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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Secondhand Prom and Launch Party for the WORN Archive!

Drawn & Quarterly and WORN Fashion Journal are teaming up! We are excited to invite you to the Secondhand Prom and Launch Party for the new and beautiful WORN Archive (Drawn & Quarterly)! Join us at La Sala Rossa (4848 boul. St-Laurent) on Thursday, May 22 at 8pm for this special event!

You can expect an evening of dancing, rad secondhand fashion, and readings. Editor Serah-Marie McMahon and other Wornettes will be on hand to present The WORN Archive, a deluxe new collection of WORN's first eight years in print. Prom-dance to the vintage pop, soul, and new wave vinyl of DJ Teddy the K.

Tickets $5 (worth $5 off The WORN Archive) or free with any purchase of the book. On sale now at Librairie D+Q. 

We're so excited to be collaborating with WORN! Their magazine is a consistent bestseller at the store and we can't wait to celebrate their work. Check out Marcela's post for more about The WORN Archive - out now! 

Facebook event here.

TONIGHT! QWF presents the launch of New Tab by Guillaume Morissette

The Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Writers Out Loud series presents the Montreal launch of New Tab by Guillaume Morissette tonight, Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

New Tab by Guillaume Morissette is published by Esplanade Books/Véhicule Press.
Set in Montreal, New Tab spans a year in the life of a twenty-six year old videogame designer as he attempts to reset his life, in the process chronicling with humor disillusion, boredom, self-destruction, Facebook chats, Concordia University, bilingualism, good parties, bad parties, a backyard cinema, social anxiety and running a possibly illegal DIY venue.

Written in a simple yet bold and astonishing style, New Tab is a profoundly intimate tale of self-reinvention and ambiguous relationships. A sharp, funny, modern novel from one of the most unique new writers in Canada.

The event will feature readings by Guillaume Morissette and Ashley Opheim, and will be hosted by Dimitri Nasrallah, editor of Esplanade Books.
Praise for New Tab:
“Set in a Montreal as vividly its own as Richler's, Morissette's fresh and original generational take brims with uncommon observations, understood character and abundantly happy-sad situations. A terrific read and a shining souvenir.”
- David McGimpsey (author of Li'l Bastard)

“Weird, poetic, funny and original… I tore through it.”
- Jonathan Goldstein (host of WireTap on CBC Radio One)

“The deconstruction of regrets, an email with feelings and the screaming universe cement Morissette as both a master of the absurd and a seer of the real. I lol'd.”
- Melissa Broder (author of Meat Heart)

Guillaume Morissette is the author of the novel New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014) and the collection of stories and poems I Am My Own Betrayal (Maison Kasini, 2012). His work has appeared in Maisonneuve magazine, Little Brother Magazine, Metazen, HTMLGiant and many other publications. He lives in Montreal.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Event recap: Launch for Anna Leventhal's Sweet Affliction

Last Wednesday, April 16, we were thrilled to host the launch for local writer and store friend Anna Leventhal's first book, Sweet Affliction! To those of you who were unable to fit in the packed-to-bursting store that evening, we offer this event recap:

Attendees were treated to a delicious and beautifully arranged array of snacks by local pastry professional, Camilla Wynn (Preservation Society). Probably the most incredible spread we've ever seen here! And that book cover doesn't look half bad either! It was designed by Invisible's Megan Fildes and portrays, in Anna's words, "melancholic precipitation" and the Montreal skyline upside-down.

The centerpiece on this particular tray is a cheese ball, dressed up as the Orange Julep (which just happens to be featured in one of the stories in Sweet Affliction).

And to top it all off, there was a Goddamn Fucking Cake - another reference to one of Anna's stories.

The store filled quickly! Guests bee-lined for the books and refreshments table, of course.

Montreal writer Melissa Bull (editor of Maisonneuve's "Writing from Quebec" column, and author of a poetry collection and a translation of Nelly Arcan, both forthcoming) gave a glowing introduction for Anna. We love it when local writers appreciate and support each other!

After thanking friends, family, various Montreal artistic and activist communities and, of course, skids, Anna read from "Gravity", the first story in Sweet Affliction - a snapshot of the complex relationship between two sisters. Anna clarifies that it is not autobiographical.

"Gravity" is both hilarious and melancholy, and includes ruminations on the home pregnancy test experience; childhood "dating" games involving clementine boobs; the difference (or similarity) between loving a person and loving that person's name; and excellent puns ("David Cop-A-Feel", "Tom Ass-Pinchin'").

