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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Secretimes Is Out!

Yowza!

We’re so happy to announce that Secretimes is finally out! The exciting new graphic novel by Keith Jones will be launched this Thursday at the librairie, in tandem with Patrick Kyle’s new book, Don’t Come in Here. Don’t miss this!



Secretimes blazing sci-fi tale starts like any nightmare worthy of being one should start: life almost seems too good to be true. Two hobos are chilling innocently in the woods – drinking and smoking, listening to the trees blowing in the wind, when a vicious cop disturbs the peaceful enjoyment of their soup. Violence and blood ensue… and you guessed it! – death. The unfortunate event then propels the story into a downward and nasty spiral, full of unscrupulous mafiosos.



The anthropomorphism of Secretimes’s characters allows Jones to shape a surreal and nightmarish underworld, or as best described by Drawn and Quarterly itself, –an alternate universe– in which elephant, crocodile and pigeon thugs caricature human society at its worst.

You will find these crooks chilling around the pool or setting a house on fire. 




One may ask you: “Are you the guys that wanna produce a series of child sized firearms with my signature on them?” Because if that’s the case, his full name has already been licensed to a genetic cloning facility.


Thursday, June 9th: Madeleine Thien launches Do Not Say We Have Nothing

We are very excited to announce that Madeleine Thien will be reading from Do Not Say We Have Nothing, an extraordinary new novel set in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

Join us for the reading and stay to chat and to enjoy some light refreshments.


ABOUT THIS AUTHOR...

MADELEINE THIEN's first book of fiction, Simple Recipes, won four awards in Canada and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her novel Certainty was a national bestseller, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Her second novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, was also a Globe and Mail Best Book. Originally from Vancouver, Thien currently divides her time between that city and Montreal. The author lives in Montreal, QC.

TOP 5: April's Bestselling Graphic Novels

Where has April gone?? Here are our bestselling graphic novels of the month! You all waited patiently for it - Clowes's highly anticipated Patience is at the top of the list, while Chester Brown's Mary Wept has had a very strong debut (and he'll be in Montreal at the end of the month - Thursday, May 26 - save the date!), meanwhile Killing and Dying is still going strong, Julie Doucet's recent launch of Carpet Sweeper Tales was a big success, and Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam was here just in time for Earth Day (or whatever).


Patience - Dan Clowes


Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus - Chester Brown


Killing and Dying - Adrian Tomine


Carpet Sweeper Tales - Julie Doucet


Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam - Simon Hanselmann


Monday, 2 May 2016

This Shelf Belongs to...Chester Brown!



Each month, Librairie Drawn and Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This May, we bring you recommendations from Chester Brown!
 
Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two recent nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award-winning Louis Riel and the controversial, critically acclaimed Paying for It. Brown began self-publishing his comic book series Yummy Fur at twenty-three, and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of The PlayboyI Never Liked YouThe Little Man, and Ed The Happy Clown. Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada. His most recent book is 2016's Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.


In addition, all of Chester's picks will be 15% off for the month of May! Here's a sneak peak of what you'll find on his shelf:


SHAKESPEARE'S LOST KINGDOM by Charles Beauclerk  
"Shakespeare did NOT write the works attributed to him. This is a biography about the unknown man who did write the famous plays and poems."  

PUTTING ON THE MIND OF CHRIST by Jim Marion
"A book by a Christian mystic about the levels of spiritual development."

THE OCCULT
by Colin Wilson
"Wilson's message is that most of live our lives on auto-pilot, and that we should develop strategies to get us out of that state. Read every book you can find by this man!"

LOVING WHAT IS by Katie Byron

"Katie is the wisest person on the planet. She has developed a simple technique for defusing one’s negative thoughts. These books changed my life."

THE WISDOM OF JESUS
by Cynthia Bourgeault
"The best book that I know of about the teachings of Jesus."
 

WOMAN REBEL by Peter Bagge
"I thought I knew all one needed to know about Margaret Sanger. Boy, was I wrong, as this book taught me."

