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Monday, 15 September 2014

Women in Clothes Clothing Swap!!

Hello everyone! We're inching closer to Tuesday the 16th, which means we are almost ready to collectively lose our minds at the glory of having Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton, Heidi Julavits, and Fiona Duncan in our midst.

I thought I'd take a minute to explain a very very cool thing that's happening on Tuesday at the event, which you may or may not have been aware of.

Librairie Drawn and Quarterly, in partnership with Empire Exchange, is having a clothing swap!  All Women in Clothes attendees are encouraged to bring up to five articles of clothing. Be prepared to write a short anecdote about each piece you bring; your story will be included with the garment and passed on to its future owner.

All items brought to the clothing swap should be freshly laundered, in good condition, and free of holes, stains or rips.

Doors at 6 p.m., event at 7 p.m. Tickets are FREE with a purchase of the book. There are a limited number of $10 tickets as well. Come by the store or call us (514-279-2224) to reserve your spot!

Meet Women in Clothes editor Heidi Julavits!

Our Women in Clothes launch is tomorrow, people! I hope you've picked out what you're bringing to the clothing swap, and that you're as excited as we are. In anticipation of the event, we've introduced you to two of the book's editors, Leanne Shapton and Sheila Heti. Today, meet the wonderful Heidi Julavits, the book's final editor and one of its 600+ contributors.

Heidi is a written-world hero, if you will. This may seem a silly title but represents an ideal to me: someone who is an incredible writer, who is well-read and who can speak in a captivating way about literature. Someone whose every book recommendation I would take without question. In addition to being the author of four beautifully written, critically acclaimed novels - The Mineral Palace, The Effect of Living Backwards, The Uses of Enchantment, and most recently, The Vanishers, Heidi is a founding editor of The Believer, one of our favourite magazines, and one that's supported great books and authors for over ten years now.

Heidi's 10,000 word essay in The Believer's inaugural issue caused a stir in the world of book reviews, and demonstrated the conviction with which she runs the publication. And when she isn't working on the magazine or writing novels, she's still writing. Her short stories and other work have appeared in The Best Creative Nonfiction Volume 2, Esquire, Story, and McSweeney's Quarterly. She's also a professor at Columbia University, a mother of two, and a winner of the PEN/New England Fiction Award. Pretty darn impressive, am I right?

Heidi Julavits, Sheila Heti, and Leanne Shapton will join moderator Fiona Duncan on stage tomorrow at Rialto Hall (5723 ave. Parc). The event also incorporates a clothing swap (bring up to five pieces to trade!) and a signing. Tickets are 10$ or free with your purchase of Women in Clothes. Drop by the Librairie and get yours now!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Recap: Jon Paul Fiorentino Launches I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

Man, what a packed, wonderful night. What night do I speak of? Why last Saturday September 6th, of course, at the launch of store favourite Jon Paul Fiorentino's I'm Not Scared of You or Anything. This launch had quite possibly the most amount of beer any event has ever had: more PBR and Heineken than a first year Concordia party (I've changed my humour geographically for everyone. For your reference, on the West Coast that would be an Emily Carr University joke).

Another store favourite (we love all our children equally, guys), Dave McGimpsey, gave Jon's introduction, and as usual, he managed to infuse it with hilarity, warmth, and love. Dave makes every event he's at a calmer, more positive place. Basically what we're trying to say is that if you see Dave in the crowd, it's goin' to be a good night.

Dave's sweet intro left Jon at a loss for words (a situation he called "unfortunate, given the circumstances"), and he took a moment to introduce the audience to his father, who had just spent the past 45 minutes looking for parking. It served to reinforce Dave's introductory comment regarding Jon's sense of decency and love of family coming through in his work.

Jon's reading was accompanied by projections by Maryanna Hardy, whose beautiful illustrations work alongside his stories. Her series of bits, the concept of which was to turn memes into high art, had the audience in hysterics. Teen Wolf accompanied by Slavoj Žižek quotes? Don't mind if I do.

