Suzanne Methot book launch "Legacy"
Wednesday March 20 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
ECW Press, Another Story Bookshop, and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre present the launch of Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing by Suzanne Methot
Wednesday March 21st @7:30pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Ave
Fully wheelchair accessible
Join us for a panel discussion with Dianne Hill of the Ka'nikonhriyohtshera Learning Centre & Healing Lodge and Stephanie Matchiwati of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.
About the book:
Five hundred years of colonization have taken an incalculable toll on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas: substance use disorders and shockingly high rates of depression, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions brought on by genocide and colonial control. With passionate logic and chillingly clear prose, author and educator Suzanne Methot uses history, human development, and her own and others’ stories to trace the roots of Indigenous cultural dislocation and community breakdown in an original and provocative examination of the long-term effects of colonization. But all is not lost. Methot also shows how we can come back from this with Indigenous ways of knowing lighting the way.
About the author:
Suzanne Methot is a Nehiyaw (Cree) writer, editor, educator, and community worker born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Peace River, Alberta. Her work has been published in anthologies including Steal My Rage: New Native Voices and Let the Drums Be Your Heart. She has worked in the non-profit sector, in the classroom, and in advocacy and direct-service positions in Indigenous community–based agencies. She is co-author of the textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations, and she currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Lillian and Kokomis book launch
Thursday March 21 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: Another Story Bookshop
Join Another Story Bookshop and Durville Press to celebrate the launch of
Lillian & Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance
By Lynda Partridge
Lillian & Kokomis: the Spirit of Dance is the second book in the UpRoute “Spirit of Nature” Series. Lillian is a girl of mixed Indigenous and white ancestry who has been shuffled from foster home to foster home as long as she can remember. At school, she doesn’t feel like she fits in with the white kids and doesn’t fit in with the Indigenous kids either. She finds happiness and a sense of belonging from a surprising spirit that gives her a chance to explore her traditional Indigenous ways.
Lynda Partridge is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. She is a mother a grandmother, a wife an auntie and a sister. She grew up in the child welfare system and spent her childhood in numerous non indigenous foster homes. At a later age she obtained an honours bachelor of social work (Native Human Services), followed by a Master of Social Work Degree. It was while obtaining her undergraduate degree that she found her birth family and reconnected to her Indigenous culture. This experience led her to the field of Indigenous child welfare.
This Country of Mine book launch
Sunday March 24 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Venue: Another Story Bookshop
Join author Didier Leclair and translator Elaine Kennedy for the launch of "This Country of Mine"
Deux Voiliers Publisher
Apollinaire, a doctor in his tropical African homeland, is working as a call centre agent in icy Toronto. Still seeing himself as a physician and hoping to obtain his licence to practise in Canada, he drives around at night in a borrowed taxicab, illegally treating the ill and injured, while leaving his loved ones behind. The people he visits include a violent countryman, an AIDS victim who uses a storm lantern for lighting, a former torturer who loves Scrabble, and a host of other characters striving to understand what life means in this new country which is now their own.
Didier Leclair: Born in Montreal to Rwandan parents, Didier Leclair grew up in different African countries―Gabon, Benin, Togo, Republic of the Congo―and returned to Canada in the late 1980s. The author of eight novels, he is a three-time finalist for the Trillium Book Award and the recipient of the Trillium and Christine Dimitriu Van Saanen Book prizes. Ce pays qui est le mien (This Country of Mine) was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for French-language fiction in 2004.
Elaine Kennedy: Elaine Kennedy studied English literature, French language and civilization as well as translation in North America and Europe. She is the co-recipient of the 2014 3Macs carte blanche Prize and has a long list of published translations to her credit. A native of Toronto, she presently lives in Montreal where she works as a freelance translator and editor.
