Swingsing Soaps

october, 2019

thu24oct7:00 pmthu9:00 pmTaras Grescoe launches Possess the Air7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Details

Join us for the launch of Taras Grescoe’s thrilling new history of resistance to fascism in Mussolini’s Rome. A reading, a book talk, a celebration of Taras and of patriots committed to democracy and inclusion.

Plunging readers into Fascist Rome at the height of Mussolini’s power, Possess the Air tells the story of three people who defied Italy’s authoritarian despot by opposing the rising tide of populism and xenophobia. Two Canadian archeologists, Gilbert Bagnani and his wife Mary Stewart Houston, maddened the self-styled Caesar, determined to dispel his claims that Rome was—and always would be—rightful master of the Mediterranean, while poet and aviator Lauro de Bosis, firstborn of an Italian aristocrat and a New Englander, transformed himself into a modern Icarus, amazing the world as he risked his life in the skies bring the dictator down. An inspiring story of resistance, risk, and sacrifice, Taras Grescoe’s portrait of heroes past is an essential biography for our time.

TARAS GRESCOE is the author of seven non-fiction books, including Sacré Blues, The End of Elsewhere, The Devil’s Picnic, Bottomfeeder, Straphanger, and Shanghai Grand. Bottomfeeder won the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction, and was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He has contributed to the New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Gourmet, and The Wall Street Journal. His books have been translated into half a dozen languages. He lives in Montreal.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly recognizes that our events and bookstores are located on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. Many of us refer to Montreal as our home, but it is named Tiohtiá:ke. This has always been a gathering place for many First Nations and continues to be home to a diverse population of Indigenous peoples. It is important to think about how each and every one of us has arrived here. We are grateful that creating and sharing stories has been a part of this land for thousands of years and we urge you to seek out a story that is different from your own.


La Petite Drawn and Quarterly Accessibility information:

– Our event space uses StopGap.ca ramps in an effort to encourage accessibility. Both the step at the entrance, followed by a half step and a door have StopGap ramps. The door opens inward and is not automated. Once inside, there are no additional steps.
– It is not a sober space, our events sometimes offer alcohol.

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(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm