Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers' Poetry
Wednesday October 16 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Arsenal Pulp Press present the Toronto launch of
Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers' Poetry
Wed, Oct 16th
1585 Dundas St West (at Brock)
Doors open at 6pm/ Event begins at 7pm
Free entrance / Fully accessible
Please note that reservations guarantee seating so book early and enjoy the show while exploring Lula’s delicious menus as well as our wine and beer offerings. Visit lula.ca, or call 416-588-0307 to reserve.
Hosted by editors Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme
Featuring readings by contributors:
Jaene F. Castrillon
Co-sponsored by The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto
In this trailblazing anthology, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry (survival and trade, past and present) explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry. In a variety of forms ranging from lyrics to list poems to found poetry to hybrid works, these authors express themselves with the complexity, agency, and honesty that sex workers are rarely afforded. Contributors from Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia include Gregory Scofield, Tracy Quan, Summer Wright, and Akira the Hustler. As an antidote to the invasive and often biased media depictions of sex workers, Hustling Verse is a fiercely groundbreaking exploration of intimacy, transactional sex, identity, healing, and resilience.
Amber Dawn is the author of the novels Sodom Road Exit (2018) and Sub Rosa (winner of a Lambda Literary Award, 2010), the Vancouver Book Award-winning memoir How Poetry Saved My Life (2013), the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize-nominated poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015). She is also editor of Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. She teaches creative writing at d the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and also leads several low-barrier community writing classes.
Justin Ducharme is a filmmaker, writer, dancer and curator from the small Métis community of St. Ambroise on Treaty 1 Territory. He is a graduate from Vancouver Film School, and the writer/director of three short narrative films. He has been jigging since the age of 7, performing with The St. Ambroise Youth Steppers and the Louis Riel Métis Dancers. His poetry has been featured in Sex Worker Wisdom and PRISM International magazine. He currently lives and works on Unceded Coast Salish Territory.
Black Leadership: A View from the Grassroots
Thursday October 17 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
In-store, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
Is African Canadian leadership in crisis? Or is it more varied and complicated than is realized? The new book African Canadian Leadership: Continuity, Transition, and Transformation (University of Toronto Press), goes beyond the crisis frame into critical assessment, diasporic histories, informal practices and political biographies of Black leadership in Canada.
This four-part multi-location series of promotions and conversations invites the editors, book contributors, activists, intellectuals and members of of the Black and broader community into dialogue about African Canadian leadership.
This event will feature a panel discussion with Aisha Francis, Zamani Ra, Tamari Kitossa, and Christopher J. Williams
RSVP for free tickets on eventbrite here
Suzanne Weiss "Holocaust to Resistance"
Friday October 18 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
All are invited to the launch of Holocaust to Resistance, My Journey, a memoir by Suzanne Berliner Weiss.
Friday, October 18 @7pm
60 Lowther Avenue
Free, all welcome, wheelchair accessible
Holocaust to Resistance, My Journey is a powerful, awe-inspiring memoir from author and activist Suzanne Berliner Weiss. Born to Jewish parents in Paris in 1941, Suzanne was hidden from the Nazis on a farm in rural France. Alone after the war, she lived in Communist-run orphanages, where she gained a belief in peace and brotherhood. Adoption by a New York family led to a tumultuous youth haunted by domestic conflict, fear of nuclear war and anti-communist repression, consignment to a detention home and magical steps toward relinking with her origins in Europe.
At age seventeen, Suzanne became a lifelong social activist, engaged in student radicalization, the Cuban Revolution, and movements for Black Power, women’s liberation, peace in Vietnam and freedom for Palestine. Now nearing eighty, Suzanne tells how the ties of friendship, solidarity and resistance that saved her as a child speak to the needs of our planet today.
Diana Beresford-Kroeger "To Speak for the Trees"
Saturday October 19 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat October 19th, 2019, 2 - 4 PM
Doors open 1:30 PM with live music, book signing after 3:30 PM
Michener Institute Auditorium, 222 St. Patrick St.
Online Eventbrite , until Oct 18, 2019
General Admission Ticket + Support (e.g. a subsidy) $30.
General Admission Ticket $25.
Student &/or Requiring Subsidy $20.
At Another Story Bookshop, Cash $25
At the Door: $30.00 Cash
Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger's startling insights into the hidden life of trees have already sparked a quiet revolution in how we understand our relationship to forests. Now, in a captivating account of how her life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet.