Julie took a sneaky sneaky picture of some of the audience members enjoying themselves in varying degrees. Very nice.

Afterward, everyone stuck around to praise dear Jon and get their books signed. We could tell the audience had an amazing time. We laughed, we almost cried (well, I almost cried: the story of Jon's daughter's birth had me verklempt, for sure), we bought books. we drank... what more could you ask for?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Vivek Shraya, Elisha Lim and Malaika Aleba

Join us on Friday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate Vivek Shraya's novel She of the Mountains (illustrated by Raymond Biesinger) and Elisha Lim's debut graphic novel 100 Crushes (Koyama)! Guest reading by Malaika Aleba!

Vivek Shraya's She of the Mountains is a contemporary illustrated queer love story interwoven with a reimagining of Hindu mythology. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart. The illustrations are by the Montreal-based artist Raymond Biesinger, whose work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and the New York Times.

“The Hindu gods, with their constantly shifting personas and manifestations, add a clever and thoughtful layer to the novel and highlight the intricacies and power of a love that eclipses gender, time, and conventions. Strikingly illustrated by Raymond Biesinger, this is a lyrical ode to love in all its many forms.” - Publishers Weekly

Vivek Shraya is an artist working in the mediums of music, performance, literature, and film. He is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, nominated for both his young adult short story collection God Loves Hair and the multimedia book/film/website project What I LOVE about being QUEER. Winner of the We Are Listening International Singer/Songwriter Award, Vivek has released albums ranging from acoustic folk-rock to electro synth-pop. His most recent is Breathe Again, a tribute to the songs of R&B artist Babyface. He lives in Toronto.

Elisha Lim's 100 Crushes compiles five years of queer comics, including excerpts from Sissy, The Illustrated Gentleman, Queer Child in the Eighties, and their cult series 100 Butches, as well as new work. It's an absorbing documentary that travels through Toronto, Berlin, Singapore, and beyond in the form of interviews, memoirs, and gossip from an international queer vanguard.

Elisha Lim portrays the creativity, tenacity and power of being neither straight, nor white, nor cis-gendered. They have also successfully advocated for Canadian gay media to adopt the gender neutral pronoun ‘they’. They have exhibited and curated art and videos internationally, including the debut solo of Toronto’s notorious Feminist Art Gallery, and were awarded Best Emerging Director at the 2014 Inside Out film festival. They advise on racial and gender stereotypes in lectures, on juries, and on UN panels, and directed Montréal’s first Racialized Pride Week in 2012.

Lim's comics include the Bitch Magazine acclaimed Sissy Calendar, The Illustrated Gentleman, and most notably, 100 Butches, a collection of portraits and anecdotes about masculine queers, introduced by New York Times bestselling author Alison Bechdel.

Guest reader Malaika Aleba is a former editor at Autostraddle.com, where she penned the column A Prairie Homo Companion about being queer in the Canadian prairies. She now lives in Montreal where she freelance edits, co-facilitates a writing workshop, and works as a Fundraising and Development Coordinator at Head & Hands a nonprofit that runs programs for youth and about sexual education. She has blogged for the Sierra Club and the Media Co-op, and her work can also be found in the forthcoming Digging Deep, Facing Self course anthology.

Event tonight: Mindy Carter launches The Teacher Monologues

Dr. Mindy Carter’s new book, The Teacher Monologues – Exploring the Identities and Experiences of Artist-Teachers, was recently launched by Sense Publishers. Join us to celebrate at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly! Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. All are welcome!

Expect a short talk and question period by Dr. Carter. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

In this book, “Mindy Carter shares her compelling study of theatre specialists using a/r/tography as a way to examine the sometimes conflicting and sometimes complementary identities of artist and pedagogue engaged in inquiry. She does this brilliantly through theatrical monologues––bringing theory to life and life to theory. This is a must read for all theatre specialists interested in education!" ––Rita Irwin, Professor & Associate Dean of Teacher Education, The University of British Columbia

Dr. Mindy Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. She currently researches curriculum studies, aboriginal education and drama and theatre education, focusing on a/r/tography, teacher identity, teacher education, and arts based educational research.
Friday, 12 September 2014

Meet Women in Clothes editor Sheila Heti!

Our Women in Clothes event is next Tuesday, September 16th, and we can hardly wait. But while we must, we'll continue introducing you to the inspiring editors of this inspiring book. You've met Leanne Shapton, and today I'm here to sing the praises of Sheila Heti, a Toronto native who studied playwriting, art history, and philosophy, and who published her first book at twenty-four.Sheila is no stranger to D+Q- she joined Margaret Atwood on stage for a sold-out event last December, and has graced our store many other times throughout the years. We're always thrilled to have her!

In addition to being an incredibly well-spoken, all-around cool person, Sheila is the author of a diverse range of titles, including book of short stories The Middle Stories, novel Ticknor, collaborative essay collection The Chairs Are Where the People Go, children's book We Need A Horseand the Librairie best-selling "novel from life" How Should A Person Be? Her writing has appeared, amongst other places, in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail,n+1, McSweeney’s, Brick, Geist, Maisonneuve, Bookforum, and The Believer, whose staff (which includes fellow Women in Clothes editor Heidi Julavits) she joined in 2011.

As if that weren't enough, Sheila is also the co-creator of the Trampoline Hall lecture series, and founder of the blog The Metaphysical Poll. She has lectured at a number of universities and museums. Her 2013 play,All Our Happy Days are Stupid, had a sold-out run at Toronto's Videofag, and will be remounted next year in New York. I could type many more paragraphs of reasons why, but in short, Sheila is awesome.

The Montreal launch of Women in Clothes begins at 7pm on Tuesday, September 16th, at Rialto Hall (5723 ave. Parc). The event incorporates a clothing swap (bring up to five pieces to trade!) and a conversation between the books' editors and moderator Fiona Duncan. Tickets at 10$ or free with the purchase of Women in Clothes. Drop by the Librairie and get yours today!
Thursday, 11 September 2014

Marianne Ackerman launches Holy Fools + 2 Stories

Join us on Wednesday, October 1st at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of Montreal writer and store friend Marianne Ackerman's new book, Holy Fools + 2 Stories!

"The characters in Holy Fools + 2 Stories are humble people who may seem mad. Burdened by delusion. Driven by irrational goals. They take action and are caught up in the web of events, carried to unfamiliar shores that may or may not denote salvation. There is no message. I just wanted to write about the dear human spirit, swimming against a crazy world."

– Marianne Ackerman

Advance praise:

Marianne Ackerman writes with precision, power, and purpose. As she weaves her wonderful stories, her perfect words and sentences leave a mark on the reader. This is exquisite storytelling.
– Terry Fallis, novelist, winner of CBC Canada Reads

Holy Fools is wild. From the opening few lines, it’s fresh and original, full of twists and turns I never saw coming.

– John Goddard, author of Inside the Museums

Marianne Ackerman was born in Belleville, Ontario and grew up on a farm in Prince Edward County. She was educated at Carleton University (BA, Political Science 1976), University of Toronto (MA, Drama 1981) and the Sorbonne. She has lived in Montreal since 1980, with the exception of a seven-year stint in the South of France.

Her four published plays, written in the 1990s, deal with Quebec history, the transformative power of art and the nature of freedom. The bilingual L’Affaire Tartuffe, or the Garrison Officers Rehearse Molière was presented in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Toronto. Her new play, a comedy called Triplex Nervosa, will be part of the Centaur Theatre’s 2014-15 season.

Her three published novels, Jump (2000), Matters of Hart (2005) and Piers’ Desire (2010) explore contemporary familial tensions: political and personal independence; the meaning of brotherhood; the redemptive power of sex. She is working on a fourth novel, The Devil’s Vineyard, a contemporary story about the literary world, heritage and family politics, set in Prince Edward County and Toronto.

