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Saturday, 31 May 2008

Magazines!

Yesss! We now carry an ecclectic selection of local, national and international magazines (including The Believer, Giant Robot, Modern Painters and Worn Fashion Journal) in a lovely recycled rack that Rory just brought in.


Stop by and see for yourself!
Thursday, 29 May 2008

Summer Workshops!

The summer session of art workshops kicks off in two weeks! It will include our ever-popular silkscreening and linocut/woodcut workshops, as well as a new addition, bookbinding with the lovely and talented Kate Battle. All workshops take place at the store unless otherwise noted. See below for more information about each series of workshops and reserve your spot early, space is limited!

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Silkscreen Workshop (ages 15 and up)

Wednesdays June 11 (at Librairie D+Q), 18 & 25 (at Studio Alphonse Raymond, 173A Van Horne Street).
Time: 6pm-8pm.

Fee: $100 for all three sessions. The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This 3-week course will go over the basics of silkscreening multiple color prints as well as a tutorial on how to build your own silkscreen studio at home.

Instructor: Leyla Majeri has been silkscreening and teaching silkscreening for what seems like forever. You likely have seen her work on the streets or in the galleries of Montreal.

To reserve a spot for the course, stop by the store during opening hours to drop off your inscription deposit (20$ + tax). If you have any questions, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.

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Lino-Cut and Woodcut Workshop (ages 15 and up)

Fridays June 13, 20, 27 & July 4.
Time: 6pm-8pm.

Fee: $20 for each session. It is recommended that students attend all four sessions. The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This 4-week relief-printing course will be broken into two sections. The first two classes will present an introduction to basic relief print making using lino-cut and water-based inks. The second two classes will take that knowledge and apply it to wood cut print making. The course will be offered in a relaxed and open atmosphere to individuals wanting to pursue and develop their interest in relief printmaking.

Instructor: Kathryn Delaney is an artist with a passion for traditional print making processes. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Print Making from Concordia University. She is presently pursuing her artistic career in the arts and community art education.

To reserve a spot for the course, stop by the store during opening hours to drop off your inscription deposit (20$ + tax). If you have any questions, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.

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Bookbinding Workshop (ages 15 and up)

Mondays June 16, 23, 30 & July 7.
Time: 6 to 8 pm.

Fee: $20 for each session. It is recommended that students attend all four sessions. The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This four-part course will introduce participants to four categories of bindings: accordions, stab bindings, fold books and single-section books. Everyone will leave with lots of samples and the ability to reproduce them at home as editions, unique books or elaborate cards. The samples will serve to inspire and also to illustrate specific bookbinding techniques that save time and achieve a more professional result. We'll use a combination of authentic bookbinding tools and cheaper homemade versions. No experience required.

Instructor: Kate Battle has been making books for over a dozen years. She has studied traditional binding but feels most at home in the world of artist books, book objects, and alternative structures. She is also passionate about teaching (book arts and languages) and has had the opportunity to teach in various locations around Quebec, BC, and Japan. Part of the Quebec government Artists at School program, Kate regularly shows up in elementary schools with hammer and press in tow. She has helped thousands of kids make books from their stories or comics. (Kate enjoys working with grown-ups, too)

To reserve a spot for the course, stop by the store during opening hours to drop off your inscription deposit (20$ + tax). If you have any questions, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Beyrouth 6db Underground film screening! Wednesday, June 4th, 7pm!

So, your calendars are marked and you're all pumped to come out to the store next Thursdays night for the Fruit Hunters launch (BTW, the book is being sold here now!) but what to do the night before? Well we're lucky enough to have two great events next week.


A friend of mine, Phillipe Tremblay-Berberi, went to Beirut last year on an NFB project to film and document the Underground music scene there. He presents his findings in documentary form at 211 on Wednesday. The film is called:

Beyrouth, 6 dB Undergrount: 6 Portraits

It looks fantastic. The screening features live musical accompaniment by Charbel Haber. Also: delicious Lebanese SNACKS. I'll be there and hope you will too.
Wednesday June 4, 7pm
Monday, 26 May 2008

Not Comics: Congrats to Julie Doucet, Jamie Quail and Jessica Campbell


Yesterday I took advantage of Montreal's Museum Day to go over to the Contemporary Art Museum, view the inaugural edition of the the Quebec Triennial: Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed, where Julie Doucet was selected as one of 38 artists to be spotlighted. Congrats to Julie on this wonderful honor. The show is up through September and is the most vibrant show I have seen at the MAC since living in Montreal.

