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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Today! Kid's Activity: Saturday September 16th 12pm-2pm : FROM THE STARS IN THE SKY TO THE FISH IN THE SEA


Saturday September 16th
12pm-2pm
Book Launch and Children's Activity
Author Kai Cheng Thom and illustrators Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yung Ching

We are very excited to announce that Librairie Drawn & Quarterly will be participating in the 2017 Kids POP Crawl. We'll be launching the beautiful new children's book FROM THE STARS IN THE SKY TO THE FISH IN THE SEA by author Kai Cheng Thom and illustrators Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yung Ching

In this captivating, beautifully imagined picture book about gender, identity, and the acceptance of the differences between us, Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be. But one thing's for sure: no matter who this child becomes, their mother will love them just the same.

Author Kai Cheng Thom and illustrators Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yung Ching will lead a craft.



Please note that space will be limited to 25 children.

Juice and cookies will be served.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Accessibility information:
-The bathroom is gender neutral
-The space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible (details: two steps at the main door, we would be happy to help you lift a wheelchair and make space in the corridor)

Feel free to contact us about any concerns you may have
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

New release: Moomin Begins a New Life


Drawn and Quarterly's ENFANT collection comes out with a new title: Moomin Begins a New Life!

A prophet comes to Moominvalley and proclaims that everyone should live a free life. Ants stop working, Moominpappa leaves all responsibilities behind because it is time to let leisure and happiness rule. This new lifestyle causes doubts to arise in people’s minds: living a free life also means being quite lonely at times, and thinking about one's own interests puts the sense of community aside. A beautiful tale bringing up important questions on community and the value of helping others.

     


Monday, 11 September 2017

Benjamin Hertwig launches SLOW WAR with Klara du Plessis



Join local poet Klara du Plessis and former Montrealer Benjamin Hertwig on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:00 pm for the launch of Slow War, a collection of poems that examine violence, loss, and the legacy of the war in Afghanistan.

In the words of John K. Samson, "We are occasionally lucky enough to encounter a writer we need, like Benjamin Hertwig, who offers solidarity while challenging our assumptions, who illuminates and shades our lives in surprising ways. After reading these poems I can’t imagine a world without them."



BENJAMIN HERTWIG is a writer, potter, and painter whose poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Walrus, Maisonneuve, Matrix, NPR, THIS, Prairie Schooner, and the Literary Review of Canada, among others. He won a National Magazine Award in 2017, and his debut poetry collection, Slow War, is out with MQUP. 

KLARA DU PLESSIS is a poet and critic residing in Montreal. Her chapbook, Wax Lyrical—shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award—was released from Anstruther Press, 2015; a debut collection, Ekke, is forthcoming from Palimpsest Press, Spring 2018. Klara curates the Resonance Reading Series and is the editor for carte blanche.

Tuesday October 24th :
Eileen Myles launches Afterglow (A dog Memoir)

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 10th anniversary Reading Series

Presents:

Eileen Myles launches AFTERGLOW (A DOG MEMOIR)

Tuesday, October 24th
Doors 6:00 pm
Event 7:00 pm
The Rialto Hall (5723 ave du parc) 
Tickets available online or in store
$10 or free with purchase of Afterglow at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly


“Myles’ work is a perfect example of what happens when you mix raw language with emotion, pets with loss, and sexuality with socioculturalism. . . A captivating look at a poet’s repeated attempt ‘to dig a hole in eternity’ through language.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“For more than 16 years, Myles was companioned by a pit bull named Rosie until Rosie did what dogs do and left the author to navigate a post-Rosie world, solo. In the after of Rosie, poet Myles . . . . writes this unconventional, uncontainable, phantasmagoric memoir of dog and owner. . . . Poetic, heartrending, soothing, and funny, this is a mind-expanding contemplation of creation, the act and the noun, and the creatures whose deaths we presume will precede ours but whose lives make our own better beyond reason. To this, readers should bring tissues, pencil and paper, even their dogs.”
-Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)

“Myles uses a pastiche approach to explore the bodily, cerebral, and esoteric/religious aspects of the grieving process, all of which is portrayed with meditative poignancy . . . Myles depicts the raw pathos of loss with keen insight.” 
-Publishers Weekly

“A ravishingly strange and gorgeous book about a dog that’s really about life and everything there is, Eileen Myles’s Afterglow is a truly astonishing creation.”
 –Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

Rialto Hall Accessibility information:

-The space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible (details: second floor, steps approx. 30 steps, but we will happily help assist in any way we can)

- It is not a sober space, our events sometimes offer alcohol.


