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Friday, 24 April 2015

Tonight! Words to Change: Gene Luen Yang award ceremony and presentation

We are very excited to be welcoming celebrated cartoonist Gene Luen Yang to the Librairie for a Blue Metropolis event! Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for a presentation by the author of  Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese, and other well-respected titles.

Yang will be receiving the Words to Change Prize and presenting Boxers & Saints, his
award-winning graphic novel project about China'’s Boxer Rebellion. Also to be announced is the winner of Blue Met'’s $1,000 “Words to Change” prize, for a video blog on intercultural communication.
Gene Luen Yang is the author and illustrator of several influential and critically acclaimed books that aim to reflect the common experience of 2nd generation migrants to North America. Along the way, he blends aspects of Chinese folklore with the realities of migration and assimilation that is often part of becoming an American or Canadian. Yang has won many awards including Publishers Weekly Best Comic of the Year, the Michael L. Printz Award, San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, The Reuben Award for Best Comic Book, the Eisner Award and the Amazon.com Best Graphic Novel/Comic of the Year.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

TONIGHT 7pm!: Junot Díaz in Conversation with Heather O'Neill

Blue Metropolis and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly present Junot Díaz in conversation with Heather O'Neill. Díaz will receive the Premio Metropolis Azul, an annual award given to a writer for a work of fiction exploring an aspect of Spanish language, history or culture. Join us at the Rialto Theatre this Tonight! Thursday, April 23rd. Doors at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Please note that the time printed on the tickets is incorrect.

Tickets will be available at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Ouest, 514-279-2224), The Rialto Theatre (5723 Avenue du Parc, 514-770-7773), and online at http://www.lavitrine.com/ (service charges may apply).

Junot Díaz is a Dominican born American writer and author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as well as the critically acclaimed Drown and New York Times bestseller This is How You Lose Her. Currently he is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Díaz has been a bestselling author at the Librairie for years now. The deluxe edition of This is How You Lose Her, illustrated by non other than legendary comics artist Jaime Hernandez, is, of course, a particular favourite here!

Photo credit: Julia C. Vona

Heather O'Neill is the author of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, which was a finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was winner of CBC’s Canada Reads and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. O’Neill is a regular contributor to CBC Books, CBC Radio, This American Life, The New York Times, The Gazette, and The Walrus, and will have a monthly column in The Globe and Mail starting January 2015. She was born in Montreal, where she currently lives.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

TONIGHT, 7pm: The Mystics of Mile End launch

Brooklyn author Sigal Samuel returns to her hometown for the official launch of her debut novel, The Mystics of Mile End, in—where else?—Mile End. Join Freehand Books to celebrate at the Librarie Drawn & Quarterly. Montreal writer Melissa Bull will lead a Q&A with Sigal. This free event will be taking place tonight, Wednesday, the 22nd of April at 7PM.

About the book
Four distinct voices weave together the tale of a dysfunctional Montreal family obsessed with climbing the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. This literary debut by Jewish Daily Forward editor Sigal Samuel is reminiscent of Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love and Myla Goldberg’s Bee Season.

The Meyer family lives in Mile End, home to a mashup of hipsters and Hasidic Jews, where down the street crazy Mr. Katz is building a tree out of plucked leaves, toilet paper rolls, and dental floss. When David, a skeptical professor of religion, is diagnosed with an unusual heart murmur, he becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets.

But when David’s frenzied attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara, who abruptly abandoned religion years earlier, believes it is up to her to finish what she started. As Samara’s brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour, it falls to next-door neighbour and Holocaust survivor Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family. But can he break through to them in time?

Long-held family secrets square off against faith and secularity in this remarkable debut novel, written with extraordinary heart and intelligence.

About the author
Sigal Samuel is an award-winning fiction writer, journalist, essayist and playwright. Currently a writer and editor for the Jewish Daily Forward, she previously worked for The Daily Beast. She has also published work in The Rumpus, BuzzFeed, The Walrus, and This Magazine, among others. She has been a featured writer at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, a winner of Room Magazine’s writing contest, and a two-time finalist in Event Magazine’s nonfiction contest. An accomplished playwright, Sigal has written and produced six plays in Montreal, Vancouver and New York, two of which garnered national awards. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2012. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in Brooklyn.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Out Today: Palookaville 22!

