TRANScend/TRANSform: A Teach-in for Trans folks and allies:
The event was recorded can be viewed here.
Ian Williams "Disorientation"
Tuesday September 28, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Another Story Bookshop is pleased to support the launch of
Disorientation by Ian Williams
Featuring a conversation with Desmond Cole
Registration at www.ago.ca/events
With that one eloquent word, disorientation, Ian Williams captures the impact of racial encounters on racialized people—the whiplash of race that occurs while minding one's own business. Sometimes the consequences are only irritating, but sometimes they are deadly. Spurred by the police killings and street protests of 2020, Williams realized he could offer a perspective distinct from the almost exclusively America-centric books on race topping the bestseller lists, because of one salient fact: he has lived in Trinidad (where he was never the only Black person in the room), in Canada (where he often was), and in the United States (where as a Black man from the Caribbean, he was a different kind of "only").
Inspired by the essays of James Baldwin, in which the personal becomes the gateway to larger ideas, Williams explores such things as the unmistakable moment when a child realizes they are Black; the ten characteristics of institutional whiteness; how friendship forms a bulwark against being a target of racism; the meaning and uses of a Black person's smile; and blame culture—or how do we make meaningful change when no one feels responsible for the systemic structures of the past. With these essays, Williams wants to reach a multi-racial audience of people who believe that civil conversation on even the most charged subjects is possible. Examining the past and the present in order to speak to the future, he offers new thinking, honest feeling, and his astonishing, piercing gift of language.
Double Book Launch: Householders & Chemical Valleynt
Wednesday September 29, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
You're invited to the double book launch of two exciting Biblioasis books: Kate Cayley's HOUSEHOLDERS and David Huebert's CHEMICAL VALLEY! Tune in live on Thursday, September 30 at 7 PM EST.
Kate Cayley and David Huebert will be joined in conversation by author Sofi Papamarko. Co-hosted by Another Story Bookshop. There will be readings, discussions, an audience Q&A, and a book giveaway. You could win a copy of one of the new books!
We'll be streaming live on Facebook & on YouTube. Video link will be shared closer to the event date.
Linked short stories about families, nascent queers, and self-deluded utopians explore the moral ordinary strangeness in their characters’ overlapping lives.
A woman impersonates a nun online, with unexpected consequences. In a rapidly changing neighborhood, tensions escalate around two events planned for the same day. The barista girlfriend of a tech billionaire survives a zombie apocalypse only to face spending her life with the paranoid super-rich. From a university campus to an underground bunker, a commune in the woods to Toronto and back again, the linked stories in Householders move effortlessly between the commonplace and the fantastic. In deft and exacting narratives about difficult children and thorny friendships, hopeful revolutionaries and self-deluded utopians, nascent queers, sincere frauds, and families of all kinds, Kate Cayley mines the moral hazards inherent in the ways we try to save each other and ourselves.
ABOUT CHEMICAL VALLEY:
Oil-soaked and swamp-born, the bruised optimism of Huebert’s stories offer sincere appreciation of the beauty of our wilted, wheezing world.
From city-dwelling preppers to long term care nurses, dishwashers to professional hockey enforcers to refinery workers, Chemical Valley’s caring and carefully-wrought stories cultivate rich human emotional worlds in all the dankness of our bio-chemical animacy. Full-hearted, laced throughout with bruised optimism and a sincere appreciation of the profound beauty of our wilted, wheezing world, Chemical Valley does not shy away from urgent modern questions—the distribution of toxicity, environmental racism, the future of technology, the climate, and the human body—but it grounds these anxieties in vivid and often humorous intricacies of its characters’ lives. These are stories about big questions, but they are not scared of sentiment. Swamp-wrought, they run wild with vital energy, tilt and teeter into crazed and delirious loves.
Bev Katz Rosenbaum "I'm Good and Other Stories"
Wednesday September 29, 2021 | 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Sept 29 @7:30 pm: Virtual launch, register here!
Saturday Oct 2nd: 4pm - 5:30pm: Live book signing outside the doors of ASB! This will be a distanced, masked book signing. Personalized copies available for curbside pickup, delivery and shipment across Canada!
Is it asking too much to live a typical twelfth grade existence? Kelsey Kendler just wants to earn some money for university, hang out with friends, maybe even snag a boyfriend. But her pill-popping mom and distant dad scare off anybody she tries to bring home, making those last two things feel impossible.
Her part-time ice cream shop job’s a slog, but at least there, she can escape her parents’ constant fighting … until the COVID-19 pandemic forces a lockdown and she’s stuck at home with them 24/7.
As the lockdown takes its toll on Kelsey’s mental health, she starts to see the appeal of her mom’s pills. She hates what they do to her mom, but numbing herself to the world seems like a pretty good idea right about now. Horrified to find herself following in her mom’s footsteps, she can only hope she’ll eventually figure out some other way to cope …
Colson Whitehead "The Harlem Shuffle"
Wednesday September 29, 2021 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Purchase a copy of The Harlem Shuffle and receive access to the virtual launch! Register at www.indieevents.ca.
Richard Powers "Bewilderment"
Monday October 04, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Purchase a copy of Bewilderment and receive access to the virtual launch! Register at www.indieevents.ca.
Katharena Vermette "The Strangers"
Thursday October 07, 2021 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Purchase a copy of The Strangers and receive access to the virtual launch! Register at www.indieevents.ca.
Jesse Wente "Unreconciled"
Thursday October 14, 2021 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Purchase a copy of Unreconciled and receive access to the virtual launch! Register at www.indieevents.ca.
Jonathan Franzen "Crossroads"
Tuesday October 19, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Purchase a copy of Crossroads and receive access to the virtual launch! Register at www.indieevents.ca.
Chris Hadfield "The Apollo Murders"
Tuesday October 26, 2021 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Purchase a copy of "The Apollo Murders" and receive access to the virtual event! Register at www.indieevents.ca.
David A Robertson "The Great Bear"
Thursday October 28, 2021 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Purchase a copy of The Great Bear and receive access to the virtual event! Register at www.indieevents.ca.