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Saturday, 6 February 2016

New and noteworthy: stationery from around the world!

It's always exciting when shipments from afar arrive at the book store. This week we received packages from Yellow Owl Workshop in San Francisco and Mark's Inc. in Tokyo. As the stationery buyer, I could barely contain myself with glee, waiting to see the goodies I knew were inside!

 Just in time for Valentine's Day, we've got an amazing array of stamps and ink. You can make your own fun cards for your sweethearts and pals with these as your base. Emoji, cats, hearts, cacti, you name it!

Choose your ink pad palette to suit your fancy: classic primary colours, metallics, or neons!

Or if you're in a hurry or not the crafty type, we've also got a bunch of lovely Riso print love-themed cards from Yellow Owl as well. 

From Japan, we've got a bunch of beautiful new agendas, pens, and notebooks. They come in all colours, but we're really feeling this minty-frosty green selection.

Pastels and metallics make a fine match! This pink and silver polka-dot planner from Koren paper line O-check pairs perfectly with the new brass cat pen holder and matte-silver pen from Mark's Inc. We have so much more great stuff in store, but it can't all fit in one blog post, so you'll have to come see for yourself!

Wednesday, February 17th: Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso Launch their newest D+Q books!

Good things - scratch that - amazing things come in threes this February when a trio of the best cartoonists working in comics today launch their newest D+Q books at the Librairie Wednesday, February 17th at 7pm!

PUKE FORCE, cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale's debut with Drawn & Quarterly, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

Chippendale's... obsessively detailed [comics] feel like [they've] been shot straight from his brain onto the page. —Village Voice

Michael DeForge's BIG KIDS is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school. 

Eerie and perfectly paced, DeForge's Big Kids muses on the complicated, and often contradictory, feelings people struggle with during adolescence, the choices we make to fit in, and the ways we survive times of change. Like Ant Colony and First Year Healthy, Big Kids is a testimony to the harshness and beauty of being alive.

Nick Drnaso’s first book for D+Q, BEVERLY, delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Beverly’s chilled windowpane views into the fogged American psyche are not cartoon copies of film or literature. They’re something completely new.  - Chris Ware

Truly, truly, this is not an evening to be missed. Get your head twisted and your mind bent down at the li'l bookstore that could!
Friday, 5 February 2016


with Saleema Nawaz
Friday, February 5th
The Rialto Hall (5711 Av. du Parc)
doors at 6pm/event 7pm
$5 (or free with a book purchase)
tickets available at 211 Bernard Ouest or online!

Did you follow the 2015 best-books-of the-year lists? If so you're very familiar with the fact that Tomine's collection of six masterful short stories KILLING AND DYING was featured on a ton of them.

D+Q is over the moon that we're reprinting Leanne Shapton's beloved WAS SHE PRETTY?  And Leanne was last here for our WOMEN IN CLOTHES event with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julvits, so we're happy to have her back!

Oh, you know Shapton, all right. We have her books all over our store. Beautiful drawn and poignant all of 'em: SWIMMING STORIES, SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIES, NATIVE TREES OF CANADA. yep, those are hers.

Adrian and Leanne will be presenting their new work, answering a few questions from 2016 Canada Reads contender, Saleema Nawaz! and then signing all your books!

Gonna be a great night!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

TONIGHT!! Yann Martel launches The High Mountains of Portugal at Victoria Hall!

in conversation with JOSEPH ROSEN
TONIGHT Wednesday, February 3rd, doors: 6pm/event: 7pm
at VICTORIA HALL (4626 Rue Sherbrooke O)
tickets are $5 or free when you pre-buy THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL from the bookstore. 
available at LIBRAIRIE DRAWN + QUARTERLY (211 Bernard O.) or at THE WESTMOUNT PUBLIC LIBRARY (4574 Rue Sherbrooke O.)

or online here.

Oh, exciting! Yann Martel the award-winning author of the best-selling modern classic Life of Pi has a brand new book coming; THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL and we're proud to announce  that we'll be co-presenting the launch  with the Westmount Public Library on Wednesday, February 3rd, at the the beautiful Victoria Hall in Westmount (4626 Rue Sherbrooke O). There will be a short reading followed by a conversation and Q&A. Afterwards Yann will sign.

THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL is a suspenseful, mesmerizing story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives touching the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into the consequences of Tomás's quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together.

Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel's new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.