Anna followed up her reading with a conversation with Melissa, and a Q&A with the audience. She revealed that she began writing at an early age - she frequently dictated cat stories to obliging adults at her nursery school. She then wrote an "epic sci-fi adventure about a hamster" in elementary school. The stories in Sweet Affliction have been in the works for years now, including during a residency at the Banff Centre.

Also discussed: writing about the friendships and social webs that are assembled around us in cities; allowing politics to find its way into stories instead of writing explicitly "political" material; Anna's dark humour and her obsession with coincidences; "WWKD" (What Would Kafka Do?).

Then we cut the Goddamn Fucking Cake (which was delectable) and everyone hung out and bought books. In fact, they bought all the copies of Sweet Affliction we had! But don't worry -  it is now back in stock!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made this a memorable event!

Tonight! 7pm! Anansi Poetry Bash!

Join us at the Librairie TONIGHT Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. for the Anansi Poetry Bash! Four poets will be launching collections published by House of Anansi: Sarah Lang will launch For Tamara, Garth Martens will launch Prologue for the Age of Consequence, Anne-Marie Terza will launch The Quiet, and Matthew Zapruder will launch Sun Bear. There will be readings, refreshments, and a Q&A session!

A sampling of what to expect:

Arranged as a mother’s survival guide to her daughter, For Tamara is a touching and inventive long poem about surviving and thriving from the author of The Work of Days. It seems simple: a long letter, from a mother to a daughter, relaying the information needed to survive on this earth. But as Sarah Lang’s second book, For Tamara, unfolds, it becomes a roughly-hewn, genre-bending, post-apocalyptic survival guide.

Sarah Lang was born in Canada. She completed an MFA at Brown University. Her debut poetry collection is The Work of Days.

Garth Martens’ debut, Prologue for the Age of Consequence, is about the tar sands and industrial projects of Alberta, and the men who work in them. But to describe it as such restricts the book to its physical concerns, when in fact these are poems of great philosophical ambition, and startling ethical and psychological reach.

Garth Martens’ writing has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, This Magazine, The Fiddlehead, Prism, Vallum, Grain, and The Malahat Review. In 2011 he won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. He has worked eight years in large-scale commercial construction. Prologue for the Age of Consequence is his debut collection. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Anne-Marie Turza's formidable debut collection presents a landscape where anything might appear, out of myth, history, or science: microscopic creatures, the pitcher Satchel Paige, toothed whales, a man on the back of a snow bear. These poems test the lyric affinity between silence, imagination, and the material world.

Anne-Marie Turza has an MFA from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine and The Malahat Review, and the anthology The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010, among others. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Written in a direct, conversational style, the poems in Sun Bear display full-force why Matthew Zapruder is one of the most popular poets in America. Zapruder’s poems begin in the faint inkling, in the bloom of thought, and then unfold into wide-reaching meditations on what it means to live in the contemporary moment, among plastic, statistics, and diet soda. 

Matthew Zapruder has published four collections of poetry, including The Pajamaist, which won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including, Paris Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Believer.

We hope to see you then! And feel free to RSVP to the Facebook event!
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Out Today: The WORN Archive!

Tack on about a million exclamation marks to that headline and you're close to experiencing the amount of excitement we feel over the release of the WORN Archive, which compiles the first 14 issues of the beloved publication into one beautifully, chubby little book.

For those of you who don't know, the WORN Fashion Journal is a bi-annual, Toronto-based publication that delivers opinion and intelligent commentary, untainted by the demands of advertisers. Its content is insightful and timeless, since it doesn't just report on trends or promote the seasonal fads.

We're obviously gaga about WORN, and we're not the only ones: in the past month it's been getting a whole lotta preemptive love. Publisher's Weekly called it a "deliciously designed, intelligent, quirky, entertaining, and provocative archive of magazine articles documents Worn’s seven years challenging fashion conventions," and Design Week praised its exploration " not just fashion and its frivolities, but how clothes, design, art and pop culture are all inextricably linked."

The book is separated by the roles fashion plays in our lives, whether it be personal, practical, or as an aspect of our identity, and there's really something here for everyone, whether you love the nitty gritty history of fashion or the minutiae of things like buttons and safety pins. The articles range from witty and intimate to immensely pragmatic (my personal favourite: Washing is Your Friend, wherein WORN answers all your laundry quandaries).

