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Friday, 29 May 2009

Let Matt's Star Shine! Gab's too.


I was pretty excited to pick up the new issue of the Montreal Mirror weekly yesterday and see my dear D+Q coworker Matt Shane and his band mates on the cover of it. (Matt, you better say thanks to your publicist! that's a score!) He's in the band Think About Life, and they have a new album out called Family.




I also read in the paper that Cinema du Parc is showing Tokyo! this week, and if you don't know by now, we have a certain book, ahem ahem, Cecil and Jordan in New York by a Ms. Gabrielle Bell that has been getting rave, rave, rave reviews, was selected by NPR as a best summer book, is on the bestseller list in San Francisco and whose story is the basis for one of the films in Tokyo!.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Kim Cooper pays us a visit

Kim Cooper, the writer of the most popular book in the 33 1/3 series (according to very reliable sources *wink*) was just browsing through. We took the opportunity to snap a photo of her and hound her for insider info about Jeff Magnum and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Kim and her husband run a bus tour company called Esotouric, which takes passengers through the strange and un-spotlit Southern Los Angeles. Kim's husband, Richard Schave, will be doing a talk about that area tomorrow night at the Centre For Canadian Architecture (CCA) here in Montreal-- that starts at 7pm.

Reminder: One Week From Today!


D+Q's anniversary concert with the Dirty Projectors and TV on the Radio at the Metropolis in Montreal!!!! With a poster by Adrian!
Monday, 25 May 2009

Silk-screening Workshop!

Tonight was the last night of our spring silk-screening workshop. It was fearless leader Leyla Majeri's first time running the workshop in French, which is very exciting, and seemed to go over great.

Here are some photos of the silk-screening in action:

Applying the paint...
Hanging the prints up to dry...
All the pretty sheets drying in a row...
And, of course, the final product - four lovely prints!

Sad you missed out? Excited at the possibility to (maybe) pratiquer votre francais? Don't worry! We're starting a new session less than a month from now! June 15th, June 22nd, and June 29th, Leyla will be running another workshop, so come on down to the bookstore and ask us about it. Disclaimer: the workshop may very well be in English, but Leyla is bilingual, and, besides, art needs no translation.
Sunday, 24 May 2009

Springtime Store!



Notice any new and exciting addition to the store? Besides the new Moomin book (volume 4!) and warm weather that allows us to have a permanently open front-door?



You guessed it, gorgeous plants in front of the store: celosias (kimono red and fresh look red) and marigolds (disco-granada and safari mix), if you want to know it all. I am told they will soon get healthier, grow and get more beautiful by the day. Can't wait.



And just a quick reminder: also in store and celebration-worthy is Anke Feuchtenberger's art show, with her latest series of vibrant, weird and thought-provoking prints, Supertear and Loveicons.
Friday, 22 May 2009

Something that is worthwhile but not actually taking place in our store. What?!?


All you Montrealers should get on your refurbished bikes and head down St. Laurent to La Centrale to the opening reception for Amy Lockhart's show. It's way cheaper than going all the way to NYC for that Francis Bacon show. Just saying. It's tonight at 7pm at 4296 St. Laurent.
Thursday, 21 May 2009

Anke Feuchtenberger Art Show!!

We are pleased to be showing the surrealist comic stylings of Anke Feuchtenberger. Anke lives and teaches in Hamburg, Germany. She has created dozens of well-known comic albums such as La Putain P, and La Petite Dame, both of which (and more) were published by L'Association.

Her work combines Eastern European graphic styles with a sketchy, naive, Western aesthetic. Thematically, she's concerned with sex, reproduction and alienation from the body.Anke's work has been shown in numerous art fairs and exhibitions the world over. We are very proud to host her work here at 211! The works on display are original silkscreen prints from her newest book, 'Weh.Weh.Weh.Supertrane.de' (that's not a website-that's the name of the book!) Come on by to check out Anke's beautiful prints in person.

The work is for sale, pass by the store for more information.
The show will run from May 22nd to June 15th
Sunday, 17 May 2009

Requins Marteaux Books In Store!

We just received four never-seen-in-the-211-store-before Requins Marteaux titles!

These come grace our lovely and ever expanding French section that was already displaying a few other titles from the amazing underground publisher (including the newly released, Angouleme-favorite Pinocchio).