Joining Yann in conversation is Joseph Rosen! Joseph a friend to our bookstore, he teaches at Dawson College in Montreal, and is in affiliated researcher at Concordia University’s Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence. His writing has been published by The Walrus, Maisonneuve, n+1 magazine, The Montreal Gazette, Shtetl Montreal and others.

This event is gonna be a knock-out! Don't miss it!

TOP 5: January's Bestselling Kid's and Young Adult Books!

2016 is off to a good start for young readers! Here are the books that were flying off the shelves this January. A nice mix of newer books and some classic favourites!

L'ABC de Monsieur Pizza (Ohara Hale)

Space Dumplins (Craig Thompson)

Salomé et les hommes en noire (Valérie Amiraux et Francis Desharnais)

I am a Bunny (Richard Scarry)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New D+Q: Frank King's Walt and Skeezix: 1931-1932

The seventh volume of Frank King's classic Walt and Skeezix strips hits shelves today! The chronological, real-time storytelling finds Skeezix entering the 1930s on the cusp of adolescence. They grow up so fast, don't they? Seems like only yesterday baby Skeezix joined the Wallet family, but time keeps ticking and now he's almost grown!

On the advice of his doctor, Walt takes the family on a months-long road trip across North America, complete with an ocean cruise! King's drawings of cityscapes are gorgeous, and it's really fun to catch a glimpse of what the various locales looked like circa the depression era. Adventure abounds as the Wallets visit far-flung destinations all across the continent.

Featuring an introduction by Jeet Heer, and boasting Chris Ware's impeccable design work, the book also contains lots of never before published Walt & Skeezix ephemera.

You can tell how influential and beloved this long-running strip was based on the plethora of amazing accessories that accompanied it. Rare is the comic character who is immortalized in cookie-cutter form!

There are also insightful and informative essays chronicling the King family during the time period depicted in the strips. It's so interesting to put the comics in their historical context, intermingled with the author's biographical details. Lots of great material here for anyone keen on comics history!

New D+Q: Leanne Shapton's Was She Pretty?

For years, we've all been falling in love with Leanne Shapton's beautiful, unclassifiable work, including Swimming Studies, The Native Trees of Canada, Sunday Night Movies, and Women in Clothes, her collaboration with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits. Her words and brushstrokes capture fleeting impressions and subtleties of feeling, from the tint of a Blue Douglas Fir to the light on actors' faces in a beloved old film.

Another of Shapton's books is once again available to us: Drawn & Quarterly is republishing Was She Pretty?, which conjures the qualities and peculiarities of everyone's exes, creating a sort of mosaic of jealous fixation and anxiety. It's also humourous and highly relatable! How do we contend with the people who came before us in the lives of our loves?

Are you jealous of the ex who is a famous activist?

What about the ex who sends letters for years from an unknown address?

And what to do about the dreaded tell-all novel written by the ex with literary ambitions?

Don't miss Leanne Shapton and Adrian Tomine in Montreal on February 5 at the Rialto Hall!

New and Notable: Yann Martel's High Mountains of Portugal OUT TODAY! Launch tomorrow night!

and we can't wait to see Yann discuss it tomorrow night!

 in conversation with JOSEPH ROSEN 
Wednesday, February 3rd, doors: 6pm/event: 7pm 
at VICTORIA HALL (4626 Rue Sherbrooke O) 
tickets are $5 or free 
when you pre-buy THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL from the bookstore. 
available at LIBRAIRIE DRAWN + QUARTERLY (211 Bernard O.) 
or at THE WESTMOUNT PUBLIC LIBRARY (4574 Rue Sherbrooke O.)
 or online.

The High Mountains of Portugal is the most recent work from bestselling author and winner of the Man Booker Prize, Yann Martel. He will be in Montreal at the Victoria Hall tomorrow - Wednesday, February 3rd - in conversation with Joseph Rosen!

Much like his best-known work, Life of Pi, Martel's latest novel uses surrealism and absurdity to explore human responses to loss, as well as the complex relationships between humans and other animals. This latest novel consists of three intertwined surrealist stories featuring a grieving man who walks backwards, a pathologist devoted to Agatha Christie, and the unlikely connection between a bereft politician and a chimpanzee.