An award-winning theatre critic, playwright, novelist and journalist, she is founder and publisher of The Rover, an on-line review of culture and art at www.roverarts.com.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

TONIGHT! Jay Winston Ritchie launches Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent

Join us this evening - Wednesday September 10th at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of local writer Jay Winston Ritchie's new book, Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac Press).  Readings by Blare Coughlin and Jay Winston Ritchie. Hosting by Jon Paul Fiorentino. Refreshments will be served!

Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent is Jay's first book of short stories, published by Insomniac Press. In nine stories, nine young musicians search for their artistic voice while constantly being sidetracked by fame, drugs, potluck parties, call centre jobs, and other things.
Jay Winston Ritchie is the author of the poetry chapbook How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside and is editor-in-chief of The Void, Concordia's only bilingual literary arts magazine.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

TONIGHT! Mireille Silcoff launches Chez L'Arabe at The Emerald 8pm

House of Anansi Press and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly present the launch of Montreal writer Mireille Silcoff's new book, Chez L'Arabe. Join us at The Emerald (5295 ave. du Parc) TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 9th at 8 p.m. for food, drinks, readings, and surprise musical guests!

Chez L'Arabe is a dazzling debut collection from award-winning journalist and New York Times Magazine contributor Mireille Silcoff. Inspired by the real life medical struggles of the author, this stunning debut collection opens with a gripping portrait of chronic illness in a series of linked stories about a woman in her mid-thirties, who is trapped in her elegantly accoutered Montreal townhouse — and in her own mind and body. As she struggles with her health, amongst an increasingly indifferent husband and volatile mother, she encounters unimaginable depths of loneliness and realizes that, even after she recovers, her life will never be the same.

Mireille Silcoff is the founding editor of Guilt & Pleasure Quarterly, a magazine of new Jewish writing and ideas, and is the author of three books about drug and youth culture. She is a lead columnist with Canada's National Post and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and other publications. She lives in Montreal.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Fall Poetry Quartet with Signal Editions, Biblioasis and Goose Lane

On Friday, September 27th at 7 p.m., join Signal Editions, Biblioasis, and Goose Lane for their Fall Poetry Quartet, featuring the Montreal launch of highly anticipated new volumes from award-winning poets Michael Lista, Shoshanna Wingate, Stevie Howell, and Kerry-Lee Powell. The evening will be hosted by Carmine Starnino.

The Scarborough takes place over three days in 1992: Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday—the weekend 15-year-old Kristin French was abducted and murdered by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. In poems both opulent and stricken, ravishing and unflinching, Michael Lista—nine, at the time—revisits those dates, haunted by the horrifying facts he now possesses. Inspired, in part, by Dante’s Inferno, Virgil's tale of Orpheus’ descent into the underworld for Eurydice, as well as the Bernardo trial itself—where the judge ruled that the gallery could hear the video tapes of the crimes, but not see them—Lista’s poems adhere to a single rule: you cannot gaze at the beloved you seek to rescue. The Scarborourgh is book about Bernardo that doesn’t show us Bernardo, a conceptual project that ignores its concept. Shiveringly bold, it is a major achievement.

Michael Lista’s previous book of poems was Bloom (House of Anansi Press, 2010). He is poetry editor of the Walrus and poetry columnist for the National Post.

Shoshanna Wingate's Radio Weather explores the tension between personal imperatives and fickle outside forces in taut, unsentimental, immaculately constructed poems. Wingate tracks the moments that alter us from who we might have been to who we are, in narratives of rural poverty, urban decay, a child’s improbable friendship with a murderer, a father’s death from AIDS. “The days depart in minor steps,” she writes, “then slip away for costume change.” Radio Weather is a memorable debut by a poet of exceptional promise.