Feel free to contact us about any concerns you may have
Friday, 8 September 2017

Official Bookseller: Coach House Poetry Launch at La Vitrola


Join us at La Vitrola on Wednesday, Oct. 11th at 7:00 pm to celebrate the launch of Coach House Books' latest poetry releases with Sina Queyras, Jay Ritchie, and Jeramy Dodds!
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Sina Queyras - My Ariel

A poem-by-poem engagement with Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the towering mythology surrounding it. Where were you when you first read Ariel? Who were you? What has changed in your life? In the lives of women? In My Ariel, Sina Queyras barges into one of the iconic texts of the twentieth century, with her own family baggage in tow, exploring and exploding the cultural norms, forms, and procedures that frame and contain the lives of women.



Jeramy Dodds - Drakkar Noir

Following the Fratellini Family of clowns, Jeramy Dodds astonishes readers and non-readers alike. Techniques such as his patented triumph, the Grand Mal Caesura, along with other favourites, are on display inside. Dodds is a warlock of words, only to be outdone by them, enslaved by them, freed by them - maybe even loved by them. A haunting, yet hilarious depiction of a journey to and fro the furthest limits of the human experiment.




Jay Ritchie - Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie

With an alternating sense of wonder and detachment, Jay Ritchie's first full-length collection of poetry grapples with death, disappointment, love, emails – the large and small subjects of daily life. His unflagging sense of humour and aphoristic delivery create a work that is personable yet elevated, witty, and honest.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Event recap: Naben Ruthnum launches Curry: Eating, Reading and Race

Back on Thursday, August 24th, we had the great pleasure of hosting Toronto-based novelist, book columnist, and cultural critic Naben Ruthnum for the launch of his new book, Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race, the latest entry in Coach House Press' Exploded Views series.


The event was introduced by our own Saelan Twerdy, who recited Ruthnum's various achievements and honours: his short story, ''Cinema Rex,'' won the Journey Prize in 2012, he has been a book columnist for the National Post and written cultural criticism for The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and The Walrus, and his crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Joyland. His pseudonym Nathan Ripley's first crime novel, Find You in the Dark, will appear in 2018. He also has a short story forthcoming in Granta.


Ruthnum read a passage from the book's introduction in which he discusses the indefinability of curry and reflects on how food writing (and food in popular culture, referencing one of Paul Giamatti's wine speeches in the film Sideways) often serves a metaphorical function, carrying a weight of meaning that can represent not only personal identity or memory, but the cultural identity of an entire region or people -- in the case of curry, the South Asian diaspora. In South Asian diasporic writing, Ruthnum explains, ''curry is an abiding metaphor for connection, nostalgia, homecoming, and distance from family and country.''


Afterwards, Naben and Saelan sat down for a lively conversation. Thanks to their long acquaintance, they had plenty of material for digging into the personal quality of Curry. The book is, in a way, a manifesto for the kind of literature that Ruthnum wants to write and the kind of writer he wants to be, as well as a struggle with the expectations thrust upon writers like him -- ie., that South Asian diasporic writers will write what he calls ''currybooks.'' Writing Curry, for Ruthnum, entailed wrestling with why he doesn't want to produce currybooks at the same as he came to admit the actual value and function of books that fall into that category.

Thanks again to everyone who came out! It was a great night. 



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

TOP 5: August's Bestselling Graphic Novels

The tally is in - these are the bestselling graphic novels of August 2017!


Crawl Space - Jesse Jacobs


Mooncop - Tom Gauld


Queer : A Graphic History - Meg-John Barker + Julia Scheele


Uncomfortaby Happily - Yeon-Sik Hong (And as this month's book club pick you'll get 20% off til Wednesday September 13th!)


The Customer is Always Wrong - Mimi Pond

New DQ: Poppies of Iraq


We're so pleased to welcome Poppies of Iraq to our shelves today! Written by Brigitte Findakly and illustrated by her husband, cartoonist Lewis Trondheim, the memoir tenderly chronicles a childhood touched by war, loss, and oppressive regimes.


With spare and intimate detail, Poppies of Iraq (translated from the French by Helge Dascher) recounts Findakly's experience growing up as the child of middle class Orthodox Christians in an increasingly hostile Mosul. Her family's eventual move to Paris, and their hope for the best for their homeland, is told with nuance and nostalgia, painting an astounding portrait of exile, loneliness, and the unshakable connection to home. 


