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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Erica Lehrer launches Lucky Jews: Poland's Jewish Figurines

Join us at the 211 store on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. for the launch of Erica Lehrer's new book Lucky Jews: Poland's Jewish Figurines

In Poland today, “Lucky Jews” outnumber Polish Jews. Figurines and images of Jews holding money have proliferated in Poland with the country’s transition to capitalism. These good luck charms hang in homes and sit by cash registers in shops and restaurants across the country. Are these images positive or negative? Do they divide Poles and Jews, or bind them together? Are they souvenirs, talismans, toys? Holocaust ghosts or patron saints of Polish capitalism? By exploring what Jewish figurines mean to those who make and buy them, Lucky Jews offers a provocative perspective on the place of Jews in Polish consciousness today.

Join in a discussion about a unique aspect of Poland's current fascination with Jewish culture.

Shtetl Montreal host Tamara Kramer will talk with anthropologist and curator Erica Lehrer her book Lucky Jews, which grew out of her 2013 exhibit in Krakow of Polish-made Jewish figurines.

Books will be available for purchase, and the film "A Jew for Luck" (24 min., English & Polish with subtitles) by Polish director Paulina Fiejdasz will also be shown.

Visit www.luckyjews.com for more info.

Co-sponsored by CEREV.

Erica Lehrer is a socio‑cultural anthropologist and curator. She is currently Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the departments of History and Sociology‑Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal, where she directs the Centre for Ethnographic Research & Exhibition in the aftermath of Violence (CEREV). She is the author of Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (2013), and co‑editor of Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (2010). In summer 2013 she curated the exhibit Souvenir, Talisman, Toy at the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków, Poland.
Thursday, 18 September 2014

Chloe Griffin, author of Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller in conversation with Joshua Pavan

Join us at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Thursday, October 9 at 7 p.m. for a presentation, and a conversation between Chloe Griffin, author of Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller, and Joshua Pavan, organizer of Montreal's Pervers/cité, among other things.

This will be a presentation of Cookie Mueller: from the John Waters crack-pot scene in late '60s Baltimore to her life as a NYC '70s and '80s icon, the evening will include slides, images, and video excerpts of Cookie's life, work and friends. There will also be a short reading of a story from the book as well as a display of original artwork and archival material from the authors extensive research and process in making this book.

Advance praise for Edgewise:
"Quite possibly the best history of New York's much-reprised 'last avant-garde' of the 1980s, EDGEWISE reinvents the inspired amateurism of Mueller's work, and also creates unforgettable portraits of John Waters' Baltimore and Provincetown in the 1970s, 'when the water was still clean.'"
- Chris Kraus

"Mueller's trajectory is a meteoric cultural intervention in a strange pre-computerized world whereby the 1980s Cold War raged, the war on drugs anted up, glam-disco kicked in, and AIDS was killing the best and brightest, including Mueller. This portrait is a testament to the generative subculture existing in the interstices of a highly dysfunctional and heartbreaking reality."
- Anne Waldman, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University

Chloé Griffin is an artist, actress and filmmaker living in Berlin. She was born in California and grew up in Canada. Her films include Speed Madness and Flying Saucers and its follow-up They Shoot Movie Stars Don’t They?, a re-projection of 1980s underground New York with a cast of superstars of mid-2000s Berlin nightlife, including Peaches, Eric D Clark, Namosh, and others. Her more recent film works have been screened in numerous festivals, events, and art spaces in Berlin, Beirut, and elsewhere.

She has appeared often as a live performer, and her work as a visual artist has been presented in connection with Evas Arche Und Der Feminist at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, among other places. As an actress, she has starred in several low budget French Canadian Horror films as well as the films Saturn Returns (2009) and L’ Amour Sauvage (2013) by Lior Shamriz, and will feature in Desire Will Set You Free by Yony Leyser (2015, in post-production).

For more about the book and its author, check out this recent interview with Chloe Griffin at Bookslut! You can also visit the book's page here.

Facebook event here!

Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller is available for purchase at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

TONIGHT! 7pm - John Porcellino launches The Hospital Suite!

We are excited to welcome mini-comics genius John Porcellino to the store to launch his new work, The Hospital Suite (Drawn & Quarterly)! Join us Tonight, Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. for a presentation, a signing of books, and a special screening of Root Hog or Die, a film about Porcellino himself!

The Hospital Suite is a landmark work by the celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino—an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Porcellino’s work is lauded for its universality and quiet, clear-eyed contemplation of everyday life. The Hospital Suite is a testimony to this subtle strength, making his struggles with the medical system and its consequences for his mental health accessible and engaging.

"In King Cat, Porcellino excels at peaceful Zen moments of observation. Here, his simple, black lines and bare-bones drawings have a powerful economy that present the story cleanly, without flourish, detailing a frightening and inescapable spiral into dysfunction without hyperbole. The result is a clear-eyed, penetrating book about the helplessness of illness which should bring Porcellino a wider audience beyond his cult following." - Publishers Weekly

John Porcellino was born in Chicago in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over twenty-five years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. According to artist Chris Ware, "John Porcellino's comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive."

Facebook event here!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Five Librairie D&Q-launched books on the 2014 Giller Prize longlist!

Launch your book at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and get nominated for the Giller Prize!
Well, not exactly. But we were beyond excited to find out that FIVE books that were launched at, or in collaboration with our store in 2014 are on the 2014 Giller Prize longlist!

Congratulations to Arjun Basu (Waiting for the Man), Sean Michaels (Us Conductors), Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), Claire Holden Rothman (My October), and Padma Viswanathan (The Ever After of Ashwin Rao)!

Arjun Basu's Waiting for the Man gives us the surreal journey of a man who is searching for purpose and happiness. Joe, a 36-year-old advertising copywriter for a slick New York agency, feels disillusioned with his life. He starts dreaming of a mysterious man, seeing him on the street, and hearing his voice. Joe decides to listen to the Man and so he waits on his stoop, day and night, for instructions. A local reporter takes notice, and soon Joe has become a story, a media sensation, the centre of a storm. When the Man tells Joe to “go west,” he does, in search of meaning. Waiting for the Man is a compelling and visceral story about the struggle to find something more in life, told in two interwoven threads — Joe at the beginning of his journey in Manhattan, and at the end of it as he finds new purpose on a ranch in Montana under the endless sky.

Sean Michaels' Us Conductors is inspired by the true life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen, creator of the theremin, and is told through a series of flashbacks and correspondence between Termen and his “one true love,” Clara Rockmore, the finest theremin player in the world. The book's fitting epigraph, from Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, is "In memory, everything seems to happen to music." This is a book by a writer who is extremely good at describing how music makes you feel, about the feelings of people who made music. It has chapter titles taken from songs by artists like Kate Bush, Jesus & Mary Chain, and Mark Hollis. But it's not just a novel for music nerds, it's for anybody interested in love, or inventions, or just words that sound particularly good next to each other.

Heather O'Neill's The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is a coming of age story set in Montreal. "Nineteen years old, free of prospects, and inescapably famous, the twins Nicholas and Nouschka Tremblay are trying to outrun the notoriety of their father, a French-Canadian Serge Gainsbourg with a genius for the absurd and for winding up in prison." (Goodreads). Montreal lovers/residents will feel beautifully represented by O'Neill, our golden girl. Whether it's the summertime party mode the city gets into, "having been temporarily granted clemency by the winter" or the minus god-knows-what-digit temperatures being to blame for all the sex everyone's having. "The roses in everyone's cheeks made them seem way more appealing than they actually were." O'Neill makes all of Montreal's charming grubbiness shine.

Claire Holden Rothman's My October (launched here just two weeks ago!) examines issues of history, language, and cultural identity amid the ethnic and linguistic diversity of today’s Montreal. Inspired in part by two real-life figures from Quebec’s past—James Richard Cross, the British diplomat who was held captive by FLQ terrorists, and Jacques Lanctôt, the man who was Cross’s captor—this is also a story about the province’s turbulent history and ever-shifting role within the country at whose heart it lies. Weaving together three unique voices, Rothman has created a masterful tale of a modern family torn apart by the weight of history and words left unsaid.

Padma Viswanathan's The Ever After of Ashwin Rao features a cranky Indian psychologist who comes to Canada to research the emotional aftereffects of the 1985 bombing of an Air India jet. He finds himself embroiled in the lives of one family, privy to their secrets, and is forced--in unexpected ways--to confront past secrets of his own. This is a stunning new work set among families of those who lost loved ones in the bombing, registering the unexpected reverberations of this tragedy in the lives of its survivors. A book of post-9/11 Canada, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao demonstrates that violent politics are all-too-often homegrown in North America but ignored at our peril. David Bezmozgis calls it "an intrepid novel, its sadness leavened by a wry humour.'

Congratulations again to all five!
It is an ongoing pleasure for us to host book launches for writers, cartoonists, zinesters and artists, both local and otherwise. Most of our events are free! For a full listing of our upcoming launches and readings, visit our Facebook page!
Monday, 15 September 2014

Women in Clothes Clothing Swap!!

Hello everyone! We're inching closer to Tuesday the 16th, which means we are almost ready to collectively lose our minds at the glory of having Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton, Heidi Julavits, and Fiona Duncan in our midst.

I thought I'd take a minute to explain a very very cool thing that's happening on Tuesday at the event, which you may or may not have been aware of.

Librairie Drawn and Quarterly, in partnership with Empire Exchange, is having a clothing swap!  All Women in Clothes attendees are encouraged to bring up to five articles of clothing. Be prepared to write a short anecdote about each piece you bring; your story will be included with the garment and passed on to its future owner.

All items brought to the clothing swap should be freshly laundered, in good condition, and free of holes, stains or rips.

Doors at 6 p.m., event at 7 p.m. Tickets are FREE with a purchase of the book. There are a limited number of $10 tickets as well. Come by the store or call us (514-279-2224) to reserve your spot!

Meet Women in Clothes editor Heidi Julavits!

Our Women in Clothes launch is tomorrow, people! I hope you've picked out what you're bringing to the clothing swap, and that you're as excited as we are. In anticipation of the event, we've introduced you to two of the book's editors, Leanne Shapton and Sheila Heti. Today, meet the wonderful Heidi Julavits, the book's final editor and one of its 600+ contributors.

Heidi is a written-world hero, if you will. This may seem a silly title but represents an ideal to me: someone who is an incredible writer, who is well-read and who can speak in a captivating way about literature. Someone whose every book recommendation I would take without question. In addition to being the author of four beautifully written, critically acclaimed novels - The Mineral Palace, The Effect of Living Backwards, The Uses of Enchantment, and most recently, The Vanishers, Heidi is a founding editor of The Believer, one of our favourite magazines, and one that's supported great books and authors for over ten years now.

Heidi's 10,000 word essay in The Believer's inaugural issue caused a stir in the world of book reviews, and demonstrated the conviction with which she runs the publication. And when she isn't working on the magazine or writing novels, she's still writing. Her short stories and other work have appeared in The Best Creative Nonfiction Volume 2, Esquire, Story, and McSweeney's Quarterly. She's also a professor at Columbia University, a mother of two, and a winner of the PEN/New England Fiction Award. Pretty darn impressive, am I right?

Heidi Julavits, Sheila Heti, and Leanne Shapton will join moderator Fiona Duncan on stage tomorrow at Rialto Hall (5723 ave. Parc). The event also incorporates a clothing swap (bring up to five pieces to trade!) and a signing. Tickets are 10$ or free with your purchase of Women in Clothes. Drop by the Librairie and get yours now!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Recap: Jon Paul Fiorentino Launches I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

Man, what a packed, wonderful night. What night do I speak of? Why last Saturday September 6th, of course, at the launch of store favourite Jon Paul Fiorentino's I'm Not Scared of You or Anything. This launch had quite possibly the most amount of beer any event has ever had: more PBR and Heineken than a first year Concordia party (I've changed my humour geographically for everyone. For your reference, on the West Coast that would be an Emily Carr University joke).

Another store favourite (we love all our children equally, guys), Dave McGimpsey, gave Jon's introduction, and as usual, he managed to infuse it with hilarity, warmth, and love. Dave makes every event he's at a calmer, more positive place. Basically what we're trying to say is that if you see Dave in the crowd, it's goin' to be a good night.