Advance Praise for Radio Weather:

“Clear-eyed, musical, deeply-considered and deeply-felt, Radio Weather contends with the inhospitable. Bringing both child and adult perspectives to bear, it calls to account both the living and the dead. Brilliantly-crafted and wise, occupying a provisional space that is both wary and compassionate, somewhere ‘between what we didn’t want and what we could afford,’ these are poems of great psychological tension, poems for grown ups.”
–Patrick Warner, author of Perfection

Shoshanna Wingate’s poetry and fiction have been published in The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead , and Arc Poetry Magazine. A poetry chapbook, Homing Instinct, appeared from Frog Hollow Press in 2012. She is the founding editor of the arts & culture journal, Riddle Fence.

About Kerry-Lee Powell's Inheritance:
Inspired by a shipwreck endured by her father during the Second World War, and by his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and eventual suicide, Inheritance is a powerful poetic debut by the winner of the 2013 Boston Review Fiction Contest and The Malahat Review Far Horizons Award.

Born in Montreal, Kerry-Lee Powell has lived in Australia, Antigua, and The United Kingdom, where she studied Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cardiff University and directed a literature promotion agency. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout the United Kingdom and North America, including The Spectator, The Boston Review, and The Virago Writing Women series. In 2013, she won The Boston Review fiction contest, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for short fiction, and the Alfred G. Bailey manuscript prize. A chapbook entitled “The Wreckage” has recently been published in England by Grey Suit Editions. A short fiction collection and novel are forthcoming from Harper Collins. Inheritance is her first book.

About ^^^^^^ [Sharps]:
Pop culture and the balladry of bedlam collide in this wry debut that volunteers a transfusion of the unpredictable to readers yearning for more than a muralized Olive Garden world. In [sharps], a visit to the last Dollar Store becomes a meditation on the global supply chain. A fan of Bill Callahan almost falls into New York’s underbelly, Canmore moviegoers scoff at Alec Baldwin, and the Queen resembles Rip Torn. Joyously ominous, blissfully melancholic, Stevie Howell’s highly anticipated collection picks a street fight with language, half cut with its exuberant possibilities.

“These poems are coded emergency and emergent code: hail, cut glass, cathedrals, systems, skeletons, and scorched earth. Stevie Howell has found a fault-line underwriting Reality and turned this fissure, this terrible brokenness, into a lens. She sees the queasy, exact particular and can phase from its contours into metaphysics and back before we sense the ground shifting. An astonishing debut. An astonishing collection full-stop.” — Ken Babstock, author of Methodist Hatchet

Stevie Howell
is a poet and critic from Toronto. In 2013 her work was shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize, and in 2012 she was a finalist for the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Event, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post and in two chapbooks, Royal and Ringsend.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Meet Women in Clothes editor Leanne Shapton!

Our Women in Clothes event is just around the corner, and what better way to get appropriately excited than to talk about the great minds behind the book?

First up is Leanne Shapton, a prolific (and D+Q published!) artist and illustrator. Based in New York City, Shapton is the co-founder of J&L Books, a non-profit publisher of art and photography books.

She's also the author of several books, including  The Native Trees of Canada and Sunday Night Movies. Her third book, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, a photography book that uses found objects to chronicle a love story, was optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, and her success doesn't stop there. Shapton has been the art director of The New York Times op-ed page, the winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Award for autobiography, and a columnist for Elle and The New York Times Magazine. (Oh, and she also competed in two Olympic trials for swimming. No big deal.)

If all that seems like a lot, it's only because Shapton seems to fearlessly pursue what she wants. "I can be quite reckless," she told the Toronto Star in a 2009 interview, "but weirdly these things have paid off." The Star called her "the girl who has everything," Dave Eggers is apparently a big fan, and Amy Sedaris is jealous of her. Safe to say that Leanne Shapton is pretty cool.

And despite calling NYC home, Shapton's roots are firmly Canadian: She was born in Mississauga, attended McGill, and began her career at the National Post. The home grown success story's newest project is Women in Clothes, a collaboration of over 600 contributors, including the likes of Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, and Tavi Gevinson. An exploration of how women present themselves through clothes, the book will ]launch Tuesday, September 16 at the Rialto Hall. The event, presented by Drawn & Quarterly, will include a conversation and clothing swap. Make sure to stop by!

