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Monday, 22 January 2018

Non-Fiction 2017 Bestseller

Graphic Novel Book Club: Present by Leslie Stein

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 this February is Present by Leslie Stein. We will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard Avenue West) on Tuesday, February 13th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly staff member Chantale Potié. Join us for refreshments and collective insights!

***We are offering a 20% discount on Present from now until the meeting date!***

Stein's dreamy and vibrant watercolour drawings deftly match the blissful energy of the artist as portrayed in her comics. Even when exploring feelings of loneliness, sadness, and rejection, Stein remains a bright presence with wit and cheer. This collection of stories slash diary comics is a generous compilation of her daily interactions, observations, memories, and thoughts. Stein has been a longtime comic contributor at VICE.com, publishing weekly short comics that are as delightful as they are honest and vulnerable.

Art & Design Bestsellers 2017

Check out our top sellers from the Art & Design section for 2017! Most of these have been perennial favourites at the store, though 2017 saw a new book from much-loved illustrator Yumi Sakagawa (The Little Book of Life Hacks), Leonard Koren's book on the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi (not new, but new to us!) was a surprise hit, and Henry Carroll's Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs joined The Photographer's Playbook among our more popular photography books.

Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su

Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe by Yumi Sakagawa

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets by Leonard Koren

The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life by Twyla Tharp

Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics edition) by John Berger (not pictured)

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

The Little Book of Life Hacks by Yumi Sakagawa

Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen by Sam Kalda

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent) by George Lois

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky

Interaction of Color by Josef Albers

DIY Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativity by Anthony Alvarado

The Photographer's Playbook by Jason Fulford

Charles & Ray Eames by Gloria Koenig

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll

Hieronymus Bosch: Complete Works by Stefan Fischer

Failed it!: How to Turn Mistakes into Ideas and Other Advice for Successfully Screwing Up by Erik Kessels (not pictured)

The Way of the Tarot by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Sunday, 21 January 2018

Meilleurs vendeurs jeunesse 2017

Comme vous l'avez probablement remarqué, la section jeunesse de la librairie Drawn&Quarterly a déménagé en octobre dernier au 176 Bernard Ouest à la Petite Librairie Drawn&Quarterly. Ce nouvel emplacement nous a permis de mieux répondre à la demande littéraire de petits et grands grâce à une plus vaste collection de livres jeunesse, aux activités matinales gratuites les samedis destinées aux jeunes enfants et à la création d'un club de lecture spécialement destiné aux adolescents.

Cette liste des meilleurs vendeurs jeunesse de l'année a été créée en combinant les ventes de La Petite Librairie et celles de la Librairie Drawn&Quarterly effectuées avant le déménagement.

1. Une patate à vélo, d'Elise Gravel

2. L'abc de monsieur pizza, d'Ohara Hale

3. N'importe quoi!, d'Elise Gravel

4. Je suis terrible, d'Elise Gravel

5. Les saisons de Montréal, de Raphaelle Barbanegre

6. Olga et le machin qui pue, d'Elise Gravel

7. Les saisons, de Sylvie Bessard

8. L'oiseau de Colette, par Isabelle Arsenault

9. La Ferme, de Sylvie Bessard

10. Kidnapping Au Village Des Crottes De Nez, par Mrzyk & Moriceau

11. Le voleur de sandwichs, par Patrick Doyon

12. Comment ça va? Dessinons nos emotions, d'Elise Gravel

13. Histoire du soir pour filles rebelles, d'Elena Favilli

14. Histoire De Babar Le Petit Elephant, par Jean Brunhoff

15. Chi: une vie de chat, par Konami Kanata

16. Le Moustique (Petits Dégoutants), d'Elise Gravel

17. Je ne suis pas ta maman, de Marianne Dubuc

18. Salomé et les hommes en noir, de Francis Desharnais

19. Dans la forêt des masques, de Laurent Moreau

20. Le facteur de l'espace, de Guillaume Perreault


Children Bestsellers 2017

As you probably know, we opened a new bookstore oriented towards children's and young adult's literature in October 2017: La Petite Librarie Drawn & Quarterly. And what a wonderful experience it has been!! Every weekend we have free kids' events and it has been great getting to know all the neighbourhood families over the past three months. Last month, we started to host a young adult book club, giving young teens a safe place to hang out and discuss that month's book choice. 

