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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Eileen Myles Event Update

**Please note, this event will now be taking place at our new children's bookstore and event space La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly at 176 Bernard O., and not Rialto Hall** 
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 10th anniversary Reading Series


Eileen Myles launches AFTERGLOW (A DOG MEMOIR)

Tuesday, October 24th
Doors 6:00 pm
Event 7:00 pm
La Petite Librairie Drawn and Quarterly (176 av Bernard O.) 

Veuillez noter que la présentation sera en anglais.

“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

La Petite Librairie D&Q Accessibility information:

-The washroom is gender neutral 

-We regret that space is unfortunately not accessible. There are two steps at the entrance. Once inside, there are no additional steps to access the bathroom, although the bathroom space is narrow.  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, 13 October 2017

TONIGHT: 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.
Thursday, 12 October 2017

TONIGHT: Koyama Double Launch: Connor Willumsen + Patrick Kyle

Join Patrick Kyle and Connor Willumsen—two stylistically different artists who are pushing the boundaries of the comics medium—on Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 pm to discuss their new books Everywhere Disappeared and Anti-Gone

In Anti-Gone, reality’s grip is loosened as Spyda and Lynxa explore a potentially constructed environment that shifts between dystopic future and constructed virtual present. Like a form of multistable perceptual phenomena, Anti-Gone exists in ambiguity.

Connor Willumsen is a Montreal-based artist originally from Calgary, AB, where he received a design degree at The Alberta College of Art. He began making comics while attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Since then, he has drawn stories for Marvel, DC and Dynamite and illustrated the covers for Criterion editions of David Cronenberg’s Scanners and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing. He has self-published a number of zines and comics and Breakdown Press published volumes one and two of his book Treasure Island in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

Patrick Kyle lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014) and Don't Come In Here (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7. 
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is hiring!/La librairie Drawn & Quarterly embauche!

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is hiring!
Job Description - Bookseller

We are looking for a 20-30 hour/week part-time/seasonal Bookseller to help with the daily operations of our bilingual comics / contemporary literature / art / children’s literature bookstores, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, located at 211 Bernard Street West and La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly at 176 Bernard West.

Ideal candidates should have retail experience as well as a strong understanding of the international comics and literary publishing industry, ranging from New York Review of Books, Alto, and New Directions to Pow Pow and Koyama Press with an emphasis on the Canadian independent landscape and our local authors and cartoonists. Candidates will be knowledgeable of books and cartoonists published by Drawn & Quarterly as well as D+Q’s place in both contemporary comics, literature and retailing. Booksellers must love to read both graphic novels and contemporary literature.

The ideal candidate has experience working in bookstores and is completely bilingual in French and English. There is a possibility of advancement to a full-time position and management.

  • Reading! Every newly published Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel, classics and bestsellers. Must be an avid reader of both books and book culture.
  • Delighting customers, handselling, and building repeat business. Must feel comfortable discussing books in public and open to differences of opinion and civil discourse.
  • Contributing to a continuous and active Social Media profile for the store including facebook, instagram, twitter
  • Being friendly and outgoing. People skills and customer service are a must. Need to be able to act as a host during book launches and speak in public on stage to introduce invited authors.
  • Maintaining positive relationships with other members of the sales team and working as part of a team.
  • Engaging with local cartoonists and members of the writing community.
  • Assisting customers when they have questions, concerns or complaints.
  • Being available to work in-store, off site events and industry events such as rep meetings and library conferences.
  • Using our POS system: run restock & sales reports, replenish floor stock, receive and shelve incoming books, return old stock, and flag any issues to management 
  • Liaise with the D+Q publishing headquarters as needed.

  • Must love to read. 
  • Have a belief in and understands the realities of independent retailing and publishing.
  • Proven experience at excellent customer service
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities. Flexible and open to different opinions. Willingness to learn new things.Must be able to take direction as well as able to work independently.
  • Excellent organization and leadership skills.
  • Must be able to work most weekends and some evenings, as well as Dec 15-Jan 5, and during Salon du Livre (2017 = 15-20 November)
  • Knowledge of comics/book industry
  • Must be computer literate in Microsoft word programs (excel) and Google Docs and able to learn new programs with ease and efficiency.
  • Flair for creative merchandising and windows displays.
  • Must be able to lift 70 lbs.
  • Bilingual: EN/FR Comfortable reading, writing and speaking in both languages.


  • Knowledge of Bookmanager
  • Asana, WhenIWork, Google Drive and apps
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Lives in close proximity to the store
  • First Aid
This position would require you to work between 20 and 30 hours per week.

