Maria Campbell launch for "Halfbreed"
Tuesday November 19 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and McClelland & Stewart present the launch of
Halfbreed by Maria Campbell
Tuesday, November 19th at 7pm
Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Avenue
Free - all welcome
With special guests Tanya Talaga and Lee Maracle
A new, fully restored edition of the essential Canadian classic.
An unflinchingly honest memoir of her experience as a Métis woman in Canada, Maria Campbell's Halfbreed depicts the realities that she endured and, above all, overcame. Maria was born in Northern Saskatchewan, her father the grandson of a Scottish businessman and Métis woman--a niece of Gabriel Dumont whose family fought alongside Riel and Dumont in the 1885 Rebellion; her mother the daughter of a Cree woman and French-American man. This extraordinary account, originally published in 1973, bravely explores the poverty, oppression, alcoholism, addiction, and tragedy Maria endured throughout her childhood and into her early adult life, underscored by living in the margins of a country pervaded by hatred, discrimination, and mistrust. Laced with spare moments of love and joy, this is a memoir of family ties and finding an identity in a heritage that is neither wholly Indigenous or Anglo; of strength and resilience; of indominatable spirit.
This edition of Halfbreed includes a new introduction written by Indigenous (Métis) scholar Dr. Kim Anderson detailing the extraordinary work that Maria has been doing since its original publication 46 years ago, and an afterword by the author looking at what has changed, and also what has not, for Indigenous people in Canada today. Restored are the recently discovered missing pages from the original text of this groundbreaking and significant work.
MARIA CAMPBELL is a Métis writer, playwright, filmmaker, scholar, teacher, community organizer, activist, and elder. Halfbreed is regarded as a foundational work of Indigenous literature in Canada. She has authored several other books and plays, and has directed and written scripts for a number of films. She has also worked with Indigenous youth in community theatre and advocated for the hiring and recognition of Indigenous people in the arts. She has mentored many Indigenous artists during her career, established shelters for Indigenous women and children, and run a writers' camp at the national historical site at Batoche, where every summer she produces commemorative events on the anniversary of the battle of the 1885 North-West Rebellion. Maria Campbell is an officer of the Order of Canada and holds five honorary doctorates.
Five Poets in Toronto
Wednesday November 20 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for a night of poetry at Another Story Bookshop (315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto).
Wednesday, November 20 at 7pm.
The poets and their latest books of poetry:
Tracy Hamon ~ Red Curls
Sarah de Leeuw ~ Outside, America
Maurice Mierau ~ Autobiographical Fictions
Ayesha Chatterjee ~ The Clarity of Distance
Shane Nielson ~ New Brunswick
Sally Cooper and Becky Blake Join Book launch
Thursday November 21 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join Another Story Bookshop and Wolsak and Wynne to celebrate new books by Sally Cooper and Becky Blake!
Thursday Nov 21st @ 7pm
Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave
With My Back to the World by Sally Cooper
In an ambitious, yet intimate novel set in Taos, New Mexico, and Hamilton, Ontario, Sally Cooper explores unexpected motherhood, creativity, race, love and faith. With My Back to the World tells the stories of three women: Rudie, who is editing a documentary in Hamilton in 2010; historical artist Agnes Martin, who decides in 1974 after seven years' exile in New Mexico to begin painting again; and Ellen, a black woman burying her husband in 1870 on an Ontario homestead. Each of these women is waiting for the arrival of an unexpected child and their interconnected stories explore how society's, and our own, ideas of what it means to be a woman, a mother and an artist change over time. Evocative and introspective, With My Back to the World tells the complicated stories of how different women find faith in themselves in extraordinary circumstances.
Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake
What's the point of trying to leave a mark when everything disappears? This question is at the heart of Proof I Was Here, a novel that tells the picaresque coming-of-age story of a young thief and aspiring artist who attempts to reboot her life on the streets of Barcelona after an unexpected breakup. Hailing from Toronto, where she has criminal charges waiting, Niki is outside of Canada for the first time. The pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists she meets challenge her to reassess her ideas about luck and art. With the help of a passionate Catalan separatist who dreams of building a new country from the ground up, Niki realizes that starting her life over from scratch could be an opportunity &ndash if she can just find a way to clear her name.
Prince & the Beautiful Ones book launch
Monday November 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Calling all Prince fans!
Join us for the launch of The Beautiful Ones, by Prince.
Featuring a conversation with editor and collaborator Dan Piepenbring and Nana Aba Duncan of CBC's Fresh Air.