GEORGE SPROTT by Seth
"Seth is one of my closest friends, and this book is dedicated to me, so maybe I’m biased, but I think this is a masterpiece by Canada’s greatest cartoonist."


LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE: VOL. 4 by Harold Gray
"Harold Gray is the cartoonist who influenced me the most, and the story about Cosmic City in this volume is probably his best. This is a good place to start if you don’t know his work."

UNDERWORLD by Kaz

"I’m obsessed with this book right now — the cartooning is beautiful. The gags are pretty funny, too. And I love the low-rent atmosphere that pervades these pages."

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Tonight at 7h: METATRON (MTL) x WONDER (NYC)!

You've been here before, you know Librairie D+Q and Metatron go together like beer and pizza, well make room in the hot tub because here comes a new swingin' couple, NYC's Wonder press! Saturday, April 30th, 7pm.


Check out that line-up from two of the most fantastic cities on the good earth:

TEAM WONDER (NYC)
Josef Kaplan (Poem Without Suffering)
Ben Fama (Fantasy)
Monica McClure (Tender Data)
Bridget Talone (In the Valley Made Personal)

TEAM METATRON (MTL + TO)
Sara Sutterlin (I Wanted To Be The Knife)
Stephen Thomas (The Jokes)
Tess Liem (Metatron ÖMËGÄ BLÖG)
Ali Pinkney (Tampion)


Every single one of our Metatron events has been a stone cold killer so this one won;t be an exception, get here, immerse, repeat.

Hosted by co-honchos Ahley Opheim and Guilliaume Morissette!


Recap: Book Thug Spring Launch!





Thursday night at the bookstore we had the immense pleasure of launching Book Thug's Spring Season! Four talented writers, including Jacob Wren, Malcolm Sutton, Joni Murphy, and Stephen Thomas, read from their newest works to a completely packed house. Thanks to the publisher, the authors, and everyone who came out!

Today: Authors For Indies at Librairie D+Q!

Well, we couldn't participate last year because it happened to fall on the same day as our the behemoth known as Free Comic Book Day but this year we are free and clear and so we are happy to announce our roster of writer who will be stocking the shelves, taking over our social media and providing you with recommendations the whole day at Librairie D+Q!


These terrific authors are doing this to raise awareness of indie bookstores and how important they are to our communities, our reading lives, and our cultural well-being. It's a day to give some love to your local neighbourhood bookstore. We would love to see you!
10am until 1pm

Pascal Girard & Su Sokol

Pascal 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.

Su is an activist, a cyclist, and a writer of interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, Su now lives in Montréal where she works as a social rights advocate. Her short stories have appeared in The Future Fire, Spark: A Creative Anthology, TFF 10th Anniversary Anthology, Tabulit. and GlitterShip. Sul also curates and participates in literary readings in Canada and abroad, and her reviews have been published in Matrix Magazine. Her debut novel, Cycling to Asylum, was long-listed for the 2015 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

1pm - 4pm

Guilliaume Morissette, Ashley Opheim, and James Winston from Metatron

Guillaume is the author of New Tab (Véhicule Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the 2015 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the co-editor of Metatron, an independent publisher based in Montreal. His work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Little Brother Magazine, Vice, Electric Literature, The Quietus and many other publications.

 Ashley is a Montreal-based poet and publisher. She has been involved in numerous creative endeavours in writing and publishing. Her most recent contributions are to Metatron, where she is the founder and managing editor. Metatron is a Montreal-based literary press that supports & publishes young and emerging writers. Her work and the projects she has been involved in have been featured on and praised by the likes of The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, DAZED, PAPERMAG, Flavorwire & Fast Company. Her poetry has been anthologized in Canada, the United States, Spain, Romania and Peru (forthcoming) and has been translated in various languages. She is currently completing her first full-length collection of poetry, Ambient Technology and the Iridescent Glitch.