Some praise for Poppies of Iraq:

"Poppies of Iraq is a beautiful portrait of a life lived in cultural translation, its pages filled with humor and a nostalgia made complicated with age."—Bomb Magazine

"This personal portrayal of the impact of war and societal upheaval on one family will help many Western readers to see how the past half-century of conflict has devastated a region rich in ancient culture. Small in size but large in impact, this intimate memoir is a highly relevant and compassionate story of family, community, prejudice, and the struggle to love when the forces of the world push groups apart."—Kirkus

"Expressive and poetic, this nuanced book brings to the fore memories of an Iraqi childhood, the country's culture and its wisdom, in face of...current events. ...An essential read."—Le Figaro
Monday, 4 September 2017

Top 5: August's bestselling cookbooks!

Can you guess which cookbooks lit your culinary hearts aflame this past month? Here are the top five six:


Power Bowls (DK)
Eaten Back to Life (Jonah Campbell)


Mighty Salads (Food52)
Herbarium (Caz Hildebrand)


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton)
Tokyo Cult Recipes (Maori Murota)

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Thurs September 28th: David Chariandy launches BROTHER with Rawi Hage


Please join us at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard West) on Thursday September 28th at 7pm for the launch of BROTHER.  

David Chariandy will be in conversation with Rawi Hage.
There will be reading, and signing.
RSVP here

BROTHER has been nominated for the Giller Prize!
Read the interview with David Chariandy in the Quill & Quire

About the book:

An intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.
With shimmering prose and mesmerizing precision, David Chariandy takes us inside the lives of Michael and Francis. They are the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, their father has disappeared and their mother works double, sometimes triple shifts so her boys might fulfill the elusive promise of their adopted home. 

Coming of age in The Park, a cluster of town houses and leaning concrete towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city, Michael and Francis battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry -- teachers stream them into general classes; shopkeepers see them only as thieves; and strangers quicken their pace when the brothers are behind them. Always Michael and Francis escape into the cool air of the Rouge Valley, a scar of green wilderness that cuts through their neighbourhood, where they are free to imagine better lives for themselves. 

Propelled by the pulsing beats and styles of hip hop, Francis, the older of the two brothers, dreams of a future in music. Michael's dreams are of Aisha, the smartest girl in their high school whose own eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere. But the bright hopes of all three are violently, irrevocably thwarted by a tragic shooting, and the police crackdown and suffocating suspicion that follow.
With devastating emotional force David Chariandy, a unique and exciting voice in Canadian literature, crafts a heartbreaking and timely story about the profound love that exists between brothers and the senseless loss of lives cut short with the shot of a gun.

About the author:

DAVID CHARIANDY grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. His debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and nominations from eleven literary awards juries, including a Governor General's Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Brother is his second novel.



REVIEWS

“A brilliant, powerful elegy from a living brother to a lost one, yet pulsing with rhythm, and beating with life.” – Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

“Mesmerizing. Poetic. Achingly Soulful. Brother is a pitch-perfect song of masculinity and tenderness, and of the ties of family and community.” – Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes

“A novel long in the making and brilliantly, concisely powerful in the reading.” – Madeleine Thien, author of the Giller Prize-winning Do Not Say We Have Nothing

This shelf belongs to...Kai Cheng Thom!


Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This September, we bring you recommendations from Kei Cheng Thom!

KAI CHENG THOM aka LADY SIN TRAYDA is a fiery writer, performer, spoken word artist and drag-dance sensation. Her first novel, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir was recently published by Metonymy Press, and her first full-length poetry collection is due from Arsenal Pulp Press in April 2017.

All of Kai’s picks will be 15% off for the month of September. The theme of this list is “unnatural women” – monstresses, murderesses, witches, transsexuals and all of our kindred! Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on her shelf:



On Loving Women - Diane Obamsawin
Obamsawin's graphic novel is a short collection of even shorter autobiographical vignettes that illustrate life, love, and lesbian coming of age with deceptively simple art and storytelling. Deliciously weird - the characters are all rendered in simple line drawings as women with human bodies and animal heads - and touchingly frank, On Loving Women is a bittersweet slice of life.