DJ K will be spinning the ultimate Prince playlist.
Monday, November 25th at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
1214 Queen St West
Free, all welcome.
The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words—featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death.
The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince—a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince’s early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince’s evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book’s fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain—the final stage in Prince’s self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.
The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring’s riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months—a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated—and annotations that provide context to the book’s images.
The Gladstone Hotel is accessible via a ramp and has an accessible bathroom.
Dear Twin book launch with Addie Tsai
Tuesday November 26 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Addie Tsai, Houston-based author, launches her debut crossover YA novel, Dear Twin!
Readings, book signing, and small artworks for sale
November 26, 7 to 9 pm
with Keet Geniza + Kai Cheng Thom
315 Roncesvalles Ave
This is part of the fall tour of Dear Twin, out November 15. More dates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/413433815841134/
About DEAR TWIN:
Poppy is a biracial, Asian, queer, 18-year-old living in Houston, Texas. Shortly after high school graduation, her twin sister, Lola, goes missing. Poppy lives with her father, who has become incredibly possessive and anxious of Poppy since Lola has left, making her defer college for a year. She decides to write her twin a series of letters about her side of the story regarding some of the trauma they’ve both experienced, hoping it might bring Lola back, and that she’ll be able to leave for college with her love, a Korean butch girl named Juniper.
ADDIE TSAI teaches courses in literature, creative writing, dance, and humanities at Houston Community College. She collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankensteinand Camille Claudel, among others. Addie holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Her writing has been published in Banango Street, The Offing, The Collagist, The Feminist Wire, Nat. Brut., and elsewhere. She is the Nonfiction Editor at The Grief Diaries and Senior Associate Editor in Poetry at The Flexible Persona.
When Poverty Mattered by Paul Weinberg book launch
Wednesday November 27 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Free Times Café, 320 College Street
Featuring an author reading and conversation with Bob Luker from Put Food in the Budget
Founded in Toronto in 1968, the Praxis Corporation was a progressive research institute mandated to spark political discussion about a range of social issues, such as poverty, homelessness, anti-war activism, community activism and worker organization. Deemed a radical threat by the Canadian state, Praxis was put under rcmp surveillance. In 1970, Praxis’s office was burgled and burned to the ground. No arrests were made, but internal documents and records stolen from Praxis ended up in the hands of the rcmp Security Service. All this occurred as Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government shifted away from social spending and poverty reduction towards the economic regime of austerity and neoliberalism that we have today.
In When Poverty Mattered, Paul Weinberg combines insights gleaned from internal government documents, access to information requests and investigative journalism to provide both a history of radical politics in 1960s Canada and an illustration of misdeeds and dirty tricks the Canadian government orchestrated in order to disrupt activist organizations fighting for a more just society.
Paul Weinberg is a writer-journalist who has written extensively on social, economic and business topics. He resides in Hamilton, Ontario.
Presented by Fernwood Books, Free Times Café and Another Story Bookshop
Dorothy Palmer "Falling for Myself" launch
Monday December 02 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Wolsak and Wynne present the Toronto launch for
Falling for Myself by Dorothy Ellen Palmer
An evening to commemorate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilites
Monday, December 2nd @7pm
Theatre Centre - 1115 Queen St West
Featuring a reading by Dorothy Palmer with special guest Eufemia Fantetti
Accessibility info: The Theatre Centre has an entrance accessible via an e-door and a ramp. The bathroom is gender neutral with an e-door. The event will take place in the incubator space, which has a flat perimeter and a recessed space with folding chairs and a temporary ramp.
In this searing and seriously funny memoir Dorothy Ellen Palmer falls down, a lot, and spends a lifetime learning to appreciate it. Born with congenital anomalies in both feet, then called birth defects, she was adopted as a toddler by a wounded 1950s family who had no idea how to handle the tangled complexities of adoption and disability. From repeated childhood surgeries to an activist awakening at university to decades as a feminist teacher, mom, improv coach and unionist, she tried to hide being different. But now, in this book, she's standing proud with her walker and sharing her journey. With savvy comic timing that spares no one, not even herself, Palmer takes on Tiny Tim, shoe shopping, adult diapers, childhood sexual abuse, finding her birth parents, ableism and ageism. In Falling for Myself, she reckons with her past and with everyone's future, and allows herself to fall and get up and fall again, knees bloody, but determined to seek Disability Justice, to insist we all be seen, heard, included and valued for who we are.
