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Monday, 27 June 2016

Summer Reads 2016: Alyssa

The funny thing about the summer is that it's at once the time when things slow down and I feel more capable of devoting myself to more ambitious reading, and the season of light beach reads and carefree days at the park. In the spirit of that contradiction, here's what I have (and will!) be reading:


So Much Synth (Brenda Shaughnessy)
Aching love and adolescent pain are the driving forces behind Shaughnessy's fourth collection of poems, where the strongest, most resonant angst is bound by mixtape selections and the ennui of growing up. It's both a celebration of and critical, self-aware look at the deep, consuming, mundane feelings of our teenaged selves, and it's a delight to read.

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (Warsan Shire)
British-Somali poet Warsan Shire was a superstar before Beyoncé featured her words in Lemonade, but if Shire is now getting a little extra attention, it's certainly deserved. Family, place, pain, trust, and memory all fight for their place in words as fierce as they are delicate, strong as they are soft. 

Dark Sparkler (Amber Tamblyn)
A little obsessed with actresses who died before the age of forty, Amber Tamblyn put a lot of research, and six years, into her fourth poetry collection. Dark Sparkler devotes each poem to an individual actress, and, accompanied by art from the likes of David Lynch, Marilyn Manson, and Adrian Tomine, the rich words pick up, and pick apart, threads of beauty, aging, hollowness, violence, and celebrity.

Graphic Novels

My Dirty Dumb Eyes and Hot Dog Taste Test (Lisa Hanawalt)
It takes special skill to marry whimsy with crassness in the particular style of Lisa Hanawalt, and her books—her first, My Dirty Dumb Eyes, recently joined by a second collection, Hot Dog Taste Test—defy easy categorization. But whatever these books are (memoir, comic, humour, essay, non sequitur), they are funny, poignant, and endlessly relatable—whether she's talking about bikini bodies, horseback rides, or her own deep-seated anxieties.

Panther (Brecht Evens)
Best beware of Panther, the titular character in Brecht Evens’s dreamy psychedelic comic about a little girl named Christine and the larger than life feline who shows up in her room one day. A dark unsettling, even twisted, story, I accidentally let Evens’s watercolours lull me into a false sense of whimsy. But the dream quickly turns to nightmare, and Christine soon sees Panther for the shapeshifting, well-spoken threat he really is.


Birdie (Tracey Lindberg)
I've been wanting to read this book ever since it was selected as a 2016 Canada Reads contender, and I think the summer is the perfect opportunity for dive into the story of Bernice "Birdie" Meetoos, a Cree woman who travels from Alberta to BC for answers and, maybe, to escape a dark past.

The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K. Le Guin)
I normally wouldn't recommend reading about epic journeys on ice planets in the middle of the summer, but for Le Guin, none of the rules seem to matter. This is science fiction at it's finest: beautiful, tense, mind-bending, heartwarming, heartbreaking.


In the Country We Love (Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford)
Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin actress Diane Guerrero has long been an outspoken supporter of migrants' rights and immigration reform, and in this book she chronicles her own family history: Her parents' deportation when she was fourteen, and the extraordinary odds she faced as a young girl without a support system.

This Changes Everything (Naomi Klein)
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the effects of globalization, capitalism, and corporate irresponsibility on climate change. Beautifully researched and beautifully written, Klein outlines everything from the systematic dismantling of local sustainability projects by trade protectionism to the renaissance of global environmental activism, and makes it all seem accessible and, most importantly, hopeful.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Summer sidewalk sale!

Happy long weekend, everyone! We're kicking off summer with a big ole sidewalk sale. Come have a browse through the bargain bins, and you're sure to find some real gems: select kids books, comics, fiction, cook books, art books, cards and stationery are on sale! So take a leisurely weekend stroll our way and pick yourself up a summer read (for a song!) while you're at it.
Thursday, 23 June 2016

Graphic Novel Book Club: Lisa Hanawalt's Hot Dog Taste Test!


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 July is Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Wednesday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. Discussion will be hosted by Drawn & Quarterly’s Administrative Assistant Courtney Baird-Lew. There will be refreshments and collective insight! 