Future Requins Marteaux titles in store include the newly published Destination Abecederia (Blexbolex) and the rad comix Flipper Le Flippe and Winshluss' Super Negra.
Visit Les Requins Marteaux's website, it's gorgeous and full of information on their talented artists and their excellent catalogue.
Saturday, 16 May 2009

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet


There's much hype surrounding this first novel by Reif Larsen, and much of that has to do with the fact that he's young (29); it's his first; and the manuscript sold for nearly a million bucks.
That aside, the format of this book sets it apart from the pack. It's a sort of jungle gym of prose and maps, tangents and editorials filling the margins, encouraging A.D.D.


As with my favorite David Foster Wallace essays, the 'footnotes' eventually come to seem necessary, where at first they completely disagree with my steadfast Taurus nature. It's a travel story and so each page offers a little journey to the eye.

The main character is this 12-year-old cartographer who travels across America from his ranch home in Montana to the Smithsonian Institute in D.C. He does it hobo-style, hopping trains and the like, documenting and mapping everything obsessively as he goes. These maps and charts range from 'train car varieties' to 'Map of North Dakota Showing Ecoregions, Surface Water, and Locations of the Twenty-Six McDonald's.'


As objective and scientific as maps would seem, these ones cumulatively give rise to a more mysterious and emotional tale about their creator.
This one's sure to be a hit so come check it out!
Friday, 15 May 2009

Jonathan Goldstein Launch recap

Thanks to everyone who attended last night's launch here at the Librairie! If you were able to make it, I won't have to tell you how hilarious it was. If you missed out, here are some pics and such to hold you over until next time (Jonathan promised us that he would be back!) We have plenty of Ladies and Gentlemen left if you could not make it out and would like to pick up a copy.

The place filled up fast! D&Q Creative Director took his spot above the crowd and performed security duties (actually, he was just looking out for people who might need chairs ei: pregnant lady, elderly persons)
Younger Jonathan fans assembled closer to the front, as did our controller, Jamie Salomon who happens to be somewhat/somehow related to Jonathan...?

Jonathan Goldstein is the host of CBC Radio's Wiretap, author of Lenny Bruce is Dead and He is also well known for his work on the radio program This American Life. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!, His latest book, was published by Penguin Books.
The evening started with a little Wiretap trivia.....
..Included a guest skit-performance by local comic illustrator (and Librairie D+Q workshop teacher) Howard Chackowicz.....


..Then finished up with the screening of a couple Wiretap vidoes! Thanks to everyone for a great night!
Thursday, 14 May 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, Jonathan Goldstein!

 Thursday, May 14th at 7pm, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, in Cooperation with Penguin Books, Presents a launch for Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! By Jonathan Goldstein,

We are proud to be hosting the launch of Jonathan's new book. The evening will include a reading and Q and A with Jonathan. Special guest appearance from Montreal Cartoonist and Wiretap star Howard Chackowicz!

Plus a slide show story about dating Lois Lane after she breaks up with Superman, illustrated with cartoons...!!

Seeking to revive readers' interest in the imperiled tome, Jonathan Goldstein shares the timeless stories of his favourite commandments, sins and smitings in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!, a 320 page primer set in large, evenly spaced typed with nary a lick of Latin to be found. This trim, modern volume spices up the Good Book's rather drab narrative with the straight goods on Noah's pathological anger issues, David's comedic aspirations and Esau's brotherly concern for Jonah's junk.
Just ask Mary.

That's what she said.

Jonathan Goldstein is the award-winning author of Lenny Bruce is Dead. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, the National Post and The New York Times. He is well known for his work on the radio programs This American Life and CBC's WireTap. He lives in Montreal.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Pics from last night's Conundrum Double Launch!!

A packed house showed up to last night's Conundrum double launch. They were there to celebrate Ian Sullivan Cant's book of zines, 'Papercut Heart' and Michael Hind's 'The Undertaking.'
Here's a very proud Andy Brown, the master of ceremonies, introducing his distinguished guests.
I swear there was something on that screen. Where did it go?! Ghost in the digi-cam.
Here's Ian Sullivan Cant talking about his collection of zines, 'Papercut Heart.' Much of it was written in morse code and could only be translated by dedicated sea-farers. For the rest of us, Ian read his story aloud and we followed along on the screen.

This is Michael Hind delivering a brilliantly detailed speech on the last 20 years of his art-making life. We saw a gaggle of slides from the over 2400 pages of his ongoing comic zine, 'New Pompeii,' as well as the newly-released, 'The Undertaking.'

A thouroughly satisfied audience.. Look at those expressions!