Also congrats to my fellow coworkers! Jamie Quail is a member of the Long Haul, whose loft space was threatened to be turned into storage space a few years ago but for now is safe from corporate development, so much so that the space is having a show right now called Ferment and has plans for a sculpture garden and website. The Montreal Mirror has the complete story. The show is only up until June 1st, so get over there! Jessica Campbell also has a show up right now in Montreal with Pictionary. The website Indyish has the story. This show is also up for just a week, so, again, get to it.
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Adam Gollner in the Hour

Our friendly neighbourhood foodie Adam Leith Gollner made the cover of this week's Hour!

Adam's new book, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Obsession, Commerce and Adventure, looks like the perfect summer read!


Stop by the store for the book's official launch on Thursday, June 5th, at 7 pm!
Friday, 23 May 2008

Books Without Words

I was noticing today that we've amassed a nice little collection of picture books. In fact, if each picture in each book really did say a thousand words, we'd get noise complaints-Hey hey!

But seriously folks, you gotta get your hands on these books. No literacy required.


First up, The Silver Pony, by an old master of Wordless stories, Lynd Ward. He died in 85 after putting out a bunch of novels in woodcuts. You think comic book artists have it rough, imagine carving each panel. The Silver Pony is drawn in pencil, and allows for much storytelling in one's head.



Next up, The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. It's Beautifully drawn in photo-realistic black and white and made to look like a lost treasure. I'm sure Shaun Tan knew, when he completed this, that everyone would love it. And evidently, they do- it was a New York Times Best illustrated book.




Finally, our very own Billy Mavreas has just launched Inside Outside Overlap. Billy's using a scanner now (instead of a photocopier) so all the subtle and beautiful erasures show up, and give his drawings a wonderful depth. This story is a drug-trip, sickness, dream, escape, spiritual hallucination, and will be loved by kids as much as adults. Great work, Billy!


Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Power to the (dissident) people!

I'm only halfway through Anne Elizabeth Moore's Manifesti of Radical Literature but I couldn't wait until I had finished reading it to spread the word. It's that good.


Moore's little self-published book (subtitled A ready-reference pocket book for the aware human) is a collection of essays meant to demystify politics, poetics and activism, and to empower writers, readers, artists, children and... everyone, really.

In simple and often funny prose (including lots of footnotes, parentheses and point-form lists) Moore makes us realize that:

1. Every action has a political impact,
2. We don't have to let outside forces affect our lives without our consent, and
3. It's worth it to use our power as consumers and creators of culture to generate the changes we'd like to see in the world.

I'm proud that we're carrying The Manifesti of Radical Literature - thanks Jamie Q for recommending it! We're one of the only stores in the world (possibly the only store in Canada) that sells it and we only have a few copies left, each with a different handmade "dust jacket".

Stop by and pick up a copy before they're all gone!
Thursday, 15 May 2008

Hometown love from Mirror readers!


We've only been open for seven months but we made it to the top 5 in two categories of this year's edition of the Montreal Mirror's Best of Montreal readers poll!

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly took the #2 spot in the Best Comics Store category and the #5 position in the Best Bookstore (New) category because, as the Mirror says, "Yes, they sell more than just comics and graphic novels!"

Thanks for voting for us, folks!

We dig music

Needless to say, we dig music. With two rock stars in the house (check out Matt's band Think About Life and Rory's band Shapes & Sizes), a Pitchfork-addicted music fanatic at the office, in-store shows and regular customers from many local bands, we were bound to have a great selection of books about music and musicmakers.

Among the exciting new releases that would make great summer reads, there's Girls Like Us, a biography of singer-songwriters Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon...

Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance by Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500 and Luna...