James is the author of the poetry chapbook How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside (Metatron, 2014) and the short story collection Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac, 2014). His work has appeared in The Puritan,Spork, Vallum, Glittermob, Everyday Genius, Matrix, Joyland, and other places. He is Assistant Editor for Metatron in Montreal. Follow him on Twitter @jmswnstn

4pm - 6pm

Ohara Hale and Keith Jones

Ohara is a multi-disciplinary Montreal-based artist. She sings, writes, and performs in various musical projects. She animates and directs. She writes and illustrates children's books ("Pizza Doing Stuff" "L'arbre Brocoli," Who Did It?) and comic books ("Moderne Luv," "Butts over Butts," "LOL Bananaz"). Hale is also a fine artist, illustrator, art director, voiceover artist, actress, graphic designer, photographer and writer. Her work and books can be found in various bookstores, galleries, and museums bookshops around the world ( like the MoMa or the TATE!). Hale shares her Montreal studio with her dog, Banana.

Keith is a fine artist, Canadian doodler, and cartoonist. He has exhibited all around the world. He has published two books with Drawn & Quarterly, an art book called Bacter-Area and a graphic novel called Catland Empire. His third, called Secretimes, is due in May of 2016.




Friday, 29 April 2016

Wednesday, May 18th, 7pm: D+Q Graphic Novel Book Club Brecht Even's PANTHER!

   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 May is Panther by Brecht Evens. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.

   Discussion will be hosted by D+Q author and store staff member Julie Delporte. There will be refreshments and collective insight!

   We offer you a 20% discount on Panther from now until the meeting date.

   ABOUT PANTHER:

   Christine lives in a big house with her father and her cat, Lucy. When Lucy gets sick and dies, Christine is devastated. But alone in her room, something special happens: a panther pops out of her dresser drawer and begins to tell her stories of distant Pantherland, where he is the crown prince. A shape-shifter who tells Christine anything she wants to hear, Panther begins taking over Christine's life, alienating her from her other toys and friends. As Christine's world spirals out of control, so does the world Panther has created for her. Panther is a chilling voyage into the shadowy corners of the human psyche.
Thursday, 28 April 2016

D+Q Office Reads: Part 8

What's that? Did someone just ask us "what the heck are you reading?" Was it you? Oh, asking for a friend, eh? Ok, here, tell your "friend".



Bark by Lorrie Moore (Doubleday Canada)

  This month I read Lorrie Moore's BARK. This is the first book of hers I read and it was my second time picking it up. Sometimes you just aren't in the right place for a book the first time around. The most unexpected thing about it, to me, was how sharply it brought into relief the world of the early 2000s. While she does include non-realist moments in her stories, Moore is such an intensely realist writer that her stories evoked exactly the intense anxiety of post-9/11 America, during the lead up to and first few years of the Iraq War. I enjoyed Bark but if I had a complaint it would be that at times I found it too much - the dialogue too close to lived experience, the stories too perfectly framed, the wry lines too deft in their conciseness. But really, what complaint is that??

I tried to take a photo that would show all the dogeared pages with perfect zingers of lines of dialogue on them, but it didn't turn out, so here is my copy of BARK with my smiling face as per usual instead.

Julia Pohl-Miranda, marketing director


Sex Is A Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth (Seven Stories Press)

Oh god, when did I become the mother of a 10 year old girl and a 9 year old boy? How do we talk to them about sex? Surely, calling body parts hoo-has and dangaloos is a bad idea? When I was their age, the girls were ushered into the cafeteria to receive a pamphlet titled “Menstruation” with a rainbow on the cover. Meanwhile, the boys were in the gym learning about nocturnal emissions. There’s not much sex ed in Quebec yet, so when I spotted this Seven Stories book written by Cory Silverberg, and drawn by early D+Q cartoonist Fiona Smyth, I knew I had found an easy way out…”great, now i can just give this book to my kid.” When I did, my daughter said to me “I saw this in the bookstore but i didn’t want to pick it up!”