Free Workshop by Ojingogo author


Pigskin Peters award-winner Matthew Forsythe is teaching a workshop for kids pop on Saturday, May 16th from 2:00-3:30 for ages 6-13, but why draw the line there? Sign up!
Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Triple Poetry Book Launch with Carmine Starnino, Molly Peacock and Mathew Tierney


No, this ain't a picture of a secret D+Q slumber party, it's a shot of our last
Triple Poetry Book Launch for Carmine Starnino, Molly Peacock and Mathew Tierney. It all started like a regular launch (awesome), and with extra-delicious catering, I will add.



Then, in the middle of Matthew Tierney's reading of The Hayflick Limit (Coach House Press), the power went out on our block. No one panicked and Julia saved the night with her extraordinary candle-lighting powers.


Here's Molly Peacock, reading from The Second Blush (McClelland & Stewart) in a gorgeous setting. Lovely!


Carmine Starnino closed the night with an entretaining reading from
This Way Out (Gaspereau). Thanks to all who came, hope you appreciated the atmospheric twist as much as we did!
Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Launches! w/ Jonathan Goldstein and Conundrum Press

As most of you know we like to host launches here at 211. This week we are testing our strengths and pushing the launch-limits by hosting 3 nights in a row!
Prizes will be awarded for attending all three! just kidding, but if you do attend all three we could probably figure something out (free comic day was not that long ago)


TONIGHT!! Wednesday, May 13th 7pm, Conundrum Press Presents a Double Launch for PaperCut Heart and The Undertaking

Local publisher Conundrum press presents it's newest releases: two wonderful graphic novels. Please join us for a presentation and drinks.

- Ian Sullivan Cant's zines / illustrated poems are collected here into his first book, Papercut Heart. In deceptively simple pages, he tackles love, death and dreams with a wistful existentialism. Chia pets frolic with narwhals under banners that flutter with secret hope, Frankenstein's creation speculates on the nature of self, and a story written entirely in Morse Code weaves through silent statuary.

Ian Sullivan Cant was born in St. John's Newfoundland and grew up in the east end of Toronto. Now he lives in Montreal where he writes, draws, studies at the Zen Centre, and works for the yoga magazine Ascent.

- Michael Hind's first book, The Undertaking, is the saga of the Ward family and its oldest son Donald (D), who finds himself holding together the family undertaking business during the Second World War in Britain. Conflicts with D's artistically inclined siblings and the local vigilantes create a sort of D.H. Lawrence meets Six Feet Under.The Undertaking is a well-written portrait of a strained family learning to put itself back together.

Michael J. Hind is a Montrealer who has produced a body of comics work under the radar but never had a full book to showcase his talents. He has an art degree from Concordia University, has worked as an animator, actor, a journalist in Japan, and currently teaches in Montreal.

*****

TOMORROW!! Thursday, May 14th at 7pm, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, in Cooperation with Penguin Books, Presents a launch for Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! By Jonathan Goldstein,

We are proud to be hosting the launch of Jonathan's new book. The evening will include a reading and Q and A with Jonathan. Special guest appearance from Montreal Cartoonist and Wiretap star Howard Chackowicz!

Plus a slide show story about dating Lois Lane after she breaks up with Superman, illustrated with cartoons...!!

Seeking to revive readers' interest in the imperiled tome, Jonathan Goldstein shares the timeless stories of his favourite commandments, sins and smitings in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!, a 320 page primer set in large, evenly spaced typed with nary a lick of Latin to be found. This trim, modern volume spices up the Good Book's rather drab narrative with the straight goods on Noah's pathological anger issues, David's comedic aspirations and Esau's brotherly concern for Jonah's junk.
Just ask Mary.

That's what she said.

Jonathan Goldstein is the award-winning author of Lenny Bruce is Dead. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, the National Post and The New York Times. He is well known for his work on the radio programs This American Life and CBC's WireTap. He lives in Montreal.
Monday, 4 May 2009

Silk Screening Spring 09


Hello! Quick note: We are moving the spring silk screening session forward one week and have a few spots available!

The session will take place:
Mondays: May 11th, 18th and 25th 6:30-8:30 Fee: $100 for whole session.
The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This 3-week course will go over the basics of silk
screening multiple colour prints, from start to finish. Participants will go home with a completed project.

Instructor: Leyla Majeri has been silk screening and teaching silk screening 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 registration deposit ($65). If you have any questions, email us at rory@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224

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