Japan Book Club - Winter
Thursday February 21 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Looking for a cozy, thought-provoking read for those winter nights? Come discuss our latest title for our Japan Book Club, presented in conjunction with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec and Atlantic Canada. For this edition, we will be discussing The Travelling Cat Chronicles, by Hiro Arikawa.
An instant and international bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe…
With his crooked tail – a sign of good fortune – and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. As they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.
James Dunnigan - Book Launch
Thursday February 28 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for the book launch of James Dunnigan's new poetry collection, The Stained Glass Sequence. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing, as well as refreshments.
Alongside Mr. Dunnigan, we will have two other poets reading: Bryan Sentes, author of March End Prill and Ladonian Magnitudes, and George Slobodzian, author of Clinical Studies.
Argo Spring Fest Readings
Thursday March 07 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for a warm and invigorating evening of poetry, prose, and music by local authors and artists, in advance of spring coming upon us! Curated by Ilona Martonfi, attendance is $6 at the door.
Our lineup for this event:
Stephen Morrissey has published nine books of poetry. His latest title is A Private Mythology (Ekstasis Editions, 2014). www.stephenmorrissey.ca.
Ilona Martonfi, her latest poetry title is The Snow Kimono (Inanna, 2015). Forthcoming, Salt Bride (Inanna, 2019). The Tempest (Inanna, 2020).
Greg Santos, Author of Rabbit Punch! (DC Books, 2014) & The Emperor's Sofa (DC Books, 2010). Poetry editor, carte blanche. Teaches at Thomas More.
Erika White writes for a living, and lives to write. She also runs Twigs & Leaves and Broken Rules Press.
Mike Di Sclafani, multidisciplinary artist, author of Vultures (Coracle, 2017). Spoken word album, Apothecary 2019. mikedisclafani.com
Steven Manners is the author of six books, including the novels Valley of Fire (Dundurn) and Ondine’s Curse (Raincoast).
John Kerkhoven plays harmonica and sings in the duo BluesReel and in the quartet Mojo Vipers.
David Gates, author of chapbook, Along Saint Catherine Street: come walk with me. Published in sunday@6 & Serai. Member, Rue Towers Writers.
Catherine Watson writes creative non-fiction, poetry and short stories. She has published in Montreal Serai.
Jim Olwell, author Crossings (Iron Rabbitt Bindery); Vietnam era memoir, The Luck of the Draw (Narratively, 2017). Founder, Speakup poetry readings.
Marie Dupuis a publié quatre recueils de poésie et plusieurs textes dans des revues littéraires. http://marie.dupuis.phare.uneq.qc.ca
Marc-Alexandre Chan, applied scientist by day & artist by night, he writes to explore the intersection of culture and individual experiences.
Ottawa Speculative Fiction Showcase
Thursday March 14 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for an evening of science fiction and fantasy readings by four great writers coming special from Ottawa! Books will be available for sale and signing, as well.
Derek Kunsken is the author of the SF novel The Quantum Magician (Solaris 2018 and serialized in Analog and in SFWorld in China) as well as several stories in Asimov's and elsewhere, as well as being one of the co-chairs of Can*Con here in Ottawa.
Matt Moore writes (often speculative) horror and SF. His collection It's Not the End and Other Lies was published by ChiZine Publications in 2018. He's also a Prix Aurora Award winner for poetry, and an organizer of the ChiSeries reading series in Ottawa.
Amal El-Mohtar, the author of The Honey Month, has won the Rhysling, Locus, Nebula and Hugo awards for her poetry and short fiction, and writes for the NY Times among other places. Her novella co-written with Max Gladstone, This is How You Lose the Time War, is coming out in summer 2019.
Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novel Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine Publications 2018), and the time-travel SF novellas Alice Payne Arrives (2018) and Alice Payne Rides (2019) from Tor.com Publishing.
Queer Book Club - March
Wednesday March 20 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for our latest Queer Book Club! For this session, we'll be discussing Sarah Waters's now-classic debut novel, Tipping the Velvet. A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King - oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End 'tom'.
There's a lot to unpack and talk about for this one, so we hope you'll join us! Light refreshments will be served, as well.
Reading with Darrell Epp
Thursday March 28 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Please join us for a poetry reading by Darrell Epp. Mr. Epp will be visiting us from Hamilton, Ontario to share his work with us. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Mr. Epp's poetry has appeared in 130 magazines on 6 continents. He is the author of 3 poetry collections: Imaginary Maps, After Hours, and Sinners Dance. After Hours was nominated for a City of Hamilton Literary Arts Award.
"A fun, sly jumble of poems that often tackle weighty issues despite their often-light tone, Epp can move into darker registers with incredible confidence."
--Winnipeg Free Press
"I enjoyed these poems immensely."
--William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist