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Saturday, 28 May 2016

New and Notable: Dazed and Confused

The new issue of Dazed and Confused is up on the shelf, featuring full page photo spreads with exposing flash and starkly real backgrounds. The glossy cover folds out to reveal fashion advertisements, as a fair amount of the magazine's content is itself these ads. Sometimes the line between ad and photo content is blurred, calling into question the nature of the image: does one produced by a magazine differ so much from one produced by a corporation? The answer is up to you. Regardless, visual splendor awaits in the pages of Dazed. The written content varies from interveiws with artists like Chris Kraus and Natasha Stagg, to narratives of artistic traditions like hip-hop: questioning its ability to cross cultures and languages. 
The new issue raises important questions and subverts norms through its visuals. Pick it up for a good read! 










Friday, 27 May 2016

D+Q at FBDM 2016!



We're at FBDM all weekend! Pay us a visit at the Drawn & Quarterly table, and browse our selection of awesome comics. We've got books for readers of all ages, in both French and English. Plus, we have an amazing roster of guest artists participating in panels and signings.

Come out to one of the best parks in the city and learn about more than 100 international and local artists, with 40 exhibitors, including a very special guest appearance from Chester Brown as part of his Mary Wept Tour.

Librairie D+Q will have a booth at the festival located at Table 23 in the large tent. All D+Q authors will be signing here. Read on for a schedule of all signings and panels taking place featuring our wonderful D+Q authors!

Friday, Festival Hours: 1 pm to 7 pm

4:00-6:30 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

Saturday, Festival Hours: 10 am to 6 pm

11:00-12:00 Julie Delporte signing at D+Q Booth

12:00-2:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

1:00-1:30 Chris Oliveros Panel with Ian McGillis at Rendez-Vous

2:00-3:00 Pascal Girard signing at D+Q Booth

3:00-4:00 Chester Brown Panel with Ian McGillis at Rendez-Vous

2:30-3:30 Sylvie Rancourt signing at D+Q Booth

4:00-5:30 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

Sunday, Festival Hours: 10 am to 5 pm:

12:00-1:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

1:00-2:00 Chester Brown on Comics and Sexuality Panel moderated by Joseph Elfassi at Hub

1:00-2:00 Keith Jones signing at D+Q Booth

2:00-3:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

The entire event is free — we can't wait to see you there! For a the full festival program, see their website here. Come say hi this weekend, and enjoy a beautiful, comics-filled day at Parc La Fontaine!


Tonight at 7:00 p.m: Biblioasis double launch with Catherine Leroux and Alice Petersen!



Join us as we host Catherine Leroux and Alice Petersen for the launch of two new Biblioasis books this May.

Catherine Leroux's LE MUR MITOYEN, winner of the France-Quebec Prize and the Quebec Bookseller's Prize, is now translated into English as THE PARTY WALL. 

Alice Petersen's new collection of short fiction is WORDLY GOODS, following up on the success of ALL THE VOICES CRY, which won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize. Catherine lives and writes in Montreal, and Alice lives in Chelsea, QC.

Refreshments and conversation will be flowing.



Thursday, 26 May 2016

Wednesday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. - Maison de la poésie presente trois poètes écossais

Join us on Wednesday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. for a transatlantic reading with poets disembarking from Scotland (Peter Mackay, Rachel McCrum et JL Williams) and representing locally (Daniel Dugas et Patrice Desbiens). Presentation in English and French. Free entry!

Here's some info about the guests of honour:

Patrice Desbiens
Poète et conteur né à Timmins (Ontario), Patrice Desbiens fait ses études secondaires au Collège du Sacré-Coeur de Timmins. Il est ensuite journaliste à L'Express de Toronto pendant un an. Il collabore aussi à plusieurs revues et périodiques dont notamment à Estuaire, Exit, Le Sabord, Hamilton Express, La Souche, Réaction, Alive Press, Poetry Toronto Newsletter, Steak Haché et Rauque. Invité au salon du livre de Québec en 1988, il décide de s'y installer. Il vit maintenant à Montréal.