If you are interested in applying, please email rebecca@drawnandquarterly.com with your resume, cover letter and a list of books you love as soon as possible. Please include the below in the subject line: DQ Bookseller Application


La librairie Drawn & Quarterly embauche!
Description du poste - Libraire

Nous sommes à la recherche de personnes intéressées à devenir libraire à la Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, située au 211, rue Bernard Ouest et à la Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, située au 176 Bernard Ouest. Les postes à combler consistent à des emplois à temps partiel (environ 20 à 30 heures par semaine) permanents et saisonniers. Nos librairies proposent des livres en français et en anglais, et sont spécialisées dans la bande dessinée, la littérature contemporaine, les livres d’art et les livres pour enfant.

La personne idéale devrait avoir de l’expérience dans la vente au détail ainsi qu’une solide connaissance du secteur de l’édition littéraire et de la bande dessinée internationale, allant de la New York Review of Books, Alto et New Directions à Pow Pow et Koyama Press, en mettant l’accent sur le paysage indépendant du Canada et nos auteurs et dessinateurs locaux. Elle connaîtra les livres et les dessinateurs publiés par Drawn & Quarterly et la place que s’est taillée D+Q dans la bande dessinée et la littérature contemporaine ainsi que la vente au détail. Elle doit aimer lire à la fois les romans graphiques et la littérature contemporaine.

Le candidat idéal a de l’expérience de travail en librairie et possède une excellente maîtrise du français et de l’anglais. Il existe une possibilité d’avancement à un poste à plein temps ou de gestion.

Responsabilités :
  • Lire ! Tous les romans graphiques, classiques et best-sellers nouvellement publiés chez Drawn & Quarterly.
  • Le candidat doit présenter un intérêt marqué pour la lecture et le livre. 
  • Faire le bonheur des clients, leur offrir un service personnalisé de façon à en faire des clients fidèles. Être à l’aise pour discuter de livres en public et être ouvert aux différences d’opinion et de discours civil.
  • Contribuer à la présence continue et active de la librairie sur les plates-formes de réseaux sociaux, notamment Facebook, Instagram et Twitter.
  • Être amical et sociable. Les capacités relationnelles et l'excellence en service à la clientèle sont un impératif.
  • Être capable d’animer les lancements de livres et de parler en public pour présenter les auteurs invités.
  • Maintenir de bonnes relations avec d’autres membres de l’équipe de vente et travailler en équipe.
  • Travailler avec des dessinateurs locaux et des membres de la communauté littéraire.
  • Aider les clients lorsqu’ils ont des questions, des préoccupations ou des plaintes.
  • Être disponible pour travailler en magasin et hors site lors de la tenue d’évènements à l’extérieur ou dans l’industrie comme les réunions de représentants et les conférences de libraires.
  • Utiliser notre système de points de vente : exécuter des rapports de réacheminement et de vente, reconstituer le stock de plancher, recevoir les nouveautés et les mettre en place, faire les retours et signaler tout problème à la gestion.
  • Assurer la liaison avec le siège de D+Q au besoin.

  • Le candidat idéal aime lire.
  • Excellente compréhension des réalités de la vente au détail et de la publication indépendante.
  • Excellence démontrée en service à la clientèle.
  • Excellente capacité de communication et capacités interpersonnelles. Flexible et ouvert aux différentes opinions. 
  • Volonté d’apprendre de nouvelles choses. 
  • Autonomie, aptitude à travailler de façon autonome.
  • Excellente organisation et compétences de leadership.
  • Disponible la plupart des week-ends et quelques soirées, ainsi que du 15 décembre au 5 janvier et pendant le Salon du Livre (2017 = 15-20 novembre).
  • Excellentes connaissances de la bande dessinée et de l’industrie du livre.
  • Bonne connaissance des logiciels Word, Excel et Google Docs, capable d’apprendre à utiliser de nouveaux programmes avec facilité et efficacité.
  • Flair pour la mise en marché créative et les affichages de Windows.
  • Doit pouvoir soulever 70 lb.
  • Bilingue : excellente maîtrise du français et de l’anglais, tant à l’oral qu’à l’écrit.

  • Connaissance de Bookmanager, Asana, WhenIWork, Google Drive et les applications
  • Permis de conduire
  • Habite à proximité du magasin
  • Formation aux premiers secours

Ce poste vous obligerait à travailler entre 20 et 30 heures par semaine.