Ursula K. Le Guin, writing for the Guardian, recommends Martel as "an original, strange and subtle thinker" on the subject of the relation between human and animal. A review in Quill & Quire remarks that The High Mountains of Portugal "poses intriguing questions about loss, faith, suffering, and love." The Washington Post has high praise especially for the last story of the three, in which "Martel’s writing has never been more charming, a rich mixture of sweetness that’s not cloying and tragedy that’s not melodramatic."

Monday, 1 February 2016

TOP 10: Our bestselling fiction and nonfiction of January!

January's fiction and nonfiction bestsellers prove to be a nice mix of new titles and longer-term favourites. André Alexis and Sonja Larsen both had very successful events at the 211 store this month. Our very own Daphné B.'s poetry collection is very popular! Everyone is still entranced by Elena Ferrante, Miranda July, Maggie Nelson, Leanne Simpson and Patti Smith. And New American Stories, edited by Ben Marcus, gives us all an easy way to catch up on recent contemporary short fiction!

Fifteen Dogs (André Alexis)

Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary (Sonja Larsen)

My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein)

Bluetiful (Daphné B.)

The Argonauts: A Memoir (Maggie Nelson)

The First Bad Man: A Novel (Miranda July)

The Story of a New Name (Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein)

Islands of Decolonial Love (Leanne Simpson)

Just Kids (Patti Smith)

New American Stories (Edited by Ben Marcus)

TOP 5: January's Bestselling Magazines

Take a peek at which magazines have been flying off our shelves this past January - as always a nice mix between old and new:

Dinette Magazine 002: Brunch


Cherry Bombe, no. 6

Hobo, no. 18

Uppercase, no. 28

TOP 5: January's Bestselling Graphic Novels

A new year is here and thank god that Mercury Retrograde is finally over! Here are the bestselling graphic novels of the month:

The Envelope Manufacturer - Chris Oliveros

What a wonderful month in comic launches! Not only did Leslie Stein and Noah Van Sciver visit us but Chris Oliveros launched his debut full length work and it was the bestselling graphic title of January 2016! Stop by for a signed copy.

Killing and Dying - Adrian Tomine

Released late last year this gem was on many Best-Of-2015 lists and we dug into it during our January book club with the biggest turn out yet! Not to be missed - Adrian Tomine is going to be in Montreal this Friday, February 5th with Leanne Shapton at the Rialto Hall! We're giving away tickets free with the purchase of any D&Q book all week so don't miss out!

Beverly - Nick Drnaso

This is the pick for February's Graphic Novel Book Club AND Nick Drnaso will be at the shop on Wednesday, February 17th with Brian Chippendale and Michael Deforge! We'll be offering 20% until Wednesday, February 10th when the book club meets.

Wendy - Walter Scott

A longtime bestseller and favourite here at the store. If you haven't read it yet this is a classic of Montreal lore!

Unflattening - Nick Sousanis

This non fiction graphic novel is certainly trending: art critic, scholar and cartoonist Nick Sousanis presents his doctoral thesis on images, words, perception and language as a comic book.
Saturday, 30 January 2016

Sunday, February 28th: Reading Between the Wines - Chester Brown's Louis Riel!

Jimmy Gutman will give his take on the bestselling D+Q graphic novel Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Admission: $7 JPL members/students, $12 general. To reserve tickets call (514) 345-6416 or 514-279-2224, or for information visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org

 A new slant on the classic book review, Reading Between the Wines looks at relevant reads from a youthful perspective in interesting locations apropos to the books being reviewed. Also, wine is involved.

Join Jimmy Gutman for the first Reading Between the Wines as he explores the popular genre of graphic novel non-fiction storytelling and Canadian Colonialism through Chester Brown’s graphic novel on Louis Riel, published by Drawn & Quarterly. Chester Brown reinvents the comic book medium to create a historical biography on Louis Riel. He crafts a compelling and meticulous retelling of the charismatic 19th-century Metis leader, regarded by some as a martyr and by others as a treacherous murderer. Canadian history at its best, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography is entertaining and accessible for all ages.

Jimmy Gutman B.A. has been a precarious worker educator at Dorshei Emet, Temple Emanu-el Beth Shalom and the Schottenstein Center. A McGill Arts graduate, Jimmy's life is a balance of political activism, music and songwriting and the promotion of Yiddish through theatre. The next Reading Between the Wines will be held on Sunday, May 15th at 2 pm at Librairie Olivieri & Bistro. Andrea Borod (aka The Book Dumpling) will review The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Sponsored by the Reuben Brainin Fund of the JPL.

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