Il participe à de nombreuses lectures en tant que poète et percusionniste, et prend part, notamment, à la tournée du Trésor de la langue de René Lussier, qui circulera dans plusieurs Maisons de la culture de Montréal, de Paris, et en Belgique. Cette collaboration mène, à l'automne 1999, à la création de deux disques réalisés et produits par René Lussier : Patrice Desbiens et Les Moyens du Bord et La grosse guitare rouge.

Patrice Desbiens a été parmi les cinq finalistes pour le Prix du Gouverneur général en 1985 avec son recueil Dans l'après-midi cardiaque ; la même année, il a obtenu le Prix du Nouvel-Ontario pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre et pour sa contribution à la culture franco-ontarienne. Il a reçu le Prix Champlain pour Un pépin de pomme sur un poêle à bois en 1997 et le Prix de poésie Terrasses Saint-Sulpice-Estuaire pour son recueil La Fissure de la fiction en mai 1998. Le documentaire de Valmont Jobin sur Patrice Desbiens, Mon pays, a remporté au 10e Festival du film sur l'art le Prix du meilleur témoignage. Patrice Desbiens a également été en nomination pour le Prix Félix-Antoine Savard en 1998.
(référence : http://www.litterature.org/recherche/ecrivains/desbiens-patrice-164/)

Daniel Dugas
Poète, artiste numérique et musicien, Daniel s'intéresse aux nouveaux médias et participe à des expositions individuelles et collectives au Canada et à l'étranger depuis près de 30 ans. Il effectue de nombreuses résidences, notamment à Banff Centre, Sculpture Space (New York), EMMEDIA (Calgary) où il agit comme commissaire pour l'exposition vidéo OIL, A.I.R. Vallauris en France et plus récemment au Sydney College of the Arts en Australie avec sa collaboratrice Valerie LeBlanc.

S'interrogeant sur les nouvelles technologies, il en fait des projets artistiques innovateurs inspirés d'événements qui l'entourent. En 2009, entre autres, il mène un projet d'installation vidéo Camille, Andrew, Katrina et cie, une histoire de personnification d'ouragans en 33 séquences présentée à la Galerie Sans Nom dans le cadre du Festival International du cinéma francophone en Acadie.

Depuis le milieu des années 80, Daniel a réalisé une quarantaine de vidéos poèmes. En 2005, il lance un CD audio de musique interactive, Free Market Karaoke, qu'il présente au Canada et au festival Transitio MX - Festival International de Artes Electronicas Y Video, à Mexico City. Il a aussi enseigné au MediaArts and Digital Technologies Department de l'Alberta College of Art and Design de Calgary.

Daniel est l'auteur de sept recueils de poésie, dont les trois plus récent, Même un détour serait correct, Hé suivi de Icônes et Au large des objets perdus, a été publié aux Éditions Prise de parole.

Il détient un baccalauréat en arts visuels de l'Université de Moncton (1986), une maîtrise en arts visuels (School of the Art Institute de Chicago, 1993) et est actuellement étudiant au doctorat en création littéraire à l'Université de Moncton.
(référence : http://acadie-export.ca/index.php?option=com_sobipro&pid=52&sid=103:daniel_dugas&Itemid=322&lang=fr)

Peter Mackay
Peter Mackay (Pàdraig MacAoidh) est originaire de l’île de Lewis. Spécialiste de la poésie écossaise et irlandaise, il a complété un doctorat à Dublin et a travaillé comme journaliste pour la BBC. Chargé de cours à l’Université St-Andrews, il a publié le pamphlet From Another Island (Clutag, 2010), le recueil bilingue (gaélique / anglais) Gu Leòr / Galore (Acair, 2015) et fera bientôt paraître une anthologie de poésie érotique gaélique.

Rachel McCrum
Rachel McCrum a étudié à Belfast, Oxford et Édimbourg. Chez Stewed Rhubarb, elle a publié The Glassblower Dances (2012, Callum Macdonald Award) et Do Not Alight Here (2015). Avec Jenny Lindsay, elle anime depuis 2012 les cabarets Rally & Broad. Elle a lu ses textes au Royaume-Uni, en Grèce, en Afrique du Sud et en Haïti. À l’automne 2015, elle a été la première poète en résidence à la Radio BBC Scotland.

