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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

mRb Fall Launch Party

Join us on Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the fall issue of the Montreal Review of Books!



Expect readings by Bill Brownstein, who helped finish John Dunning's You're Not Dead Until You're Forgotten (MQUP); Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind (Allen Lane); and Kim Thùy, author of Mãn, which was recently translated into English from the original French. Books will be available for sale and signing! Refreshments, too!

Much to his chagrin, John Dunning was born into the movie business. But once he came to accept his career fate, he developed a great passion for making movies, and ultimately became Canada's pre-eminent B-movie producer, with a knack for developing young talent.

In You’re Not Dead until You’re Forgotten, Dunning, in forthright and charming fashion, recounts his rough-and-tumble upbringing in the Montreal suburb of Verdun in the 1930s, his modest start in the film industry behind the candy counter of his family's movie theatre, and later, his ventures into film distribution and production. In the 1960s Dunning, along with financial wizard André Link, founded Cinepix, which eventually merged into the Lionsgate Entertainment film colossus. Specializing in such exploitation genres as raucous comedy, groundbreaking Québécois "maple syrup porn" and horror films, Cinepix churned out cult classics like Valérie, Shivers, Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, and Meatballs. Dunning's detailed recollections of making these movies provide a rare, candid, and witty take on how the film industry really works. Driven to succeed in the face of arbitrary censors, parochial Canadian critics, and controlling government funding agencies, Dunning and Link developed a formula for producing controversial, moneymaking movies, and helped launch the careers of such luminaries-to-be as David Cronenberg, Ivan Reitman, and Don Carmody.

The information age is drowning us in an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average person reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use these methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and lives.

With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to gambling in Las Vegas, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to daily life. His practical suggestions call for relatively minor changes that require little effort but will have remarkable long-term benefits for mental and physical health, productivity, and creativity.

Mãn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive. Seeking security for her grown daughter, Maman finds Mãn a husband--a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives in Montreal.

Thrown into a new world, Mãn discovers her natural talent as a chef. Gracefully she practices her art, with food as her medium. She creates dishes that are much more than sustenance for the body: they evoke memory and emotion, time and place, and even bring her customers to tears. Mãn is a mystery--her name means "perfect fulfillment," yet she and her husband seem to drift along, respectfully and dutifully. But when she encounters a married chef in Paris, everything changes in the instant of a fleeting touch, and Mãn discovers the all-encompassing obsession and ever-present dangers of a love affair.

Full of indelible images of beauty, delicacy and quiet power, Mãn is a novel that begs to be savoured for its language, its sensuousness and its love of life.

TONIGHT: carte blanche Issue 22 Launch & 10th Anniversary Celebration

Join us TONIGHT Wednesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. for the launch of Issue 22 of carte blanche magazine, plus their 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Celebrating ten years of storytelling, and the launch of their Fall 2014 issue, the evening will feature readings by Mark Paterson, Gillian Sze, Duggan Cayer, Sarah Mangle, Martyn Bryant, Larissa Andrusyshyn, Elaine Kalman Naves, and Ohara Hale, plus birthday cake and bubbly!
 

Featured Books

Rabbit Punch! by Greg Santos
In Rabbit Punch!, Marco Polo reminisces on his friendship with Kublai Khan over deli sandwiches, Wilfred Owen and Ernest Hemingway trade war stories at Hooters, and Senator John McCain remembers that fateful day when his father took him to eat bubble gum ice cream. With punchy poems that are intimate, dark, enigmatic, playful, and surreal, peppered with pop culture figures ranging from Batman, to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Paris Hilton to “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Rabbit Punch! delivers a poetic KO.

Blind Spot by Laurence Miall (previously launched at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly!)
When his parents’ car is hit by a train, Luke, a failed actor, returns to his Edmonton hometown to attend their funeral, wrap up their affairs, and prepare their house to be sold off. But while all others around him grieve, Luke remains detached, striking up a relationship with a woman in a neighbouring house… and stumbling across evidence that his mother may have engaged in a longstanding extramarital affair herself.