Sex Is A Funny Word is fabulous, funny, light, but detailed, it’s everything you need to discuss with your 8-11 year old child. Four main characters, Zai, Cooper, Mimi and Omar, walk us through the book. “Always ask before you touch someone’s body” and how everyone feels touch differently. And when touching is bad. They also do not refer to “private parts” insisting that your entire body is private. Silverberg and Smyth explore how the labels boy-girl and man-woman are not as straightforward as they seem and the book also introduces bisexual, gay, straight, lesbian, asexual and queer. They ask the question that I struggled to explain to my kids – “what is sexy?” And how crushes can last a long or short time. Smyth’s drawing is wonderful. The supporting characters Smyth draws are literally every color of the rainbow – they look like society and have all body types, short hair, long fair, facial hair, glasses, and many characters with headscarves. The book also just makes your child feel good about themselves. Sex Is A Funny Word is a sensitive, accessible, contemporary book for any modern day parent and their child. Bravo.

Peggy Burns, publisher



The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf)

I was first made aware of Maggie Nelson when I noticed a glowing review of Bluets, her autobiographical poem about the colour blue,on some cool bookstore's staff picks page. I ordered a  stack for our tables and our discerning clientele made short work of it so, when the next order arrived, I read it over my lunch one day and loved it.

   Next up a Concordia prof friend of mine gave me some intel that Nelson was getting ready to publish her new experimental memoir that tackled identity politics. Excited, I kept an eye out (and even tried to get an event, but alas) and once it was unleashed, The Argonauts became an immediate Librairie D+Q classic (what I call a book that is embraced by both our staff and our clientele) and store bestseller.

   Last month -knowing I was a fan- my rep was kind enough to send me a gratis copy of THE RED PARTS and it's a whole new ballgame. A "true-crime" book, of sorts (and only as the most general description) The Red Parts is a cathartic reexamination of the 35-year old murder of Nelson's Aunt - Jane Mixer- once newly unearthed  DNA evidence points to a different person than  who had been originally charged. This forces Nelson to not only reevaluate her feelings about the brutal killing of a relative she'd never even met but also her about-to-be published book Jane: A Murder which combined poems and actual entries from Jane's diary. A book that she had already struggled with for years, developing a "murder mind" in the process.

   Maggie and her family attend the new trials but discover they don't necessarily feel like they are seeking "justice" at this point, only bearing witness. They are the vigil that represents the person whose void is felt. Another beautifully written memoir (or "report from the field" as she refers to it in her forward) from Nelson, The Red Parts is not only about the space left behind  when someone departs but also the space we're left in "where heavy rains come and wash bodies up and out of their grave, where grief lasts forever and its force never fails".

After our event with her, Amber Tambyln told me I had to read Maggie Nelson's The Art of Cruelty next, so I guess I will!

Jason Grimmer, marketing director Librairie D+Q.



Generous Bosom Part 1 & 2 by Conor Stechschulte (Breakdown Press)

   Wow you guys wow. I read the first part in this series when it came out (2014 maybe?) but I loved it so much that I read it again before reading the second part, which was just(ish) released from our pals in London—Breakdown Press. And no, guys, give me more credit that that—I didn't only love it for that entirely too real, cringe-inducing sex scene that is most definitely the best sex scene in comics form ever. Everyone else can stop trying to draw sex please.

   In part one, we see two old buds sitting down to a beer, and the one guy, Glen, who the story kinda revolves around, starts telling this story about the end of his "dry spell." It all seems pretty straightforward, until the circumstances around the sexual encounter start to unfold, and the reader realizes that maybe something pretty weird went on that night. And that's basically the whole book—just this sex story, and the events that lead up to it. The second part picks up right after the retelling of the *encounter* and it's fair to say that no matter how kinda weird and creepy the first volume is, the second defo cranks the knob. The story becomes much less linear—we see scenes from years before that reveal, piece by piece, elements of the people's lives—very grey-area hypnotic things, student-teacher not-so-grey area things—making you trust them much much less and make you become all the more intrigued about what the hell is going on.
   
    I'm dyin' over here waiting on the third volume where maybe MAYBE it will get all wrapped up? Who knows. I don't know how many parts Conor has planned. But I'll read as many as he draws because in addition to being fascinating as stories, they are absolutely gorgeous. Conor's cartooning is, well, spectacular. When it rains, it rains; when it's dark, it's dark; and those moments of clarity? yeah, the art is super clear you guys. Maybe this is a stupid thing to say, but in Conor's case, it's just very accurate, in a pretty astounding way. I feel like I've definitely blogged about one of our cartoonists and said NO ONE DOES RAIN LIKE THIS but I cannot remember who that was now, so for this time being, I will call Conor King of Rain.

