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.

JUNE 3: “Pleasure of the Text” Launch w/ Sami Alwani

A celebration of Toronto comic artist Sami Alwani’s debut graphic novel: THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT

Join us on Zoom to celebrate Toronto comic artist and store favorite Sami Alwani’s new graphic novel, The Pleasure of the Text, published by Conundrum Press.

The event, hosted by Selena the Stripper, will include a multimedia reading of the book, accompanied by a soundtrack, a voice actor, and at least one puppet. Audience members will be encouraged to participate via chat and social media, and be entered to win a “party favour” bag containing some of Alwani’s favourite things.

You can register for the zoom event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-lit-up-sami-alwani-tickets-148635724453

Order your copy from our webstore here!

Note: although this event is open to all ages, attendees should be aware that The Pleasure of the Text contains mature content.

This event is sponsored by Toronto Lit Up.

About The Pleasure of the Text

In The Pleasure of the Text, Sami Alwani weaves together themes of art induced dissociation, queer intergenerational polyamory, racial capitalism and esoteric mystical experiences into 20 slice of life comic stories that are equal parts comedy and tragedy.

These stories question society and individual identity. A talking baby philosophizes away his own emotions. A half-man, half-dog cartoonist’s spirit burns too bright when he alienates the entire alternative comics industry, drunk on his own power. A friendly ghost survives COVID quarantine with the help of CBD pot cookies and essential oil diffusers.

There’s something for everyone in this cheerful volume collecting all of award-winning Alwani’s previous work to date (Vice, Now) with plenty of never-before-seen material.


***This event has been rescheduled for Monday, May 31st, now on ZOOM***

On Monday May 31st at 8pm, Toronto Lit Up presents a live zoom event to celebrate TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE,  the latest collection of short comics by DAKOTA MCFADZEAN from Conundrum Press.

Hosted by theatre artist Jayden Pfeifer, this event will feature a live reading with a soundscape by actor and composer Daniel Maslany.

Register for the free online event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/147832640407

We are excited to be the official bookseller to this event, so grab your copy of To Know You’re Alive (with a signed bookplate) from our webstore

To Know You’re Alive:

Graphic shorts filled with horror, humour, and the absurd.

Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Dakota McFadzean returns with a brilliantly dark collection that offers a glimpse into the cracks between childhood imagination and the disappointing harshness of adulthood. Populated by cruel bullies, exhausted parents, and relentless cartoon mascots, the world of To Know You’re Alive renders the familiar into something that is alien and absurd. The characters in these stories long to uncover something uncanny in shadowy attics and beneath masks, only to discover that sometimes it’s worse to find nothing at all.


Bestselling cartoonist Alison Bechdel launches her newest graphic memoir, THE SECRET TO SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH, in this exclusive Canadian event presented by Librairie D+Q and The Beguiling. Alison will guide the audience through a visual presentation, followed by an audience Q+A hosted by fellow cartoonist and friend Sophie Yanow (THE CONTRADICTIONS).
This event is organized by independent booksellers Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and The Beguiling.

Purchase the book from either store and you will be emailed access to the webinar, co-presented by TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Buy the book from Librairie D+Q: https://bit.ly/329jF7e
Buy the book from The Beguiling: https://bit.ly/325z88e