Dumb comics by Georgia Webber (a longtime store favourite!)
Dumb is a comics series about the artist’s prolonged voice loss and slow crawl to recovery.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Metatron Phase 2 Launch

Join us on Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m. for the launch of five new Metatron titles:

   
     A Work No One Told You About, a book of poetry by Olivia Wood
     A Little Death Around the Heart, a book of poetry by Marie Darsigny
     Something Happened To Me, a book of poetry by Julian Flavin
     Human Toilet, a book of poetry by Jason Harvey
     Limes, a novel by Jasper Baydala


Enjoy readings from Olivia Wood, Marie Darsigny and Julian Flavin, with projected videos by Jason Harvey and Jasper Baydala.

Hosted by Ashley Opheim and Guillaume Morissette.
Sunday, 26 October 2014

Recap: Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller by Chloe Griffin


On October 9 D&Q celebrated the release of Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller by a reading and interview with author Chloe Griffin! Guests were treated to a slide presentation of pictures of Cookie and friends and some tasty bologna sandwiches (Cookie's favorite) as they streamed in and packed the house. The general level of excitement was high and the Librairie was pretty chaotic!


To start Chloe and friends staged a reading from the book re-enacting a hitchhiking fiasco as told by the girls, Cookie and her pals Sue Lowe and Mink Stole. This primed the audience -who were in stitches- for Cookie's combination of humorous charm and defiance exhibited in the screening that followed excerpting some of her best performances in film and on stage. As Chloe said, she's the older sister everyone wishes they had!


Next Joshua Pavan, the host of QueerCorps on CKUT 90.3FM, joined Chloe on stage for a conversation. She described her research process and emphasized her "amateurist" approach that is in the spirit of Cookie's own work. The book takes the form of an oral history and all of the interviews are seamlessly intertwined and layered making it feel like one big conversation about Cookie's life.


After a Q&A there was a final screening of Super 8 home movies showing footage of Chloe's pilgrimage to Provincetown and Baltimore. Everybody stayed for a while after the presentation drinking wine, getting books signed and checking out the Cookie shrine which featured some of her very rare out of print books and posters. The whole evening had a very personal touch and it felt like a terrific homage to Cookie Mueller.



Saturday, 25 October 2014

Recap: SLS Reading Series, October 5


Drawn and Quarterly was glad to host the final SLS reading night, which took place on Sunday, October 5 and featured four of Montreal’s finest writers!
 


Anna Leventhal read first and delighted us with an excerpt from her short story collection Sweet Affliction, in which love seemed like a bottomless coffee: the more you drank, the more refills you got! Exploring the theme of infidelity between people, Leventhal’s realistic dialogues made more than one laugh.



Longlisted for Giller Prize and author of Us Conductors, Sean Micheals was next. He read a passage from his book, in which characters drank and danced swing on New York’s Broadway!



The reading continued with Mireille Silcoff, who read from her brilliant novel Chez L’Arabe, a debut collection inspired by her own medical struggle.



Arjun Basu ended the SLS reading night with an excerpt from Waiting for the Man, which is also longlisted for the Giller Prize. We meet Dick, the one-eyed photographer and Dan, the pizza guy! The narrator, a 35-year-old advertising copywriter, thought about what you can count as billable hours when working on an ad campaign. 


Once again, we were glad to host this last reading which brought an end to this enriching reading series! We're also alrealdy looking forward for next year's SLS readings!




Recap: SLS Reading Series, October 4

The store was crowded on Saturday October 4, as people gathered en masse for another exciting reading. Soren Stockman introduced the writers with great praise. The mini-program featured two writers from Montreal, Jon Paul Fiorentino and John Golbach, as well as Brooklyn-based Brenda Shaughnessy! 


The reading started with Jon Paul Fiorentino, who read poetry, since as he said “everyone loves poetry”! Funny and witty, Fiorentino read a few pieces that he described as “a poem  about being drunk, a poem about home, a poem about a famous mass murderer and a poem about the last person to be hanged in Winnipeg”. 


He concluded by reading from Indexical Elegies, a collection written when, as he said, “he started being good at poetry”. His final poem, Leaving Mile End, ended with a sententious “After all, you won’t be leaving Mile End” Haha!

Next was John Golbach, reading from his novel The Devil and the DetectiveGoldbach introduced us to his main character, Robert James, a private detective that gets a midnight call from a woman whose husband has been found dead, stabbed!



Last but not least was Brenda Shaughnessy, a Brooklyn-based poet and poetry editor at Tin House Magazine as well as an Assistant Professor of English and in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers-Newark. 