Si vous souhaitez présenter votre candidature, veuillez envoyer un courriel à rebecca@drawnandquarterly.com le plus tôt possible avec votre CV, votre lettre de motivation et une liste de livres que vous aimez. Veuillez inclure «DQ Poste de Libraire» dans la ligne d’objet.
Friday, 6 October 2017

New D+Q: Berlin 21!

Berlin 21 marks the second to last issue in City of Light -- the third, and last, installation of Jason Lute's epic Weimar comic. Plot lines come to a head in this issue: Silvia and David's fascist resistance intensifies, Heinz follows his father`s Nazi line and Mar​​the prepares to leave Berlin. Marthe's arrival in Berlin to study art inaugurated the beginning of the series. Now, in her absence, Kurt is left confronted with the city's new, menacing face. Beautifully drawn and paced, Berlin 21 is a denouement not to be missed.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Montreal Review of Books 20th Anniversary Reading

We're celebrating 20 years of the Montreal Review of Books on Monday, November 6th at 7:00 pm! Join us for readings by three local writers featured in the brand-new 54th issue, plus refreshments and mRbilia.

LOST IN SEPTEMBER by Kathleen Winter
From one of Canada's most exciting writers comes a gripping, compassionate and stunning novel that overturns and rewrites history. Enter the world of Jimmy--a tall, red-haired, homeless thirty-something ex-soldier, battered by PTSD--as he camps out on the streets of modern-day Montreal, trying to remember and reclaim his youth. While his past is something of an enigma, even to himself, the young man bears a striking resemblance to General James Wolfe, "Conqueror of Canada" and "Hero of Quebec," who died on the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

Dr. Bethune’s Children tells the stories of the offspring of two ordinary families marked by cataclysms both natural and man-made -- from the Cultural Revolution to the Tiananmen Square massacre, against a backdrop of the international developments that have rocked everyday life from the Cold War to the emergence of the super power that China is today. Though banned in China, Dr. Bethune’s Children is also hailed as a masterpiece. In focusing on the distress and repression that have marked a whole generation, Xue Yiwei unveils the human heart.


This collection is a universe where minimalism and maximalism work in harmony. Ethics, economics, glamour and alternative physics are just a few of the vehicles Besner uses in her jaundiced pursuit of knowledge and joy. At the collection’s core is a series of brilliantly illuminated poems patterned on a scientific study of synaesthesia and Fisher Price refrigerator magnets. Besner’s courageous comparisons and musicality provide the critical happiness we all need.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Véhicule Press Poetry Launch & Tribute

Véhicule Press, Goose Lane Editions, and Drawn & Quarterly invite you to a special evening of poetry to launch on Friday, October 20th at 7:00 pm!

From Signal Editions / Véhicule Press: "The Chemical Life" by Jim Johnstone and "Ship of Gold: The Essential Poems of Emile Nelligan", Translated by Marc di Saverio; from icehouse poetry / Goose Lane Editions we have "Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan", edited by Brian Bartlett.

Jim Johnstone and Marc di Saverio will read from their new collections, then six Montreal poets (Mark Abley, Geoffrey Cook, Charlotte Hussey, Sue MacLeod, Marc Plourde, and Derek Webster) will read their favourite poems by Alden Nowlan (1933-1983) in tribute.

JIM JOHNSTONE is a Canadian writer, editor, and physiologist. He is the author of four books of poetry including "Dog Ear" (Véhicule, 2014), and the editor of The Essential D. G. Jones, as well as the subject of the critical monograph "Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone." Johnstone is Poetry Editor at Palimpsest Press and an Associate Editor at Representative Poetry Online.

MARC DI SAVERIO is the author of "Sanatorium Songs." His poems and translations have appeared in CNQ, Maisonneuve, Hazlitt, and Partisan. In 2016, he was awarded the City of Hamilton Arts Award For Best Emerging Writer. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

ALDEN NOWLEN (1933-1983) is one of Canada’s best-loved poets. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Nowlan worked as a newspaperman and published poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. His poetry collection "Bread, Wine and Salt" won the Governor's General award in 1967. Edited by Brian Bartlett, "Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan" is a landmark publication that brings to light never-before-seen poems by Nowlan.

Reading poems by Alden Nowlan:
Mark Abley is the author of a dozen books, including "The Tongues of Earth" (2015), selected poems.
Geoffrey Cook is the author of "Postscript" (2004) and teaches at John Abbott College.
Charlotte Hussey is the author of "Rue Sainte Famille" (1991) and "Glossing the Spoils" (2017).
Sue MacLeod is the author of "Mood Swing, with Pear" (2016) and was poet laureate of Halifax, NS.
Poet and translator Marc Plourde is the author of "Borrowed Days: New and Selected Poems" (2016).

