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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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.








Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Record Store Day - All music books 15% off, all weekend!

In celebration of the wonderful tradition which is Record Store Day, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is offering 15% off of all of our music books this weekend! There are precious few things in this world that we love as much as books, but music is one of them, so we're getting pretty excited about this occasion to combine our two great loves. So while you're making the rounds of your favourite Mile End record stores this Saturday and Sunday, don't forget to stop by Librairie D&Q to check out our meticulously curated selection of music books. Here's but a sampling of what you'll find on our shelves:

A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man by Holly George-Warren

Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville by Michael Streissguth

Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop by Bob Stanley

Autobiography by Morrissey

Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson

We've got so many more fantastic music books, but you'll have to come by this weekend to have a gander for yourself! Remember, they're all 15% off this Saturday and Sunday. Come get yourself a sweet deal on the appropriate reading material to accompany all the great records you pick up this weekend!
Thursday, 17 April 2014

TONIGHT! 7pm! Trevor Ferguson launches The River Burns

Join us at the Librairie TONIGHT Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. for the launch of Trevor Ferguson's latest book, The River Burns (Simon & Schuster)! There will be a presentation followed by a signing.

The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/River-Burns/Trevor-Ferguson/9781476751849#sthash.L6oWHrqW.dpuf
The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction. Wakefield is a small town where a unique collection of longstanding citizens has lived mostly in harmony, accepting of each other’s foibles. But underneath the picture perfect exterior a battle rages between those who wish to preserve the historic single-lane covered bridge across the river, and the loggers who want it replaced with a modern alternative. As the days pass with no change in the dispute, tensions begin to boil over, friends turn against one another, and the town seethes with potential violence.

You can read a recent review in Quill & Quire here!
The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/River-Burns/Trevor-Ferguson/9781476751849#sthash.L6oWHrqW.dpuf
The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction.

Wakefield is a small town where a unique collection of longstanding citizens has lived mostly in harmony, accepting of each other’s foibles. But underneath the picture perfect exterior a battle rages between those who wish to preserve the historic single-lane covered bridge across the river, and the loggers who want it replaced with a modern alternative. As the days pass with no change in the dispute, tensions begin to boil over, friends turn against one another, and the town seethes with potential violence. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/River-Burns/Trevor-Ferguson/9781476751849#sthash.L6oWHrqW.dpuf

The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/River-Burns/Trevor-Ferguson/9781476751849#sthash.L6oWHrqW.dpuf
The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction.

Wakefield is a small town where a unique collection of longstanding citizens has lived mostly in harmony, accepting of each other’s foibles. But underneath the picture perfect exterior a battle rages between those who wish to preserve the historic single-lane covered bridge across the river, and the loggers who want it replaced with a modern alternative. As the days pass with no change in the dispute, tensions begin to boil over, friends turn against one another, and the town seethes with potential violence. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/River-Burns/Trevor-Ferguson/9781476751849#sthash.L6oWHrqW.dpuf
The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction.

Wakefield is a small town where a unique collection of longstanding citizens has lived mostly in harmony, accepting of each other’s foibles. But underneath the picture perfect exterior a battle rages between those who wish to preserve the historic single-lane covered bridge across the river, and the loggers who want it replaced with a modern alternative. As the days pass with no change in the dispute, tensions begin to boil over, friends turn against one another, and the town seethes with potential violence. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/River-Burns/Trevor-Ferguson/9781476751849#sthash.L6oWHrqW.dpuf


Trevor Ferguson is the author of seven novels under his own name and another three under his pseudonym, John Farrow. One of his novels was made into a feature film -The Timekeeper. Four of his plays have been produced, including an off-Broadway engagement and one seen by more than 22,000 patrons in a single run. He teaches creative writing at Concordia University and lives with his wife in Hudson, Quebec.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

New in stock! Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hilary L. Chute


For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and we're delighted to have the fruits of her labours collected in this new book! Outside the Box includes in-depth discussions with twelve of the most prominent and accomplished artists and writers in comics, revealing a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests and approaches while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice (including a number of Drawn & Quarterly alumni!), from underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel, Charles Burns, and more. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.