Seth's annual installment of Palookaville is finally here! Bringing readers back to the world of Dominion Ontario, the lush-hardcover edition (complete with green foil and meticulous design) continues the exploration of the past and the elusive nature of memory by one of Canada's true greats.

In this fourth installment of Clyde Fans Abe and Simon Matchcard are back, watching the painful disintegration of their family business in an endless haze of cigarette smoke. Chapter two of his autobiographical serial Nothing Lasts revisits Seth's small town Ontario upbringing in Tilbury. Cherished fragments of memory provide a glimpse of the life of the artist and will resonate doubly for anyone familiar with the art of nostalgia.

A wistful photo essay chronicling the Crown Barber Shop in Guelph, Ontario serves as interlude to these stories and adds another misty layer of history to contend with. It's also a real barber shop owned and operated by Tania Van Spyck and designed by Seth! Check out Tracy's preview of PV22 for more or come see this beautiful edition for yourself on shelves today!

Upcoming Event: Esplanade Spring Launch

Join us on Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. to celebrate new titles from Esplanade Books (fiction imprint of Véhicule Press)! Featuring Anita Anand, author of Swing in the House and Other Stories and Andy Sinclair, author of Breathing Lessons, as well as Christine Fischer Guy whose book The Umbrella Mender is published by Wolsak and Wynn. The evening will be hosted by Esplanade editor Dimitri Nasrallah.

Swing in the House paints an utterly contemporary portrait of Canadian families in their most private moments. Anand pulls back the curtains to reveal the unspoken complexities within the modern home, from sibling rivalries to fracturing marriages, casual racism to damaged egos, hidden homosexuality to mental illness. Each of these stories offers a deftly-constructed morality play. In the novella-length title story, a young mother timidly explores the possibilities of an affair to alleviate the suffocation of a loveless marriage, to detrimental effect. In “Indelible Markers,” a girl vacationing in Greece learns that growing up with a schizophrenic father has affected her relationships with men. In “Something Steady,” a lonely, mentally challenged teen vents his anger on a co-worker’s boyfriend. Throughout, Anand’s incisive intelligence, sharp prose, and sly wit infuse dark undercurrents into these seventeen cautionary tales.

These stories are full of undercurrents that disturb the surface, and these disturbances, in their turn, dazzle as they reflect light. Anita Anand is a sensitive observer of human behaviour and, because she is unafraid to explore difficult emotions, her stories reveal–in broad strokes and subtle shadings–glimpses of truth. –Elise Moser, author of Lily and Taylor and Because I Have Loved and Hidden It

This is a wise, assured and wonderfully intelligent collection that announces the arrival of an exciting new talent. –Dennis Bock

Anita Anand was born in Montreal. She moved back and forth between her hometown and such places as the Bronx; Bedfordshire, England; and Richmond, B.C. In every neighbourhood where she has lived, she has been the only person her age of Indian origin. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Frostwriting and the Louisiana Review. This is her first book.

A bold and explicit debut novel by one of the most visceral new voices in gay fiction, Andy Sinclair's Breathing Lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced. 

When a teenaged Henry came out to his mother, she worried only that he’d be lonely. At the time, he thought her concerns were old-fashioned. Two decades later, he’s had supportive family and friends, he’s well-liked by the athletes who train with him, trusted in his professional life, parties whenever he pleases, and performs all manner of sexual acts with whomever he wants. But as he gets older and, increasingly, the men he sleeps with are married, Henry finds that his mother may have been right. Can he find the lasting intimacy he craves in his life amidst the equal-opportunity freedom afforded by his generation’s openness? Learning to navigate between the two is as delicate as learning to breathe again.

Readers will recognize themselves in these scenes, even when they least want to. I’m not exaggerating when I say that, with Breathing Lessons,Andy Sinclair is doing something no other Canadian writer has done,possibly something no other Canadian writer has dared to do. –Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage

Andy Sinclair was born in Cowansville, Quebec and grew up in North Bay, Ontario. He now lives in Toronto. His work has appeared in fab, The Moose & Pussy, The Globe and Mail, and Dragnet Magazine. Breathing Lessons is his first book.

