If you love books, you probably have one (or two, or three) in particular that you particularly like championing and recommending to others. So join us for an evening where we tell people what makes our favourite books so great! Enjoy warm company, refreshments, and bring along a book that you can't wait to recommend to everyone. You'll leave with a shelf's worth of ideas for the future!
Literary Trivia Night #3
Thursday August 30 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for our third evening of literary trivia! Our trivia master will run you through your paces on a variety of book- and author-related questions. Make the grade and you can win some cool book-related prizes!
The Best Way to Write a Book is to Write!
Thursday September 06 | 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
5 W's: Who? What? Where? When? Why? Show, Don’t Tell: Concrete Sense Images Setting: Place, Time, Weather, Daily Life, Mood Elements of Plot: the Hook Scaffold Polishing and Publishing: A Book Title that Sells
All of Ms. Martonfi's workshops also 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.
Intro to Japanese Literature
Thursday September 13 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Interested in exploring Japan's thousand-plus years of literary history, but not sure where to begin? In conjunction with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec/Atlantic (JETAA Q/A), we are offering a free introductory workshop on Japanese literature to get you started with a variety of authors and genres. We will discuss the origins of Japanese writing, the evolution of its poetry, prose, and theater over the centuries, and some favourites of our staff!
After the session and a question and answer period, attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme through the experiences of former participants.
Queer Book Club - The Left Hand of Darkness
Thursday September 20 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for the latest round of our Queer Book Club! This month, we are discussing Ursula K. Le Guin's sci-fi classic The Left Hand of Darkness.
This timeless space opera throws a far-future unreliable narrator into a high-stakes political intrigue on a planet that upturns his assumptions about gender. Argo co-owner Adele calls it a classic and a must-read! Come enjoy some refreshments and a great discussion of this wonderful book. You don't have to have read the book to come, but you should be prepared for spoilers if you come without having read it.
Open Mic #6
Thursday September 27 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
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 email@example.com, or just come the day of and lay it on us.
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.
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