Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. On sale today.

Cats Are Weird And More Observations

The follow-up to Jeffrey Brown's popular: Cat Getting Out Of Bag And Other Observations is finally in and judging by its interior it is set to be a Librairie Best Seller. In case you haven't seen the first installment, these books are mostly wordless accounts of feline idiosyncrasy. It will totally melt your heart (unless you hate cats).

Le Rayon de la Mort

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Il est là! Le Rayon de la Mort de Daniel Clowes vient d'arriver! Il s'agit de la version française de The Death Ray, le 23ème et dernier opus de sa série Eightball - dans laquelle Clowes a d'abord publié Art School Confidential, Caricature, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, David Boring et Ghost World par exemple.

Paru originalement en 2004 chez Fantagraphics, The Death Ray est épuisé à ce jour, il n'y a donc aucune autre façon de se le procurer neuf, autrement qu'en version française... Heureusement, comme je le dis et le redis toujours, les éditions Cornélius font un boulot d'adaptation d'une qualité exceptionnelle - souvent même de facture supérieure aux versions originales!

Pour plus d'informations au sujet du livre, je vous invite à consulter cette excellente critique (en anglais) par notre ami Jeet Heer, ou à visionner la vidéo ci-dessous:

Au fait, histoire de faire rouler le moulin à rumeurs, Clowes aurait annoncé en 2006 qu'il écrivait le script d'une potentielle adaptation cinématographique du Rayon de la Mort, à être produite par la maison de production de l'acteur Jack Black...

Late summer on the Decarie Expressway

In honor of the new Nipper 1963-1964 book going to the printer this week, here's a sample that should be recognizable to most Montrealers. The cars are older and the concrete overpass is newer (and probably a lot safer), but otherwise the Decarie Expressway seemingly hasn't changed much.

Nipper, and Doug Wright in particular, reminds me of an interesting and possibly overlooked fact about Montreal and its surroundings. This city is full of many talented cartoonists and artists, but it's worth noting that at one time or another several of Montreal's suburbs were also home to many of this country's most notable, or soon-to-be notable, figures in the medium. Doug Wright lived and worked in Lachine (also the home base of Nipper for over half of its run); Chester Brown grew up in Chateauguay (where his books The Playboy and I Never Liked You are set); Julie Doucet spent her formative years in St. Lambert; and Michel Rabagliati grew up in St. Leonard (another childhood well-documented in comics, in his Paul series).

Jimmy Z!

When I first moved to Montreal to work at D+Q, the office was located on Parc Ave between the SAQ (liquor store) and a lingerie shop, aww comics. Thankfully, though, we were also neighbors with the Zoubris stationery store on Parc, owned by the incredibly kind and funny Zoubris family. Pictured here is the King of Mile End, the one and only Jimmy Z who may actually be the reason why Parc Ave is still named Park Ave. Someone give this man a radio show, weekly podcast or something! Here he is with his sister Demetra. This article in yesterday's Gazette, penned by another special Mile Ender, Sarah Gilbert, captures the dynamic multicultural cross section of the Mile End. On any given day, Mr. and Mrs. Zoubris (their parents) are in the store. I had no idea their names were Evangelos and Evangelina! Jimmy and Demetra's sister Vicki, also used to work there, and was sweet enough to give me a playpen when Gigi was born. Our neighborhood is great!


This is Tonight, don't forget. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see Jeet talking comics at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and this man knows his comics. Word on the street is that D&Q's own Tom Devlin and Chris O. are going to say a few things as well. Free event (as always).

King-Cat Cotton

Penina is a student at CCS (and a John P fan). Check out her website.

Theory and Essays Y'all

You guys, we are now expanding our Theory/Essays section.

First of all, and believe me when I say this is exciting, we are welcoming into the store the stellar catalogue of avant-garde publisher Semiotext(e). Founded by French theorist and Columbia University Professor Emeritus Sylvère Lotringer, Semiotext(e) has been praised for bringing leading French theory overseas since the 70's.

On top of the radical/deep theory-heavy stuff, the publisher has also been releasing (for a good while now) alternative fiction and non-fiction of staggering intellect and pioneering lucidity.

Exhibit A - everything that comes out of Chris Kraus (I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, Video Green). Instead of writing a drawn-out éloge of this person I would do *anything* for, let me show you this great interview of her by Martin Rumsby (see below). In this excerpt from a 7-part interview, she discusses I Love Dick, which chronicles the epistolary madness that ensued after she and her husband attempted to satisfy her infatuation with Dick, a well-known theorist and friend of her husband.