In her haunting debut novel, The Umbrella Mender, Christine Fischer Guy transports us to 1950s Moose Factory, where the beleaguered staff of the local hospital are fighting to stem the tide of tuberculosis among the indigenous peoples of the North. At the heart of the novel is Hazel MacPherson, a promising young nurse who finds herself increasingly drawn to the surrounding wilderness, made manifest in the person of a troubled drifter.

Like her heroine, Fischer Guy is equally at home within the walls of the hospital and without. In language rich with sensual detail, she brings Hazel’s dualized experience into sharp focus, evoking the ghostly beauty of an X-ray one moment, the living presence of the Moose River the next. The Umbrella Mender is a gorgeous book— a moving meditation on human frailty, a sensitive portrait of conflicting cultures brought together in an uneasy truce, and a heartbreaking tale of unsanctioned love.— Alissa York, author of Fauna and Effigy

The evocative setting of a TB hospital in remote Moose Factory, a passionate and clandestine love affair, and the irresistible voice of intrepid nurse Hazel join forces to make The Umbrella Mender an absolutely compelling read from start to finish.— Miriam Toews, author of All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness

Christine Fischer Guy’s fiction has appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire and Grimm, and has been nominated for the Journey Prize. She reviews fiction for the Globe and Mail and contributes to Ryeberg.com. Her debut novel, The Umbrella Mender, has been excerpted in the summer 2012 issue of Descant and the Spring 2013 issue of Ars Medica. She is also a journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Eighteen Bridges, Toronto Life and Reader's Digest, among others. She won silver at the National Magazine Awards for her Eighteen Bridges profile of a Métis blogger. She has been teaching writing in various forms since she earned her MA in 1990 and is currently teaching creative writing at the School for Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. She has lived and worked in London, England, and now lives in Toronto.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Spring magazine roundup!

It's finally spring! The sun is shining, it's (almost) shorts weather, and new magazines are popping up like crocuses (or croci, if you prefer). Here's a sample of what we have on offer:

Maisonneuve and N+1
National Magazine Award-winning Maisonneuve is back with another issue full of amazing content with a Canadian bend, including eco-funerals, Iranian sculpture, and dealing with PTSD as a couple. Meanwhile, N+1's newest installment is full of the riveting writing we're accustomed to, with a roundtable discussion on police violence (part of a larger package on the police and the people), and essays on basketball, death, and affect theory for activists.

Jacobin and Delayed Gratification
We're so excited to be getting the beautiful, important Jacobin, and issue 17 does not disappoint. This time, the "leading voice of the American left" tackles technology and how it is shaping our world (of note are features on the division of extraterrestrial resources and the ubiquity of smartphones). Delayed Gratification, self-styled as the world's first slow journalism magazine,explores the international goings-on from October 1st to December 31st, with investigations into the disappearance of 43 Mexican students, the Philae landing, #blacklivesmatter, and Zaatari, the Syrian refuge camp-cum-city.

Nouveau Projet and Liberté
Montreal native Nouveau Projet is published biannually, and is committed to promoting innovative French culture in North America. Issue no. 7 is full of features (on Quebec's new cultural borders, pop culture feminism, and seasonal Christmas tree labour), comics, poems, and more. For its part, Liberté, also Montreal-based, makes good on its challenge for readers to "understand dangerously," turning its piercing gaze on modern feminism, historical photography, and critiquing art, film, and literature with equal gusto.

Caribou and Wax Poetics
Quebecois culinary magazine Caribou's second issue is all about the restaurants, spotlighting the best and brightest the province has to offer, plus tales of foodie road trips and snack joints, and a maple syrup-flavoured photo essay. A special #blacklivesmatter-themed Wax Poetics just came out, dedicated to all those who have fought for justice. The music magazine profiles Curtis Mayfield, TV on the Radio, Bishop Nehru, Joi, Rick Stevens, and many, many others. 

