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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

TONIGHT: Mary Soderstrom launches River Music!

Come celebrate beautiful music and strong women at the launch of Mary Soderstrom's new novel, River Music. On the program: passion and the piano, plus a reading by Mary. The event will take place tonight, Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m.

About River Music: Gloria Murray’s daughter jokes that Gloria would have sold her first born to further her musical career — a reproach closer to the truth than anyone but Gloria suspects. Gloria knows from the moment she hears a soaring song played on the piano that she must follow that river of emotion. After an adolescence playing in churches and hotel lobbies, she prepares to study in post-World War II France, but then another sort of passion intrudes and, halfway through her year abroad, she finds herself forced into a hard choice that she shares with no one. Back in Canada, her career blossoms, she marries and has two children, and her secret seems best forgotten — until, thirty years later, her past and her career collide. Set against a backdrop of war, economic changes, and social upheavals, River Music explores the sacrifices that women make to fulfill their destiny, the wildcards of sex and passion, and the complicated relationships between mothers and their children.

Mary Soderstrom is the author of five previous novels: The Violets of Usambara (2008), After Surfing Ocean Beach (2004), The Words on the Wall (1998), Endangered Species (1995), which was a finalist for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction; and The Descent of Andrew McPherson (1977), a finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her collections of short stories include Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography (2013), The Truth Is (2000) and Finding the Enemy (1997), which was also a finalist for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of several works of creative non-fiction, including Green City: People, Nature and Urban Places, a Globe and Mail best book of 2007. Originally from the West Coast, she has lived in Montreal for decades.
Monday, 25 May 2015

Coming up on the weekend: Festival BD de Montréal! / Montreal Comic Arts Festival!

We are excited to be tabling at the FBDM again! The festival will take place from Friday May 29 to Sunday May 31 at Parc Lafontaine. This year is a special year for two reasons: it is the first bilingual edition of the festival, and it coincides with Drawn & Quarterly's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary! Find us in the exhibitor tent at stand 39 all weekend long!

Three D&Q artists will be debuting books: Seth (Palookaville 22), Marc Bell (Stroppy) and Sylvie Rancourt (Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer)! D&Q artists Julie Delporte, Pascal Girard and Diane Obomsawin will also be there for signing and paneling! Here's the full schedule so that you don't miss anything:

Open to the public from 1 pm to 8 pm
6 pm to 7 pm: Panel discussion with Marc Bell, Julie Delporte, Pascal Girard in Carrefour BD
7 pm to 8 pm: Marc Bell, Julie Delporte, and Pascal Girard sign at Librairie D+Q stand 39

Open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm
12 pm to 1 pm Seth signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
1 pm to 2 pm Marc Bell signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
2 pm to 3 pm Sylvie Rancourt and Diane Obomsawin sign at Librairie D+Q stand 39
3 pm to 4 pm Marc Bell and Pascal Girard sign at Librairie D+Q stand 39
3 pm to 4 pm Seth launches Palookaville 22 in Carrefour BD
4 pm to 5 pm Seth signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
9 pm to 11 pm Seth's Dominion screens in Carrefour BD

Open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm
12 pm to 2 pm Seth signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
2 pm to 3 pm Marc Bell signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
2:30 pm to 3 pm Sylvie Rancourt launches Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer in Carrefour BD
3 pm to 4 pm Sylvie Rancourt signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
3 pm to 4 pm D+Q 25 panel discussion with Peggy Burns, Tom Devlin, and Chris Oliveros in Carrefour BD

Recap: Neil Smith Launches Boo

On Thursday, May 14th Neil Smith launched his novel debut, Boo, at the Librairie! The shop was crowded by fans, friends, and colleagues from the QWF (Quebec Writers Federation), of which Smith has been a proud member since its inaugural year, to celebrate the release. 

Attendees learned that inspiration for the book is grounded in Smith's experience growing up in Salt Lake City, a predominantly Mormon community, as part of the secular minority. He remembered his fascination with Heaven and his frequent attempts to induce his peers to describe it to him. As the characters in Smith's version of heaven can't age or even move beyod puberty, Boo is a never-coming-of-age novel.