Derek Webster is the author of "Mockingbird" (2015).
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

New D+Q: Baking With Kafka

We are thrilled to announce that Baking With Kafka has arrived in stores today!

Baking With Kafka is Scottish cartoonist Tom Gauld's fourth graphic novel, coming after Mooncop, You Are All Just Jealous of My Jetpack and Goliath.

Gauld is back with his inimitable style which brilliantly blends melancholy with humor. He shifts between laugh-out-loud funny, bitterness and poignancy with such ease.

Gauld is the ultimate book-lovers' cartoonist and this book is replete 
with literary and pop-culture references.

Some praise for Baking With Kafka:

"A riotous collection of laugh-out-loud cartoons in his signature style, Baking with Kafka reaffirms Gauld's position as a first-rate cartoonist, creating work infused with a deep understanding of both literary and cartoon history." Booktopia

"...typical venues for the (Gauld's) work (...) —the Guardian, the New York Times, and the New Yorker—are a good indication of the sensibility behind it. Gauld’s cartoons are preoccupied with literature and the shop talk of the writers who write it, going off on tangents about specific authors and literary works, as well as narrative devices, classic literature mashed up with modern sensibilities, and self-loathing." Publishers Weekly
Monday, 2 October 2017

TOP 5: September's Bestselling Graphic Novels

Autumn is on its way, which means it's high time to curl up with a good graphic novel! Here's what people are reading already this Fall:

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less - Sarah Glidden

Uncomfortably Happily - Yeon-Sik Hong

Boundless - Jillian Tamaki

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

Black Hole - Charles Burns
Friday, 29 September 2017

Inaugural La Petite Librairie Event!
David Chariandy launches BROTHER recap

Last night, the 28th of September, we had the pleasure of hosting David Chariandy for the first event at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, our new children's store and events space. The store—located on 176 Bernard, just east of the flagship Librairie—will be open for business as of this Saturday, the 30th of September! (That's tomorrow).

David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. He is one of the co-founders of Commodore Books, the first and only black literary press in Western Canada.
In Brother, his second novel, which has already been named to the Giller Prize longlist, Chariandy seizes his native Scarborough in a sensory whirlwind, and pens an aching elegy from one brother to another in precisely-wrought, guttural lyricism.

Chariandy reading to a rapt full house.

After the reading, Chariandy was joined in conversation by the inimitable Rawi Hage, local literary celebrity, photographer, and author of the Giller and Governor General-nominated Cockroach, among other books. 

Some standout quotes from an engrossing conversation: 

"What greater tragedy can there be than if throughout a rightful exercise of self-protection you are condemned to a profoundly bitter end? What greater tragedy can there be? Especially if that rightful act of self protection is to protect someone you love?"

"A powerful type of work can be done through the language of kinship for the disenfranchised."

"It took me ten years to write this short book. And I didn’t just joke around, I was working hard for those ten years ... There were many different ways in which I failed and then failed again and then failed better."

Thank you to everyone who came out, and an especially big thank you to both Rawi Hage and David Chariandy for the perfect inaugural event at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. We hope to see you out on Saturday!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

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 will be joined TONIGHT, 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.

Guillaume Morissette launches The Original Face

Guillaume Morissette launches The Original Face: A novel 
in conversation with Heather O'Neill 
La Gare, 5333 Avenue Casgrain #102
Saturday, October 7th
Doors: 7 pm, event: 7h30

Veuillez noter que la présentation sera en anglais.

Join us on Saturday, October 7th at La Gare to celebrate the launch of Guillaume Morissette’s second novel, published by Véhicule Press. The Original Face is set in Montreal, Toronto & Newfoundland & follows a year in the life of an internet artist working freelance.

A fall book pick—Bomb Magazine

"Might be the first great Canadian novel about millennials,"—The Globe & Mail, "Most anticipated books of the rest of 2017"

"The Original Face conquers the conflict of money, art and love in a way that resonated with me to my core." –Chloe Caldwell, author of Women and I’ll Tell You in Person

This event will be hosted by Dimitri Nasrallah, editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint of Véhicule Press.
Heather O'Neill is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has won CBC Canada Reads.

Guillaume Morissette is the author of the the novel New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the 2014 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. If you can, adopt a senior dog from a rescue center near you.