Shaughnessy started by reading from her poetry collection, Human Dark with SugarShe read a series of brilliant poems, playing with poetry clichés and calling the moon "a kind of ancient date-rape drug". After telling the audience she only had one sister, with whom she has a difficult relationship, she also read a poem named “I Wish I Had More Sisters”. 



The reading night ended on a great note, as the SLS members thanked Librairie Drawn and Quarterly and flattered us with many compliments.
It was a real pleasure to host the event!
Friday, 24 October 2014

Hear the Cthulhu's call...The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft has arrived!

Just in time for Halloween, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft by Leslie S. Klinger is here! Boasting an introduction by comics master and eminent occultist Alan Moore, this hefty tome is a must-have for any Lovecraft fan. You'll see why when you take a look inside...

Not only is this a fine collection of Lovecraft's best Arkham stories, Klinger also provides extensive background information for each of the 22 works in the annotations. The combination of meticulously researched biographical and historical details really sheds new light on the bizarre Lovecraftian ouevre.


Also included are close to 300 illustrations, and full-colour reproductions of the original covers, truly a sight to behold! Even if you're already familiar with these tales, you might come out seeing them from a new perspective after learning so much about their context, and the man who penned them. This is definitely the authoritative work on all-things Lovecraft, and a fascinating resource for anyone interested in his particular brand of dark sci-fi/horror weirdness.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

An Evening with the Internet Underground: Double Launch with Gabriella Coleman and Molly Sauter

Join us on Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. for An Evening with the Internet UndergroundGabriella Coleman and Molly Sauter will both be launching books. How has the internet underground changed politics online and in the world at large? Who is Anonymous? What is a DDoS? Can civil disobedience find a home on the internet? Coleman and Sauter will discuss these questions and more as they read from and talk about their new books, Hacker Hoaxer Whistleblower Spy and The Coming Swarm. There will be a signing and reception after the event.


Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over WikiLeaks, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street). She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book. The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters – such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu – emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, including imprisoned activist Jeremy Hammond and the double agent who helped put him away, Hector Monsegur, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little understood facets of culture in the Internet age, including the history of “trolling,” the ethics and metaphysics of hacking, and the origins and manifold meanings of “the lulz.”


In The Coming Swarm, rising star Molly Sauter examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denial of service actions as a tactic of political activism. The internet is a vital arena of communication, self expression, and interpersonal organizing. When there is a message to convey, words to get out, or people to unify, many will turn to the internet as a theater for that activity. As familiar and widely accepted activist tools-petitions, fundraisers, mass letter-writing, call-in campaigns and others-find equivalent practices in the online space, is there also room for the tactics of disruption and civil disobedience that are equally familiar from the realm of street marches, occupations, and sit-ins? With a historically grounded analysis, and a focus on early deployments of activist DDOS as well as modern instances to trace its development over time, The Coming Swarm uses activist DDOS actions as the foundation of a larger analysis of the practice of disruptive civil disobedience on the internet.

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman is the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Art History and Communication Studies Department at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, teaches, researches, and writes on computer hackers. Her work examines the ethics of online collaboration/institutions as well as the role of the law and digital media in sustaining various forms of political activism. Her first book, Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking was published with Princeton University Press. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is her second book.

Molly Sauter is a doctoral student at McGill University in Montreal in the department of Art History and Communication Studies. She holds a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and is an affiliate researcher at the Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.  Her research is situated in socio-political analyses of technology and technological culture, and is broadly focused on hacker culture, transgressive digital activism, and depictions of technology in the media. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, HiLow Brow, io9,The American Behavioral Scientist, and the MIT Technology Review. Her research has been featured by Popular Mechanics, BoingBoing, the BBC, NPR, the CBC, Der Spiegel, and the Christian Science Monitor.  She resides in Montreal, Quebec, and lives on the internet, blogging at oddletters.com and tweeting @oddletters.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A book signing and Q&A with Lauren Wilson, author of The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse

Join us on Wednesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. to learn how eat well during the zombie apocalypse! Lauren Wilson will be launching her book, The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse. There will be a presentation, a Q&A, and books available for sale and signing!

The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse is a cookbook and culinary field guide for the busy zpoc survivor. With more than 75 recipes (from “No Knead To Panic Bread” and “Apocalypse Soup for the Survivor’s Soul” to “Pasta Aglio e Oh No!,” “Down and Out Sauerkraut,” and “Twinkie Trifle”), scads of gastronomic survival tips, and dozens of diagrams and illustrations that help you scavenge, forage, and improvise your way to an artful post-apocalypse meal. The Art of Eating is the ideal handbook for efficient food sourcing and inventive meal preparation in the event of an undead uprising.