My Father, Fortune-tellers & Me: A Memoir is a powerful and witty coming-of-age story of fate versus free will. As the daughter of southern Italian immigrants joined in an acrimonious arranged marriage, Eufemia Fantetti weathered the devastating consequences of her mother’s treatment-resistant schizophrenia for years before moving to the West Coast to escape the constant turmoil. In her search for meaning beyond a host of ancestral superstitions—malocchio, maledictions and stregheria—she writes, cracks jokes, meets counselors, studies the sky for planetary alignment, consults her trusty tarot deck for guidance and visits her dad’s psychic healer for a prescription for prescience. Fantetti’s story is a darkly hilarious, tender chronicle of family, destiny and resilience.
Nandini Bagchee "Counter Institution" Book launch
Tuesday December 03 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
In-store: 315 Roncesvalles
Co-presented by Parkdale Land Trust
Join architect Nandini Bagchee for a conversation on her book, Counter Institution and the politics of resistance in the context of a gentrifying city.
In "Counter Institution", Bagchee examines three re-purposed buildings on the Lower East Side that have been used by activists to launch actions over the past forty years. In a captivating discussion of buildings and urban settings as important components of progressive struggles in New York City over more than a century, Bagchee reveals how these collectively organized spaces have provided a venue for political participation while existing as a vital part of the city’s civic infrastructure.
Nandini Bagchee is an Associate Professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture at CCNY (CUNY) and principal of Bagchee Architects. Her research focuses on activism in architecture and the ways in which ground-up collaborative building practices provide an alternative medium for the creation of public space. Her built-work and writing has been published in the New York Times, Interiors Now, Urban Omnibus and the Journal of Architectural Education.
AG Pasquella launch "Carve the Heart"
Wednesday December 04 | 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Join AG Pasquella for the launch of Carve the Heart
Wednesday, December 4th, 8pm-11pm
Free Times Café, 320 College St
Ex-con Jack Palace returns in a world of violence, heartbreak, and revenge.
Cassandra, the woman who broke Jack Palace’s heart, is suddenly back in his life. She owes $600,000 to a brutal gangster who has threatened her life, and she needs Jack’s help. Things start to get violent when Cassandra suddenly disappears … but not everyone believes Cassandra is in danger. Is Jack being set up?
Bikers, mobsters, and strippers collide as Jack storms the mean streets of Toronto searching for Cassandra. To find her, he must rip open old wounds and confront new enemies. But as loyalties falter and secrets are revealed, Jack begins to wonder who he can really trust. If he doesn’t figure it out fast, he — and everyone he cares about — could end up dead.
A.G. Pasquella's work has appeared in McSweeney's, Black Book, Joyland, Utne Reader, and Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. When he’s not writing, A.G. makes music with the bands Miracle Beard and LaserGnu. He lives in Toronto.
Morgan Parker "Who Put This Song On"
Tuesday December 10 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Penguin Teen Canada present the Toronto launch for
Morgan Parker "Who Put This Song On"
Tuesday, December 10th at 6pm
1184 Bloor St West
Featuring a reading by Morgan Parker and conversation with Canisia Lubrin
Access info: The Burdock has an accessible basement. The bathroom is down a flight of stairs.
In the vein of powerful reads like The Hate U Give and Girl in Pieces, comes poet Morgan Parker's pitch-perfect novel about a black teenage girl searching for her identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and blackness as something to be politely ignored.
Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, seventeen-year-old Morgan knows why she's in therapy. She can't count the number of times she's been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her "weird" outfits, and been told she's not "really" black. Also, she's spent most of her summer crying in bed. So there's that, too.
Lately, it feels like the whole world is listening to the same terrible track on repeat--and it's telling them how to feel, who to vote for, what to believe. Morgan wonders, when can she turn this song off and begin living for herself?
Loosely based on her own teenage life and diaries, this incredible debut by award-winning poet Morgan Parker will make readers stand up and cheer for a girl brave enough to live life on her own terms--and for themselves.
Morgan Parker is the author of Magical Negro (Tin House Books 2019), There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017), and Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night (Switchback Books 2015). Her debut book of nonfiction will be released in 2020 by One World. Parker received her bachelor's degree in anthropology and creative writing from Columbia University and her master's in poetry from NYU. Her poetry and essays have been published and anthologized in numerous publications, including the Paris Review; The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop; Best American Poetry 2016; the New York Times; and the Nation. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Find her online at morgan-parker.com and on Twitter at @morganapple.