After a great introduction Smith gave an animated reading, and, despite the gloomy subject matter received plenty of laughs. Afterwards there was a long Q&A session with the audience and an equally lengthy line up for book signings! The excitement for Boo was bananas! Thanks to Neil, QWF and everyone who came out and made the night such a success!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Now in Stock: Pow Pow Press

A few weeks ago Pow Pow Press launched their first English books At TCAF. It's a fantastic selection of funny and poignant graphic novels by Montreal based artists and now you can find them here!

Michel Hellman is a Mile End based artist who sometimes orders the Wilensky special. His appropriately titled comic book, Mile End, is essential reading for anyone who calls the neighbourhood home (neighbours too)! Collecting anecdotes wrought with humour and imagination it chronicles the evolution of the area over a decade paralleling the artist's own life.

Montrealers Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau (Pinkerton and Poulet grain-grain) and Cathon (La liste des choses qui existent and Les ennuis de Lapinette) collaborated to create Vampire Cousins. In a zany tribute to cult horror films Vampire Cousins is a mystery that reads like a long forgotten B-movie full of humour and intrigue.

Samuel Cantin, author of Phobies des moments seuls, is the Montreal based artist behind Vile and Miserable. It's a story about a bookstore employee who works at a shop which doubles as a used car dealership. Chronicling his life over four days it is sad, absurd and hilarious.

In Zviane's (Ping-Pong, L'ostie d'chat, ApnéeFor As Long As It Rains a man and a woman find themselves alone together in a house in a foreign country. Unable to go outside due to the rain they find themselves making music to pass the time. With a soundtrack of Scaramouche and the Legend of Zelda Theme it's not to be missed!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Tonight: Conundrum Press Double Launch with Dakota McFadzean and Zach Worton

Following their TCAF debut, two excellent cartoonists will head down the 401 to launch their new Conundrum Press releases at the Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore. Tonight at 7:00 p.m., Dakota McFadzean and Zach Worton will present their work--featuring death metal videos, disembodied faces, and more! Montreal's Howard Chackowicz will host! Conundrum Press thanks the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of this event.

About Don't Get Eaten By Anything: For the past five years cartoonist Dakota McFadzean has been drawing a four panel comic strip every day and posting to his website. EVERY DAY! This is a remarkable achievement — though a schedule familiar to any syndicated newspaper cartoonist — but in the digital age artists can do it themselves. This web comic has been nominated for the Slate Cartoonist Prize and a Shuster Award. Inspired by James Kochalka’s American Elf, McFadzean began the project in January 2010, originally as an autobiographical daily. Soon, however, it morphed into its current state: death, cosmic insignificance, facial mutation, and ghosts are all used to point out the absurdity of life and the fundamental loneliness of the human condition, more often than not to humourous effect. McFadzean features characters with disparate ages in these strips because they provide different perspectives on related experiences. A kid character is experiencing everything for the first time, but an older one may wonder if he’s experiencing something for the last time. This collection of The Dailies will document three years of sequential strips into one handsome package.

Dakota McFadzean’s work has appeared in a number of magazines, galleries and anthologies, including The Best American Comics, and Mad Magazine. He received an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2012. Other projects include Irene, an anthology he co-edits with Andy Warner and d w, and his ongoing self-published comic, Last Mountain. Other Stories and the Horse You Rode In On is available from Conundrum Press. The Dailies are posted every Monday.

About The Disappearance of Charley Butters: Following the success of Zach Worton’s The Klondike comes a new graphic novel about the final throes of a death metal band. While filming a music video they stumble upon an old cabin in the woods containing the archives of a disappeared artist. The discovery sets in motion a chain of events which eventually leads to one character’s redemption.

“Zach Worton, through the use of classic and lively cartooning, gives a story of how we need to make change in our lives or we’ll all go crazy. Sometimes that change breaks hearts and pisses off our friends. And sometimes it brings about a calm understanding of who we are.” — Charles Forsman (TEOTFW)

“The Disappearance of Charley Butters is a smart, lively story imbued with page-turning mystery, all told in Zach Worton’s engaging style.” — Noah Van Sciver

“Zach Worton’s The Klondike radiates with a detectable sense of consequence.... For graphic novel readers, The Klondike is bound to wind up a favourite title of 2011." — National Post

Zach Worton is a cartoonist and musician living in Toronto. His first book The Klondike was published in 2011.
Thursday, 21 May 2015

Strange Plants II is here!

