Take ’em Down: The Book Tour

Friday, September 23, 2022 // 7pm
Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON

Saturday, September 24, 2022 // 4pm
Librairie Féministe l’Euguélionne
1426 Beaudry, Montreal, QC

Join author Simon(e) van Saarloos and Ricky Varghese of Metropolitan University as they discuss themes from van Saarloos’ latest book, Take ’em Down, which explores commemoration and queer forgetting. Joining them in Toronto will be guest poet Concetta Principe, and Montreal’s launch will also feature a reading by poet Fan Wu.

In Take ’em Down (PS Guelph 2022), Simon(e) van Saarloos is inspired by the historically invisibilized lives of LGBT people and queers. They demonstrate the power of forgetting and wonder if and how it’s possible to live without a past. At the same time, Van Saarloos criticizes the way that a “white memory” – including their own – treats some stories as self-evident while other histories are erased.

Simon(e) van Saarloos is the author of Playing Monogamy (Publication Studio 2019), amongst other books originally published in Dutch. They were the curator of the 2021 exhibition on Abundance (“We must bring about the end of the world as we know it” – Denise Ferreira da Silva) in Het HEM and are also the host of *The Asterisk Conversations podcast. Together with Indigenous scholar Kim TallBear, they recently published an online letter exchange titled “The Non-Monogamy Letters” at ArtsEverywhere.ca.

For more information please contact PS Guelph: psguelph@publicationstudio.biz