Uppercase and Kinfolk
Uppercase is just as lovingly put together as always, tackling printmaking in its newest issue. The magazine investigates everything from silkscreening to typesetting, monoprint to overprinting, and profiles an amazing group of artists working today. Portland-based Kinfolk magazine continues with its immediately recognizable aesthetic, with sleek, modern, and effortlessly cool dripping off every page of writing, photography, or recipes, this time all based around the theme of entrepreneurship. 
Sunday, 19 April 2015

Upcoming event: Mike Steeves launches Giving Up

Join Mike Steeves on Friday May 15 at 7 p.m. for a reading from his new novel, Giving Up, followed by a Q & A with fellow BookThug author, Jacob Wren (Polyamorous Love Song). 

Giving Up is the highly anticipated debut novel by Montreal writer Mike Steeves. At times funny, at other times sad, and more than often a mixture of the two, Giving Up is a deeply felt account of what goes on in the inner sanctum of a modern couple’s apartment.

In grappling with the line between what happened and what might have happened, Steeves gives voice to the anguish of a generation of people who grew up with great expectations, and are now settling into their own personal failures and compromises: James is obsessed with completing his life’s work. Mary is worried about their problems starting a family, and is scared that their future might not turn out as she’d planned. In the span of a few hours on an ordinary night in a nondescript city, two relatively small events will have enormous consequences on James’ and Mary’s lives, both together and apart.

With an unrelenting prose style and pitch-black humour, Giving Up addresses difficult topics– James’s ruinous ambition, and Mary’s quiet anguish–in a funny and relatable way. This experimental work will appeal to readers of contemporary European fiction who enjoy fast-paced stories that focus on voice and ideas.


Few first novels in recent memory are as consistently charming, smart, entertaining and incisive as Giving Up. Somehow Mike Steeves has written a page-turner about stray cats and trips to the bank, and a story that treads through the banalities of everyday life with such precision to cast each detail, every gesture and object and silence, with great meaning.
— Pasha Malla

Mike Steeves attended King's College University in Halifax, where he received a BA in Political Science and English Literature. He completed an MA in English Literature at Concordia University. Steeves lives with his wife and child in Montreal, and works at Concordia University. Giving Up is his first full-length book of fiction. Connect with Steeves on Twitter @SteevesMike.

Jacob Wren creates literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include Unrehearsed Beauty (1998), Families Are Formed Through Copulation (2007), and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed (2010). As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART, he co-created the performances En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize (1998), and the HOSPITALITÉ / HOSPITALITY series including Individualism Was a Mistake (2008), The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (2011), and Every Song I’ve Ever Written (2013). International collaborations include a stage adaptation of the 1954 Wolfgang Koeppen novel Der Tod in Rom (Sophiensaele, Berlin, 2007); An Anthology of Optimism (co-created with Pieter De Buysser / Campo, Ghent, 2008); Big Brother Where Art Thou? (a project entirely on Facebook, co-created with Lene Berg / OFFTA / PME-ART, 2011); and, No Double Life For The Wicked (co-created with Tori Kudo / The Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan, 2012.) Wren travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art. Follow Wren at http://www.radicalcut.blogspot.com and http://jacobwren.tumblr.com.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

TONIGHT : Small, gutsy and gorgeous: Pedlar Press in Montreal

Small, Gutsy & Gorgeous: this is how poet Erín Moure once described Pedlar Press, and it has stuck! Join us on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. to find out why: authors Sonja Greckol, Emily McGiffin and Robert Mellin will read from their new works of short fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Montreal poet Mary di Michele will read from the new work of Kate Cayley, who is unfortunately unable to join us. 

Kate Cayley’s poetry and short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the country. Her play, After Akhmatova, was produced by Tarragon Theatre, where she is a playwright-in-residence, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, was published by Annick Press in 2011. Brick Books published her first poetry collection, When This World Comes to an End. How You Were Born is Cayley's first collection of short fiction.


Sonja Greckol, author of Skein of Days, edits poetry for Women and Environments International and was an founding member of InfluencySalon.ca. She lives in Toronto.