We offer you a 20% discount on the graphic novel from now until the meeting date.

~ About Hot Dog Taste Test ~

Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt's devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. From the James Beard Award-winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman, Hot Dog Taste Test dishes out five-star laughs as Hanawalt keenly muses on pop culture, relationships, and the animal in all of us.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Ce soir à 19h00 - Club de lecture francophile: La déesse des mouches à feu de Genevieve Pettersen

Notre club de lecture francophile a bien commencé et nous sommes très fiers de vous annoncer notre troisieme! Pour le mois de juin nous lisons La déesse des mouches à feu de Geneviève Pettersen.

La déesse des mouches à feu, c’est Catherine, quatorze ans, l’adolescence allée chez le diable. C’est l’année noire de toutes les premières fois. C’est 1996 à Chicoutimi-Nord, le punk rock, le fantôme de Kurt Cobain et les cheveux de Mia Wallace. Des petites crisses qui trippent sur Christiane F. et des gars beaux comme dans les films en noir et blanc. Le flânage au terminus et les batailles de skateux contre pouilleux en arrière du centre d’achats. L’hiver au campe dans le fin fond du bois, les plombs aux couteaux, le PCP vert et les baises floues au milieu des sacs de couchage. C’est aussi les parents à bout de souffle et les amants qui se font la guerre. Un jeep qui s’écrase dans un chêne centenaire, les eaux du déluge qui emportent la moitié d’une ville et des oiseaux perdus qu’on essaie de tuer en criant.

Que vous soyez débutant ou francophone d’origine: vous êtes les bienvenus! Nous nous rencontrerons tous les deux mois pour discuter d’un livre francophone, en mettant l’accent sur les auteurs québécois.

Nous en discuterons le 22 juin à 19h00 à la librairie (211 Bernard Ouest). La discussion sera animée par Rebecca Lloyd, gérante de la librairie. Nous vous offrons un rabais de15 % sur La déesse des mouches à feu jusqu’au soir de la rencontre.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

New D+Q - Anna & Froga: Out and About by Anouk Ricard!

The latest installment of Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga series hits shelves today!  Anna, Froga, Ron, Christopher, and Bubu are back and in fine form. True to the title, their adventures take them out and about, close to home and further afield. They stop at the mini mall for Christmas craft supplies, head to Paris, take a ride in an air balloon, get on (and are swiftly kicked off) a train, visit their new neighbour, get in a scuffle at the park, and spend some torturous time at a new age health retreat! Here are a few scenes to give you a taste of the hijinks that ensue:

An attempt to "go green" at Christmas yields some interesting results...

Ron and Bubu create their own special variations of yoga poses...

A new neighbour with a suspicious aversion to garlic shows up to play Scrabble...

Lessons on hot air balloon safety are learned (the hard way)...

The gang gets a crash course in the realities of city-living in Paris...

In their typically sassy fashion, the friends occasionally tread into frenemy territory as they take on the ups and downs of daily life together. Anouk Ricard's portrayal of "honest friendship" continues to endear itself to readers of all ages in this latest collection. Anna & Froga: Out and About Makes for a perfect summer read while you're out and about on your own adventures!  

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Event Recap: Dave Hill Launches "Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

Last night Dave Hill came into the store to speak with Drawn and Quarterly managing editor Tracy Hurren for the launch of his new book, entitled "Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore". The book, a series of short stories about himself and his father, brings humor and lightness to the dark places in memory. 

Hill discussed his work on the book, his past, and delved into meandering stories of his encounters with figures like Malcolm Gladwell. After the discussion with Tracy, Hill showed a video of his father and himself playing Stairway to Heaven: his father on piano and him on guitar. The following questions from the audience focused on his cross disciplinary work, from rock musician, to author, to stand up comedian. 

Dave Hill charmed us all with his self-deprecating and truthful humour. As a bonus, those who stuck around got to hear personal anecdotes and stories of encounters with famous people. 

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Dave Hill launches Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore

We are positively stoked to be hosting the launch for Dave Hill's second book, Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore, on Saturday, June 18th at 7pm, at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard West)!