Exhibit B - Hatred of Capitalism: A Semiotext(e) Reader, which collects pieces of fiction, philosophy, and critical theory that were originally published in the Semiotext(e) magazine. In an act of self-aware semi-irony, allow me to quote the book's Amazon Product Description instead of describing it myself:
Texts by Kathy Acker, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Shulamith Firestone, Eileen Myles, Tony Negri, Michelle Tea, Paul Virillio, and others attack questions of madness and capitalism, speed and subjectivity, global flows, and hyperreality. "You really oughta call your publication 'Hatred of Capitalism,'" Jack Smith drawled in the 1980s. Hatred of Capitalism presents models of radical subjectivity in theory and practice.

The second big addition to our Theory section is a series of books called Documents of Contemporary Art, released by London's Whitechapel Gallery and the MIT Press. Each volume in the series collects writing from various perspectives, pertaining to specific themes and ideas in contemporary art. So far, the themes in question are: Appropriation, The Archive, The Artist's Joke, Beauty, Chance, The Cinematic, Colour, Design and Art, The Everyday, Failure, The Gothic, Participation, Situation, The Sublime and Utopias. You'll find them above the Semiotext(e) books, with spines arranged by color to make a rainbow. Gotta catch em' all!

(And finally, know that all of our books on comics history and theory have all been brought together on a shelf, right under the books I just mentioned.)

Less than a week away!

Don't forget!

Next Thursday, August 19th at 7 pm, comic aficionado Jeet Heer will be giving a talk at the Librairie. He will be discussing modern comics in all their forms and fascinations - there is no one more qualified to do so than Jeet.

Most recently he penned the introduction and co-edited (working with Chris Ware) volume 4 of Walt & Skeezix. Jeet's work can be seen in many classic reprints (Roy Crane, Herriman, etc.), and he has edited several anthologies of theoretical and critical writing on comics.

RSVP on Facebook here.

Muse of O'Malley

The story goes like this: Sarah's (pictured above) bestfriend's brother is Bryan Lee O'Malley, the author of the hugely successful Scott Pilgrim series.

Scott Pilgrim's sister is based on the writer's sister and the sister's roommate is Sarah, just like real life! And she lives here! and shops at the store!

Have you read the series? I imagine that the movie will be 100 times better after reading it. Of course it is in stock chez nous.

Everybody welcome Théodore.

On August 2nd little Theodore came into our world, first bookstore-staff baby! This little guy already has a lifetime of reading picked out for him! Seriously.

Congrats to our amazing colleague Chantale and proud papa Daniel.

Theodore: we share a birthday!


We have admit-two movie passes for THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED tonight Monday the 9th at the AMC forum. The passes will be at the Librarie after 1:00 PM today.

Happy birthday Penguin!

Penguin is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, and to honour the birthday, they've re-released some classic British titles with a clever and eye-pleasing gimmick. They selected five works from the 1950s, five from the 1960s, five from the 1970s, and five from the 1980s to reprint. Once they had the titles, they found an artist who was important or in some way represented the zeitgeist of that decade, and asked her/him to re-design the covers for their decade.

The result? Judge for yourself - here is the small collection we've amassed, with titles from each decade:

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman is the title which initially caught my eye in a bookstore in Spain, and it is just as crazy a story as the lipsticked cover might indicate.

From the back cover:
"Angela Carter's The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman was published in 1972 and has been hailed as one of the finest surrealist novels in the language. In this magical adventure, Desiderio is stricken with love for Albertina, a woman he sees only in his dreams. He must also battle against Doctor Hoffman and his mysterious machines as they bend time and space to turn Desiderio's city into a nightmare of lust, insanity and crime. But the evil Doctor is also Albertina's father..."

How can you resist this book when I tell you that Desiderio learns to communicate in birdsong? But seriously, perhaps the most interesting thing about the series is that the folks at Penguin didn't try to choose the biggest sellers or most well-known titles from a decade, opting to focus on books that represent the cultural moment in which they were written. Cultural history lessons... and so pretty!

From Frank King to Chris Ware:Jeet Heer Discusses Modern Comics

We are super excited to have Jeet come speak! Mark your calendar and don't miss this!

William Gibson event

It is with great pleasure that we announce a launch for William Gibson's new book Zero History

Friday, October 29th 7pm @ Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 211 Bernard West

A vivid look at the aura of our age, Zero History is an entertaining incursion into Gibson's fantastically recognizable vision of the 21st century. Edgy, thrilling, and full of Gibson's singular humour, Zero History holds a mirror to our modern world, revealing both its failures and its redemptive wonders. William Gibson made his name with his wild and prescient visions of a science-fiction future, but in Zero History he proves our real-world present day to be just as marvelously peculiar.

About the author:

William Gibson is the author of nine previous books, including, most recently, the New York Times-bestsellers Spook Country and Pattern Recognition. Gibson's 1984 debut novel, Neuromancer, was the first novel to win the three top science fiction prizes—the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. A founder of the "cyberpunk" genre, Gibson is credited with coining the term "cyberspace" in his short story "Burning Chrome", and with popularizing the concept of the Internet while it was still largely unknown.

Gibson lives with his wife in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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