Whether you decide to hole up in your own home or bug out into the wilderness, whether you prefer to scavenge the dregs of society or try your hand at apocalyptic agriculture, and regardless of your level of skill or preparation, The Art of Eating will help you navigate the wasteland and make the most of what you eat.

Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!

About the author:

Lauren Wilson was infected with a rare strain of undead enthusiasm over a decade ago while fighting off the zombie menace of Raccoon City in the original Resident Evil. From video games to comic books, zombie walks to online communities, there are few corners of the culture she has not explored. And she’s got a decent zed t-shirt collection, to boot. When not nerding out about zombies, space, or Adventure Time, Lauren works in the world of food as a professional cook and writer. Since completing her culinary training at Toronto’s George Brown Chef School in 2008 she has done a variety of work—from restaurant cooking to cheesemongering, online sales to catering, teaching cooking classes to writing for print and online media. She completed research and course development work at George Brown examining the career motivations, ambitions, and expectations of students with the aim of better understanding low female representation at the executive level of professional kitchens. After eating up all the good bits of Toronto, Lauren followed a trail of crumbs to Brooklyn, where she is cooking, eating, writing, and teaching happily.

TONIGHT: Monia Mazigh’s Mirrors & Mirages | The Montreal Launch

On Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m., The Silk Road Institute and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly will host Monia Mazigh for the official Montreal launch of her book Mirrors and Mirages, published by House of Anansi and translated from the original French by Fred Reed. A short talk by the author, a book signing and a chance to mingle will comprise the night’s event and, of course, tasty refreshments will be served.


In the spirit of Amy Tan’s international bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club, Mirrors and Mirages is an intricately woven, deftly told story that follows the lives of women and their daughters. In Mirrors and Mirages, Monia Mazigh lets us into the lives of six women. They are immigrant mothers — Emma, Samia, and Fauzia — guardians of tradition who want their daughters to enjoy freedom in Western society. They are daughters — Lama, Sally, and Louise, a young woman who converted to Islam for love — university students who are clever and computer savvy. They decide for themselves whether or not to wear a veil, or niqab. Gradually, these women cross paths, and, without losing their authenticity, they become friends and rivals, mirrors and mirages of each other.


Monia Mazigh holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University. In 2009, she published her memoir, Hope and Despair, about her fight to free her husband, Maher Arar, from a Syrian jail. Her debut novel, Miroirs et mirages, published originally in French, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award.

Fred A. Reed is a journalist and award-winning literary translator. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation three times and his translations include Monia Mazigh’s memoir Hope and Despair. He lives in Montreal.
We look forward to seeing you here! For more information visit www.silkroadinstitute.ca and RSVP on the Facebook event page.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Life is Good: New Lynda Barry book from D&Q!


Full disclosure on a personal bias: I'm a massive Lynda Barry fan. Such a Lynda Barry fan am I that I was always put on Lynda Barry event duty at the Vancouver Writer's Fest. Without even being asked. Because everybody knew. About my Lynda Barry Love.


So I went into reading Syllabus, the newest release from Drawn & Quarterly, both super pumped to read it and feeling like I knew what to expect. Syllabus ended up delivering so much more than I ever could have anticipated or hoped for; as with Lynda's whole gerd'damn life, it's an inspiration and an absolute joy, and I probably won't shut up about it for a while, so maybe watch out.


For those of you who are unaware of Barry's stylings, she teaches "a method of writing that focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images, both written and visual." (D&Q) Syllabus: Notes From an Accidental Professor uses the Dear Professor Old Skull's course plans from several of her classes at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and expands upon them with her teaching insights, collages, and assignments. Those familiar with Lynda Barry will recognize her dynamically dense and colourful style, yellow lined paper, and the presence of the legendary Near Sighted Monkey


This excerpt, from Professor Lynda's Making Comics class description, perfectly encapsulates what makes her classes and workshops the type of experience people take three train rides for. Reclaiming the self-confidence of unbridled drawing is a practice very few people engage in, and yet it is so unbelievably empowering.