Dave will read a tiny bit from his new book -- a collection of essays about his increasingly close relationship with his recently widowed father -- and then chat, mostly. He may also play guitar and/or recite erotic short stories.

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, and musician originally from Cleveland but now living in New York City. He has writ­ten for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, GQ, McSweeney’s, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Guitar World, among other publications. He is a regular contributor to public radio’s This American Life and hosts his own radio show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, on WFMU in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dave has starred in his own TV series, The King of Miami, and also appeared on Comedy Central, BBC America, MTV, and Adult Swim, among others, and is a regular host on HBO and Cinemax. Dave performs live comedy in theaters and basements all over the world. He also plays guitar and sings in his own rock band, Valley Lodge, whose song “Go” is the theme song for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is his sec­ond collection of nonfiction essays. Tasteful Nudes: . . . and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation is his first.
Friday, 17 June 2016

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to show your pops you care than with a thoughtful gift? We've got special treats for Dads of all kinds...

Cooking Dads...

Whiskey-appreciating Dads...

Dads who can do both!
Cycling Dads...

Wood-chopping Dads...

Science Dads...

Film Dads...

History buff Dads...

D.I.Y. creative Dads...

Tattooed Dads...

Dads with a sense of humour about being Dads...

Gardening Dads...

Music Dads...

Magazine-readin' Dads...

Fiction-lovin' Dads...

Coffee Dads...
Travellin' Dads...

...and so many more sorts of books for so many more sorts of Dads. We've also got heaps of very charming Father's Day cards to warm Dad hearts everywhere:

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. - Graphic Novel Book Club: Chester Brown’s Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus

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 June is Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus by Chester Brown. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m. Discussion will be hosted by Librairie D+Q assistant manager Kira. There will be refreshments and collective insight!

We offer you a 20% discount on Mary Wept from now until the meeting date.

ABOUT Mary Wept:

The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A comic-strip memoir about being a john returns with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked-about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible’s representations of sex work.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

New & Noteable: Lisa Hanawalt's Hot Dog Taste Test

- Out today, June 14th - 

From the James Beard award-winning cartoonist and design/producer of Netflix's Bojack Horesman comes Hot Dog Taste Test; a delicious - and necessary - venture into the world of food, anthropomorphized animals, and the brilliant mind of artist Lisa Hanawalt. Tackling subjects ranging from the pomposity of foodie subculture, to the horrors of using public restrooms, Hanawalt's second book with Drawn and Quarterly is a hilarious assortment of cartoons, doodles, and fully-realized stories that illustrate life in all its beautiful, embarrassing, and at times exaggerated glory.

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Praise for Hot Dog Taste Test 

"We are so lucky to get these peeks into Lisa Hanawalt's brain and stomach. The amount of joy in her gleefully pervy illustrations makes me happier to be alive. I aspire to the level of enthusiasm she seems to derive from examining how stupid it is to be a person!" - Tavi Gevinson, Editor of Rookie

"The cartoons evoke an idiosyncratic absurdity akin to Roz Chast’s work (“Baking tip: keep your sweet tooth away from your salt molar”)... Hanawalt’s self-aware humor (with a side order of deeply affecting personal stories) will whet anyone’s appetite." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Lisa Hanawalt is the Matisse of the buffet line, the O'Keeffe of the fishball and the Vermeer of the pigeon with a hot dog in its beak. Also: horses." - Jonathan Gold, Food Critic and Pulitzer Prize Winner

"Lisa Hanawalt is my favourite funny artist. Her special brand of humour hits me directly where I live, even though I never told her where I live." - Jaime Hernandez, Author of Love and Rockets

"Lisa Hanawalt has an amazing ability to make the mundane disturbing and the strange seem normal. Also, her baking tips are solid" -. David Chang, Founder of Momofuku Restaurants & Lucky Peach Magazine

"Frankly speaking, you should get off your buns and go buy this book — you'll relish it". Amy Sedaris

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

New and Notable: June Magazines

This month the new issues of some of our top sellers are gracing our shelves with their beautiful and interesting pages. Check out this list to get a sneak peak into the visual layouts of the new issue!

1. Elephant

2. Monocle

3. Kinfolk

4. Dazed

5. Editorial Mag

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