Tracy Hurren, managing editor



Mexican Hooker #1 by Carmen Aguirre (Knopf Random Vintage)
Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre (Random House)
Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

   When I found out Carmen Aguirre was going to be coming to Montreal as part of Blue Met (info provided to me by the darling dear Jason Grimmer as he handed me the advance reading copy, humblebrag) of her new book, MEXICAN HOOKER #1, I began the long process of losin’ my dang mind. Her first book, SOMETHING FIERCE, was spellbinding—difficult to look away from even as it described situations and histories so traumatic to my own family and so intertwined with their stories. Mexican Hooker #1 was similarly spellbinding, albeit in different ways. Its humor surprised me, its tenderness as well as its fury. I was so honored to give her introduction, considering how deeply I was affected by these beautiful books, modern classics of Canadian memoir.

   I’m also a little over halfway through QUEEN OF THE NIGHT by Alexander Chee, because I cannot get enough sexy operatic melodrama in my life. In fact, I was not even aware such a gap existed in my life until this book stepped all the way into it and was like, “Hey, I noticed you hadn’t read any postmodern dramas about ladies in the Second Empire of France, let me fix that for you!”

Marcela Huerta, production assistant



Juliette: Les fantômes reviennent au printemps by Camille Jourdy (Actes Sud BC)

   I picked up JULIETTE: LES FANTÔMES REVIENNENT AU PRINTEMPS after it was recommended to me by the awesome D+Q cartoonist and store staffer Julie Delporte. I had all these other books I was thinking of buying, but ended up just getting this one, and I am very glad I did. The story follows Juliette, a young woman who constantly feels at odds with the world, and even more so with her family who she’s visiting. While people around her are quick to diagnose her with depression, or say that it's psychosomatic and done for attention, Juliette sees her inability to feel at ease in the world as "falling into a tragic dimension." This idea of a tragic dimension is fitting with the general mood of the book, where melancholy and alienation permeate Juliette's family portrait—even the few seemingly well-adjusted members of Juliette's family have darkness looming underneath. While the book deals with heavy hearts and the dangers of ascribing identities to others, Juliette is in no way a depressing read, it's actually punctuated with humour and liveliness throughout: there's Juliette's cynical father with his dry sense of humour, her sister's secret lover who dresses up as a giant bunny rabbit or ghost during their sexy meet-ups, and there's even a funny little duckling named Norbert, who although small in size, packs a large punch in the story's emotional makeup.

While reading the book, I was reminded of the works of both Rutu Modan and Aisha Franz, as Juliette explores how deep family secrets can move characters to act in certain ways, while also touching on the dichotomy between internal emotions and their sometimes difficult public expressions. These comparisons shouldn't carry too much weight though, since Camille Jourdy has a voice that is very much her own, singular in tone and carried out in a slow-rolling pace that often recalls a long beautiful cinematic shot. This is only enhanced by the author’s gorgeous art, rendered in rich watercolours and vivid palettes, and especially stylish costume designs. I'm very much looking forward to reading Jourdy's previous and future works, in particular her Rosalie Blum trilogy that won the Angoulême Best Newcomer prize in 2010, and has since been made into a film. Thanks for the recommendation Julie, I absolutely loved it!