Dave's sweet intro left Jon at a loss for words (a situation he called "unfortunate, given the circumstances"), and he took a moment to introduce the audience to his father, who had just spent the past 45 minutes looking for parking. It served to reinforce Dave's introductory comment regarding Jon's sense of decency and love of family coming through in his work.

Jon's reading was accompanied by projections by Maryanna Hardy, whose beautiful illustrations work alongside his stories. Her series of bits, the concept of which was to turn memes into high art, had the audience in hysterics. Teen Wolf accompanied by Slavoj Žižek quotes? Don't mind if I do.

Julie took a sneaky sneaky picture of some of the audience members enjoying themselves in varying degrees. Very nice.

Afterward, everyone stuck around to praise dear Jon and get their books signed. We could tell the audience had an amazing time. We laughed, we almost cried (well, I almost cried: the story of Jon's daughter's birth had me verklempt, for sure), we bought books. we drank... what more could you ask for?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Vivek Shraya, Elisha Lim and Malaika Aleba

Join us on Friday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate Vivek Shraya's novel She of the Mountains (illustrated by Raymond Biesinger) and Elisha Lim's debut graphic novel 100 Crushes (Koyama)! Guest reading by Malaika Aleba!

Vivek Shraya's She of the Mountains is a contemporary illustrated queer love story interwoven with a reimagining of Hindu mythology. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart. The illustrations are by the Montreal-based artist Raymond Biesinger, whose work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and the New York Times.

“The Hindu gods, with their constantly shifting personas and manifestations, add a clever and thoughtful layer to the novel and highlight the intricacies and power of a love that eclipses gender, time, and conventions. Strikingly illustrated by Raymond Biesinger, this is a lyrical ode to love in all its many forms.” - Publishers Weekly

Vivek Shraya is an artist working in the mediums of music, performance, literature, and film. He is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, nominated for both his young adult short story collection God Loves Hair and the multimedia book/film/website project What I LOVE about being QUEER. Winner of the We Are Listening International Singer/Songwriter Award, Vivek has released albums ranging from acoustic folk-rock to electro synth-pop. His most recent is Breathe Again, a tribute to the songs of R&B artist Babyface. He lives in Toronto.

Elisha Lim's 100 Crushes compiles five years of queer comics, including excerpts from Sissy, The Illustrated Gentleman, Queer Child in the Eighties, and their cult series 100 Butches, as well as new work. It's an absorbing documentary that travels through Toronto, Berlin, Singapore, and beyond in the form of interviews, memoirs, and gossip from an international queer vanguard.

Elisha Lim portrays the creativity, tenacity and power of being neither straight, nor white, nor cis-gendered. They have also successfully advocated for Canadian gay media to adopt the gender neutral pronoun ‘they’. They have exhibited and curated art and videos internationally, including the debut solo of Toronto’s notorious Feminist Art Gallery, and were awarded Best Emerging Director at the 2014 Inside Out film festival. They advise on racial and gender stereotypes in lectures, on juries, and on UN panels, and directed Montréal’s first Racialized Pride Week in 2012.

Lim's comics include the Bitch Magazine acclaimed Sissy Calendar, The Illustrated Gentleman, and most notably, 100 Butches, a collection of portraits and anecdotes about masculine queers, introduced by New York Times bestselling author Alison Bechdel.

Guest reader Malaika Aleba is a former editor at Autostraddle.com, where she penned the column A Prairie Homo Companion about being queer in the Canadian prairies. She now lives in Montreal where she freelance edits, co-facilitates a writing workshop, and works as a Fundraising and Development Coordinator at Head & Hands a nonprofit that runs programs for youth and about sexual education. She has blogged for the Sierra Club and the Media Co-op, and her work can also be found in the forthcoming Digging Deep, Facing Self course anthology.

Event tonight: Mindy Carter launches The Teacher Monologues

Dr. Mindy Carter’s new book, The Teacher Monologues – Exploring the Identities and Experiences of Artist-Teachers, was recently launched by Sense Publishers. Join us to celebrate at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly! Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. All are welcome!

