The Punchbuggy Tour comes to Montreal! Acclaimed cartoonists Ken Dahl (Monsters, Welcome to the Dahl House), Liz Baillie (Freewheel, My Brain Hurts) and MK Reed (Cross Country, Americus) will be doing readings of their latest work including a live instrumental soundtrack, followed by a short acoustic musical performance. The artists will also be available to sign books after the event.
Liz Baillie - author of My Brain Hurts: Volumes One and Two, currently serializing her graphic novel Freewheel on the web. Her work has appeared in publications such as Other Magazine and anthologies such as Side B: A Music Lover's Anthology (Poseur Ink) and 13 Years of Good Luck (Microcosm Publishing). In 2007 her work was featured on the list of 100 Distinguished Comics as published in the 2007 Best American Comics anthology. She has been nominated for both the 2008 Maisie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration and 2009 Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent.
MK Reed - author of Cross Country, Catfight, and Pale Fire; writer of Americus (illustrated by Jonathan HIll) to be published by First Second Books in 2011. She was a co-editor on the Friends of Lulu anthology, Girls' Guide to Guys Stuff, for which she received the Friends of Lulu Volunteer of the Year award (alongside co-editor Robin Enrico). Americus first appeared as a short story in Papercutter #7, which won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection in 2008.
Ken Dahl - (also known as Gabby Schulz) is the author of Monsters and Welcome to the Dahl House, and was formerly employed as a cartoonist at the Honolulu Weekly. He was the 2006-07 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies and in 2007, the minicomic version of Monsters #1 won the Ignatz Award for Best Minicomic. His work has also been featured in anthologies such as Papercutter #6 and I Saw You. His latest graphic novel, Monsters, was also recently featured on the Village Voice's list of 2009's best comics and graphic novels.
________We also have a flurry of events coming up, take a look at this!
April 8 - We're launching Suzanne Hancock's Cast from Bells, a collection of subtle and surprising poems connecting the use of bells in wartime with shifts in the nature of affection.
April 16 - Launch for Ghost Pine: all stories true, Jeff Miller's collection of 13 years worth of writing
April 23 - Gayla Trail (author and blogger of You Grow Girl) graces us with her green thumb presence in order to launch her new book Grow Great Grub. Gayla will be helping us plant a little garden out front of the Librairie as well as giving a talk on growing in small places. YES!
April 27 - Launch for Avi Friedman’s A Place in Mind, the result of his worldwide quest for successful environments where people congregate and feel comfortable. Friedman conveys his excitement at discovering people-friendly, authentic places while wondering about the disappearance of others.
April 30 - Book launch for Ian Orti's latest novel, L (and things come apart)
April 25 - Launch for Neighbour Procedure, Rachel Zolf's new poetry collection.
May 20 - We will be launching Ilustrado, Miguel Syjuco's much anticipated debut novel! The book opens with Crispin Salvador, lion of Philippine letters, dead in the Hudson River. His young student, Miguel, sets out to investigate the author's fatal departure from his encroaching obscurity and the suspicious disappearance of an unfinished manuscript—a work that had been planned to not just return the once-great author to fame, but to expose the corruption behind rich families who have ruled the Philippines for generations. In this astonishingly inventive and bold novel, Syjuco explores fatherhood, regret, revolution, and the mysteries of lives lived and abandoned.