JL Williams 
JL Williams (Jennifer Lynn Williams) a fait paraître : Condition of Fire (2011) et Locust and Marlin (2014), tous deux chez Shearsman. Elle a pris part à de nombreux projets qui allient la poésie à d’autres disciplines, comme les arts visuels, la danse, le théâtre et l’opéra. Responsable de la programmation à la Scottish Poetry Library, elle se produit également avec le groupe de poésie et musique Opul.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Chester Brown launches MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS!

Oh boy, are you ready? If you thought Chester's last masterpiece got people chattering wait until his newest hits the shelves. In MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS Chester expands on his favoured themes of love and intimacy, this time he pulling specific passages from the big 'B' itself to illustrate. And we are beyond excited that he will be at the bookstore to launch it on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm at 211 Bernard Ouest.


   
Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus continues Chester's thoughts on sex work by retelling nine stories from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament.  forms a fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution.

Chester Brown's Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus may be the most provocative comic book published this year. - Slate

   Any reputable list of best cartoonists includes Chester Brown's name and for good reason, and now he's returned with another sure-to-be controversial tome. Do not miss a chance to see him present his newest work!









Sunday, 22 May 2016

New and notable: Recent arrivals in translated literature!

We like to keep up-to-date on translated literature over here, and hope you do too! There's plenty to sink your teeth into these days on that front. In this past month alone, we have received Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller's The Fox Was Ever the Hunger; Ladivine, the anticipated new novel by Marie Ndiaye; One Hundred Twenty-One Days (Michèle Audin), the second ever Oulipian work published by a woman; Confessions, from the Lebanese writer Rabee Jaber; Montauk, from the late Swiss writer Max Frisch; and, from Argentina, Juan José Saer's The Clouds, among others!

One Hundred Twenty-One Days (Michèle Audin, translated from the French by Christiana Hills)
The Fox Was Ever the Hunter (Herta Müller, translated from the German by Philip Boehm)
The Clouds (Juan José Saer, translated from the Spanish by Hilary Vaughn Dobel)

Montauk (Max Frisch, translated from the German by Geoffrey Skelton)
Ladivine (Marie Ndiaye, translated from the French by Jordan Stump)
Confessions (Rabee Jaber, translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

New and Notable: Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet

Emily Carr has written a new collection of poetry, and its everything you would hope for and more. It is self described as "poetry of love - and divorce - that rips open romance..." Each word is dripping in meaning, but somehow manages to connect to the next in a succinct and beautiful way. The result: a gooey warm mess of both affect and intellect. The framing of all capital lettered headings, brackets, and dashes produces disjoint. From page to page some phrases spill, while others are contained within one. The reader is left in a space of ambiguity and uncertainty: what is coming next? will the current phrase reach is culmination on the next page, or is this it? The form mimics Carr's questions posed through text. She develops imagery of objects and spaces, all familiar and quotidian, that transform through affect into extraordinary mementos of a lost love.

Working through the poems is simultaneously heartbreaking and healing.





Beautiful books for babes, tots and teens!

There's nothing like arriving at the store every shift to see new titles nestled on the shelves. Here are just a few of our recent arrivals:


Because flying is fun (unless you're a parent, amirite?)!




A little bear learns from his Papa that being brave doesn't mean you can't ask for help. Emily Hughes is one of our fave illustrators. Just look at that mischievous lil' bear face!





Bob gets bullied. The other birds call him names. But Bob learns that he's awesome, despite what the other birds might say.





A reissue of the 1940s bestseller. Another self-conscious animal learns a lesson. Duvoisin's illustrations are even more stunning than usual, if that's possible.



An independent little boy doesn't want to be called Jr. He wants his own name. This is a beautiful story about figuring out identity as he searches for a new, special name all of his own.




This update of the classic tale, complete with beautiful minimalist  illustrations.



And for the older kids... two fantastic fantastical novels! 