Expect a short talk and question period by Dr. Carter. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

In this book, “Mindy Carter shares her compelling study of theatre specialists using a/r/tography as a way to examine the sometimes conflicting and sometimes complementary identities of artist and pedagogue engaged in inquiry. She does this brilliantly through theatrical monologues––bringing theory to life and life to theory. This is a must read for all theatre specialists interested in education!" ––Rita Irwin, Professor & Associate Dean of Teacher Education, The University of British Columbia

Dr. Mindy Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. She currently researches curriculum studies, aboriginal education and drama and theatre education, focusing on a/r/tography, teacher identity, teacher education, and arts based educational research.
Friday, 12 September 2014

Meet Women in Clothes editor Sheila Heti!

Our Women in Clothes event is next Tuesday, September 16th, and we can hardly wait. But while we must, we'll continue introducing you to the inspiring editors of this inspiring book. You've met Leanne Shapton, and today I'm here to sing the praises of Sheila Heti, a Toronto native who studied playwriting, art history, and philosophy, and who published her first book at twenty-four.Sheila is no stranger to D+Q- she joined Margaret Atwood on stage for a sold-out event last December, and has graced our store many other times throughout the years. We're always thrilled to have her!

In addition to being an incredibly well-spoken, all-around cool person, Sheila is the author of a diverse range of titles, including book of short stories The Middle Stories, novel Ticknor, collaborative essay collection The Chairs Are Where the People Go, children's book We Need A Horseand the Librairie best-selling "novel from life" How Should A Person Be? Her writing has appeared, amongst other places, in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail,n+1, McSweeney’s, Brick, Geist, Maisonneuve, Bookforum, and The Believer, whose staff (which includes fellow Women in Clothes editor Heidi Julavits) she joined in 2011.

As if that weren't enough, Sheila is also the co-creator of the Trampoline Hall lecture series, and founder of the blog The Metaphysical Poll. She has lectured at a number of universities and museums. Her 2013 play,All Our Happy Days are Stupid, had a sold-out run at Toronto's Videofag, and will be remounted next year in New York. I could type many more paragraphs of reasons why, but in short, Sheila is awesome.

The Montreal launch of Women in Clothes begins at 7pm on Tuesday, September 16th, at Rialto Hall (5723 ave. Parc). The event incorporates a clothing swap (bring up to five pieces to trade!) and a conversation between the books' editors and moderator Fiona Duncan. Tickets at 10$ or free with the purchase of Women in Clothes. Drop by the Librairie and get yours today!
Thursday, 11 September 2014

Marianne Ackerman launches Holy Fools + 2 Stories

Join us on Wednesday, October 1st at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of Montreal writer and store friend Marianne Ackerman's new book, Holy Fools + 2 Stories!

"The characters in Holy Fools + 2 Stories are humble people who may seem mad. Burdened by delusion. Driven by irrational goals. They take action and are caught up in the web of events, carried to unfamiliar shores that may or may not denote salvation. There is no message. I just wanted to write about the dear human spirit, swimming against a crazy world."

– Marianne Ackerman

Advance praise:

Marianne Ackerman writes with precision, power, and purpose. As she weaves her wonderful stories, her perfect words and sentences leave a mark on the reader. This is exquisite storytelling.
– Terry Fallis, novelist, winner of CBC Canada Reads

Holy Fools is wild. From the opening few lines, it’s fresh and original, full of twists and turns I never saw coming.

– John Goddard, author of Inside the Museums

Marianne Ackerman was born in Belleville, Ontario and grew up on a farm in Prince Edward County. She was educated at Carleton University (BA, Political Science 1976), University of Toronto (MA, Drama 1981) and the Sorbonne. She has lived in Montreal since 1980, with the exception of a seven-year stint in the South of France.

Her four published plays, written in the 1990s, deal with Quebec history, the transformative power of art and the nature of freedom. The bilingual L’Affaire Tartuffe, or the Garrison Officers Rehearse Molière was presented in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Toronto. Her new play, a comedy called Triplex Nervosa, will be part of the Centaur Theatre’s 2014-15 season.