Salt Fish Girl – Larissa Lai
Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl is an oft-underappreciated, massively important addition to the canons of Chinese-Canadian, queer, and lesbian literature. A truly gut-wrenching “tail” of a fallen goddess, a not-so-futuristic society overrun by capitalism, and a genetic conspiracy, this book is gorgeous lyricism, mythological resonance, and sexy, sly political commentary.

Sub Rosa – Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn’s haunting urban fantasy about a group of magical sex workers known as the Glories, who live and work in a secret pleasure district known as Sub Rosa (Italian for “under the rose”), is a queer femme classic. It was also a foundational inspiration for my own first novel.

Bodymap – Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha
In her third collection of poems, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha plunges deep into the raw, beating-heart realities of living though ableism, racism, and trauma, mapping the uncharted territory of stories that are too often pushed to the margins.

Monstress – Marjorie Liu
Graphic novelist superstar Marjorie Liu brings us a terrifying world of war, magic, and monstrosity. It’s Game of Thrones but feminist, racialized, and in comic-book form. What’s not to like?

Psycho Nymph Exile – Porpentine Charity Heartscape
Multimedia artist and video game maker Porpentine takes magical girl anime, sci-fi, and cyberpunk, plunges her fingers into their eyeballs, and turns their faces inside out in this horrific-yet-beautiful novella that tells the love story of a “trash girl” and depowered superheroine who live in a twisted dimension where men don’t exist, child soldiers pilot biomechanical weapons shaped like giant women, and trauma is a biological disease.

Reacquainted With Life – KOKUMO
This Lambda-Award winning poetry collection is a punch to the face of hypocritical social justice politics and assimilationist community leaders. KOKUMO’s words are a gasp for air, an electric storm, a pair of welcoming arms for those who are in search of life.

Wild Seed – Octavia Butler
A sci-fi classic by the mistress herself: Octavia Butler spins a deceptively simple tale that strikes chords at the core of issues of race, gender, sex, abuse and intimacy in this prequel installment of her Patternist series.

Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman
The only mass-market title you will find on this list, and something a of a guilty pleasure – before Alice Hoffman’s bittersweet story about two witchy sisters, one in search of love and the other in search of safety, was turned into a so-cheesy-it’s-delicious movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, it was a startlingly sophisticated novel about intergenerational relationships between women surviving stigma, betrayal, and each other.

Super Mutant Magic Academy – Jillian Tamaki
Jillian Tamaki takes us into the heart of the “magical boarding school” trope to deliver a strikingly poignant story about growing up and loss.
Tuesday, 29 August 2017

New D+Q: Tom Gauld's Goliath in Paperback!

Out today is the new paperback edition of Scottish cartoonist Tom Gauld's Goliath. This version of the biblical tale told from Goliath's perspective strikes a delicate balance between humour and melancholy, and is not to be missed!  


Gauld's Goliath character is a gentle giant fond of administrative work, with no interest whatsoever in combat, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of warrior simply due to his remarkable size. He enjoys the solitude and beauty of the landscape of the Valley of Elah, and befriends his nine year-old shield bearer, but dreads the daily ritual of issuing a menacing challenge to the Israelites across the valley: 


Rather than glorifying David's victory as most traditional interpretations of this biblical tale tend to do, Gauld's version flips the standard narrative. Gauld's Goliath, with his quiet nature, pacifist attitude, gentle soul, and appreciation of nature, embodies qualities that are often undervalued (in contrast to the fierceness, bravado, and ruthlessness required for triumph in battle). Gauld's minimal illustration style adds to both the pathos and the comical aspects of the book.


You might recognize Gauld's illustrations from his work for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, or his previous D+Q books (Mooncop, You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack). Goliath was his debut D+Q publication, and we are delighted to offer it in a new softcover format. Stay tuned for his upcoming comics collection Baking with Kafka coming out this fall!
Saturday, 26 August 2017

Graphic Novel Book Club: Uncomfortably Happily


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 September is Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-sik Hong. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, September 13th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Production Coordinator Rachel Nam. Join us for refreshments and collective insights! 

In this poignant and beautifully honest fictionalized memoir, Korean cartoonist Yeon-Sik Hong leads us through his and his wife’s move from the chaos of apartment-living in Seoul to a quiet house atop a mountain in the countryside. It is though this move that Hong and his wife hope to leave the stresses provided by living in a major city like Seoul—high-rent, a constant stream of noise, endless distractions. But what they romanticize about the isolation and a simpler life proves to present new anxieties. Uncomfortably Happily paints a gorgeous portrait of the Korean countryside, changing seasons, and the universal relationships humans have with each other as well as with nature, both of which can be frustrating at times but ultimately rewarding. 

