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.
Rawi Hage: Beirut Hellfire Society
Monday September 24 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Knopf Canada present the Toronto launch for:
Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage
Monday, September 24th
Doors open at 6:30pm/ Event begins at 7:00pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen St W
Featuring a reading by Rawi Hage, conversation with Devyani Saltzman and a special performance by Waleed Abdulhamid
Entrance and bathroom are wheelchair accessible
Beirut Hellfire Society is a brilliant return to the world Rawi Hage first imagined in his extraordinary, award-winning first novel De Niro's Game, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Award, an international bestseller, finalist for the Giller, Governor General's, and Writers' Trust literary prizes, and widely considered a new Canadian classic.
Since publishing De Niro's Game more than a decade ago, Hage has followed up with two award-winning and acclaimed novels set in Montreal's immigrant community: Cockroach (shortlisted for the Giller Prize), and Carnival (shortlisted for the GG and Writers' Trust Fiction prizes). Now, with Beirut Hellfire Society, Hage makes a stunning and mature return to wartorn Beirut of the 1970s, during the Civil War. Beirut Hellfire Society follows Pavlov, the twenty-something son of an undertaker, who, after his father's death, is approached by a member of the mysterious Hellfire Society--an anti-religious sect that, among their many rebellious and often salacious activities, arrange secret burial for those who have been denied it because the deceased was homosexual, atheist, or otherwise outcast and abandoned by their family, church, and state. Pavlov agrees to take up his father's work for the Society, and over the course of the novel acts as survivor-chronicler of his torn and fading community, bearing witness to both its enduring rituals and its inevitable decline.
Combining comedy and tragedy, Beirut Hellfire Society is a brilliant, urgent meditation on what it is to live through war. It asks what, if anything, can be accomplished or preserved in the face of certain change and certain death. In short, this is a spectacular and timely new work from one of our major writers, and a mature, exhilarating return to some of the themes the author began to explore in his transcendent first novel, De Niro's Game.
Jordy Rosenberg: Confessions of the Fox
Wednesday September 26 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies presents the Toronto launch for:
Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
Featuring a reading by Jordy Rosenberg and conversation with Zoe Whittall
A love story set in the eighteenth-century London of notorious thieves and queer subcultures, this genre-bending debut tells a profound story of gender, desire, and liberation.
Confessions of the Fox is, at once, a work of speculative historical fiction, a soaring love story, a puzzling mystery, an electrifying tale of adventure and suspense, and an unabashed celebration of sex and sexuality. Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.
Jordy Rosenberg is a transgender writer and scholar. He is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches eighteenth-century literature and queer/trans theory.
Colleen Cardinal book launch
Monday October 01 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Fernwood Publishing present the Toronto launch for:
During the 60s Scoop, over 20,000 Indigenous children in Canada were removed from their biological families, lands and culture and trafficked across provinces, borders and overseas to be raised in non-Indigenous households.
Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh delves into the personal and provocative narrative of Colleen Cardinal’s journey growing up in a non- Indigenous household as a 60s Scoop adoptee. Cardinal speaks frankly and intimately about instances of violence and abuse throughout her life, but this book is not a story of tragedy. It is a story of empowerment, reclamation and, ultimately, personal reconciliation. It is a form of Indigenous resistance through truth-telling, a story that informs the narrative on missing and murdered Indigenous women, colonial violence, racism and the Indigenous child welfare system.
“With Canadians slowly awakening to the reality of the 60s Scoop and its ongoing repercussions, Cardinal’s inspiring work here is essential reading and will be an integral resource for generations to come.”
— Waubgeshig Rice, author of Legacy
Colleen Cardinal is Nehiyaw Iskwew from Onihcikiskowapowin Saddle Lake First Nation Alberta, daughter of a residential school survivor, 60s scoop adoptee and MMIWG family member and social justice activist organizer. She is co-founder of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network and has successfully organized two national Indigenous Adoptee Gatherings in 2014 and 2015. Colleen is the proud mother of four grown children and enjoys spending all her free time with her grandchildren.
Darnell Moore & Alexander Chee double book launch
Tuesday October 02 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and the Women and Gender Studies Institute, U of T, present the dual book launch for
Darnell Moore "No Ashes in the Fire" & Alexander Chee "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel" in conversation with Rinaldo Walcott
Tuesday, October 2nd @ Gladstone Ballroom
1214 Queen St W
Doors open @6:30pm/ Event begins @7pm
Entrance and Bathroom are wheelchair accessible
Co-sponsored by The Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, U of T
No Ashes in the Fire (Public Affairs):
When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.
Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore's transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society's edges can thrive.
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (Mariner Books):
As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, “incendiary” by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by theWashington Post. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well.
How to Write an Autobiographical Novelis the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death,the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel,Edinburgh, and the election of Donald Trump.
By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.
Co-sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
Sonia Faruqi: Oyster Thief
Thursday October 11 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Penguin Random House present the launch for
The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi
1165 Queen St West (at Dovercourt)
fully wheelchair accessible
The mermaid’s scales were bronze, and they shimmered like hundreds of pennies arranged close together. Her immense blue-green eyes gave a look of fragility to her face, yet he found her eyes unsettling. She was leaning against a thirty-foot-long shark, which emerged from behind her and opened its mouth to reveal a great big cavern lined with hundreds of teeth—a black tunnel ready to swallow him.
Coralline is a mermaid who is engaged to the merman of her dreams. But when an oil spill wreaks havoc on her idyllic village life, her little brother falls gravely ill. Desperate to save him, she embarks on aquest to find a legendary elixir made of starlight.
Izar, a human man, is on the cusp of an invention that will enable him to mine the depths of the ocean. His discovery will soon make him the richest man on earth—while threatening merpeople with extinction. But then, suddenly, Izar finds himself transformed into a merman and caught in a web of betrayal and intrigue. Meeting Coralline in the ocean, he decides to join her on her quest for the elixir, hoping it will turn him human again.
The quest pushes Coralline and Izar together, even though their worlds are at odds. Their pasts threaten to tear them apart, while a growing attraction adds to the danger. Ultimately, each of them faces an impossible choice. Should Coralline leave her fiancé for a man who might betray her? And Izar has a dark secret of his own—one that could cause him to lose Coralline forever.
Magnificent and moving, set against a breathtaking ocean landscape, The Oyster Thief is a richly imagined odyssey destined to become a classic.
Harry Glasbeek book launch
Tuesday October 16 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Between the Lines present the book launch for
Capitalism: a Crime Story by Harry Glasbeek
A mugger to a stranger, “Give me your wallet or I will beat you to pulp!” It is a crime.
An employer says to a worker: “Adding lung-saving ventilation will reduce my profit. Give me back some of your wages and I will let you keep your lungs!” This is not a crime.
Our assumptions about the world condition us to see these situations as legally different from one another. But what if we, the critics of corporate capitalism, instead insisted on taking the spirit of law, rather than its letter, seriously? It would then be possible to describe many of the daily practices of capitalists and their corporations as criminal in nature, even if not always criminal by the letter and formality of law.
In Capitalism: A Crime Story, Harry Glasbeek makes the case that if the rules and doctrines of liberal law were applied as they should be according to law’s own pronouncements and methodology, corporate capitalism would be much harder to defend.
Harry Glasbeek is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He has also taught at the universities of Melbourne and Monash in Australia, and the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of ten books including Wealth by Stealth: Corporate Crime, Corporate Law, and the Perversion of Democracy.
Marusya Bociurkiw: Food Was Her Country
Friday October 19 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop and Caitlin Press present the Toronto launch for
Marusya Bociurkiw "Food Was Her Country: The Memoir of a Queer Daughter"
St. Vladimir Institute
620 Spadina Ave (at Harbord)
Doors open at 7pm/Event starts at 7:30pm
Event will featuring a reading by Marusya and conversation with Aparita Bhandari
Light snacks will be served (Ukranian and South Asian)
How can a god-fearing Catholic, immigrant mother and her godless, bohemian daughter possibly find common ground? Food Was Her Country is the story of a mother, her queer daughter and their tempestuous culinary relationship. From accounts of 1970s’ macrobiotic potlucks to a dangerous mother-daughter road trip in search of lunch, this book is funny, dark and tender in turn.
Bociurkiw’s Ukraine-born mother is a devotee of the Food Channel and a consummate cook. When she gets cancer of the larynx, she must learn how to eat and speak all over again. Her daughter learns how to feed her mother, but, more crucially, how to let her mother feed her. Food Was Her Country explores a daughter’s journey of grieving and reconciliation, uncovering the truth of her relationship with her mother only after her death.
Marusya Bociurkiw’s Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl was a food writing phenomenon: the world’s first LGBTQ food memoir. With this long-awaited follow-up, Food Was Her Country draws upon a queer archive of art and activism, stories from her popular food blog, Recipes for Trouble, as well as social histories of food, evoking new beginnings and fresh ways of tasting the world.
Marusya Bociurkiw is an author, filmmaker and professor. She has been producing films and videos in Canada for the past twenty-five years and those works have screened at film festivals and in cinemas on several continents. She has written five books, including the novel The Children of Mary, and the award-winning Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl, which was also shortlisted for the prestigious Lambda and Kobzar awards. More recently, her creative non-fiction entry, “A Girl, Waiting”, was a finalist for CBC’s 2015 Canada Writes award. She is associate professor of media theory at Ryerson University and Director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought. She has made ten films. Her latest, the documentary This is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights & the War in Ukraine, has screened in thirteen countries and has been translated into three languages.
Writing the Body
Monday October 22 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Join us for an evening of poetry with Gwen Benaway, Labani Islam, Jeff Kirby and Andrea Thompson!
Ruth Roach Pierson and Jenny Haysom book launch
Thursday October 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Palimpsest Press Fall book launch with Ruth Roach Pierson and Jenny Haysom
A Skeleton Wand:
In her finest collection of poetry to date, Ruth Roach Pierson marshals her considerable expository powers to explore personhood, paranormal phenomenon, and mortality. A Skeletal Wand reaches out with poems that are both honest and strange, touching on a diverse range of subjects that overlap and disrupt easy interpretation. When Pierson writes "For decades her identity / was derivative / like scent / from a perfume bottle," it is with the belief that character is not set in stone, and that change is inherent to the human condition. Approaching the past and present from many different angles, A Skeletal Wand is a refreshing look at the constants that inform modern life.
Dividing the Wayside:
The liminal strip that divides the highway from the surrounding land is called a wayside. Often thick with wildflowers and insects, it's a natural space that coexists with traffic and exhaust. In Dividing the Wayside, Haysom likewise navigates the territory in between, searching the intricate periphery of experience for hidden meaning and beauty. Her voice is passionate, charming and ironic, her language precise and musical.
Starlight by Richard Wagamese memorial event
Thursday October 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Another Story Bookshop is proud to support:
Celebrating Richard Wagamese and Starlight with Shelagh Rogers
Richard Wagamese was one of Canada's foremost writers. An Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, and the author of beloved, award-winning novels like Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, Wagamese inspired countless readers with his gripping, deeply life-affirming books about the experiences of Indigenous Canadians.
A year after his passing at the age of 61, Wagamese's friend and CBC host Shelagh Rogers will sit down with scholar Jesse Thistle, writers Lee Maracle, Drew Hayden Taylor, and more, to celebrate his remarkable life and work, and the exciting arrival of his final book, Starlight. The story of an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man, Starlight is a profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion—and a last gift to readers from a writer who believed in the power of stories to save us.
Join editors and contributors Chanelle Gallant and others to celebrate the launch of Red Light Labour (UBC Press)
In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously that key Criminal Code provisions relating to sex work were unconstitutional. Canada v. Bedford gave Parliament one year to update the laws. The landmark decision provoked renewed interest from researchers, policy makers, news outlets, and the public but little new insight into sex work.
Red Light Labour addresses Canada’s new legal regime regulating sex work with an advanced analysis of past and present policy approaches, and considers the ways in which laws and those who uphold them have constructed, controlled, and criminalized sex workers, their workspaces, colleagues, and clients. This groundbreaking collection also offers nuanced interpretations of various forms of commercial sexual labour that foreground the personal perspectives of workers and activists. The contributors highlight sex workers’ struggles for civic and social inclusion by considering their tactics, successes, and challenges as they work collaboratively and build alliances with diverse social movements.
Red Light Labour advocates for social and economic justice within a sex-work-as-labour framework. This book is a timely intervention that showcases up-to-date legal, policy, and social analysis of sex work in Canada.
Throughout human history, great and free nations have been built on noble dreams. Recently, in some once promising nations, dreams of betterment and possibility, have been effectively compromised. The current political landscape, featuring cold partisan interest, calculated distraction, divisive fear mongering, negativity, and voter disillusionment, has enabled a perfect storm of toxic dysfunction. To make matters worse, personal integrity and accountability have become almost non-existent in political leaders. In such an environment, dreams of social, economic and ecological justice can easily be thwarted. Progress can become much more selective, favouring power and privilege. This handbook integrates critical thinking and media literacy to refocus democratic dreams on more constructive collective pursuits, to re-energize dreamers, and to help hold elected leaders more accountable for their actions and omissions. It is important to speak truth to power, and justice to privilege, in order to empower dreamers and ennoble dreams. The author has over forty years of experience as an educator, curriculum leader, school administrator, and community leader.
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