Her three published novels, Jump (2000), Matters of Hart (2005) and Piers’ Desire (2010) explore contemporary familial tensions: political and personal independence; the meaning of brotherhood; the redemptive power of sex. She is working on a fourth novel, The Devil’s Vineyard, a contemporary story about the literary world, heritage and family politics, set in Prince Edward County and Toronto.

An award-winning theatre critic, playwright, novelist and journalist, she is founder and publisher of The Rover, an on-line review of culture and art at www.roverarts.com.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

TONIGHT! Jay Winston Ritchie launches Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent

Join us this evening - Wednesday September 10th at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of local writer Jay Winston Ritchie's new book, Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac Press).  Readings by Blare Coughlin and Jay Winston Ritchie. Hosting by Jon Paul Fiorentino. Refreshments will be served!

Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent is Jay's first book of short stories, published by Insomniac Press. In nine stories, nine young musicians search for their artistic voice while constantly being sidetracked by fame, drugs, potluck parties, call centre jobs, and other things.
Jay Winston Ritchie is the author of the poetry chapbook How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside and is editor-in-chief of The Void, Concordia's only bilingual literary arts magazine.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

TONIGHT! Mireille Silcoff launches Chez L'Arabe at The Emerald 8pm

House of Anansi Press and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly present the launch of Montreal writer Mireille Silcoff's new book, Chez L'Arabe. Join us at The Emerald (5295 ave. du Parc) TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 9th at 8 p.m. for food, drinks, readings, and surprise musical guests!

Chez L'Arabe is a dazzling debut collection from award-winning journalist and New York Times Magazine contributor Mireille Silcoff. Inspired by the real life medical struggles of the author, this stunning debut collection opens with a gripping portrait of chronic illness in a series of linked stories about a woman in her mid-thirties, who is trapped in her elegantly accoutered Montreal townhouse — and in her own mind and body. As she struggles with her health, amongst an increasingly indifferent husband and volatile mother, she encounters unimaginable depths of loneliness and realizes that, even after she recovers, her life will never be the same.

Mireille Silcoff is the founding editor of Guilt & Pleasure Quarterly, a magazine of new Jewish writing and ideas, and is the author of three books about drug and youth culture. She is a lead columnist with Canada's National Post and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and other publications. She lives in Montreal.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Fall Poetry Quartet with Signal Editions, Biblioasis and Goose Lane

On Friday, September 27th at 7 p.m., join Signal Editions, Biblioasis, and Goose Lane for their Fall Poetry Quartet, featuring the Montreal launch of highly anticipated new volumes from award-winning poets Michael Lista, Shoshanna Wingate, Stevie Howell, and Kerry-Lee Powell. The evening will be hosted by Carmine Starnino.

The Scarborough takes place over three days in 1992: Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday—the weekend 15-year-old Kristin French was abducted and murdered by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. In poems both opulent and stricken, ravishing and unflinching, Michael Lista—nine, at the time—revisits those dates, haunted by the horrifying facts he now possesses. Inspired, in part, by Dante’s Inferno, Virgil's tale of Orpheus’ descent into the underworld for Eurydice, as well as the Bernardo trial itself—where the judge ruled that the gallery could hear the video tapes of the crimes, but not see them—Lista’s poems adhere to a single rule: you cannot gaze at the beloved you seek to rescue. The Scarborourgh is book about Bernardo that doesn’t show us Bernardo, a conceptual project that ignores its concept. Shiveringly bold, it is a major achievement.

Michael Lista’s previous book of poems was Bloom (House of Anansi Press, 2010). He is poetry editor of the Walrus and poetry columnist for the National Post.

Shoshanna Wingate's Radio Weather explores the tension between personal imperatives and fickle outside forces in taut, unsentimental, immaculately constructed poems. Wingate tracks the moments that alter us from who we might have been to who we are, in narratives of rural poverty, urban decay, a child’s improbable friendship with a murderer, a father’s death from AIDS. “The days depart in minor steps,” she writes, “then slip away for costume change.” Radio Weather is a memorable debut by a poet of exceptional promise.