Curationism: David Balzer and Margaux Williamson

David Balzer, the acclaimed Canadian art critic, knows art. Margaux Williamson, the acclaimed Canadian painter, creates art.

On Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m., they will both be at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly to discuss their new books: David's Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, and Margaux's I Could See Everything: The Paintings of Margaux Williamson. They will also discuss art, art books, curation, the relationship between artist, curator and popular culture, and if 'curation' itself still holds any value. There will also be wine! This event is free, and all are welcome.

Praise for Curationism:

‘This is an unusual art book. It is a book you should read and one that you can. Balzer traces the history and current hegemony of curationism, a practice of jumped-up interior decorators who double as priests explaining the gospel to the unlettered masses. A good read, if you don’t mind reading things that you don’t want to know.’ – Dave Hickey

Praise for I Could See Everything:

'Like all my favourite art, these paintings bring out that covetous feeling – I want to wear them, dance to them, show them off as an example of how life feels to me: dirty, dumb, terrifying, spiritual and so funny.’ — Miranda July

David Balzer has contributed to publications including The Believer, Modern Painters, Artforum.com and The Globe and Mail, and is the author of Contrivances, a short-fiction collection. He is currently Associate Editor at Canadian Art magazine. Balzer was born in Winnipeg and currently resides in Toronto, where he makes a living as a critic, editor and teacher.
Margaux Williamson has had solo painting exhibitions in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York, and her work has been covered by the New York Times, LA Times, The Paris Review and Bomb. Her first movie, Teenager Hamlet, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She lives in Toronto, where she collaborates with the band Tomboyfriend, the lecture series Trampoline Hall, and the writer Sheila Heti on various art projects.
Saturday, 6 September 2014

TONIGHT: Jon Paul Fiorentino launches I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

Join us tonight - Saturday, September 6th at 7 p.m. for the launch of Montreal writer and store friend Jon Paul Fiorentino's newest book, I'm Not Scared of You or Anything. Presented by Anvil Press and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly - with surprise special guests!

The characters in I’m not Scared of You or Anything are invigilators, fake martial arts experts, buskers, competitive pillow fighters, drug runners, and, of course, grad students. This collection of comedic short stories and exploratory texts is the ninth book by the critically acclaimed and award-winning author Jon Paul Fiorentino. Deftly illustrated by Maryanna Hardy, these texts ask important questions, like: How does a mild mannered loser navigate the bureaucratic terrain of exam supervision? What happens when you replace the text of Christian Archie comics with the text of Hélène Cixous? And, most important of all, what would it be like if Mr. Spock was a character in the HBO series GIRLS?

Praise for INSOYOA:
“I’m sure something scares Jon Paul Fiorentino, and maybe it drives him toward the deadpan magic he wields so masterfully in these pages. This is a daring and funny collection.”

“Fiorentino takes the path you’re on in life and sidesteps it just enough to create surreal little worlds, worlds where you can’t help but burst out laughing. A master of dark, comedic timing, he’s perfectly complemented by the delicate, terrifying, and hilarious illustrations of Maryanna Hardy. This book is one of my favourite reads in ages.”


"Jon Paul Fiorentino has made a career of using humour to stand up for the lonely and vulnerable. In addition to the more straightforward, Sedaris-esque comic pieces, the new book sees Fiorentino carrying on his past practice of genre/discipline/media mash-ups. His most fully realized."—MONTREAL GAZETTE

"Fiorentino has a gift for explaining the anxieties, doubts, errors, loves and neediness of humans in a way that is easily readable due to his deadpan humour. I'm Not Scared of You or Anything is a collection for readers bored by more traditional CanLit. It's a book of outcasts, misfits and underdogs written for outcasts, misfits and underdogs. Unfiltered, Fiorentino deftly writes what some of us may think from time to time, but would never dare say aloud. He really isn't scared of anything. "

Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of the novel Stripmalling, which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and six poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches writing at Concordia University, edits Matrix magazine and runs Snare Books.