Marie-Jade Menni, production coordinator



Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano (Viz)

   Oh, man, am I ever way behind on my regular old book reading because I am spending too much time online reading 1) thinkpieces on LEMONADE and 2) the Chester Brown/Dave Sim conversation on the A Moment of Cerebus blog. Neither of these is a joke. I’ve also been working on Elvis Costello’s Unfaithful Music and Invisible Ink and rereading some comics classics BUT the book I want to talk about is GOODNIGHT PUNPUN. The venerable manga publisher Viz just dropped this Inio Asano volume (only just noticing that it’s 1 of 4, so I guess I’m in for 2000 pages) recently and I’ll admit that the cover caught my eye. That little ghost-bird is a good trick. Basically, we’re looking at the story of a young teen and his unrequited love for one of his classmates. His mom is in the hospital and his dad is “away” so his hipster uncle is taking care of him. The title character Punpun is drawn as that ghost-bird on the cover throughout (his blood relations are a version of same) while everyhting else is that classic manga mix of realistic and cartoon-y. Asano wrings alot of expression out of that little flat drawing and it makes all the difference when some of the characters are a little too parodic. That Punpun ghost-bird is everything though. He makes the story sweet and nervous and alot of fun to read. Really a simple brilliant story-telling design choice.

Tom Devlin. executive editor


The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

   This month I've been reading THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty. You may recognize Paul Beatty from such 90s cult satirical classics like The White Boy Shuffle. Beatty returns with The Sellout, a novel which opens with the voice of a narrator — a young black man — who is about to embark on a race trial at the U.S. Supreme Court. The book is to start, hilarious, but to finish, deeply smart study on the civil rights movement, patriarchal structures, and Black urban life. Raised by a father whose career as a sociologist deeply impacts the young man's perspective on race and psychology. After his father is killed in a police shoot-out, our protagonist believes all of his family's financial issues will be solved in the form of a memoir left behind by his infamously controversial father. Unfortunately, there is no memoir. Angered and determined to set wrongs right, and with the help of vividly drawn out external characters, he attempts to reinstate slavery and segregation in the school systems. Now you know why the book begins with the Supreme Court, but for a full thrilling ride between the loss of a father to a pro-slavery stance, you'll definitely want to pick this baby up.

Sruti Islam, marketing assistant

TONIGHT at 7pm: Bookthug Spring Launch with Joni Murphy, Malcolm Sutton, Stephen Thomas and Jacob Wren!

Sure, we launch lots and lots and lots of crazy good books, it's kind of our thing, and every once in awhile a real gangbuster of an event comes along that gets us all giddy...and this is one of those.

One of favourite publishing houses, Book Thug, is unveiling a four killer books from a quadrumvirate of authors you need to watch (and read)!



Malcolm Sutton's JOB SHADOWING:

 An unemployed man, losing his ability to imagine a future self, disappears into the shadow world of an ambitious millennial. His wife, an idealistic artist at the turning point of her career, falls deeper and deeper into the gravitational field of her ultra-wealthy employer.

 Job Shadowing is a novel of our 20th-century desires torn asunder by the new millennium. Through stylish, searching prose, it tests the grounds of impossible love, generational identity and middle-class fantasy.

A smooth art thriller in the tradition of Bolaño, Job Shadowing meddles with corporate culture, dying domesticity and the living, breathing life of the alienated worker. Malcolm Sutton’s work is stimulating and stand-alone. —Tamara Faith Berger, author of Maidenhead


Joni Murphy's DOUBLE TEENAGE:

This unrelenting novel shines a spotlight on paradoxes of Western culture. It asks impossible questions about the media’s obsession with sexual violence as it twins with a social unwillingness to look at real pain. It asks what it feels like to be a girl, simultaneously a being and a thing, feeling in a marketplace. Wherever they are—whether in a dance club in El Paso or an art lecture in Vancouver—these characters brush against maddening contradiction and concealed brutality.

Double Teenage seems like the definitive book of The Young Girl as defined by Tiqqun. It’s also a definitive book about NAFTA, the Ciudad Juarez femicides, spectacular serial killings, and media’s comforting lull. — Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick.

Jacob Wren's RICH AND POOR:

Rich and Poor is a novel of a man who washes dishes for a living and decides to kill a billionaire as a political act. It is literature as political theory and theory as pure literary pleasure—a spiraling, fast-paced parable of joyous, overly self-aware, mischievous class warfare.

 As his plan proceeds and becomes more feasible, the story cuts back and forth between his and the billionaire’s perspectives, gradually revealing how easily the poisons of ambition, wealth and revolutionary violence can become entangled. A fable of not knowing how to change the world and perhaps learning how to do so in the process.