Advance Praise for Radio Weather:

“Clear-eyed, musical, deeply-considered and deeply-felt, Radio Weather contends with the inhospitable. Bringing both child and adult perspectives to bear, it calls to account both the living and the dead. Brilliantly-crafted and wise, occupying a provisional space that is both wary and compassionate, somewhere ‘between what we didn’t want and what we could afford,’ these are poems of great psychological tension, poems for grown ups.”
–Patrick Warner, author of Perfection

Shoshanna Wingate’s poetry and fiction have been published in The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead , and Arc Poetry Magazine. A poetry chapbook, Homing Instinct, appeared from Frog Hollow Press in 2012. She is the founding editor of the arts & culture journal, Riddle Fence.

About Kerry-Lee Powell's Inheritance:
Inspired by a shipwreck endured by her father during the Second World War, and by his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and eventual suicide, Inheritance is a powerful poetic debut by the winner of the 2013 Boston Review Fiction Contest and The Malahat Review Far Horizons Award.

Born in Montreal, Kerry-Lee Powell has lived in Australia, Antigua, and The United Kingdom, where she studied Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cardiff University and directed a literature promotion agency. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout the United Kingdom and North America, including The Spectator, The Boston Review, and The Virago Writing Women series. In 2013, she won The Boston Review fiction contest, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for short fiction, and the Alfred G. Bailey manuscript prize. A chapbook entitled “The Wreckage” has recently been published in England by Grey Suit Editions. A short fiction collection and novel are forthcoming from Harper Collins. Inheritance is her first book.

About ^^^^^^ [Sharps]:
Pop culture and the balladry of bedlam collide in this wry debut that volunteers a transfusion of the unpredictable to readers yearning for more than a muralized Olive Garden world. In [sharps], a visit to the last Dollar Store becomes a meditation on the global supply chain. A fan of Bill Callahan almost falls into New York’s underbelly, Canmore moviegoers scoff at Alec Baldwin, and the Queen resembles Rip Torn. Joyously ominous, blissfully melancholic, Stevie Howell’s highly anticipated collection picks a street fight with language, half cut with its exuberant possibilities.

“These poems are coded emergency and emergent code: hail, cut glass, cathedrals, systems, skeletons, and scorched earth. Stevie Howell has found a fault-line underwriting Reality and turned this fissure, this terrible brokenness, into a lens. She sees the queasy, exact particular and can phase from its contours into metaphysics and back before we sense the ground shifting. An astonishing debut. An astonishing collection full-stop.” — Ken Babstock, author of Methodist Hatchet

Stevie Howell
is a poet and critic from Toronto. In 2013 her work was shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize, and in 2012 she was a finalist for the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Event, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post and in two chapbooks, Royal and Ringsend.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Meet Women in Clothes editor Leanne Shapton!

Our Women in Clothes event is just around the corner, and what better way to get appropriately excited than to talk about the great minds behind the book?

First up is Leanne Shapton, a prolific (and D+Q published!) artist and illustrator. Based in New York City, Shapton is the co-founder of J&L Books, a non-profit publisher of art and photography books.

She's also the author of several books, including  The Native Trees of Canada and Sunday Night Movies. Her third book, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, a photography book that uses found objects to chronicle a love story, was optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, and her success doesn't stop there. Shapton has been the art director of The New York Times op-ed page, the winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Award for autobiography, and a columnist for Elle and The New York Times Magazine. (Oh, and she also competed in two Olympic trials for swimming. No big deal.)

If all that seems like a lot, it's only because Shapton seems to fearlessly pursue what she wants. "I can be quite reckless," she told the Toronto Star in a 2009 interview, "but weirdly these things have paid off." The Star called her "the girl who has everything," Dave Eggers is apparently a big fan, and Amy Sedaris is jealous of her. Safe to say that Leanne Shapton is pretty cool.

And despite calling NYC home, Shapton's roots are firmly Canadian: She was born in Mississauga, attended McGill, and began her career at the National Post. The home grown success story's newest project is Women in Clothes, a collaboration of over 600 contributors, including the likes of Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, and Tavi Gevinson. An exploration of how women present themselves through clothes, the book will ]launch Tuesday, September 16 at the Rialto Hall. The event, presented by Drawn & Quarterly, will include a conversation and clothing swap. Make sure to stop by!

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