For your oooh'ing and aaah'ing enjoyment, a few more spreads:

Don't forget, the WORN Archive will also be on tour starting May 3rd, and you're not going to want to miss what is sure to be the best Secondhand Prom you've ever been to. All details below:

TORONTO, ON - Saturday May 3rd, 9 pm to 2 am
Adelaide Hall, 205 Adelaide St. W., with TYPE Books
Secondhand Prom 
*Tickets will be available from TYPE Books (883 Queen St. W.) as of April 21st

NEW YORK, NY - Wednesday May 14th at 7 pm 
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. with WORD
Panel Featuring Strong Female Leads, details below:

The appearance of women in publishing is often regarded as a new scientific phenomenon: categorized, ranked, identities reduced to pie charts in the name of diversity. But the lack of diverse voices seen on bylines isn't a new problem; likewise, the emergence of women-run magazines, mastheads, and imprints is not an overnight phenomenon. Women have always been active consumers and producers of all kinds of written media. They've developed strong communities, engaged loyal readers, and built substantial archives - achievements that cannot be measured in numbers and statistics.

Join WORN Fashion Journal and Drawn & Quarterly for a panel discussion featuring Ayesha A. Siddiqi, Laurie Henzel, Marjon Carlos, and Serah-Marie McMahon. Our panelists come from various kinds of media - from independent print publishing to brand new digital platforms. Together with moderator Fiona Duncan, they'll discuss their thoughts, experiences, opinions, and goals as women creating space for original kinds of publishing on their own terms and measured by their own standards.

MONTREAL, QC - Thursday May 22nd at 8 pm 
La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boul. Saint-Laurent with Librairie D+Q
Secondhand Prom
*Tickets on sale at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest, as of April 22! $5

OTTAWA, ON - Saturday May 24th, from 7 pm to 9 pm 
Victoire, 246 Dalhousie
Cocktails and vintage record listening party

A sign off feels appropriate, n'est pas? xoxo, Wornettes!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Double Launch Party with Julie Delporte and Pascal Girard!

Join us on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of two hot-off-the-presses D+Q graphic novels by hometown heroes Julie Delporte and Pascal Girard!

Delporte and Girard will both give presentations on their books, followed by a Q&A with the audience, and book signing! Refreshments will be served!

Everywhere Antennas is a poetic novel about self-doubt and technological fatigue, done in Delporte's ethereal style that pairs a few spare words with flowing pencil crayon illustrations. Equal parts Walden and The Bell Jar, it offers diary-like entries from an anonymous narrator who is undergoing a nervous breakdown and struggling to hold together a failing relationship. In soft, flowing colored pencil, Delporte shows her narrator coming to terms with a rare and misunderstood sensitivity to the radiation emitted by the televisions, cell phones, and computers that permeate urban life.

Julie Delporte was born in Saint-Malo, France, in 1983. She presently resides in Montreal, Canada, where she publishes books and zines. Everywhere Antennas is her first graphic novel with Drawn & Quarterly. Journal, a collection of Delporte's diary comics, was published by Koyama Press in 2013. In 2011–2012, she was a fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. She has published a French children’s book (Je suis un raton laveur), as well as some short pieces at L’employé du Moi (Belgium) and in various anthologies. Delporte also hosts a comics-oriented radio show, Dans ta Bulle. Colored pencils and dogs with long ears are her favorite antidepressants.

Petty Thief is a wry comedy of errors that takes place in a familiar neighbourhood, and maybe even a particularly familiar bookstore... Pascal’s in a bad place. He’s out of work, he and his longtime girlfriend have just broken up, and when he goes out for a run to ease his frazzled nerves, he falls and injures his back so badly, he’s strictly forbidden from running. What’s an endorphin-loving cartoonist to do? In a bid to distract himself, Pascal throws himself into his other pleasure: reading. And while at the bookstore one day, he spies a young woman picking up his own book. But then she darts out of the shop without paying. Bemused, he decides to figure out why she did it.

From the award-winning author of Reunion, Petty Theft is a deftly told, finely drawn contemporary romance that will keep book-lovers on the edge of their seat from the first page until the book’s denouement.

Pascal Girard was born in Jonquière, QC, in 1981. He began filling his notebook with drawings on his very first day of school and never stopped. Since he was unable to rid himself of this habit, he naturally decided to make it his career. Girard is the award-winning author of Nicolas, Bigfoot, Reunion, and Petty Theft. He lives in Montreal. 

We'll see you there! And why not RSVP to our Facebook event in the meantime?
Sunday, 20 April 2014

Now in Stock: Cook's Herb Garden!

Growing up, I remember being obsessed with the children's science books published by Dorling Kindersley. There was something about the ridiculously high quality photos of things I was learning about, zoomed in or in exploded view, that made me feel like a scientist. To be honest, those books are probably candy to freaky organized people like myself. So obviously, the DK published Cook's Herb Garden is my idea of the perfect gardening book.

Look at this thing! It's glorious! It's broken up into four sections: choose, grow, harvest, and cook. The choose section shows you how to pot your herb selections for maximum growth and plant happiness - don't you be puttin' that Moroccan mint in the same container as the chamomille and the marjoram or it'll overrun the joint. Put it in a separate pot inside the crate for maximum herb happiness!