Thank you to La Gare for hosting this event!
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Reading Across Borders Book Club: The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

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, November 22, we will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard O.) at 7 pm to discuss Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue, translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette. In the interests of comparative literature, you are also encouraged to read Vladimir Sorokin’s The Queue as a secondary text; however, this isn’t mandatory. Join us for discussion and drinks!

**We offer a 15% discount on The Queue (both titles) 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. Alcohol will be served.

A queue forms outside the Gate, which has mysteriously replaced the ruling government in the aftermath of a quelled popular revolution. No one in the city can get anything done or their basic needs met without approval from the Gate, but perversely, though rumours fly and people wait patiently, the monumental structure never opens. The ever-forming crowd brings people of all types together, and through their misfortunes, arguments and relationships, we discover the ways in which an authoritarian state manipulates and mobilizes its citizens in its favour. Basma Abdel Aziz is an Egyptian journalist and psychiatrist living in Cairo. Nicknamed “The Rebel,” she has long been a vocal critic of government repression. The Queue is the first of her books to be translated into English, and is reminiscent of Vladimir Sorokin’s late-Soviet era novel of the same name (translated from the Russian by Sally Laird), which also paints an absurdist portrait of an oppressive state via a long and seemingly purposeless line. 

A very real vision of life after the Arab Spring written with dark, subtle intelligence, The Queue describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism and illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it.

New & Notable: McSweeney's issue 50!

Highly anticipated and newly arrived in store, the gorgeous 50th issue of McSweeney's Quarterly features stories, essays, treatises, manifestos, letters, comics, and illustrated travel diaries from fifty high profile and hugely talented contributors.

With work from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jonathan Lethem, Lydia Davis, Heidi Julavits, Sheila Heti, Sherman Alexie, Carrie Brownstein, Patton Oswalt, Valeria Luiselli, Etgar Keret, Sarah Manguso, Lilli Carré, and Jesse Jacobs (pictured below), there's a little something for every reader and every taste.

McSweeney's quarterly publications never disappoint, and this beautiful object is the perfect latest addition to our growing collection from the always entertaining non-profit publisher from San Francisco!

PS. Flip open the dust jacket for a special surprise poster!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Graphic Novel Book Club: Poppies of Iraq

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 October is Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim! We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, October 18th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly staffer Luke Langille. Join us for refreshments and collective insights!

Findakly’s memoir about growing up in Mosul, Iraq leading up to and during Saddam Hussein’s Reign explores memory, identity, childhood, and place through a combination of sparse drawings and text. The book is told simultaneously through the lenses of Findakly’s current and childhood perspectives. Events that were perceived as ordinary during her childhood are seen with a new frame of reference. The book explores cultural history, politics, identity, immigration, and the meaning of home, and seems especially relevant to an understanding of current events.

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

Phyllis Rudin launches My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur

Join Phyllis Rudin for the launch of her second novel, My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur, on October 19th at 7 pm! She will be accompanied by special guest reader Jack Hannan (The Poet is a Radio) for a reading, Q&A, and book signing.

In this coming-of-age story, Benjie Gabai is convinced he’s been the victim of a terrible cosmic hoax. Instead of being born in the 18th century as a French-Canadian voyageur, God has plunked him down in present-day Montreal, into a family that views his fur trade obsession as proof that their Benjie, once so bursting with promise, has well and truly lost it. Benjie serves out his days as caretaker of The Bay’s poky in-store fur trade museum, dusting and polishing the artifacts that fuel his imagination. When he learns his museum is about to be closed down, scattering his precious collection to the four winds, he hatches a plan that risks bringing his voyageur illusions lapping dangerously up against reality.

 My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur melds Canadian frontier history with the madcap adventures of a young man who is not yet ready to meet adulthood head on.

Phyllis Rudin’s writing has been published in numerous periodicals including The Massachusetts Review, Agni, Prism International and Prairie Fire. Her short story “Candlepower,” which appeared in This Magazine, won its Great Canadian Literary Hunt in 2010. Her first novel, Evie, the Baby and the Wife, a fictionalized account of the Vancouver to Ottawa Abortion Caravan, was published by Inanna Publications in 2014. Phyllis Rudin has lived in the US and France, and now makes her home in Montreal where she is engaged in a project to walk every street in the city. For more information, visit www.phyllisrudin.com.
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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

Join us TONIGHT at 7PM at 211 Bernard 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

Saturday, 16 September 2017

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

Saturday September 16th
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.


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