows stronger.
This book has a fairy tale-like quality, and considers the distance between many dualities: mind and body, child and mother, infinitesimal and infinite. It promises to be a great discussion! You don't have to have read the book to come, but there will be spoilers. On top of that, there'll be Japanese refreshments. Hope to see you there!
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