Wren’s ability to speak about the abstruse and unusual, hidden in all that is profane in our social comings and goings, forms the basis of the novel’s magnificent and defining concept, one that does not seek to be a testimony, but rather, to be rapturous metaphor. —Sergio Chejfecm, author of The Planets.

Stephen Thomas's THE JOKES:

Like a series of moments in a social media–like ‘feed,’ this collection of very short stories riffs on the form of ‘the joke,’ but as this might be understood by the best culture-critical comedians of our time: Andy Kaufman, Stephen Wright, Jon Stewart, Richard Pryor. Much like those stand-up artists who sanctified the joke-form, these stories deal with intense subjects, yet with a kind of SSRI-like placidity that allows readers to cling to each word as the narratives unfold.

Sad and funny, hopeful and ecstatic, nostalgic and cerebral, the vignettes in The Jokes offer a very personal, yet amazingly relatable entry-point into some of the big ideas that trouble our times—gender identity, sexuality, life and death, and ways of being in the world.

The Jokes, feels to me like an absent-minded Lydia Davis trying to write deadpan comedy skits for Cartoon Network’s Tim & Eric. It’s anti-humour that’s actually funny, sketches in which nothing is ever resolved, mini-stories that start at Point A and then seem to forget what they were even talking about. This is a book full of surprises. —Guillaume Morissette, author of New Tab.

Please, for your own sake, don't miss this. Words will be exchanged and refreshments will be served. See you then, loyal reader!




Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 7pm: Erin Moure & François Turcot launch MY DINOSAUR!

Very excited to announce the return tonight Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm of store favourite Erin Moure, this time with François Turcot, where they will be launching her translation of his elegy to his father. My Dinosaur alternates the father’s words with the fictions and assemblies of the son. My Dinosaur is a praise and listening, the end and start of an era, and a tribute to all our Dads.

Also appearing this evening will be Chantal Neveu,  whose A Spectacular Influence, trans. by Nathanaël; was released last year.

To close, all 3 poets reflect: What does it mean to be translated into English?

Snacks + vin + books + autographs + hubbub!


Montréal-based poet and teacher François Turcot is the author of Mon dinosaure (2014; finalist for the Prix du Festival de poésie de Montréal), Cette maison n’est pas la mienne (2009; winner of the Prix Émile-Nelligan), Derrière les forêts (2008; finalist for the Prix Émile-Nelligan), and miniatures en pays perdu (2006). His poems can be found in English and French in New American Writing, Aufgabe,dANDelion, Action Yes, filling Station, Estuaire, and Exit, and his articles in the Cahiers littéraires Contre-jour. His poetry has been translated into English, German, and Polish. My Dinosaur is his first book translated into English.


Erín Moure is a Montréal poet and translator curious about what’s active in the poetry of others. Moure’s most recent books are Kapusta (2015) and Insecession, a biotranspoetics published in one volume with her translation from Galician of Chus Pato’s biopoetics, Secession (BookThug, 2014). Other recent translations include White Piano (2013) by Nicole Brossard, translated with Robert Majzels from the French, and Galician Songs (2013) by Rosalía de Castro, translated from the Galician.



Tuesday, 26 April 2016

New D+Q: Brecht Evens' Panther


Hitting the shelves today is Panther, the latest book from renowned Belgian cartoonist Brecht Evens, now available in English for the first time. Readers familiar with his previous work will recognize Evens' signature style, using vibrant watercolours and borderless panels to tell the story. Indeed, his storytelling has steadily evolved, and is more cohesive in Panther than his earlier books. In his first D+Q release since 2012's The Making Of, Evens explores some seriously haunting terrain.

Protagonist Christine, a little girl who lives in a big house with her father, is grief-stricken when her cat Lucy has to be euthanized. But shortly after Lucy's death, Christine finds a new feline companion: a shape-shifting creature called Panther who appears one day in her dresser drawer, and immediately charms her with his stories and antics. Christine's world is rendered in blue and red, but when Panther materializes, he brings yellow along with him, allowing all the colours of the rainbow to be seen.

