Amant’s Café and Bookstore offers two modes of cultural consumption: a cozy lounge in which to relax over a book and a coffee, and an active space for live readings, workshops, and presentations.
We work with a group of local and international independent publishing houses and small presses with an emphasis on theory, artists’ books, literature, music, performance, and experimental poetry. Moreover, the bookstore consists of publications suggested by our guest artists, artists-in-residence, and collaborators, fostering a philosophical and academic ethos of sympathetic links between people, stories, and ideas.
The Amant bookstore echoes the meanings traced within its etymology, describing both the act of loving and the lover, or “they love” when translated from the original Latin. There is no better statement for a space dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and experience. For us, a library or bookstore perfectly reflects the collective idea of love: a love that refrains from “romantic exclusivity” and leads to the emancipation of people socially and emotionally.
The Café will open to the public this Fall.
Current Book Recommendations
“The Matrix” by N. H. Pritchard
Long out of print, Norman H. Pritchard’s masterwork presents a decade of poetic experimentation from 1960 to 1970. Inflected with—and perhaps an influence on—Black Arts, the precise architecture of Pritchard’s book (the poems and their design) stage an unexpected meeting of Concrete Poetry with Olson’s “open field” poetics and Cage’s chance operations.
“Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds” by Jayna Brown
In Black Utopias Jayna Brown takes up the concept of utopia as a way of exploring alternative states of being, doing, and imagining in Black culture. Brown demonstrates that engaging in utopian practices Black subjects imagine and manifest new genres of existence and forms of collectivity.
“Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959-1979” edited by Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre
Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959-1979 is expansive anthology focused on concrete poetry written by women in the groundbreaking movement’s early history. It features 50 writers and artists from Europe, Japan, Latin America, and the United States selected by editors Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre.
“Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction” by Joshua Whitehead
This exciting and groundbreaking fiction anthology showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer Indigenous) writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism’s histories.