May Newsletter

We are doing storytime every Saturday morning at 11. Queen Books staff (or special guest readers) will read 3-4 books; the books will be chosen to suit the age of the kiddos in the crowd. We will continue to feature some amazing kid's authors and illustrators!

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 4
Girl of the Southern Sea Launch with Michelle Kadarusman 
Join us to celebrate the launch of Toronto author Michelle Kadarusman's newest middle grade novel, Girl of the Southern Sea, forthcoming from Pajama Press. The event is free to attend, and light refreshments will be available.

Thursday, May 9
Living Hyphen Open Mic Night

Join us for an evening of readings with Living Hyphen contributors with an open mic. For more details, see our events page at 

Saturday, May 11
Middle Eastern Book Club
Join us for a new book club running from May to August 2019, focusing on contemporary Middle Eastern and diaspora authors! May's book will be A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar, available to buy at Queen Books. In this fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel, Randa Jarrar chronicles the coming-of-age of Nidali, one of the most unique and irrepressible narrators in contemporary fiction.
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Tuesday, May 14
Reading Queens
Join us for Reading Queens, our book club for 12-15 year olds! This month's book is Honour Girl by Maggie Thrash.

Thursday, May 16
In Conversation with Andrew Forbes, H.B. Hogan, and Téa Mutonji
Join us for a Short Story Month celebration! We're launching Andrew Forbes' newest book, Lands and Forests, with a conversation between Andrew Forbes, H.B Hogan, Téa Mutonji, and Leigh Nash, (publisher of Invisible Publishing). The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 24
An Intimate Meet & Greet with Anakana Schofield
Join us for an intimate meet and greet with the delightful Anakana Schofield. Anakana is most recently the author of Bina, the extraordinary new novel from the acclaimed writer whose previous book, Martin John, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and whose debut, Malarky, won the Amazon First Novel Award. We'll have wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to mingle with like-minded book people and Anakana. Tickets will be available on on Friday, May 3. Your ticket includes a copy of Bina, drinks, appetizers, and an exclusive chance to schmooze with Anakana Schofield! 

Thursday, May 30
Decolonizing Academia Panel with Clelia O. Rodríguez
Save the date for a panel discussion on decolonization in academia with Clelia O. Rodríguez, author of Decolonizing Academia (Fernwood)! Panelists TBA. This will be free to attend and light refreshments will be available.

What We're Reading This Month

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
Shortlisted for the Booker last year, Everything Under is the story of a woman, Gretel, coming to terms with her eccentric and estranged mother while trying to unravel her mysterious and unconventional childhood aboard a canal boat. At the centre of her memories is the boy who spent one summer befriending them before disappearing forever, and the Canal Thief, a dangerous creature that is forever swimming behind them, approaching but just out of sight. This is an unsettling and devastating read (is there anything better?) that borrows from folklore, fairy tales, and Greek tragedies. Eerie and wild, I think I’m going to be haunted by this book for years to come.

Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey
I have finally gotten to read this superstar of a novel. I always love when a book makes you ask questions, and then answers them at a delectable pace. Heartbreaker does just that—and the added bonus is that most of these questions are answered from the perspective of a very loyal and slightly blood-thirsty dog. Plus, Pony Darlene is one of the most fantastically captivating characters I've met in a while.

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
A funny and lyrical memoir of poet Patricia Lockwood's return to her childhood home at 30 with her husband after they are left bankrupted by a medical procedure, and her bananas childhood growing up as one of five children of a Catholic-priest-via-loophole father (often semi-nude and gun-toting) and a mother who sees doom and danger around every corner.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
I am slowly savouring this one. A gorgeous, meditative essay collection on writing, growing, and becoming a person. 

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
This YA sci-fi novel from the early 2000s takes place in the far future where cities and towns have become mobile and must survive "municipal darwinism," constantly escaping from larger cities seeking their resources.  We follow Tom, a young historian from London, as he's caught up in a conspiracy involving the "anti-tractionists."  This was a super fun read and full of action!

The Word Pretty by Elisa Gabbert
The Word Pretty is a lovely collection of literary meandering essays with titles like, "Variations of Crying,"  "Dream Logic," and "Aphorisms are Essays." Naturally, I was immediately intrigued by the sleek design and found myself dreamily following her along on beautiful tangents. I am also loving Conversations with Friends; I'm late to the Sally Rooney party but she is a thoroughly enjoyable, crystal-clear writer and I can't wait to read her latest, Normal People

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Summer read alert! Pick up your copy of this romantic gem about Stella, a genius who struggles to find love as she lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Worth. Every. Minute. 

Monsieur X by Jamie Reid
An entertaining read about a big time gambler in France between the 50s and 70s. Written with a mix of history, glamour, grit and true crime.

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