Saidiya Hartman "Wayward Lives" launch
Wednesday April 03 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop, the Department of Humanities at York University, the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University and WGSI at U of T present
the Toronto launch of:
Saidiya Hartman: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
Featuring a reading by Saidiya Hartman and conversation with Dionne Brand, Canisia Lubrin and Christina Sharpe
Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue (St. George and Bloor)
Free - fully wheelchair accessible
ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT, Rush seating will be available at the event space permitting.
In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, cohabitation outside of wedlock, queer relations, and single motherhood were among the sweeping changes that altered the character of everyday life and challenged traditional Victorian beliefs about courtship, love, and marriage. Hartman narrates the story of this radical social transformation against the grain of the prevailing century-old argument about the crisis of the black family.
In wrestling with the question of what a free life is, many young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship that were indifferent to the dictates of respectability and outside the bounds of law. They cleaved to and cast off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist, and revised the meaning of marriage. Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how to live. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work.
Beautifully written and deeply researched, Wayward Lives recreates the experience of young urban black women who desired an existence qualitatively different than the one that had been scripted for them—domestic service, second-class citizenship, and respectable poverty—and whose intimate revolution was apprehended as crime and pathology. For the first time, young black women are credited with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape. Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives recovers their radical aspirations and insurgent desires.
Saidiya Hartman is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route and Scenes of Subjection. She has been a Cullman Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. She is a professor at Columbia University, and lives in New York.
Alexa Conradi "Fear, Love and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec"
Thursday April 11 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: Another Story Bookshop
Join Another Story Bookshop and BTL Books to celebrate the launch of
Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec by Alexa Conradi
In response to rapid and unsettling social, economic, and climate changes, fearmongering now features as a main component of public life. Right-wing nationalist populism has become a hallmark of politics around the world. No less so in Quebec.
Alexa Conradi has made it her life’s work to understand and to generate thoughtful debate about this worrisome trend. As the first President of Québec solidaire and the president of Canada’s largest feminist organisation, the Fédération des femmes du Québec, Conradi refused to shy away from difficult issues: the Charter of Quebec Values, religion and Islam, sovereignty, rape culture and violence against women, extractive industries and the treatment of Indigenous women, austerity policy and the growing gap between rich and poor. This determination to address uncomfortable subjects has made Conradi—an anglo-Montrealer—a sometimes controversial leader.
In Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec, Conradi invites us to take off our rose-coloured glasses and to examine Quebec’s treatment of women with more honesty. Through her personal reflections on Quebec politics and culture, she dispels the myth that gender equality has been achieved and paves the way for a more critical understanding of what remains to be done.
Reflections on Illness zine launch
Wednesday April 17 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Edited by Nazila Bettache + Sarah Vance
Wednesday, April 17th @7pm
In Store, Free
Critical, poignant and at times witty, "Reflections on Illness" is a
collection of pieces by activists facing life-threatening illness based
in Canada (occupied/unceded Indigenous territories). It features a
variety of pieces including personal essays, comics, interviews and a
roundtable discussion. Topics include critiquing the cancer industry and
the language of illness; facing our mortality; rethinking productivity
and discussing how we care for one another in dark times.
Derek Mascarenhas launch "Coconut Dreams"
Thursday April 18 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
venue: Another Story Bookshop
Another Story Bookshop and Book*hug present the Toronto launch of
Coconut Dreams by Derek Mascarenhas
Featuring a reading and conversation with Terese Pierre
Coconut Dreams explores the lives of the Pinto family through seventeen linked short stories. Starting with a ghost story set in Goa, India in the 1950s, the collection shifts to the unique perspectives of two adolescents, Aiden and Ally Pinto. Both first generation Canadians, these siblings tackle their adventures in a predominantly white suburb with innocence, intelligence and a timid foot in two distinct cultures. Derek Mascarenhas takes a fresh look at the world of the new immigrant and the South Asian experience in Canada. In these stories, a daughter questions her father’s love at an Ikea grand opening; an aunt remembers a safari-gone-wrong in Kenya; an uncle’s unrequited love is confronted at a Hamilton Goan Association picnic; a boy tests his faith amidst a school-yard brawl; and a childhood love letter is exchanged during the building of a backyard deck. Singularly and collectively, these stories will move the reader with their engaging narratives and authentic voices.