Sections of Syllabus that take the focus off the class and onto Lynda Barry's experiences and insights on teaching are honest and deeply entrancing: the glorious Dog & Beaver drawing used in On Liking and Not Liking Our Drawings and later called back to in her examination of people who have quit drawing as children and started up again in her class is particularly delightful.


It's the same sense of charm that has made us unable to throw out the Moley the Mole drawing from our first Kids Drawing Day event: there's something innately alive about this type of drawing, unrestricted and enigmatic beyond belief. Lynda Barry's quest is genuine and hard not to get behind. How can her brand of enthusiasm not latch itself onto you?!


Also worth mentioning: the production on Syllabus is understated and perfect. Its single signature binding and comp book aesthetic is such an exact fit with the content that I was surprised to find myself feeling like a student again, energized and ready to pack it and go to class.


Extra credit: throughout Syllabus, Professor Lynda calls out and uses Ivan Brunetti's Cartooning. If you're in for a double hit of inspirational insights into teaching and cartooning, we also highly recommend this lovely little book.


Drawn & Quarterly + Moomin + Tove 100 = Pure Magic AKA Moomin Deluxe


The crazy thing about this incredible deluxe edition of the complete Tove Jansson Moomin strips is that I could just post photos of it and you'd be so overwhelmed by its beauty and production value you'd probably drool all over your keyboard and black out, but as with all of Jansson's work, its beauty lays in its emotional complexity, not solely its aesthetic allure.


The book itself is enclosed in this gorgeous slip case, which shows our hero in his natural melancholy habitat. The colours on this bad boy are a thing to behold: so lovely and bold!


Another gorgeous production detail (pardon my seeming hyperbole) is this subtle little emboss job on the front of the book.


By the way, Helen and I lost our minds when we opened this up for the first time, mostly because of the hilarity of Moomin, Snork Maiden, and Moominpappa soaring through the air. Very appropriate. Also, check out that great poster.


All of the original strips are here, from the high-risk adventure of Moomin and the Brigands to the witty romance of Fuddler's Courtship and everything in between. It's amazing to flow from volume to volume, in one place, a process which lends itself well to a Sunday afternoon inside, sipping tea out of what else than a Moomin mug.


Before you think Drawn & Quarterly would be content to let it rest at that, lay your peepers on this: 28 pages of Tove Jansson's sketches. These beauties are yellowed, covered in glue, and bursting with more character than any reader will know what to do with. The book also comes with a beautifully written introduction by Drawn & Quarterly Creative Director Tom Devlin, and write-ups from Dylan Horrocks, James Kochalka, Megan Kelso, and Tom Hart.


Moomin: The Deluxe Edition: definitely not just for kids, definitely for everyone, definitely going to make you gaze wistfully towards the sky and praise the lords of print media.
Monday, 20 October 2014

Now in store: The Who the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

This just in! The Who the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History is the follow-up to the very popular The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science. Instead of explaining the mysteries of science, this beautifully illustrated volume tells the stories of the often forgotten or ignored folks who acted as supporters, trainers, benefactors, and co-creators alongside a variety of historical figures. Check it out!


Each write-up and each illustration is done by a different writer/illustrator pairing, which means that you will discover new artists, in addition to brushing up on your sidekick knowledge!

Here, have a sneak peek:

Julia Warhola, Andy Warhol's Mother, written by John Niekrasz and illustrated by Leslie Herman: Julia Warhola (née Zavacky) supported her son Andy in a multitude of ways - from teaching him to draw and collage, to moving in with him when he was destitute in New York in order to take care of his apartment and finances for him while he worked on his art. They even made books together! And she was the one who fed him all that Campbell's Soup...

Carlo, Emily Dickinson's Dog, written by Sara Levine, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby: Emily Dickinson's 'shaggy ally' was Carlo, a Newfoundland, named after the dog in Jane Eyre, and probably weighing more than Dickinson herself. Carlo popped up often in Dickinson's poetry, accompanied her on long walks, and kept her company for 16 years.

Anna Dostoyevskaya, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's wife, written by Igor Levshin, illustrated by Laura Callaghan: Anna Dostoyevskaya (née Snitkina) was Fyodor Dostoyevsky's second wife, 26 years his junior, who began by working as his stenographer, and ended up setting up their independent publishing business. She is often called the first Russian female publisher, as well as the first Russian businesswoman.

We don't want to give too many spoilers, though! Best to come here and have a look for yourselves...

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