We just received Strange Plants II,  the second book in a series that celebrates plants in contemporary art. Like the first volume, it is edited by Zioxla, a creative studio headed by Zio Baritaux, a prolific writer and editor on graffiti and street art who has worked on major exhibitions at LA MOCA, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris.


Strange Plants II features 30 artists, each incorporating plants into their work in some fashion. “The aim of Strange Plants II is to continue the compelling conversations about how we perceive and interpret both the bizarre and beautiful sides of art and nature,” editor Zio Baritaux says. “Since the release of the first book, a community of like-minded, inquisitive and creative people has grown up around these conversations, and I hope this community will expand with the publication of this book.”

Zin Taylor

The work of each artist is accompanied by an insightful article or interview elaborating on the books' themes.

David Schiesser

The Stick & Poke chapter of the book showcases monochromatic, cactus-themed tattoo flash from 12 tattooers, including Daniel Albrigo, Tamara Santibañez, David Schiesser, Sarah Carter, Mina Aoki, Uptown Danny, Wink Evans, Slowerblack, Shen Schubert, Spider Sinclair, Jessica Swaffer and Rose Whittaker.

Like the first volume, the book was designed by Folch Studio, an award-winning design house in Barcelona whose aesthetic you may recognize from their work on Apartamento magazine. A neat feature is the two pages of adhesives featuring images from inside; you can choose your 3 favourites to stick on the cover, and have some leftovers to stick anywhere you please! 

Francesca DiMattio

A word to the wise: the first volume of Strange Plants sold out very quickly, and was only available in a very limited run, so don't sleep on picking up your copy of the second beautiful book before it's gone! 

Tonight: David J of Bauhaus launches Who Killed Mister Moonlight? Bauhaus, Black Magic, and Benediction

We are excited to announce that David J of the seminal gothic rock band Bauhaus will be joining us in store tonight at 7 p.m. to launch his memoir! Who Killed Mister Moonlight? Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction is a candid memoir of life in and out of Bauhaus, featuring cameo appearances by a wide range of fascinating characters, from William S. Burroughs to Rick Rubin! 

“Heroic and absurd, scurrilous and profound, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? charts the descent of four intelligent young men with faces like ruby-eyed dime-store skull rings into a glittering and very modern maelstrom. Fast, compelling, and disarmingly honest, this is an invaluable account of a strange and spectral cultural twilight era that we shall almost certainly never see again. Highly recommended.”
—Alan Moore, author of V For Vendetta and Watchmen

Beginning with the creation of Bauhaus’s seminal debut hit ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, David J. Haskins offers a no-holds-barred account of his band’s rapid rise to fame and glory in the late 70s, their sudden dissolution in the 80s, and their subsequent—and often strained—reunions. In between, he explores his work as a solo performer, and with acclaimed trio Love And Rockets—culminating in the devastating fire that ripped through the sessions for their 1996 album Sweet F.A. He also delves deep into his exploration of the occult, drawing together a diverse cast of supporting characters, including William S. Burroughs, Alan Moore, Genesis P. Orridge, and Rick Rubin. Bristling with power and passion, music and magic, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? is a rock’n’roll memoir like no other.

David J. Haskins was born in Northampton, England, in 1957, and was a founder member of Bauhaus, the highly influential band that spearheaded the post-punk alternative-music scene of the early 80s with a string of innovative albums and a powerfully dramatic live presentation. Following the band’s split in 1983, he embarked on a long and varied solo career that has produced a series of critically acclaimed albums and various avant-garde collaborations. He has also written and directed a number of stage productions—including the spectacular multimedia event Silver For Gold (The Odyssey Of Edie Sedgwick), and The Chanteuse And The Devil’s Muse, a surrealistic investigation into the notorious Black Dahlia murder mystery—plus several screenplays (with writing partner Don C. Tyler), and his visual art has been exhibited internationally.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Out today! Optic Nerve #14

Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve #14 is out today! If a fan (whose name is withheld) wrote to the author in the letters page to say he had been struck by the protracted gloominess of #13, and suggested to “dust off The Best of Wham!” before Tomine wrote down his next story, Tomine certainly did not care about the advice. (And we’re secretly happy about it!)