Tonight: Inanna Publications double launch with Ursula Pflug and Phyllis Rudin!

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for an Inanna Publications double book launch, featuring Ursula Pflug and Phyllis Rudin and their new books - Motion Sickness and Evie, the Bab, and the Wife, respectively.

Motion Sickness is a flash novel containing subtle magic realist and slipstream elements. It consists of 55 chapters of exactly 500 words each accompanied by a wood-cut like, scratchboard illustrations that follow one young woman’s humorous and poignant misadventures in the worlds of employment, friendship, dating, birth control and abortion.

About Evie, the Baby and the Wife: When your womb says jump, it’s safer not to ask how high. Played out against the backdrop of the fight for women’s reproductive rights in Canada, Evie, The Baby, and The Wife  is the boisterous tale of a mother and daughter at odds, struggling to reconnect across a uterine divide.

Ursula Pflug is author of the critically acclaimed slipstream novel Green Music (2002). She has published over 70 short stories in professional publications in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. She has published dozens of art and book reviews in Canada and the U.S., and has had several plays professionally produced, one solo-authored (Nobody Likes The Ugly Fish, 1994), and the remainder collaboratively created. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has also been shortlisted for the Aurora, the Sunburst, Pulp Press’s 3-Day Novel, Descant’s Novella Contest, and many more. Currently, she edits short fiction for The Link and teaches creative writing with a focus on the short story at Loyalist College. Her story collection After the Fires appeared in 2008 and Harvesting The Moon, a new collection, is forthcoming. Her novel, The Alphabet Stones, was published in 2013. For more on Ursula: http://www.ursulapflug.ca/

 Phyllis Rudin has lived in the U.S., France, and Canada. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous Canadian and American literary magazines. Before turning to writing full-time, she was the history librarian at McGill University. She lives in Montreal which serves as the landscape for all her fiction.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Tonight! Claire Holden Rothman launches My October

Please join us tonight at 7 p.m. to celebrate Montreal writer Claire Holden Rothman's new book, My October!

In October 1970, FLQ terrorists kidnapped a British diplomat in Montreal and held him hostage for fifty-nine days. More than thirty years later, the story continues to reverberate, and a Montreal family is at a crossroads. The three members of the Lévesque family each have their own private struggles. Luc Lévesque is a celebrated Quebec writer, revered as much for his novels about the working-class neighbourhood of Saint-Henri as for his separatist views. But this is 2001. The dreams of a new nation are dying, and Luc is increasingly dissatisfied with his life. Luc’s wife, Hannah, has worked faithfully as his translator for years, yet she is also the daughter of a man who served as a special prosecutor during the October Crisis, and she has distanced herself from her English-speaking family. Hugo, their troubled fourteen-year-old son, has been living in the shadow of a larger-than-life father and is struggling with his own identity. In confusion and anger, he commits a reckless act that puts everyone around him on a collision course with the past.

My October examines issues of history, language, and cultural identity amid the ethnic and linguistic diversity of today’s Montreal. Inspired in part by two real-life figures from Quebec’s past—James Richard Cross, the British diplomat who was held captive by FLQ terrorists, and Jacques Lanctôt, the man who was Cross’s captor—this is also a story about the province’s turbulent history and ever-shifting role within the country at whose heart it lies.

Weaving together three unique voices, Rothman has created a masterful tale of a modern family torn apart by the weight of history and words left unsaid.

Claire Holden Rothman is the author of The Heart Specialist, which was a bestseller and was longlisted for the Giller. She is also the author of two story collections, and her translation of Canada’s first novel, L’influence d’un livre (The Influence of a Book) by Philippe-Ignace-François Aubert de Gaspé, won the John Glassco Translation Prize.

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