Also great: plant by plant breakdowns with gorgeous photos of every herb imaginable. The harvest section teaches you how to clip, collect, dry, braid, and re-seed your babies, and the book finished off with a little cook section, full of delicious teas, sauces, marinades, and other recipes. Oh summer, how I long for you, and this book gets you in the gardening ~zone~ like no other.

Event Recap: 2014 Gala Signal Editions Launch!

On Friday, April 4th, Librairie Drawn + Quarterly was proud to host the Gala Signal Editions Launch, with poets Jim JohnstoneEd CarsonCatherine Chandler, Richard Greene, and Jason Guriel in tow for a fabulous evening of poetry. Signal Editions is Véhicule Press's poetry imprint, and its penchant for publishing first-time authors (one quarter of their book list is composed of previously unpublished authors) makes for a vibe that is loving and grateful from every side of the room.

Poet, essayist, critic, and editor of Signal Editions Carmine Starnino gave the night's introduction, expressing how proud he was to be a part of such a wonderful publishing imprint. He also gave a nod to the head Signal designer for his work on the 2014 books, which are totally beautiful, as you can see in the first picture!

First up was Richard Greene, who took a moment to thank Carmine for his wonderful editing, saying he "helps him find what matters" in his work, before reading from his book Dante's House.

Catherine Chandler's book, Glad and Sorry Seasons, is dedicated to her father, a mathematics and science teacher for 35 years. Chandler described one of their final visits before he passed away, when he looked at her and asked who she was. This inspired her new book of poetry. 

Edward Carson read from his new book, Birds Flock, Fish School. He discussed how much of his poetry circled around the type of relationships we tend to chronically come back to. He was watching the ways birds and fish flock together; he realized, after he’d researched more, that was how words work, and how poems flowed. The social syntax of love and relationships was part of that love and movement that goes back and forth.

Jim Johnstone is the author of three previous books of poetry. He's also the recipient of many awards, including the LitPop award. He said his book, Dog Ear, was a dream come true for him (he had just seen it for the first time the day of the launch!). Highlight of the reading: “I’m not much for small talk so I apologize, I’ll just say I wrote this next poem at a strip club.” 

The final reader of the night was Jason Guriel, whose book Satisfying Clicking Sounds ran the gamut from lighthearted and mischievous to serious lyricism, and he provided a solid book-end to a night of poets who obviously love their editors, love their designers, and love each other. Carmine capped the night off by encouraging the audience to buy books from local bookstores, and keep the reading and writing community alive by supporting it!
Saturday, 19 April 2014

RECAP: Jacob Wren & Guadalupe Muro double launch!

On friday, April 11th, we were delighted to host the launch of two new novels from BookThugPolyamorous Love Song by Montreal's own Jacob Wren and Air Carnation by Guadalupe Muro.

The turnout for this one was very big. We had to move more tables than usual to pack everybody in! You can see the crowd starting to file in here. Note Guadalupe pouring water in the front as Aimee Wall affectionately touches Jacob's face on the right (how cute!).

And who could introduce Jacob Wren better than Jacob Wren? Somewhat sheepishly, he thanked everyone for coming and began to read from his new book, Polyamorous Love Songs.

The first chapter, which he read, is titled "Artists Are Self-Absorbed." He joked that it was the original title of the book itself, which he eventually decided to change so as not to alienate his audience. "If artists won't read my books," he quipped, "who will?" Like Jacob himself, the chapter he read was subtly self-deprecating, reflexive, honest, imaginative, and intelligent, mixing conversational philosophy with absurd dream sequences and constant self-interrogation. As you can imagine from that description, it's part fiction, part not, and Jacob spends a lot of time puzzling about how one turns into the other.

After an introduction by Jacob, Guadalupe Muro (who came all the way from Argentina) climbed to the stage to read selections from her new book, Air Carnation. It started as tentative letters (in English) to an American lover she was leaving behind after a trip and became (to her initial surprise) an entire book in a tongue not her own. Bitterwseet and intimate, the parts of Air Carnation that Guadalupe read mostly recounted her childhood and young loves.  

In between stories, Guadalupe also invited her brother Julian and her friend Anna to the stage to perform original music from "Songs for Runaway Girls", the "soundtrack" to Air Carnation. Some of their songs were acapella and the others were all spare and haunting and a bit sexy. (Listen to them here). In the picture, Guadalupe is flipping the pages of her book as percussion -- it sounded kind of like brushed drums.

The signing afterwards was very lively! Thanks again to everyone who came.

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