Indeed, his two short stories both hold gloomy titles. The first one, “Killing and Dying” is all at once moving, stark and funny…but is that even possible?

The story starts with an everyday truth, that of a grumpy dad washing the dishes. His daughter Jesse stutters badly. Tomine narrates the dad’s struggles to be supportive, when all of a sudden, she decides to become a stand-up comedian.

No less bleak, “Intruders” is dedicated to the great Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who recently passed away. A loner drifts into a world of his own, as nothing seems to bind him to his family or work. Get ready to wipe off a few drops of blood! 

As Jaime Hernandez points out in the letters page, Tomine’s work has everything, “human drama, baseball, design, layout […] and comedy (the letters page).” And indeed, what a pleasure to read those letters, especially the one from an 18 years old aspiring artist who's just overwhelmed with disappointment. Funny, cute and so…human. 

Bonus! Tomine also included an hilarious autobiographical strip where he discusses his issues with social media. As for now, Tomine still appears to be Twitterless.

Tonight! Anvil Press Launch Party: Nelly Arcan in translation

Join us TONIGHT Wednesday, May 20th at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of two new English language Nelly Arcan translations from Anvil Press! Featuring Breakneck, translated by Jacob Homel, and Burqa of Skin, translated by Melissa Bull.

About Breakneck (À ciel ouvert): Rose Dubois and Julie O’Brien find themselves on a burning roof together, on a summer’s day, and from then on their fates intertwine, in a world where the natural force that is the changing climate foreshadows and encourages their predestined suffering. Rose and Julie’s submissive love for the same man, Charles, creates in them an arms race of artificial beauty and debasement. The first in their common obsession for plastic surgery and their attempts to be the avatar for the perfect female; the second in their acceptance of Charles’ objectifying sexual fetishes, his love for women as pieces of meat, and his controlling nature. However, both women come to realize that to accept being nothing more than an object, to kneel and grovel before your persecutor, you become his executioner.

Burqa of Skin (Burqa de chair) is a dense collection of writings from Arcan, channelling harrowing disenchantment and indignation. From her very first novel, Putain (Seuil, 2001), Arcan shook the literary landscape with her flamboyant lyricism and her preoccupations with such recurring themes as our culture’s vertiginous obsession with youth, and its reverse: the draw of death. Now beyond the ripples of scandal Arcan’s work has caused, here are the last echoes of her work, and it is as stunning as it is brief.

Burqa of Skin, with its gruesome title, catapults her work into contemporary debates on culture and gender. The book collects three previously unpublished works: “The Dress,” “The Child in the Mirror” and “Shame.” The first two are written in the first person, in that turbulent, suffocating language that was Arcan’s singular brand, that of a writer on the edge. In the third text, she analyses with inexhaustible ferocity her humiliating experience on the set of a TV talk show. Two lesser-known non-fiction pieces are also included in this collection: a reflection on speed dating and a column published in 2004 titled “Suicide Can Be Harmful to Your Health.”

Nelly Arcan was born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Her first novel, Putain, drawing on her experience working in the sex trade in Montreal, caused a sensation and gained immediate critical and media attention. It was a finalist for both the Prix Médicis and the Prix Femina, two of France's most prestigious literary awards. Three more novels followed, establishing her as a literary star in Quebec and France: Folle, À ciel ouvert, and L'enfant dans le miroir. Paradis, clef en main, her fourth novel, was completed just days before she committed suicide in 2009 at the age of thirty-six.  

About the translators:

Melissa Bull is a writer, editor and translator based in Montreal. Her writing has been featured in Event, Matrix, Lemon Hound, Broken Pencil, The Montreal Review of Books, Playboy and Maisonneuve. She has translated such authors as Nelly Arcan, Kim Thuy, Évelyne de la Chenlière, Raymond Bock, Alexandre Soublière and Maude Smith Gagnon for various publications. Melissa has a BA in Creative Writing from Concordia University and is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She is the 2013 winner of CBC's Hyperlocal Award, and is launching her first book of poetry, Rue, in May 2015.

