Please note that the majority of our events are offsite. Details about each event are listed below.
Events at Another Story Bookshop have limited accessibilty.
We have an E-button and a Stop Gap ramp leading into the store
however our bathroom is down a narrow flight of stairs.
Frosbite Festival @ Gladstone
Monday January 21 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Monday, Jan 21st @7pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen St West
Free - all welcome
a gentle evening of brash literature, fine wine, conversation, ice water, popcorn and books presented by moorehype and Another Story Bookshop.
Entrance and Bathroom are wheelchair accessible
Lisa Farley Book Launch
Thursday January 24 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop presents the Toronto launch for
Featuring a reading by Lisa Farley and remarks by Deborah Britzman, York University and Debbi Sonu, CUNY
Sponsored by SUNY Press
Childhood beyond Pathology offers an account of the ways that psychoanalytic concepts can inform ongoing challenges of representing development, belonging, and relationality, with a focus on debates over how children should be treated, what they might know, and who they should become. Drawing from fiction, clinical studies, and courtroom and classroom contexts, Lisa Farley explores a series of five conceptual figures—the replacement child, the neurodiverse child, the counterfeit child, the child heir of historical trauma, and the gender divergent child—with a keen eye to discussions of social justice and human dignity. The book reveals the emotional situations, social tensions, and political issues that shape the meaning of childhood, and focuses on what happens when a child departs from normative scripts of development. Through thought-provoking analysis, Farley develops themes that include childhood loss, the myth of innocence, the problem of diagnosis, the subject of racial hatred, the meaning of a good fight, and gender embodiment. She draws extensively on psychoanalytic concepts to show how the fantasy of the child advancing through lockstep stages fails to account for the child as symbolic of the conflicts of entering into the social world. Childhood beyond Pathology suggests we reconsider developmental understandings of childhood by honoring the elusive qualities of inner life.
Lisa Farley is Associate Professor of Education at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Ian Williams "Reproduction"
Tuesday January 29 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop & Knopf Canada present the Toronto launch for
Reproduction by Ian Williams
Venue: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles
Featuring a reading by Ian Williams and conversation with Canisia Lubrin
A hilarious, surprising and poignant love story about the way families are invented, told with the savvy of a Zadie Smith and with an inventiveness all Ian Williams' own, Reproduction bangs lives together in a polyglot suburb of Toronto.
Felicia and Edgar meet as their mothers are dying. Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family, come together only because their mothers share a hospital room. When Felicia's mother dies and Edgar's "Mutter" does not, Felicia drops out of high school and takes a job as Mutter's caregiver. While Felicia and Edgar don't quite understand each other, and Felicia recognizes that Edgar is selfish, arrogant, and often unkind, they form a bond built on grief (and proximity) that results in the birth of a son Felicia calls Armistice. Or Army, for short.
Some years later, Felicia and Army (now 14) are living in the basement of a home owned by Oliver, a divorced man of Portuguese descent who has two kids--the teenaged Heather and the odd little Hendrix. Along with Felicia and Army, they form an unconventional family, except that Army wants to sleep with Heather, and Oliver wants to kill Army. Then Army's fascination with his absent father--and his absent father's money--begins to grow as odd gifts from Edgar begin to show up. And Felicia feels Edgar's unwelcome shadow looming over them. A brutal assault, a mortal disease, a death, and a birth reshuffle this group of people again to form another version of the family. Reproduction is a profoundly insightful exploration of the bizarre ways people become bonded that insists that family isn't a matter of blood.
IAN WILLIAMS is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone's Anything, winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC. Williams completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto, mentored by George Elliot Clarke, and is currently an assistant professor of poetry in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. He was the 2014-2015 Canadian Writer-in-Residence for the University of Calgary's Distinguished Writers Programme. He has held fellowships or residencies from the Banff Center, Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Palazzo Rinaldi in Italy. He was also a scholar at the National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Literary Study and is a judge for the 2018 Griffin prize. His writing has appeared in several North American journals and anthologies.
Indigenous Sovereignty and Socialism book launch
Thursday January 31 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
with authors Valerie Lannon and Jesse McLaren
Venue: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
Published by socialist.ca
Featuring Chief Henry Myeengun of the Chippewas of the Thames.
The relationship between Marxism and the struggle for Indigenous rights has been fraught for many decades, often falling back on a crude economic determinism and ignoring the strong tradition of national liberation at the core of socialism. As well, socialists have downplayed the Indigenous traditions of democracy and equality and ignoring the work of Indigenous activists and writers.
Join us for the launch of a pamphlet that hopes to aims to document Indigenous culture before and after the creation of the Canadian state, celebrate the inspiring resistance to colonialism and assimilation and showcase the relevance of socialist ideas in understanding and informing struggles to come.
Ruby Lal "Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan"
Saturday February 16 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Another Story Bookshop presents the Toronto launch of
Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal
Venue: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles
Featuring a reading by Ruby Lal and conversation with Devyani Saltzman
When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could compare. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents’ mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River that inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal. And she was both celebrated and reviled for her political acumen and diplomatic skill, which rivaled those of her female counterparts in Europe and beyond.
In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and most cherished wife of the Emperor Jahangir. While other wives were secluded behind walls, Nur ruled the vast Mughal Empire alongside her husband, and governed in his stead as his health failed and his attentions wandered from matters of state. An astute politician and devoted partner, Nur led troops into battle to free Jahangir when he was imprisoned by one of his own officers. She signed and issued imperial orders, and coins of the realm bore her name.
Acclaimed historian Ruby Lal uncovers the rich life and world of Nur Jahan, rescuing this dazzling figure from patriarchal and Orientalist clichés of romance and intrigue, and giving new insight into the lives of women and girls in the Mughal Empire, even where scholars claim there are no sources. Nur’s confident assertion of authority and talent is revelatory. In Empress, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography that awakens us to a fascinating history.
Ruby Lal is professor of South Asian history at Emory University. She is the author of Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan, Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World, and Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness.
Another Story Book Shop
315 Roncesvalles Ave. Toronto ON M6R 2M6 Canada