Beautifully illustrated in full-color, and featuring three never-before-published interviews—including the first published conversation between Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware—Outside the Box will be a landmark volume, a close-up account of the rise of graphic storytelling and a testament to its vibrant creativity.

TONIGHT! 7pm! Anna Leventhal launches Sweet Affliction

Join us at the Librairie to celebrate the launch of Montreal writer Anna Leventhal's first book! Sweet Affliction is a collection of fifteen short stories that is by turns caustic, tender, and darkly funny. A short reading by the author will be followed by an interview with writer and translator Melissa Bull. Plus, snacks!


About the book: A pregnancy test is taken at a wedding, a bad diagnosis leads a patient to a surprising outlook, and a civic holiday becomes a dystopian nightmare. By turns caustic, tender, and creepily hilarious, Sweet Affliction reveals the frailties, perversions, and resilience of Anna Leventhal’s cast of city-dwellers.

"Leventhal’s work grasps multiple and brazen connections between sisters, lovers, strangers, friends. These stories wander and please. They knife unexpectedly. Truth is lodged in all the cuts. These stories 'know the things energy can do.'"

Tamara Faith Berger, author of Maidenhead

"Sweet Affliction is — no big deal or anything — one of the most successful, high-functioning, sometimes perfect collections of short stories I’ve read in recent memory."

Andrew Hood, author of The Cloaca

"These stories stand Canadian literature on its head — amazing characters, totally original and unexpected situations, absolutely hilarious and heartfelt prose — Anna Leventhal is a one-of-a-kind talent."

Lee Henderson, author of The Man Game



Anna Leventhal is a Journey Prize-nominated author living and writing in Montreal. Her work has been published in Geist, Matrix, Maisonneuve, and The Montreal Review of Books, and she was the second-place winner of the 2009 Quebec Writing Competition. She was also contributing editor for the Invisible Publishing collection The Art of Trespassing. Sweet Affliction is her first book.







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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Out Today! Mimi Pond's Over Easy


Lovers of the graphic memoir rejoice! Mimi Pond's Over Easy is in stores today, and it is getting press all over the place. Mimi has described Over Easy as her magnum opus, and it's easy to see why; Over Easy is a sprawling, jaunty fictionalized memoir about the fast-paced, diner-working life of art student turned dishwasher turned waitress Madge Pond in 1970s California.


After moving to Oakland to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts, Madge is distressed to reach the maximum amount of student aid right before entering her final year of school. Instead of drowning herself in loans, Madge opts to get a different kind of education - as a dishwasher and waitress at the Imperial Cafe (based on real-life diner Mama's Royal Café). 


Madge is a funny, relatable protagonist - at times naive, at times brilliant and wry. Pond captures the feeling of working in one of those je ne sais quoi places, the ones that have a certain energy about them you can't help but want to be a part of.


One of my favourite passages explores exactly that feeling: Madge is taking her lunch break on her first day as a dishwasher. She orders a crab sandwich, because "when [she's] working, [she] can order anything from the menu, anything at all, and the cooks have to make it for [her]". She describes the strange feeling of things never being the same again, that she'll "never be just a customer here, ever again".


Full of melodramatic romances that last about 4 pages each and hilariously low-stakes drama, Over Easy is a joyous read all the way through the ups and downs of Madge's experiences. Every character is memorable and lovable, from the Cafe's beloved manager to the regulars (some of whom are the preferred drug dealers of the staff). 


The attachment all the staff members of the Imperial Cafe have for each other is palpable, and heart-warming, despite the fact that if it were an actual family, there would be a whole lotta incest goin' on, as the waitresses tend to change boyfriends about once a week.


You do not want to miss out on reading this gem. Mimi Pond has been around forever, and is responsible for writing the very first episode of The Simpsons, among other beloved pop-culture institutions. She's a legend, and it's about time she gets her very own epic memoir. Pick it up. You will love it. That's the D&Q guarantee. 


Don't forget, Mimi is currently on tour, so check out the poster above to see if you'll be in the LA, Oakland, Toronto, New York, or San Diego when she is. You won't want to miss it; Mimi is charming and delightful, and sure to wow ya. 

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