Born, bred and raised in Montreal, Jacob Homel has translated or collaborated in the translation of a number of works, including Toqué: Creators of a Quebec Gastronomy, The Last Genet and the Weariness of the Selg. In 2012, he won the JI Segal Translation Prize for his translation of A Pinch of Time. He shares his time between Montreal and Asia.  
Tuesday, 19 May 2015

What we've all been waiting for: Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels!!

Today is the day, everyone! The day you have awaited, without knowing it, for the past twenty-five years! Finally you will be able to purchase and cherish Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels! This tome of treasures, mine of memories, cornucopia of cartoons, is on shelves and tables, in window displays—and in your hands, if you come by the Librairie...

First of all, let us appreciate this book as a wondrous object in and of itself! The gorgeous cover and spine are drawn by none other than Tom Gauld. Excellently weird back cover drawing by Michael Deforge. Hardcover, full colour, with a handy orange ribbon bookmark (because although you will want to read this in one sitting, chances are you will need to take at least a few eating/sleeping/bathroom breaks). The layout work inside is, of course, exquisite.

The whole glorious package is edited by Tom Devlin, with Chris Oliveros, Peggy Burns, Tracy Hurren and Julia Pohl-Miranda; designed by Tom Devlin and Tracy Hurren; and produced by Marie-Jade Menni, Tracy Hurren, Kathleen Fraser, Alexandra Auger and Marcela Huerta, with translations by Helge Dascher. What a dream team!

Title page by Dan Zettwoch
In its pages you will find a incredible array of comics and essays by Drawn & Quarterly artists (everyone is in here, seriously!); appreciations by a host of literary luminaries (Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, Heather O'Neill and Lemony Snicket, to name a few!); and of course, reflections and reminiscences from the triumvirate that makes it all happen: Chris Oliveros, Peggy Burns and Tom Devlin.

Above is Chester Brown's deliciously deadpan comic history of D&Q, featuring founder, publishing-magician, and soon-to-be full-time cartoonist Chris Oliveros! If you didn't fully understand just how amazing Chris and his vision for Drawn & Quarterly are, this book will convince you. Each page showcases the unflagging dedication to contemporary comics that began with Chris and has grown and been shaped by the astounding roster of artists and staff, who have poured themselves into what has become one of the world's leading graphic novel publishers.

Illustration by Seth
It is so heartening to glimpse the relationships between such a dedicated publisher and these equally dedicated artists. The 25th Anniversay book is, among other things, a thorough and inspiring exposé of the particularly vibrant artistic community that grew up and around Drawn & Quarterly over the past two-and-a-half decades. Expect historical correspondence written on receipts, tales of contracts signed on sidewalks, the story of Peggy and Tom's spontaneous move to Montreal, old photos, and pages of interviews.

A photo of the very first of the mentioned dedicated artists!
Adrian Tomine, Julie Doucet, Chester Brown, Seth, and Joe Matt.
Lisa Hanawalt's whimsical (or realistic??) portrait of the Drawn & Quarterly publishing office: complete with meditation cube, hottub, trampoline, stage, and farm animals!
Did I mention that much of the comics content has never before been published? This means that this book gives you access to new work by Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, Michael DeForge, Tom Gauld, Miriam Katin, Rutu Modan, James Sturm, Jillian Tamaki, andYoshihiro Tatsumi alongside rare and never-before-seen work from Guy Delisle, Debbie Drechsler, Julie Doucet, John Porcellino, Art Spiegelman, and Adrian Tomine! And more besides!

Above is "@trubunny", a daring (!) comic by Jillian Tamaki (whose SuperMutant Magic Academy just came out!) about a D&Q intern who goes rogue with the help of The Internet. Some of us read it in the store and laughed uncontrollably and embarrassingly in front of various customers.

Michael Deforge's contribution, "Development Hell" (above), also brings the worlds of mainstream celebrity and D&Q comics uncomfortably close together. A celebrity successfully transitions to the world of comics but is continually rejected by a certain publisher...