Please join us on October 19th to hear this remarkable author share her story and insights into why trees matter. Diana’s wisdom for why trees are a viable, achievable solution to climate change is inspiring and hopeful in these critical and heart-wrenching times of droughts, floods and fires. She’ll share the intricate ways in which the health and welfare of every living creature is connected to the global forest.
Diana’s talk will be followed by a book signing.
Books including Diana’s new memoir, To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest will be available for sale at the venue by Another Story.
Catherine Hernandez & Syrus Marcus Ware "I Promise"
Sunday October 20 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Arsenal Pulp Press present the Toronto launch of
Written by Catherine Hernandez and illustrated by Syrus Marcus Ware
Sunday, October 20th @4pm
SAME DAY. SAME TIME. NEW LOCATION: In solidarity with the Transgender community, we will not have the #IPromiseBook launch at the Toronto Public Library. We have relocated it to Another Story Bookshop 315 Roncesvalles Ave.
Accessibility info: Main floor is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Bathroom is a single-stall gender neutral bathroom down a narrow flight of stairs. We regret we will not have ASL interpretation for this event.
Event will be live-streamed on the FB event page here
Free – all welcome, especially children
Fay of Fay and Fluffy's Drag Queen Storytime hosts the launch of I Promise, written by Catherine Hernandez (M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book, Flamingo Rampant) and illustrated by Syrus Marcus Ware (Love is in the Hair, Flamingo Rampant)
I Promise (Arsenal Pulp Press) is about how all queer families, no matter what they look like, start with the promise to love a child.
In partnership with Another Story Bookshop, readers big and small and families of all kinds can enjoy a reading and songs with Fay and Catherine, followed by a chance to learn how to illustrate a story about your own family with Syrus.
4-5pm: Readings and songs with Fay and Catherine
5-5:30pm: Make your own picture book with Syrus
5:30-6pm: Book sales and signing
Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland "Daring to Hope at the Cliff's Edge"
Thursday October 24 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
In-Store: 315 Roncesvalles Avenue
Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland’s “narrative poem seeks to align literary studies, ecology, and paleontology to explore relationships between facts and artefacts, between faithfully narrating the past and thoughtfully influencing the future.” The setting is the Joggins Fossil Cliffs: a paleontological treasure on the Bay of Fundy in Atlantic Canada. The author deftly weaves the elements of “witness, wisdom, and warning” into her poetry to create a conduit that gives voice to the Earth and its history — sounding deep alarm at the consequences of ignoring the ever-increasing and dire cries of our planet.
Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland is a writer, theatre artist, storyteller, and arts educator whose artistic practice is rooted in a commitment to environmental and social justice. She the is author of JAZZ— Nature’s Improvisation and Bearing Witness, a spoken-word play. She lives in Sackville, New Brunswick.
Paul Seesequasis at the AGO
Friday October 25 | 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Another Story Bookshop is thrilled to support the Toronto launch of
Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun: Portraits of Everyday Life in Eight Indigenous Communities by Paul Seesequasis.
Presented by the AGO
Friday, October 25th @7:30pm
AGO, Baillie Court
Free tickets available here
Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun: Portraits of Everyday Life in Eight Indigenous Communities is a revelatory portrait of Indigenous communities from the 1920s through the 1970s, shown through never-before published archival photographs. Join writer and journalist Paul Seesequasis in conversation with AGO curator of Indigenous Art Wanda Nanibush.
This is a FREE event but tickets must be booked in advance.
Paul Seesequasis is a nîpisîhkopâwiyiniw (Willow Cree) writer, journalist, cultural advocate and commentator currently residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since 2015, he has curated the Indigenous Archival Photo Project, an online and physical exhibition of archival Indigenous photographs that explores history, identity and the process of visual reclamation. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Brick and Granta magazines, among others. He has been active in the Indigenous arts, both as an artist and a policy maker, since the 1990s.
Alicia Elliott lecture
Monday October 28 | 6:30PM - 9:00PM
“Why We Should All be Activists”: What Haudenosaunee philosophy can teach us about our responsibility to the Earth Ft. Alicia Elliott
Presented by Ryerson University Social Justice Week
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00pm
Location: LIB-72, Library Building, 350 Victoria Street, Ryerson University
This event explores aspects of Haudenosaunee philosophy and its relationship to social justice struggles today. Writer Alicia Elliott will address: the nature of activism, its criminalization, and how Indigenous peoples are on the frontlines of battles over the politics of development, climate, and social change in Canada. Is government's responsibility to the people it governs, or is it to capital? And what would happen if we all decided that a person's responsibility isn't only to themselves and their families, or even to the government, but also to the Earth upon which all of us depend? Maybe the time has come, Elliott argues, for all of us to be activists.
Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many other media outlets. Her essays have been nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, is a national bestseller.
Megan Scribe (Ininiw iskwew, Norway House Cree Nation) is an interdisciplinary Indigenous feminist researcher, writer, and educator. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. Her research establishes connections between violence in the lives of Indigenous girls and settler colonialism. She is the author of Pedagogy of Indifference and a co-author of Not Enough Human: At the Scenes of Indigenous and Black Dispossession.
Umbilicus book launch with Carrie Schiffler and Johanna Stickland
Monday October 28 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Durvile Publications present
Umbilicus by Carrie Schiffler and Johanna Stickland
In-Store: 315 Roncesvalles Ave
Umbilicus is a meditation on sensuality, sex, blood, hunger, and the sweet ache of shame’s hangover.
Carrie Schiffler is an actor, writer, and former exotic dancer.
Johanna Stickland is a photographer, painter, poet, and former fashion model.
Both are smitten by the female form, intrigued by unpolished beauty and drawn to dark pubs and radiant beings equally.
Not only do they share similar interests, they also share DNA.
Carrie and Johanna are mother and daughter.
Umbilicus is their gift to one another and to those who wish the experience.
Home is in the Body: LGBTQ2IA+ FilipinX Femme, North of the 49th Parallel launch
Friday November 01 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
In-Store, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
"Home is in the Body: LGBTQ2IA+ FilipinX Femme, North of the 49th Parallel” is a book that features portraits and interviews with 40 radical, brilliant FilipinX Femme, mostly from Canada, some from the States, who identify as Trans Pinay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer Questioning, Asexual, Aromantic, Gender Non-conforming and some as Allies of LGBTQ2IA+. It also includes beautiful, moving articles, poetry, prose, & visual art from submissions addressing Community, Identity, Self, and Love.
Edited by Jackie Gallos Aquines
Co-sponsored by Makulay atbp.
Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times book launch
Monday November 04 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St West
With intimate stories and thoughtful attention, Rising Tides addresses the past, present and future of climate justice through fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. http://caitlin-press.com/our-books/rising-tides/
Join editor Catriona Sandilands with anthology contributors Christopher Campbell-Duruflé, Laurie Graham, Peter Hobbs, Tim Leduc and Lisa Szabo-Jones for readings, discussion, and refreshments.
Presented in partnership with Caitlin Press, Fondation Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, York University York University - Faculty of Environmental Studies, & Another Story Bookshop.
Shane Neilson & Ceilidh Michelle dual launch
Friday November 08 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
In-Store: 315 Roncesvalles Ave
Join us for the launch of Palimpsest Press authors Shane Neilson & Ceilidh Michelle
Shane Neilson: Constructive Negativity is a book of criticism without precedent in Canadian Literature. The result of over twenty years of participation in the nation's poetry community, it combines Shane Neilson's lived experience of disability with prize culture theory in order to create that rarest of creatures: criticism as page-turner. In the first section of the book, Neilson repurposes Rilke's famous admonition, saying to poets "You must change your genre" - meaning, you must write criticism - in order for poetry to have a life in an era dominated by prize culture. Later, Neilson provides a starting point for others to engage with books of Canadian poetry using the lens of disability, covering a range of texts and especially weighing in on the author's particular community, those with invisible disability.
Shane Neilson is a poet, physician, literary critic, and scholar of Canadian literatures who lives with disability.
Ceilidh Michelle: Butterflies, Zebra, Moonbeams is a semi-autobiographical story of B, a young non-binary woman coming of age in the Montreal music scene. As she witnesses her friends struggling with mental illness and drug addiction, she also must deal with her own craft, the nepotism of the industry, and maintaining her transient lifestyle. Lucid, subconscious, introverted, and taking B from Montreal to Los Angeles.
Ceilidh Michelle is a musician and author from Nova Scotia.
With My Back to the World launch with Sally Cooper
Thursday November 21 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
In-store: 315 Roncesvalles
Featuring a reading with 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.
Wolsak & Wynn Publishers
Sally Cooper is a Hamilton-based novelist, essayist and screenwriter. She is the author of the acclaimed novels Love Object and Tell Everything (Dundurn) and the linked story collection Smells Like Heaven (ARP). She has published widely in such places as Electric Literature, The Millions and TNQ: The New Quarterly. She is represented by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency.
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