November 16 Event: Fall Book Club

For its eleventh edition, the book club turns its eyes towards the work of a giant.

Here are the details for the not-to-be-missed fall book club meeting:

  • Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: free!
  • Location: The lounge of Argo Bookshop (1915, Sainte-Catherine St. West)!

Argo Bookshop (est. 1966), the oldest independent English-language bookstore in Montreal, is now owned by two fellow JET alumni, and long-time book club participants, who have generously invited us to use their lounge to host these events!

For the event, we have decided to plunge into Confessions of a Mask, the second novel of influential, and colourful, author Yukio Mishima.

Synopsis (256 pages)

Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: he wants to be “normal.”  Kochan is meek-bodied, and unable to participate in the more athletic activities of his classmates. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi. To hide his homosexuality, he courts a woman, Sonoko, but this exacerbates his feelings for men. As news of the War reaches Tokyo, Kochan considers the fate of Japan and his place within its deeply rooted propriety.

(Synopsis and book cover from

Interested in joining the Book Club?

Here are some handy links to borrow/buy the book!

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact us! The book is short enough that reading it should not take much time at all, and, even if you are not completely finished, your presence will always be welcome.

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