Obom enters the world of Greek mythology with the story of the nymph Callisto. I for one am now hoping that Obom will do a whole book of Greek myth retellings! If this one's anything to go by, it would be amazing.

And what's this? New Drifting Life material from the late great Yoshihiro Tatsumi! (Translated from the Japanese by Zach Davisson.)

Miriam Katin's "A Particular Hunger" brings us back in time to a certain 1965 New York blackout, in which our intrepid narrator encounters the forces of evil in an unexpected place.


Rutu Modan explores the (rather macabre) forensic attempts to identify the real body of socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg in "The Rosa Luxemburg Mystery".

I got a real coup de coeur for Geneviève Castrées bed drawings! The above are just two of a series of eight published here.

We are lucky enough to get these beautiful colour pages from Japanese comics genius Shigeru Mizuki's 1992 Yōkai Encyclopedia! The page pictured above tells us about the non-human dwellers of the Iyadani-ji temple in Kagawa Prefecture.

The Librairie got its portrait drawn by Pascal Girard (who had some practice already from 2014's Petty Theft!). Montreal writer Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday NightDaydreams of Angels) did a lovely write-up about us, too! Thanks for the love, Heather!

I could go on and on until this blog post was a mile long and froze your browser (or maybe that only happens if you, like me, have neglected technological upgrades for too long), but it would be best if you just came and had a look at this beauty IRL! See you soon!
Monday, 18 May 2015

ENFANTS/KIDS : Lancement du magazine Grilled Cheese #3

Notre prochaine activité pour les enfants sera le lancement du nouveau Grilled Cheese! Pour l'occasion, son équipe vous propose un atelier pour créer un papillon-sauteur, qui, une fois découpé et colorié, s’élance dans les airs avec un élastique.

Le Grilled Cheese numéro #3 aura pour thème "le ciel", sa couverture est illustrée par Mathilde Cinq-Mars.

Entièrement risographié, rédigé en anglais et en français à l’image de Montréal, chaque numéro de Grilled Cheese comprend une histoire, des jeux et des activités, une entrevue, une recette et des cartes postales. Il met en valeur le travail d’auteurs et d’illustrateurs d’ici et d’ailleurs.

Venez vous procurer le nouveau numéro, rencontrer ses créateurs, créer votre papillon et vous amuser le dimanche 7 juin à 10h à la Librairie Drawn & Quarterly!

Il nous reste quelques exemplaires des numéros 1 et 2.

This issue is sky-themed. The magazine team will teach everyone how to make a butterfly that, with the help of an elastic, can actually fly!

Each issue of Grilled Cheese is risograph-printed, written in English and French, and includes a story, games and activities, an interview, a recipe, and postcards. Grilled Cheese showcases the work of authors and illustrators from Montreal and elsewhere.

Come meet the magazine’s creators, buy the new issue, make your own butterfly, and have fun on Sunday June 7 at 10 a.m at Drawn & Quarterly bookstore!
Saturday, 16 May 2015

Dimanche! Atelier de dessin pour les enfants avec Cathon - Kids Morning Activity

Les ennuis de Lapinette, publié par les éditions Comme des géants, est le premier livre pour enfants de l'auteure montréalaise Cathon (Catherine Lamontagne-Drolet). Elle a écrit et illustré plusieurs bandes dessinées, dont La liste des choses qui existent (La Pastèque, avec Iris) et Les cousines Vampires (Pow Pow, avec Alexandre Fontaine-Rousseau). 

Cathon sera à la librairie le dimanche 17 mai à 10h pour rencontrer les enfants et animer un atelier de dessin sur le thème de la forêt.  Il y aura aussi une lecture du livre. Pour l'occasion, nous offrons un rabais de 15% sur Les ennuis de Lapinette jusqu'au jour de l'atelier!

Les ennuis de Lapinette is Montreal author Cathon’s first children’s book. She has written and illustrated several comics, including La liste des choses qui existent and Les cousines Vampires. She will be at the bookstore to hang out and lead a forest-themed kids drawing workshop. We offer you a 15% discount on Les ennuis de Lapinette up until the day of the workshop!
Friday, 15 May 2015

Tonight! Mike Steeves launches Giving Up

Join Mike Steeves tonight 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.

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