For this list, we combined the sales from La Petite Librarie and those of Librarie Drawn & Quarterly before the move

2. This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki

3. A is for  Activist, by Innosanto Nagara

4. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Seaby Ben Clanton

6. From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, by Kai Cheng Thom

7. I am a Bunny, by Ole Risom

8. The Gold Leaf, by Kirsten Hall

9. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli

10. The Bad Mood and the Stick, Lemony Snicket

11. Women in Science, by Rachel Ignotofsky

12. You Belong Here, Isabelle Arsenault

13. A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel, by Hope Larson

14. Animals of the Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium, by Maja Safstrom

15. We Found a Hat, by Jon Klassen

16. Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup

17. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

18. Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere, by Elise Gravel

19. Rad Women Worldwide, by Kate Schatz

20. To Be Or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure, by Ryan North


Friday, 19 January 2018

Poetry Bestsellers 2017

It's been a really big year for poetry and most of our favourites seem to also be yours! Take a peek below at our top poetry sellers of the year.

*TONIGHT* Liz Howard Poetry Reading

Co-hosted by: Études anglaises at the Université de Montréal & the Canada Council for the Arts. 

On January 19, 2018 at 7 p.m., you are invited to join 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Winner Liz Howard for a reading and conversation with Montréal writer and professor Gail Scott at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. 

Liz Howard’s stunning debut poetry collection, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. Originally from Northern Ontario, Howard, who is of Anishinaabe descent, studied cognitive neuroscience at the University of Toronto. Her work sculpts a "vocabulary that is co-extensive with the tenacious landscape of the North and the deeply resistant jurisdiction of a female natural history. Shot through too with urban furor, forest, dioxin, tern, and sulphur are syllabic elements in a passionate argument for pleasure, where pleasure is one name for a principled refusal of the colonizing machinations of the current regime. Not afraid to draw limits that are both sonic and ethical, robust and delicate, Howard listens closely to the bodies of this thinking earth."(Lisa Robertson)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tommi Parrish launches The Lie and How We Told It

Please join Montreal artist and cartoonist Tommi Parrish as they read from their newest book, The Lie and How We Told It. The event will take place at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.), on Friday, February 9th, at 7pm. 

After a chance encounter, two formerly close friends try to salvage whatever is left of their decaying relationship. They are in for an awkward, painful night that leaves them feeling lonelier, more uncertain, and more estranged than ever before. Parrish’s first graphic novel for Fantagraphics is a visual tour de force, always in the service of the author’s ever-prevalent themes: navigating queer desire, masculinity, fear, and the ever-in-flux state of friendships. 

Parrish makes emotionally loaded painted comics about everyday relationships, doubts, and anxieties. The psychological acuity in the work pairs perfectly to the graphic style. The Lie and How We Told It is a remarkably resonant work from an exciting new voice in contemporary graphic novels.

Tommi Parrish is a cartoonist, illustrator, and art editor based in Montreal, QC. They have previously published Perfect Hair (2dcloud, 2017), and a number of zines. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

New D+Q - Kitaro the Vampire Slayer

Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro the Vampire Slayer is officially out today!

The fifth volume of this magna series is filled with adventure and is filled with adventure as a yokai boy and his entourage of otherworldly friends take centre stage. As both Kitaro and his father fight the Vampire Eryt, Kitaro is left to wonder: are his friends there to help or are they out to get him?

 The book is at once hilarious, eerie, silly and high-paced.

Mizuki is a master at capturing different moods, and the work contains many drawing styles, and  landscape portraits in varying styles. The beautifully depicted architecture and evocation of music throughout the comic is bound to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.   