During the five years that Emily McGiffin lived in northwest BC, she became proficient in the fine art of firewood splitting. She holds an MSc from the University of London and has worked and studied in Italy, Sierra Leone and the Philippines. Her poetry, essays, reviews and journalistic articles, widely published in magazines across Canada, have most recently appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine and Contemporary Verse 2. Between Dusk and Night, her first poetry collection, was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and the Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Prize. She currently lives in Toronto where she is a PhD student at York University.


Robert Mellin has been a registered architect since 1978. In 2002 he was elected to the R.C.A. (Royal Canadian Academy), and he was elected to Fellowship in the RAIC in 2009. He has received eight Southcott Awards for his heritage conservation projects in Newfoundland, and in 2005 he received a Manning Award from the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2006 he received the Paul E. Buchanan Award for excellence in fieldwork and interpretation from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. He is past-Chair of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. His book Tilting: House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching and Other Tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2003 and it won the Winterset Literary Award. His chapter on the Ludlow premises in Joe Batt's Arm, Fogo Island, Newfoundland appears in the anthology Despite This Loss: Essays on Culture, Memory, and Identity in Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John's: ISER, 2010). In 2011, Professor Mellin’s book Newfoundland Modern: Architecture in the Smallwood Years, 1949-1972, was published as part of the McGill Queen’s/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History series.

Photo credit: Terence Byrnes
Poet, novelist, and member of the collaborative writing group, Yoko’s Dogs, Mary di Michele is the author of eleven books including a selected poems, Stranger in You, Oxford University Press 1995, and the novel, Tenor of Love, Viking Canada, Simon & Schuster USA 2005. She lives in Montreal where she teaches at Concordia University in the creative writing program. Her most recent publication is the chapbook, The Montreal Book of the Dead, Vallum. She has won numerous awards including first prize for poetry in the CBC literary competition, the Air Canada Writing Award, and the Malahat Review long poem competition, as well as books shortlisted for the Trillium Award and the A.M. Klein.
Friday, 17 April 2015

Recap - Tom Gauld's launch of Vous êtes tous jaloux de mon jetpack

On Wednesday, April 8th, the inimitable London-based cartoonist Tom Gauld paid a visit to Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. We were delighted to host him for the launch of Vous êtes tous jaloux de mon jetpack, the French translation of D+Q bestseller, You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack. I'm happy to report that he was as funny and charming in person as his witty comics would lead you to believe!

Store staffer and fellow D+Q author Julie Delporte introduced Tom. They are actually old pals, having met previously at a comics festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Following Julie's intro, Tom took to the stage and pleased the crowd by speaking a little French, with just a *wee* Scottish-English accent!

Tom had prepared a great slideshow to accompany his presentation, featuring illustrations from some of his work for The Guardian, as well as panels from his books, and even some pages of his sketchbooks.

Here's a sketchbook image, showing the creative process behind a strip about J.G. Ballard's hypothetical kids books...

...and here's the finished product!

Here's a panel illustrating some of the many things that can interfere with writing a novel.

After the presentation, Tom graciously stuck around to sign copies of his books for the attendees.

We would like to thank Tom so much for making the long journey to Montreal to share his work. Another big thanks goes out to all of the lovely attendees who joined us, making the evening so enjoyable for everyone.

Tonight: What You Need/Who Needs What: A Double Book Launch!

Join Invisible Publishing tonight at 7:00 p.m. as they celebrate two excellent Andrews!

Andrew Hood births his latest addition to Invisible Publishing's Bibliophonic series. Jim Guthrie: Who Needs What tells the story of a musician never compromising, doing what he loved, and keeping it weird.

And Andrew Forbes launches What You Need, a collection of vital, honest stories where loyalties collide with long-buried love, a man builds a nuclear bomb in his garage, and helicopters ferry away the injured. 

About Who Needs What:
Even if you've never heard of Jim Guthrie, chances are you've heard him. Invisible Publishing's Bibliophonic series returns, this time with a look at a true Canadian innovator.Jim Guthrie: Who Needs What tells the story of a musician whose twenty year career has been spent either at the forefront of Canada's indie rock renaissance or in the background of some of the most popular indie games, films, and ad campaigns of the past decade. Through interviews with Jim, his collaborators, and fans, this book explores how a self-described "Seabiscuit" with a cult following became a major influencer of musicians at home and abroad, while never compromising, doing what he loved, and keeping it weird.