***We are offering a 20% discount on Uncomfortably Happily from now until the meeting date!***
Thursday, 24 August 2017

Thursday August 24th -- Naben Ruthnum launches Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race



No two curries are the same. This Curry asks why the dish is supposed to represent everything brown people eat, read, and do.

Curry is a dish that doesn't quite exist, but, as this hilarious and sharp essay points out, a dish that doesn't properly exist can have infinite, equally authentic variations.By grappling with novels, recipes, travelogues, pop culture, and his own background, Naben Ruthnum depicts how the distinctive taste of curry has often become maladroit shorthand for brown identity.


Naben Ruthnum won the Journey Prize for his short fiction, has been a National Post books columnist, and has written books and cultural criticism for the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and the Walrus. His crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Joyland, and his pseudonym Nathan Ripley's first novel will appear in 2018. Ruthnum lives in Toronto.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Reading Across Borders Book Club : Subtly Worded by Teffi


The Reading Across Borders book club focuses on literature in English translation, with a particular interest in writers who are not (yet) well-known in the English-speaking world. Hosted by former store staffer Helen Chau Bradley, the book club meetings take place every two months, and are open to all.

For our next meeting, on Wednesday, August 23, we will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest) at 7 pm to discuss Teffi's Subtly Worded, translated from the Russian Anne Marie Jackson. Join us for discussion and drinks!

**We offer a 15% discount on Subtly Worded from now until the meeting date.**

We regret that the bookstore is not wheelchair accessible. There are two steps at the entrance, followed by two doors that open inward. Once inside, there are no additional steps to access the bathroom, although the bathroom space is narrow.

Teffi was the pen name of Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, who rose to literary fame in St Petersberg before the Revolution, and later reinvented herself amongst the lesrusses, the Russian émigrés of Paris. She was known as a humorist, but, as she herself wrote, "An anecdote is funny when it is being told, but when someone lives it, it's a tragedy." This collection spans her writing career, from 1910 until her death in 1952, and gives a sense of her great range. There are brief satires; strange, dark tales of childhood; an utterly chilling non-fiction piece about her encounters with the hallowed and reviled Rasputin; and later, longer stories that teeter on the edges of magic and death. Teffi was forgotten for decades after her death, but has recently been rediscovered by Russian readers. English readers would do well to follow suit!
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Rebecca Păpucaru launches The Panic Room with Linda Besner


Join us for the launch of Rebecca Păpucaru excellent new poetry collection The Panic Room, with guest Linda Besner on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 pm.

Preoccupied with the complexities of identity and selfhood, memory, embodiment, loss, and family, The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Păpucaru attempts to grapple with connecting with her family's past as well as the distinct feeling of being disconnected. Rebecca Păpucaru carefully examines details that make up one's lived experience.

The Panic Room is a supreme debut.” – George Elliot Clarke

Rebecca Păpucaru's work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). She lives in Sherbrooke, QC.



Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday August 18th : Tim McCaskell presents Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism w/Pervers/Cité


Join author and activist Tim McCaskell on Friday August 18th at 7pm for a presentation on his recent book Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism. Queer Progress was chosen as a Quill & Quire favourite release of the year. In it Tim McCaskell asks how did a social movement evolve from a small group of young radicals to the incorporation of LGBTQ communities into full citizenship on the model of Canadian multiculturalism?

Tim McCaskell contextualizes his work in gay, queer, and AIDS activism in Toronto from 1974 to 2014 within the shift from the Keynesian welfare state of the 1970s to the neoliberal economy of the new millennium. A shift that saw sexuality —once tightly regulated by conservative institutions—become an economic driver of late capitalism, and sexual minorities celebrated as a niche market. But even as it promoted legal equality, this shift increased disparity and social inequality. Today, the glue of sexual identity strains to hold together a community ever more fractured along lines of class, race, ethnicity, and gender; the celebration of LGBTQ inclusion pinkwashes injustice at home and abroad.

Queer Progress tries to make sense of this transformation by narrating the complexities and contradictions of forty years of queer politics in Canada’s largest city.



From 1974 to 1986 Tim McCaskell was a member of the collective that ran The Body Politic, Canada’s iconic gay liberation journal. He was a founding member of AIDS ACTION NOW!, and a spokesperson for Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. He is the author of Race to Equity: Disrupting Educational Inequality.