Praise for Coconut Dreams:
“This charming collection of stories resides between a suburban childhood in Canada and inherited, often mythic, tales from Goa that belong to the elders. Characters decide on love with rings lost at sea and soothe babies with stories of elephants in mountains. The voices in these stories are from people who seem far away and yet are inside us. Prepare to be delighted.”
“The stories in Derek Mascarenhas’s Coconut Dreams remind one of the high stakes in a child’s world, the way that danger looms just fractionally outside safety. Like all proper enchantments, these vignettes are dark, light, strange, and vivid such that they delight and charm in equal portions.”
“In this evocative collection, Derek Mascarenhas takes up the fictional Pinto family and turns it gently in his hands, revealing new truths—and new questions—with every shift in point of view. A moving, multifaceted debut.”
Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner-up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. His fiction has been published in places such as Joyland, The Dalhousie Review, Switchback, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Antigonish Review. Derek is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has traveled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto. Coconut Dreams is his first book.
Sid Ryan book launch "A Grander Vision"
Tuesday April 23 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Dundurn Press present the Toronto launch of
A Grander Vision: My Life in the Labour Movement
by Sid Ryan
Tuesday, April 23rd
1585 Dundas St West (at Brock)
Doors open at 6pm/ Event begins at 7pm
*DINNER RESERVATIONS GUARANTEE SEATING: 416.588.0307 / lula.ca
Featuring a performance by the Special Interest Group, reading by Sid Ryan and conversation with Linda McQuaig. Hosted by Antoni Shelton.
Co-sponsored by CUPE - Ontario
Sid Ryan, one of Canada’s most courageous and progressive union leaders, draws on the experience of his varied and colourful life to show what is right with the labour movement, what is wrong, and what has to change if it is to avoid becoming irrelevant.
He calls for the adoption of Social Movement Unionism, in which labour forges an alliance with other progressive elements in civil society, taking up the cause of young people, precarious workers, and immigrants. He demands a renewed commitment to the NDP, the party that was built by unions, and he argues that the LEAP Manifesto should become the pillars of the movement in Canada.
A Grander Vision is a stirring, heartfelt manifesto written by a man who fervently believes in what workers with their civil society allies can achieve for the good of all.
Sid Ryan served three terms as the president of the Ontario Federation Labour, where he represented over one million workers. Previously, he had served eight terms as president of CUPE Ontario and general vice-president of CUPE National for seventeen years. He lives in Whitby, Ontario.
Fully wheelchair accessible
Fred Wilson "A New Kind of Union"
Thursday April 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Lorimer Press present the Toronto launch of
Fred Wilson"A New Kind of Union: Unifor and the birth of the modern Canadian union"
In-store - Free
FRED WILSON played a key organizing and planning role in the New Union Project, which culminated in the creation of Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union. He was the Director of Strategic Planning for Unifor during its first three years. Fred lives in Ottawa.
Poetry reading with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha & Fady Joudah
Tuesday April 30 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop presents a special night of poetry with
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha & Fady Joudah
Venue: Another Story Bookshop
Co-sponsored by Toronto Palestinian Film Festival, Cahoots Theatre and Nightwood Theatre.
With thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for funding support.
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha's debut, Water & Salt, sings in the voices of people ravaged by cycles of war and news coverage. These poems alternately rage, laugh, celebrate and grieve, singing in the voices of people ravaged by cycles of war and news coverage and inviting the reader to see the human lives lived beyond the headlines.
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an American poet of Palestinian, Jordanian and Syrian heritage. Her poems have been published in American and international journals including Blackbird, The Boiler, Borderlands Texas Review, The Indianola Review, James Franco Review, The Lake for Poetry, Lunch Ticket, Mizna, The Ofi Press Mexico, Sukoon, and the Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art. Several of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, “Immigrant” in 2015 and for “Middle Village” and “Ruin” in 2016. She is an MFA candidate at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Redmond, Washington, with her family.