Andrew Hood is the author of the award-winning short story collections Pardon Our Monsters (Véhicule Press) and The Cloaca (Invisible Publishing). Maisonneuve Magazine has called him "one of Canada's most criminally undervalued writers." He probably still lives in Guelph.

 About What You Need:
Loyalties collide with long-buried love, a man builds a nuclear bomb in his garage, and helicopters ferry away the injured. What You Need is a collection of vital, honest stories told in a personal and urgent style. Forbes's characters struggle to challenge their all too ordinary lives, falling victim to fate, to one another, and to self-sabotage. These are stories about failure and yearning, and they remind us of the humour and humanity in even the worst decisions.

Andrew Forbes’s stories have appeared in The Feathertale Review, Found Press, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Scrivener Creative Review, The Journey Prize Stories 25, This Magazine, Hobart, and The Puritan. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Free Comic Book Day 2015!

Get ready, everybody! It's Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 2nd, and we all know what that means: special free comics all day long (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly! Plus snacks and juice! This is a kid-friendly event, of course.

Check out the recap from last year's event for a sampling of what's to come...

This year's batch of free comics is stacking up! Plus, this year the special comic from Drawn & Quarterly features life at Jillian Tamaki's Super Mutant Magic Academy AND work from Kate Beaton's forthcoming Step Aside, Pops! Better get here early!

Tonight: GALA POETRY LAUNCH and Tribute to Elise Partridge (1958-2015)

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. to celebrate new titles from Signal Poetry (an imprint of Montreal's Véhicule Press)! Expect readings from Chad Campbell (Laws & Locks) and Talya Rubin (Leaving the Island), as well as from Chris Chambers, whose Thrillows & Despairos is published by Wolsak & Wynn. The evening will also be a tribute to late poet Elise Partridge (1958-2015).

The following readers will read one Partridge poem each: Asa Boxer, Stephanie Bolster, Susan Elmslie, Robyn Sarah, Sarah Venart, and Susan Gillis.

Featured poets:

A finalist for the 2013 Malahat Long Poem Prize, Chad Campbell’s poetry has appeared in Maisonneuve and Arc, among other magazines. Originally from Toronto, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives and teaches in Iowa.

Poet, playwright and theatre creator/performer, Talya Rubin’s poetry has garnered the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. In 2011 she was short-listed for the Winston Collins/Descant prize for Best Canadian poem and was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She lives in Montreal with her husband and son.

Chris Chambers is the author of Lake Where No One Swims and Wild Mouse (with Derek McCormack), which was nominated for the Toronto Book Award. These poems have appeared in Taddle Creek, Jacket, This Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada and were awarded the K. M. Hunter Artist Award.

Elise Partridge's Fielder's Choice was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poems in Canada; her Chameleon Hours was a finalist for the BC Book Prize, won the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award, and was featured in the Washington Post "Poet's Choice" column. Her work has been anthologized in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, and the U.K., and has appeared in Arc, Poetry, The Walrus, The New Yorker, The Fiddlehead, Slate, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Southwest Review, Yale Review, and The New Republic.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

TONIGHT: Graphic Novel Book Club #12: Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët’s Beautiful Darkness

Each month we host a Graphic Novel Book Club meeting, open to all, during which we hang out and informally discuss a featured graphic novel! Our pick for April is Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët’s Beautiful Darkness (translated by Helge Dascher). We will meet at the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore on Wednesday, April 15th at 7 PM. Discussion will be hosted by D+Q store staffer Alyssa. 

There will be refreshments and collective insight! We offer you a 20% discount on Beautiful Darkness from now until the meeting date.

Beautiful Darkness (Drawn & Quarterly) is a 2014 anti-fairy tale originally published in French as Jolies Ténèbres. The story follows Princess Aurora and her friends, pint-sized people who wake up one morning stranded in the woods next to the corpse of a giant child. A chilling cross of fantasy and horror, the beauty of the illustrations betray the huge capacity for human cruelty these tiny forest dwellers display, and how quickly the veneer of civility can give way to pettiness, greed, and bloodshed.

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