Wednesday, September 20th: Double Launch! Eliza Robertson and Nicolas Dickner

Join us for the launch of not one, but two fantastic authors.

RSVP here

About the authors:

Eliza Robertson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and Curtis Brown Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize and selected as a New York Times editor's choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, comes out with Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury this fall.

Born in Rivière-du-Loup in 1972, Nicolas Dickner grew up in Quebec and studied visual arts and literature in university. Afterwards, he travelled extensively in Europe and Latin America before settling in Montreal, where he now resides. Dickner won two literary awards for his first published work, the 2002 short story collection L’encyclopédie du petit cercle, including the Prix Adrienne-Choquette for the best collection of short fiction of the year. Dickner’s first novel, Nikolski, garnered rave reviews and prestigious awards, including the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Prix littéraire des collegians, the Prix Anne-Hébert for best first book, and France’s Prix Printemps des lecteurs — Lavinal. The English edition was translated by Lazer Lederhendler.

Read about the books!
Six Degrees of Freedom - here and here
Demi-Gods - here and here


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Thursday August 17th : Jonah Campbell launches Eaten Back To Life



Join us on Thursday August 17th at 7pm as Jonah Campbell launches his latest work EATEN BACK TO LIFE - a new essay collection by the Philip K. Dick of chips.

Come for the reading, the drinking, and the hanging about.

In this series of thoughtful essays and stink-eyed observations, Jonah Campbell explores food and drink in the modern world, from pig heads and whisky to fine wine and French gastronomy, Nigella Lawson to David Cronenberg, with a trail of potato chips and stale chocolate bars along the way. In the tradition of writers like M. F. K. Fisher and David Foster Wallace, Eaten Back to Life renders in delirious prose the ecstasies and absurdities that lie beneath the daily business of feeding ourselves.



Jonah Campbell lives in Montreal, QC. He divides his time between food, drink, and research with the Social Studies of Medicine unit at McGill University. He also pours wine. His work has appeared in the National Post, Harper’s, VICE, and Cult MTL. Eaten Back To Life is his second book, following Food and Trembling (Invisible, 2011).

“If food writing today is becoming increasingly blog-like, then Campbell is leaving his self-focused compatriots in the dust.” – The Coast

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Accessibility information:
-The bathroom is gender neutral
-The space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible (details: two steps at the main door, we would be happy to help you lift a wheelchair and make space in the corridor)
- It is not a sober space, our events sometimes offer alcohol.

Feel free to contact us about any concerns you may have
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday, August 16th : Graphic Novel Book Club ft. Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice by Mike Carey


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 August is Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice by Mike Carey. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, August 16th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Production Coordinator Sam Tse.

Join us for refreshments and collective insights!

***We are offering a 20% discount on Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice from now until the meeting date!***

Acclaimed artist Peter Gross (Lucifer, Books of Magic) and award-winning writer Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Girl with All the Gifts) team up in a sideways romp through literature. Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice explores common fantasy/literary tropes, but approaches them with originality and tact. A boy wizard claims his birthright; spells are cast; and stories are woven and unwoven. Mike Carey pushes archetypes to their limit; and, in doing so, proves that some stories are worth telling—and some are worth dying for.

RSVP here

Kristyn Dunnion launches TARRY THIS NIGHT with Lesley Trites and Paige Cooper


Come celebrate the launch of Toronto-based punk mystic Kristyn Dunnion's gutting new novel, TARRY THIS NIGHT (Arsenal Pulp). She is joined on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 pm by local hierophants Lesley Trites (A THREE-TIERED PASTEL DREAM, Véhicule, 2017) and Paige Cooper (ZOLITUDE, Biblioasis, 2018), conjurers of exquisite resistance. Quick one-card Tarot readings will be available for interested guests.

Kristyn Dunnion's novel The Dirt Chronicles was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for lesbian fiction. She is the 2015 Machigonne Fiction prize winner and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her new novel Tarry This Night will be published fall 2017.

Lesley Trites is the author of the story collection A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream (Vehicule Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in carte blanche, Tupelo Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Maisonneuve. She lives in Montreal.


Paige Cooper’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Gulf Coast Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, CAROUSEL, Minola Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Canadian Notes & Queries, and The New Quarterly, and has been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. Her first book, Zolitude, is out Spring 2018 with Biblioasis.

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