InFootnotes in the Order of Disappearance, Fady Joudah has written love poems to the lovely and unlovely, the loved and unloved. Here he celebrates moments of delight and awe with his wife, his mentors, his friends, and the beauty of the natural world. Yet he also finds tenderness for the other, the dead, and the disappeared, bringing together the language of medicine with the language of desire in images at once visceral and vulnerable. A symptomatic moon. A peach, quartered like a heart, and a heart, quartered like a peach. “Icall the finding of certain things loss.”
Joudah is a translator between the heart and the mind, the flesh and the more-than-flesh, the wordbody and the world body—and between languages, with a polyglot’s hyperresonant sensibility. In “Sagittal Views,” the book’s middle section, Joudah collaborates with Golan Haji, a Kurdish Syrian writer, to foreground the imaginative act of constructing memory and history. Together they mark the place the past occupies in the body, the cut that “runs deeper than speech.”
Fady Joudah has published three books of poems,The Earth in the Attic,Alight, andTextu, a book-long sequence of short poems whose meter is cellphone character count. He has translated several collections of poetry from the Arabic. He was a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2007 and has received a PEN Translation Award, a Banipal/Times Literary Supplement Prize from the UK, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Houston, with his wife and kids, where he practices internal medicine.
adrienne maree brown launches "Pleasure Activism"
Monday May 06 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop, AK Press & Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto present
Toronto launch of:
Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by
adrienne maree brown
Featuring a reading by adrienne maree brown and special guests Chanelle Gallant and more
Monday May 6th
Doors open at 6pm/ event begins at 7pm
1585 Dundas St West (at Brock)
*DINNER RESERVATIONS GUARANTEE SEATING: 416.588.0307 / lula.ca
How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Together they cover a wide array of subjects—from sex work to climate change, from race and gender to sex and drugs—building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own.
Building on the success of her popularEmergent Strategy, brown launches a new series of the same name with this volume, bringing readers books that explore experimental, expansive, and innovative ways to meet the challenges that face our world today. Books that find the opportunity in every crisis!
adrienne maree brown is the author ofEmergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and co-editor ofOctavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a social justice facilitator focused on black liberation, a doula/healer, and a pleasure activist. adrienne lives in Detroit
Dual book launch for Vivek Shraya and Tea Mutonji
Friday May 10 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop, TCAF and Arsenal Pulp Press present the dual book launch for
Vivek Shraya & Ness Lee "Death Threat"
Téa Mutonji "Shut Up You're Pretty"
Friday, May 10th @7pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave)
In the fall of 2017, the acclaimed writer and musician Vivek Shraya began receiving vivid and disturbing transphobic hate mail from a stranger. Celebrated artist Ness Lee brings these letters and Shraya's responses to them to startling life in Death Threat, a comic book that, by its existence, becomes a compelling act of resistance. Using satire and surrealism, Death Threat is an unflinching portrayal of violent harassment from the perspective of both the perpetrator and the target, illustrating the dangers of online accessibility, and the ease with which vitriolic hatred can be spread digitally.
In Tea Mutonji's disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic.These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator's experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humour, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.
Shut Up You're Pretty is the first book to be published under the imprint VS. Books, a series of books curated and edited by writer-musician Vivek Shraya featuring work by new and emerging Indigenous or Black writers, or writers of colour.
An Evening with Ian McEwan
Monday May 13 | 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Knopf Canada and Another Story Bookshop present an evening with internationally-acclaimed author Ian McEwan as he launches his new novel MACHINES LIKE ME.
6:30 p.m. - doors open
7:00 p.m. - reading followed by an onstage interview with CBC Radio's Carol Off
** We will be selling copies of MACHINES LIKE ME for 30% off at the event and in the store. On sale date is April 23rd, 2019.