...and A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties by one-time Bob Dylan muse Suze Rotolo.


Then, there's the 33 1/3 series, little books about classic albums that make excellent gifts...

The Montreal issue of Fingered DVD zine (about the local noise scene), which was launched at the store last March...



Kim Gordon's Chronicles...



Actual Air, free-verse poetry by The Silver Jews' David Berman...



...and too many more to list them all. You'll have to come see for yourself!
Tuesday, 13 May 2008

What It Is in store now!

It's official! Lynda Barry's long-awaited What It Is is now available at the store!


What is it? It's a mixed-media art book, an activity book for aspiring writers and an autobiographical graphic novel rolled into one. It includes activities like fill-in the blanks, word associations, essay questions and Fluxus-like event scores such as "Write the names of two stories that you think cannot be true" and "Get a piece of thread about two feet long and tie a key or an eraser at one end. Hold the other end still."

You can see an excerpt of the book here, read a fascinating New York Times profile of Lynda Barry here (I had no idea that she lived on a farm!) and listen to Barry talk about her book here.

This is a truly seminal book. I'm sure that artists and writers will cite it as an influence for decades to come.
Monday, 12 May 2008

New Store Hours

It's our first year as a store so we're still gullible enough to think we can keep up with the client's unpredictable shopping patterns.
So: opening an hour earlier on Saturdays and Sundays. You might have wanted that. Anyway, you got it.
We'll also be closing an hour later on Sundays. So don't be confused-- let me map it out for you.

Sunday 11am - 7pm
Monday 12pm - 6pm
Tuesday 12pm - 6pm
Wednesday 12pm - 6pm
Thursday 12pm - 8pm
Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 11pm - 8pm

Welcome to Yokoland!

I have a predilection for anything that comes out of Scandinavia (music, art, design, Moomin!) so I'm obviously delighted to announce that we now carry Yokoland, an amazing art book featuring the work of a duo of young graphic designers based in Oslo, Norway.


The book came out a few years ago, but Yokoland's drawings, collages, photographs and installations are both undeniably now and completely timeless. Even international culture distiller Nick Curry (a.k.a. Momus) from the excellent blog Click Opera , finds their work "politically-texturally right on."

This is a must-have for anyone interested in contemporary arts and graphic design, and it's sitting right next to books about legendary Disney Studios illustrator Mary Blair, wallpaper maven Florence Broadhurt and Fluxus figurehead Joseph Beuys in our newly expanded Arts section...

Friday, 9 May 2008

How awesome is Gary Panter?


In addition to his recent 700 page book with PictureBox, he recently had an exhibition at Clementine Gallery in New York (featured above), and has another major exhibition up at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Daydream Trap. Anyone in or near Ridgefield, CT should definitely check it out!

Gary will be doing a book signing tomorrow (Saturday, May 10th) evening (6-8) at the PictureBox storefront in New York, for those unable to make it out to Ridgefield.
Friday, 2 May 2008

Otherworld Uprising

Andy from Conundrum Press stopped by yesterday to bring us Conundrum's latest release, Otherworld Uprising, a beautiful hardcover book featuring the work of Canadian artist Shary Boyle. It includes full-page colour images and essays by curators Ben Portis and Josee Drouin-Brisebois, and novelist Sheila Heti.

Boyle clearly has a fascination for exquisite freaks. I really like her sculptures that depict unusual sex practices with a freudian twist and her paintings that mix black and white with bursts of bright, almost fluorescent colours. But my favourites are her surreal porcelain figurines of deformed or amputated women dressed in lacy victorian clothes. They obviously carry a feminist message but they're also simply fascinating to look at. Stop by the store and see for yourself...

FREE COMICS!!!









Don't forget to stop by the store tomorrow for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, where you can pick up D+Q's free comic, Gekiga! Also, be sure to read up about it and other FCBD specials at Salon, where they've been reviewed.
Thursday, 1 May 2008

Apply now for Pomme-Pomme!

Application deadline is May 15th, so apply now! Details here.



(poster by Julia Rothman, design superstar and author of one of our favorite book blogs, Book By Its Cover.)

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