TRANScend/TRANSform: A Teach-in for Trans folks and allies: The event was recorded can be viewed here.
Blaze Island by Catherine Bush
Monday August 31 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Goose Lane Editions and Another Story Bookshop to celebrate the launch of *Blaze Island* by Catherine Bush, streamed here on Facebook Live.
Featuring a screening of the short film, “We Are Islands,” by filmmaker Mike Hoolboom in collaboration with Fogo Island photographer Paddy Barry and artist M’Liz Keefe; a reading from Blaze Island; music by Marie Bryan; and an interview with Kathryn Mockler, publisher of the climate-themed website Watch Your Head and editor of the forthcoming Watch Your Head anthology.
Visit our Eventbrite page to get a free ticket. Ticket holders will receive a reminder and links to the live stream, which will be available on this page, ahead of the event.
Personalized signed copies of *Blaze Island* available here: bit.ly/BlazeIslandPreorder
Please indicate in the notes section of your online order that you would like a personalized copy, and who it should be made out to. ASB is open for curbside pickup, local delivery and shipment. Deadline for signed copies: Tuesday September 1st at noon. Signed copies will be available on September 2nd.
**About the book**
The time is now or an alternate near now, the world close to our own. A mammoth Category Five hurricane sweeps up the eastern seaboard of North America, leaving devastation in its wake, its outer wings brushing over tiny Blaze Island in the North Atlantic.
Just as the storm disrupts the present, it stirs up the past: Miranda’s memories of growing up in an isolated, wind-swept cove and the events of long ago that her father will not allow her to speak of. In the aftermath of the storm, she finds herself in a world altered so quickly and so radically that she hardly knows what has happened. As Miranda says, change is clear after it happens.
“Swept away. This novel is sublime." -**Lisa Moore**, author of *Caught* and *February*.
**Paddy Barry** is a Newfoundland-based photographer with a passion for storytelling, history and documenting, whose work has a strong emphasis on Fogo Island.
**Catherine Bush** is the author of four previous novels, including the bestselling *The Rules of Engagement*. She has written and spoken internationally about addressing the climate crisis in fiction and was recently a Fiction Meets Science fellow in Germany.
**Mike Hoolboom** received the Governor General’s Award for media art in 2017. One of Canada’s leading experimentalists, he has made more than 100 films, including 18 features, which have won many awards.
**M’Liz Keefe** lives and paints on Fogo Island. She creates environments reflecting isolation and aloneness through depicting the intensity of weather, light and seasons, and the subtle transformations of the look of the earth.
**Kathryn Mockler** is the editor of the climate anthology *Watch Your Head*, coming this fall from Coach House Books. Her debut collection of stories will be out from Book*hug in 2022.
The film, “We Are Islands,” was created with funding from the Canada Council’s Digital Originals program.
Catherine Hernandez Virtual launch "Crosshairs"
Tuesday September 01 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Join HarperCollins Canada and Another Story Bookshop to celebrate the launch of
Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
Virtual Launch: Tuesday, September 1st @ 8pm on ASB's FB page
Featuring a performance by Erin Brockobić, Drag Performer and Comedienne, reading with Catherine Hernandez and interview with Falen Johnson and Leah Simone Bowen of Secret Life of Canada podcast
ASL will be provided
Link to virtual launch:
Personalized signed copies available at anotherstory.ca. Please indicate in the notes section of your online order that you would like a personalized copy, and who it should be made out to. ASB is open for curbside pickup, local delivery and shipment. Deadline for signed copies: Thursday, September 3rd at noon. Signed copies will be available after September 4th.
In a terrifyingly familiar near-future, with massive floods that lead to rampant homelessness and devastation, a government-sanctioned regime called the Boots seizes the opportunity to force communities of colour, the disabled and the LGBTQ2S into labour camps in the city of Toronto.
In the shadows, a new hero emerges. After his livelihood and the love of his life are taken away, Kay joins the resistance alongside Bahadur, a transmasculine refugee, and Firuzeh, a headstrong social worker. Guiding them in the use of weapons and close-quarters combat is Beck, a rogue army officer who helps them plan an uprising at a major internationally televised event.
With her signature prose, described by Booklist as “raw yet beautiful, disturbing yet hopeful,” Catherine Hernandez creates a vision of the future that is all the more terrifying because it is very possible. A cautionary tale filled with fierce and vibrant characters, Crosshairs explores the universal desire to thrive, to love and to be loved as your true self.
Erin Brockobic is known as the Queen of Brunch in Toronto, as the hostess of Canada's longest running drag brunch “Sippin’ T with Erin B”, held every Sunday at Glad Day Bookshop. Erin also runs a weekly podcast "Erin Grievances" and performs regularly across the city in venues like Woody’s, Crews and Tangos, Buddies in Bad Times and The Beaver. Give her a microphone and she’ll give you what you like, she's the Eastern European business woman of the 80's: Erin Brockobic.
Falen Johnson is Mohawk/Tuscarora (Bear Clan) from Six Nations Grand River Territory. She is a writer and podcaster. Her plays include Salt Baby, Two Indians, and Ipperwash (Dora Nomination) have played across Canada. Her writing has been featured in Brick, The Canadian Theatre Review, and Granta Magazine. She co-hosts The Secret Life of Canada (CBC Podcasts) with Leah Simone Bowen. She has written for Urban Native Girl (APTN) and Merchants of the Wild (APTN). She also scripted the 2020 Inspire Awards which will air on CBC in June. Falen was also named one of Maclean’s 20 to watch in 2020.
Leah-Simone Bowen is a writer, producer and avid supporter of Beyoncé. Along with Falen Johnson, she is the co-host and creator of the CBC Podcast The Secret Life of Canada, which looks at the untold and under-told history of the country.
CATHERINE HERNANDEZ is a proud queer woman of colour, a radical mother, a theatre practitioner, an award-winning author and the outgoing artistic director of b current performing arts. She is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian heritage, and she is married into the Navajo Nation. Her novel Scarborough, which is soon to be a motion picture, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award, the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, the Edmund White Award and the Trillium Book Award; and was longlisted for Canada Reads. She has also written the plays Singkil and Kilt Pins, as well as the children’s book M Is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book. Crosshairs is her second novel. She lives in Toronto.
Seven by Farzana Doctor
Thursday September 17 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Another Story Bookshop and Dundurn Press for the virtual launch of
Seven by Farzana Doctor
Hosted by Fawz Mirza
Link coming soon
The End FGM/C Canada Network: endfgm.ca
Personalized signed copies available! Please indicate in the notes section of your online order that you would like a personalized copy, and who it should be made out to. ASB is open for curbside pickup, local delivery and shipment. Deadline for signed copies: Tuesday Sept 1 at noon (pre-orders) and Friday Sept 18 at noon. Signed copies will be available on Sept 5 and Sept 19.
When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India in 2016, she thinks that she's going to research her great-great-grandfather, a wealthy business leader and philanthropist. What captures her imagination is not his rags-to-riches story, but the mystery of his four wives, missing from the family lore. She ends up excavating much more than she had imagined.
Sharifa's trip coincides with a time of unrest within her insular and conservative religious community, and there is no escaping its politics. A group of feminists is speaking out against khatna, an age-old ritual they insist is female genital cutting. Sharifa’s two favourite cousins are on opposite sides of the debate and she seeks a middle ground. As the issue heats up, Sharifa discovers an unexpected truth and is forced to take a position.
Farzana Doctor is the author of "Stealing Nasreen", "All Inclusive", and "Six Metres of Pavement", which won a Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. She lives in Toronto.