Bestsellers of 2017!

From our new children's store opening, to hosting several our all-time favourite authors, 2017 was a very exciting year at the humble Librairie. Take a peek below at our top sellers for the year!

1. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

2. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (not pictured)

3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

4. Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

6. Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom

7. Mooncop by Tom Gauld

8.Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose

9. Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

10. Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden

11. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele (not pictured)

12. Conflict is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman

13. Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie Liu

14. Poems and Songs by Leonard Cohen

15. Mile End (FR) by Michel Hellman

16. I Love Dick by Chris Kraus

17. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

18. All About Love by Bell Hooks

19. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days Or Less by Sarah Glidden


20. Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld

Have a great new year, dear reader!
Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Will Aitken launches Antigone Undone

You are invited to join Will Aitken at 7pm on Thursday, February 1st at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly to celebrate the launch of his new book, Antigone Undone! All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Will Aitken has written three novels - Realia, A Visit Home, and Terre Haute - as well as Death in Venice: A Queer Film Classic. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

In 2015 Will Aitken journeyed to Luxemburg for the rehearsals and premiere of Anne Carson's translation of Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove. 
In repeatedly watching the play, he became struck by the plight of the young woman at the centre of the action. "Look what what these men are doing to me," Antigone cries, expressing the predicament of the dispossessed throughout time. Transfixed by the play, he finds himself haunted by its protagonist, finally resulting in his own suicidal breakdown. 
With a backstage view of the action, Aiken illuminates the creative processes of Carson, Binoche, and van Hove, and offers a rare glimpse into collaborative genius in action. He also investigates the response to the play by Kierkegaard, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler and others, who, like him, were moved by its timeless protest against injustice.
Friday, 5 January 2018

This shelf belongs to...Tommi Parrish!

Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This January, we bring you recommendations from Tommi Parrish!

Tommi Parrish was born in Melbourne Australia in 1989. They currently live in Montreal in a house with six humans and two sausage dogs. Tommi has comics in the permanent collection at the gallery of western Australia, has a second book coming out with 2dcloud, a recent release with Perfectly Acceptable Press, a new book coming out with Fantagraphics, and has had comics translated into Swedish and French. They spend most days painting comics at the kitchen table.

All of Tommi's picks will be 15% off for the month of January. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find:

1. Frontier #11 by Eleanor Davis
A love song about desire and the constant give and take of power in kink. I love this comic: in just a few pages, Eleanor Davis manages to build a whole vulnerable and unexpected internal world for two characters. The drawings are amazing. Also it’s super gay.

2. Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore
This comic is a letter written by your black friend to you. It’s about black alienation, racism and attempted allyship within (often largely white) rad circles. Passmore’s writing is funny and clever and basically perfect; I’m constantly lending this book to friends and you should buy it so you can too.

3. Drifter by Anna Haifisch, Perfectly Acceptable Press
This big spiral-bound floppy by Haifisch is the the most beautiful book of 2017. I have it stuck to my wall and I change the display page every few weeks – they’re all perfect so it doesn’t really make much difference. Drifter is an extended poem about an illustrator, his dog, and death.

4. Hurt or Fuck by Eleanor Davis in Now: The New Comics Anthology #1

Hurt or Fuck is about the fraught nature of intimacy. This comic is more of a teasing out of a feeling then it is a story. "Do you want to hurt me? Do you want to fuck me? Then I don’t want you to touch me."

5. Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster Domino 
This collection was first born as a web comic years ago, fantastical hyper personal vignette’s that Koyama recently printed into a satisfying chunky book. Domino is an annoyingly good writer and I've never read anything of hers that didn’t make me want to steal all her ideas. You’ll probably feel the same.

6. Architecture of an Atom by Juliacks
This beautiful book is a painting about living. It's big and spooky and strange, just like life. I stayed in a house with Juliacks for a week once and the next time I saw her she had a baby.

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