JUNE 30TH: ALEX ZANDRA VAN CHESTEIN’S LIGHT NOVEL “PLANT LAMP” VIRTUAL LAUNCH

Join us on Instagram Live on Wednesday, June 30th to celebrate the print release of the newest Light Novel “I Accidentally Bought A Plant Lamp To Treat My Winter Depression And Now I’ve Taken Root In My Apartment?” or simply “Plant Lamp” by Alex Zandra Van Chestein.

Alex Zandra will be joined by the Beguiling’s own Peter Birkemoe to celebrate the print release of Plant Lamp, thanks to her successful kickstarter campaign. You can check out the campaign and learn more about the light novel here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zandravandra/plant-lamp-print-edition/description

In the past we’ve been lucky enough to have her other light novels consigned in our shop. You can check them out here as well!

This is an online event which will be streaming via Instagram Live on Wednesday, June 30th at 7pm EST at instagram.com/thebeguiling/

About the book:

I Accidentally Bought A Plant Lamp To Treat My Winter Depression And Now I’ve Taken Root In My Apartment? (or, Plant Lamp) is the story of a shut-in artist whose impulse purchase turns them into a plant girl—and the only folks they can turn to are their furry MMO guildmates! It’s a tale of learning to survive and thrive (and all the messy parts in-between), growing into who we want to be, and a whole lot more.

JUNE 24: “THE GOOD FIGHT” LAUNCH W/ TED STAUNTON & JOSH ROSEN

On Thursday, June 24th at 7pm EST, Ted Staunton and Josh Rosen will be taking to our Instagram Live to celebrate the launch of their new YA graphic novel The Good Fight, out now from Scholastic Canada. The Good Fight is a middle grade historical fiction book centered around Toronto’s historic Riot at Christie Pits, shedding light on prejudice, xenophobia and social injustice.

This is an online event which will be streaming via Instagram Live on Thursday, June 24th at 7pm EST at instagram.com/thebeguiling/

Ted and Josh will be in conversation to talk about the book, their collaborative process, and the significance of revisiting this important moment in local and Canadian history.

The Good Fight is available now at The Beguiling and in our webstore. Ted Staunton and Josh Rosen will be signing copies for us in time for the event.

More about The Good Fight:

A fast-paced story set in the turbulent summer of 1933, this graphic novel sheds light on prejudice and racial injustice.

The summer is stiflingly hot and the growing city feels small as a xenophobic wave rises. Everyone flocks to the lake, where in one area of the beach, a neighbourhood protective association has formed to keep out “undesirables” and its members patrol wearing silver swastika pins. Meanwhile, as the world witnesses an alarming rise of anti-Semitism overseas, the local police chief believes the immigrant Jewish community is at the root of a communist threat.

Sid and his pop live nearby in Toronto’s immigrant slum, where they rent a room. Times are tough, and Sid faces difficult choices as he wrestles with honesty, bigotry, poverty and expectations as a member of a “whiz mob” — a gang of pickpockets. When Sid and his friends get coerced into assisting the police after they’re caught stealing a wallet, they become caught up in something much bigger than themselves. They must decide how far they will go to do what’s right and to protect those they love.

With extraordinarily cinematic artwork that immediately transports readers back in time, this incredible graphic novel shines a striking light on many contemporary issues: the immigrant experience, the roots of prejudice and taking a stand against injustice.