We have a ton more new arrivals that we would absolutely love to show you, so stop by the store! We're always happy to take the time to help you find the perfect book for your little (or not-so-little) ones!
Friday, 20 May 2016

Wednesday, June 15th 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.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

New and Notable: Cherry Bombe

The new issue of Cherry Bombe pops. Chrissy Teigan's magnetic and contagious smile makes both the cover and the back impossible to resist. The issue is on all things California, featuring the golden girls of its sunny coastline,  including Nancy Silverton of Mozza, Liz Prueitt of Tartine, Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, and Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks.


The combination of beautiful photographs, illustration, and watercolor creates a stunning visual display. The food spreads will make your mouth water...




The content ranges from food guides and recipes, to interviews and book reviews. It combines cute and sassy in an impossibly rich and interesting array of inspiring women.








Tonight at 7:00 p.m: Double Book Launch with Sue MacLeod and Carole Glasser Langille!

Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate than with an evening of readings? Help us celebrate this double launch of poetry and fiction—Sue MacLeod’s Mood Swing, with Pear and Carole Glasser Langille’s I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are.



In MacLeod’s poems, a light shines on the unsung ways that people’s lives get rubbed together. MacLeod is inspired by sources as diverse as Alex Colville paintings and the “bedbugger.com” website. She also borrows words from how-to books; they still inform, but from an angle.



 In Langille’s linked short stories—nominated for the Alistair MacLeod award—minor characters in one story become major characters in another. A man who abandons his wife after an accident re-appears from a different view—as a psychiatrist working to save another man’s life. Links are woven
among characters and across generations.

Come join us for these readings, and ask the authors questions until they tell all! Wine and snacks provided.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Tonight at 7pm: D+Q Graphic Novel Book Club Brecht Even's PANTHER!

   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 May is Panther by Brecht Evens. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.

   Discussion will be hosted by D+Q author and store staff member Julie Delporte. There will be refreshments and collective insight!

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

   ABOUT PANTHER:

   Christine lives in a big house with her father and her cat, Lucy. When Lucy gets sick and dies, Christine is devastated. But alone in her room, something special happens: a panther pops out of her dresser drawer and begins to tell her stories of distant Pantherland, where he is the crown prince. A shape-shifter who tells Christine anything she wants to hear, Panther begins taking over Christine's life, alienating her from her other toys and friends. As Christine's world spirals out of control, so does the world Panther has created for her. Panther is a chilling voyage into the shadowy corners of the human psyche.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

New & Notable: Club Life in Moominvalley

Drawn and Quartely's obsession with the world of the Moomins has once again taken shape as a fresh, new update to a beloved Tove Jansson classic.  Available starting today (May 17th), Club Life in Moominvalley is a sweet tale that explores complex notions of one's quest for identity and need for community in the magical Moomin world.

After being told that only "rebel fathers" can be admitted to Moominpappa's new club—the Knights of the Catapult—Moominmamma defiantly decides to join a club of her own. Things eventually begin to take a turn for the worse. What starts off as an innocent quest for new friendships becomes a difficult juggling act of loyalty between conflicting organizations. A beautifully illustrated tale about love and internal conflict, Club Life is a delightful must-read for children and adults alike.





Friday, 13 May 2016

Dimanche 15 mai à 11 h Matinée pour les enfants: lancement de Méchant Far West

Matinée pour les enfants: Monsieur Ed présente… un méchant lancement!

Dimanche 15 mai à 11 h

Venez célébrer avec Monsieur Ed, Marthe Pelletier et Richard Écrapou la parution de MÉCHANT FAR WEST, tome 1 : LE MÉCHANT QUI VOULAIT ÊTRE PIRE, le dimanche 15 mai de 11h à 13h. Ne vous inquiétez pas, il n’y aura ni duel, ni supplice du goudron (pour cette fois), mais plutôt des dédicaces, des petits gâteaux, et de la limonade pour les petits et grands truands.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. The Best Canadian Poetry In English, 2015 launch!

Celebrate the Montreal launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2015 anthology, edited by Jacob McArthur Mooney, Molly Peacock and Anita Lahey. The evening features readings by poets from the Best Canadian Poetry series, including Jeff Blackman, Laura Broadbent, Susan Elmslie, Kasia Juno and Carmine Starnino. Hosted by Best Canadian Poetry series managing editor Heather Wood.