Though there are some early hints that Panther may not be exactly the kind, benevolent friend that he presents himself as, to Christine he is a fun, magical playmate, and a welcome comfort from the grief of losing Lucy.

Claiming to be the crown prince of the magical kingdom of Pantherland, Panther's quick-thinking and smooth-talking allows him to cleverly hide his thinly-veiled nefarious intentions toward Christine. Whenever he says or does something noticeably frightening, he quickly changes tack, reassuring Christine that he's harmless.

Of course, like most imaginary friends, Panther can't be seen by Christine's father. Unlike most imaginary friends, Panther actively encourages Christine to keep him a secret, even asking her to get the key to her room from her Dad. In Panther's absence, the world returns to red and blue; he takes the joy and colour with him when he leaves, and Christine misses him.

But all is not what it seems on the surface. Panther's relationship with Christine becomes increasingly uncomfortable. One of her favourite toys goes missing and "reappears" under dubious circumstances. And have you ever seen a more disturbing game of Twister?

Things take a turn for the downright sinister when Panther's friends show up to celebrate Christine's birthday. So don't let a passing glance at the bright colours and cute animals fool you - Panther is no children's fairy tale! Creepy through and through, the story's conclusion also leaves room for ambiguity and interpretation. Seeing as Panther is our pick for May's installment of our monthly Graphic Novel Book Club, there's a perfect opportunity coming up to discuss and share your take on this iconoclastic work. Also, it's 20% from now until the meeting on May 18th, so get your mitts on a copy while the getting's good!



Monday, 25 April 2016

Just in: "Advanced Style: Older and Wise" by Ari Seth Cohen


Hailed for re-defining the way we look at women (and men) over the age of sixty, Ari Seth Cohen has returned with the follow-up to his popular 2012 debut "Advanced Style" with "Advanced Style: Older & Wiser." Available in-store starting tomorrow (April 26), this stunning collection casts a spotlight on the most fabulous people belonging to the older age bracket. Complete with in-depth profiles and elegant photos of Cohen's fresh new faces, "Older and Wiser" is a must-read. 








Thursday, May 26th, 7pm: Chester Brown launches MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS!

Oh boy, are you ready? If you thought Chester's last masterpiece got people chattering wait until his newest hits the shelves. In MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS Chester expands on his favoured themes of love and intimacy, this time he pulling specific passages from the big 'B' itself to illustrate. And we are beyond excited that he will be at the bookstore to launch it on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm at 211 Bernard Ouest.


   
Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus continues Chester's thoughts on sex work by retelling nine stories from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament.  forms a fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution.

Chester Brown's Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus may be the most provocative comic book published this year. - Slate

   Any reputable list of best cartoonists includes Chester Brown's name and for good reason, and now he's returned with another sure-to-be controversial tome. Do not miss a chance to see him present his newest work!









Sunday, 24 April 2016

New and Notable: Urban Jungle š!#24


The latest kuš! anthology is full of gorgeous short comics by 22 artists PLUS 4 outstanding mini-kuš! books! Cover, featuring a snake in a fedora and a chain-smoking centipede, by Līva Kandevica. The issue collects stories that revolve around the dark side of the city.


Dace Sietina's painted poem, Blueberry Meadows, reflects on the disaster at Chernobyl.


Tsuchika Nishimura depicts a very surreal encounter with a posh lady in Vanity Fair.


Dream Home by Disa Wallander features a satirical take on the fantasy home with lush backdrops.


In 1-800 Bunghole Jungle Tara Booth imagines an urban jungle-fetish retreat with tons of playful color. Don't miss her mini, Unwell, either featuring a less exotic but equally wacko slice of life in the city!


This time there are mini-kuš! books by (from left-right) Tara Booth, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Hanneriina Moisseinen, and Aisha Franz. 


Aisha Franz, known for her fondness of aliens (see Earthling) takes us on another sci-fi journey in Eyez

kuš! has done it again! Come luxuriate in their Spring series!

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