Kaspar Launch, Vernissage and Presentation with Obom -- Feb. 3 @ 7pm!!

Come on over to 211 on Tuesday February 3rd at 7pm for a launch, vernissage and presentation by verteran local artist, Diane Obomsawin (you may know her as Obom)..

Diane's new book, Kaspar (published by D&Q), tells the mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a man who appeared on the streets of Nuremberg in 1828 as a teenager with no personal history to speak of, no papers, no education and almost no language to speak with.
Obomsawin draws on Kaspar Hauser's own writings to tell the story of this naive creature, raised out of culture's reach, and the parable that became his life and fate.

Diane's original work from Kaspar will be gracing the walls of 211 at the launch AND she'll be giving a presentation about her work, so you'll be immersed in her world while you're here.

See you on Tuesday night, 7pm @ 211 Bernard!

Have you noticed!!??...

Have you noticed our ever growing kids section?

I would like to bring to your attention a few new titles here at the Librairie:

Check out The Red Balloon, this book is wonderful looking, it was made with stills from the movie. I especially like the back cover:

A couple of classics: The Hockey Sweater and Peter's Chair.

Pale Male, is a new release that I feel is destined to become a classic. I'm in love the illustration

Below is a shot from a POP-UP Sempe book:

And last but not least: some Dr. Seuss and P.D Eastman.

My little brother's favorite was GO, DOG. GO!
I can still remember him pronouncing the title as one word!

Woodsman Pete

Now, Woodsman Pete has been around for a couple years now, but if you're a brand-spanking-new fan of Lilli Carre and you really enjoyed this new gem:

come and take a gander at this sweet little predecessor:

Pics from the Nicolas Launch!

Last Tuesday was the launch of Pascal Girard's beautiful new 'Petite Livre', Nicolas.
English is not Pascal's first language, but he still decided to do his presentation in English, which made for some good times! Is it possible that speeches are always better when done in a language unmastered by the speaker? All signs point to yes.
The presentation outlined Pascal's process in writing Nicolas, which seemed for him to just tumble out on to the page. He wrote it fast! Like, in a couple days. And he believes you can too!

That quick and easy honesty is very effective in Pascal's work and it's not as easy to acheive as it sounds. Let's hope Pascal's next offerings come just as easily.

In case you haven't read it yet, come by 211 and pick up a copy of Nicolas. You'll be happy you did.


Looking for something to at do this mid-January too cold to be outside- yet can't stand to stay at home- Tuesday evening? So excited by inauguration that you must take part in something cultural? Come by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly tonight for the launch of NICOLAS: a new D+Q book by Pascal Girard.

We are very excited to have Pascal at the store giving a presentation!

7pm @ 211 Bernard Ouest

New stuff, olde stuff, goode stuff

Greetings! Happy New Year! It's been a long time since I've graced the pages of this blog, as I was off merry-making on the West coast. But here I am again in this glorious arctic prison! Stay positive, Dear Reader, only a few months left to go.

And what better way to while away those hideous winter hours than embark on a 900 page novel? Don't pretend you enjoy the outdoors. Read a book until you feel cross-eyed!

Ok, so this may be decidedly old news, you've probably received this for Xmas or have already devoured and tossed it aside. But humour me, please, I'd like to sing a song of praise about 2666 to someone other than mother, father, house cat!

This December Air Canada lost my suitcase. Had my nose not been buried in the pages of this fine piece of fiction, I fear my frustration may have been channeled into, say, I don't know, jabbing an Air Canada representative in the abdomen with a plastic spoon or getting a little bit "out of control." Thankfully, I had more important matters to tend to within the pages of this book.

Don't be scared by the 900 pages. In fact, you'll be sad that the book isn't written indefinitely in real time to accompany you for the rest of your meager life. Harpers and the New York Times are gushing...rightfully so!

I won't properly review 2666, I'll let Jonathan Lethem do it for me. Let my review be this:

Air Canada ruined my holiday, but Bolano reclaimed it and coddled it gently and carefully in the sky above his head on the edge of a cliff during the most beautiful sunset. I still don't have my suitcase!

Also, there are some new things in the store you should know about.

Like McSweeney's 29!

"there is jungle warfare, there are boomerang factories, there are tragedies and romances and animals it might not have been wise to bring home. There is also art on every damn page, and a finely die-cut cover, wrapped in several kinds of cloth, that will make other people want to grab this one right out of your hands, so watch out."

And hey, all you Meatcake fans: Gasoline by Dame Darcy is now available here at 211.

D+Q presents: A launch for the new Pascal Girard book NICOLAS Tuesday January 20th 7pm

Pascal will be giving a presentation on his work and the new wonderful (but heartbreaking) book.
Hope to see you there!

A Music (and comics) tour of Europe

Before the big holiday season, I took some time off to tour around Europe with my band, Think About Life. It was my first time in Europe (outside of Bulgaria) and although I was mostly locked in a big red van or a venue, I took every opportunity I could find to get lost in each city I went to.
Here's the crew- those are my guys in the foreground, and Land of Talk are the three in the background.
Here's the Centre Pompidou and the view from the top of it. That's the Eiffel tower in the background there (you already knew that). Seeing a city so vast and so densely planned, and from such a height, virtually forces you to reach for your camera to click as many times as you can through the one clean window at the top. If you're from North America, the view also makes you feel extremely North American. How did it all come to be? How does it all work? If only David Macaulay were there to explain it all.

Our show in Paris was at the Mains d'Oeuvres, which is a community center in the suburbs. Another major difference between Europe and North America: Suburbs are not for the manicured-lawn set there.

Lucky for me, I had an extra day to spend walking around, so I headed over to Shakespeare And Company.

As I was already sleep deprived, I briefly considered taking them up on their offer of residence to anyone wishing to type up their life story using the rickety old typewriter. I couldn't help but feel proud to notice a few of our books showing off their pretty covers within the beautiful, labyrinthine, book-laden passageways.

Then later in Gent, Belgium, I found this little gem: Epic Comics. The owner (who really didn't want to be photographed) and I chatted for an hour about the woes of working in a bookstore (too many books to read, too many books to buy, etc.) He was fairly down on contemporary Belgian comics, but gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to the Tintin series.

It was eerie to see how similar their inventory was to our own here at 211- even though they're an ocean away. Loads of D&Q books on their shelves.

And in the city of Berlin: Moomin Winter Madness. It was great to see our favorite little guy hanging out with the likes of Spiderman and Magic the Gathering.

And on the subject of window displays, I leave you with one featuring Black Peter, the blackfaced Santa's 'helper' who kidnaps bad Dutch children and takes them away in a sack to Spain.. What the--?
Hmm, I since found out that Canada used to uphold that folky tradition as well until the late 1800s when we decided the connotations were just no good.

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