Taras Grescoe launches Shanghai Grand with guest Dimitri Nasrallah in conversation


Join us in celebrating the launch of Shanghai Grand by award winning author Taras Grescoe. He will be in conversation with Dimitri Nasrallah author of Niko.

Discover a bygone era in the lost world of Shanghai on the eve of the Second World War, home to wayfarers and rogues, poets and tycoons.



Taras Grescoe is the author of five books, including the bestselling Bottomfeeder, which won the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Literary Food Writing Award, and was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Three of his other titles, Sacre Blues, The End of Elsewhere and Straphanger, were Writers’ Trust Award finalists. Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War (June, 2016) is his latest book. He lives in Montreal. Visit him online at www.tarasgrescoe.com or on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @grescoe.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Our Book Picks of the Week!

Every week our friends at Largehearted Boy publish a list of our Top 5 picks of the week. Ranging from fiction and non-fiction, to graphic novels, comics, and even cookbooks, our list includes a few of the new and exciting books coming into our store. Check out this week's picks below: 


Everything is Teeth
by Evie Wyld (illustrated by Joe Sumner)

Known for writing ‘traditional’ forms of fiction, acclaimed author Evie Wyld has emerged with her first graphic novel: a stunning, quiet tale of childhood anxiety, taking place in Wyld’s native Australia. Alongside illustrator Joe Sumner, Wyld takes us on a poetic journey through her memories—a shark haunting most of them, embodying fear in its purest form. In shades of black, white, some yellow, and the occasional shocking red, Wyld and Sumner’s creation is a wonderful example of how powerful a graphic novel can be.



Boy Erased: A Memoir
by Garrard Conley

Bracing and beautifully written, Garrard Conley’s memoir of his time in the ex-gay therapy system is a book that explores the deepest, most disturbing parts of American’s anxiety towards the “gay problem”. Dedicated to his parents, the book chronicles his time in Love in Action, a Christian ministry devoted to “curing” those filled with “sin.” What unfolds is a deeply personal tale of triumph, and coming to terms with the person you are amidst mountains of adversity. In short, it’s a wonderful read.



The Kitchen Shelf
by Rosie Reynolds & Eve O’Sullivan

Written by two acclaimed London-based food stylists and recipe writers, The Kitchen Shelf is part of a new wave of cookbooks (emerging from Phaidon, specifically) that are redefining the way we look at food, and subsequently how we cook it. Designed to look almost utilitarian, Reynolds and O’Sullivan’s cookbook manages to crack the seemingly impenetrable mold of the ‘cookbook’ genre. There are no celebrity chef photos, no shots of families eating around a large table, no frills at all really: just good food and instructions on how to make it. While there are, of course, plenty of beautiful photos through the book, their delicious recipes are accompanied by tiny photos of the ingredients needed for each recipe—small cartons of milk, bags of flour, a pepper shaker, all in a clipart type form that add to their straightforward yet sensational recipes.



The Noise of Time
by Julian Barner

Following the story of composer Dmitri Shostakovich through the arid lands of Soviet Russia, Julian Barnes’ tale of fear, redemption, and survival is being hailed as a compact masterpiece—the Man Booker Prize awarding it for its quiet genius. Separated into three different sections, Barnes’ takes a subtle, fictionalized approach to history, allowing for for the story to breathe even when suffocated by the threat of Stalin’s Great Purge. While Shostakovich undoubtedly struggles with political repression, deeper questions regarding the meaning of art and life itself arise from the narrative—allowing The Noise of Time to shine in the bleakest of hours. 




Club Life in Moomin Valley
by Tove Jansson

Drawn and Quarterly has once again breathed new life back into a classic Moomin tale. Officially on sale starting May 17th, Tove Jansson’s Club Life in Moomin Valley explores complex notions of one’s quest for identity and need for community—all seen through the lens of the magical Moomin world. After being told that only “rebel fathers” can be admitted to Moominpappa’s new club—the Knights of the Catapult—Moominmamma defiantly decides to join a club of her own. Eventually things take a turn for the worse, as her wish to be admitted as a club member turns into a difficult juggling act of loyalty between conflicting organizations. A beautifully illustrated tale about love and internal conflict, Club Life is a delightful must-read for children and adults alike.

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