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
Esi Edugyan @ the AGO
Wednesday January 23 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop is pleased to support :
Esi Edugyan with Donna Bailey Nurse
Wednesday January 23, 7 pm
In recent decades Black Women’s writing has emerged as one of the most prominent and profound literatures in the world. From Chimamanda Adichie in Nigeria to Angie Thomas in the United States to Esi Edugyan in Canada to Zadie Smith in the U.K. – its reach is diasporic. And its stories – set everywhere – unfold at the fiery intersection of race, class and gender. Esi Edugyan joins Donna Bailey Nurse to discuss Washington Black and her artistic practice.
Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize. Her latest novel, Washington Black was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and the winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Donna Bailey Nurse is a literary journalist living in Toronto. She is a columnist for CBC Radio's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers and her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, The National Post, The Toronto Star. She has also contributed to Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post. She is editor of Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (M&S) and the author of What's a Black Critic To Do? and What's a Black Critic to Do ll (insomniac Press).
Lisa Farley Book Launch
Thursday January 24 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop presents the Toronto launch for
Childhood Beyond Pathology
by Lisa Farley
Thursday, January 24th @7pm
1115 Queen St West (at Dovercourt)
Free - all welcome
Fully wheelchair accessible
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.
As Black as Resistance with William Anderson, Miriame Kaba and Zoe Samudzi
Monday February 11 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: OISE, 12th Floor Nexus Lounge
252 Bloor St West
Free - Fully wheelchair accessible
Co-presented with Rinaldo Walcott, WGSI at U of T and Christina Sharpe, York University
In the United States, both struggles against oppression and the gains made by various movements for equality have often been led by Black people. Still, though progress has regularly been fueled by radical Black efforts, liberal politics are based on ideas and practices that impede the continued progress of Black America. Building on their original essay “The Anarchism of Blackness,” Samudzi and Anderson show the centrality of anti-Blackness to the foundational violence of the United States and to the racial structures upon which it is based as a nation. Racism is not, they say, simply a product of capitalism. Rather, we must understand how anti-Blackness shaped the contours and logics of European colonialism and its many legacies, to the extent that “Blackness” and “citizenship” are exclusive categories.
As Black As Resistance makes the case for a new program of self-defense and transformative politics for Black Americans, one rooted in an anarchistic framework that the authors liken to the Black experience itself. This book argues against compromise and negotiation with intolerance. It is a manifesto for everyone who is ready to continue progressing towards liberation.
Zoé Samudzi is a writer and doctoral student in Medical Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on the scientific logics that produce race and gender, particularly focusing on transgender health and the ways Blackness is constructed.
William C. Anderson is a freelance writer. His work has been published by the Guardian, MTV and Pitchfork, among others. You can read many of his writings at Truthout or at the Praxis Center for Kalamazoo College, where he's a contributing editor covering race, class and immigration.
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator whose work focuses on racial justice, gender justice, transformative/restorative justice, ending violence, dismantling the prisonindustrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration.
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.
Ayelet Tsabari "The Art of Leaving"
Tuesday February 19 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West (at Dovercourt)
Free - fully wheelchair accessible
In conversation with Jael Richardson
Hosted by Devyani Saltzman
Ayelet Tsabari was 21 years old the first time she left Tel Aviv with no plans to return. Restless after two turbulent mandatory years in the Israel Defense Forces, Tsabari longed to get away. It was not the never-ending conflict that drove her, but the grief that had shaken the foundations of her home. The loss of Tsabari’s beloved father in years past had left her alienated and exiled within her own large Yemeni family and at odds with her Mizrahi identity. By leaving, she would be free to reinvent herself and to rewrite her own story.
For nearly a decade, Tsabari travelled, through India, Europe, the US and Canada, as though her life might go stagnant without perpetual motion. She moved fast and often because—as in the Intifada—it was safer to keep going than to stand still. Soon the act of leaving—jobs, friends and relationships—came to feel most like home.
But a series of dramatic events forced Tsabari to examine her choices and her feelings of longing and displacement. By periodically returning to Israel, Tsabari began to examine her Jewish-Yemeni background and the Mizrahi identity she had once rejected, as well as unearthing a family history that had been untold for years. What she found resonated deeply with her own immigrant experience and struggles with new motherhood.Beautifully written, frank and poignant, The Art of Leaving is a courageous coming-of-age story that reflects on identity and belonging and that explores themes of family and home—both inherited and chosen.
AYELET TSABARI’s debut story collection, The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published internationally to great acclaim. Excerpts from The Art of Leaving have won a National Magazine Award, a Western Magazine Award and an Edna Staebler Award. She is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a graduate of both the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. Tsabari teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education.
Harper Collins Canada
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
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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