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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

MAMA, IS IT SUMMER YET?


Yes!! It is summer, rejoice! Eat strawberries! And check out Nikki McClure's latest book.

Also new to the kids section is this wonderful little gem: Owls See Clearly At Night : A Michif Alphabet.

Michif, to the best of my understanding is a language that combines elements of Metis French, Plains Cree and Ojibwe.



And, to boot, we've added to our Paolo Opal board book stock! I love the size of the eyes on these animal characters.

The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet


Okay, I am going to admit, I have not read any David Mitchell. However, I do intend on reading him. Check out his list of influences: Muriel Spark, Haruki Murakami, Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Russell Hoban, Italo Calvino, Peter Carey, George Orwell, Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges, Richard Wright, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Ursula K. Le Guin among many. And it's funny, that's kind of how I imagined his writing, based on critical observation and praise.

David Mitchell's two previous novels; number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004) were both shortlisted for the booker and he really is a darling of indie booksellers and lit critics.

So join me in throwing caution to the wind with Thousand Autumns, it's not tried and true, yet. But isn't that what it's all about? The not-knowing and the discovery?
Sunday, 27 June 2010

Fiction Roundup: new paperbacks and new Simon Rich

"One week had passed since Elliot pushed me down the stairs and he still hadn't said a single word to me. He continued to sit beside me at lunch, though, scribbling in his notebook and staring creepily at me from time to time."

Seymour Herson is the overweight, unpopular narrator of Elliot Allagash, Simon Rich's debut novel. The eponymous Elliot is a teenaged billionaire bored with the decadence his life offers. His only entertainment is transforming Seymour from the least popular kid attending Glendale High into the class president.

The story is simply told, with lots of hilarious twists and snappy banter, all of which combine to create a novel that you can rip through in a few hours, and then pass on to the teenager in your life, be s/he sibling, child, niece, nephew, or friend.

Simon Rich is incredibly young!

P.S. Check out all the new paperbacks we have! Perfect for a little summer reading if you want a book that won't strain your back as you bike to the Lachine Canal to read....

That's right! Amongst other (unphotographed) titles, Conquest of the Useless, Between the Assassinations, Zeitoun, and Manhood for Amateurs are all available in softcover! Coming soon in paperback is the edible series: Eating the Dinosaur and Eating Animals.
Saturday, 26 June 2010

Amelia Earhart


I love a good historical or biographical graphic novel. You get beautiful imagery, an engaging story, and in the end, you can no longer claim ignorance to certain historical subject matters. For example, your dinner guests will be wildly impressed as you casually describe a situation as 'kafkaesque' (thanks to Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz). Or your dog will curiously raise his eyebrow as you talk to him about those crazy mid-century beatniks (thanks to The Beats by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle).


Well, I introduce to you Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, a graphic novel that will give you both the context and grounds for what made Amelia Earhart so important.


With its light-blue palette, this book is amazingly beautiful to look at as it tells the narrative of Earhart through the eyes of a young girl reporter. This Broad Ocean shows why Earhart was such an important and enticing female role model for aspiring young overachievers.


Fun fact about Amelia Earhart: She worked as a nurse's aid during WW1, and went briefly to Columbia University taking premed. Imagine a Dr. Earhart instead...
Friday, 25 June 2010

Welcome to the Death Club Y'all



Le catalogue de Cornélius, on le sait, il inspire le respect. Donc, on ne s'étonne pas de dévorer d'une traite la nouvelle édition de Welcome to the Death Club - une collection d'histoires courtes par Winshluss (l'auteur du très célébré Pinocchio, aussi le réalisateur du film Persepolis).

Surtout, on apprécie la tonne d'ajouts apportés à l'édition précédente: une nouvelle couverture, les histoires Helter Skelter (Comix 2000, L'Association, 1999) et Les Bonnes Résolutions (Beaux Arts Magazine, 2004), un paquet d'illustrations inédites, l'histoire inédite Fort et Musclé, ainsi qu'une magnifique affiche (qui reprend la couverture de l'ancienne édition parue chez 6 Pieds sous Terre). D'ailleurs, si ça vous intéresse, il nous reste encore une copie de cette ancienne édition justement.

Voici un petit extrait pour vous mettre l'eau à la bouche.

PS: Most of it is wordless, so if you can't read french, think of this as a chance to read one of France's finest and darkest comic artists!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010

This Ain't The Rosedale Library

It saddens me to hear about yet another indie bookstore facing hard times. Though I can't claim to have been a regular at the old location, I've always made a point of stopping by THIS AIN'T THE ROSEDALE LIBRARY at its new location in the Kensington Market, whenever I make it to Toronto. THIS AIN'T is best known for their amazing small press stock but I was surprised to learn that they've held ties in the comic world as well. Above: Alison Bechdel.

It's funny, the title of this Chester Brown comic is "To Live With Books" but if I could pose a new question today it would have to be, can you live without bookstores? Sure, there is amazon, yes, you can buy books for less and have them shipped to your door. But where will the authors read? Where will your kids get a feel for good books, will amazon serve you a glass of wine while your favorite author reads from their new book? WHERE WILL ZOMBIES MEET THE LIVING?

So go read their statement, donate if you can, read the Globe & Mail article and I urge you to keep visiting bookstores, they are for you- Make them yours. Where else is young Lynda Barry going to sign books for young beret-sporting gentlemen?
Monday, 21 June 2010

Magazine Part-ay!

As displayed in Rory's recent summer equinox blog post, our magazine shelf is now much more prominent in the D+Q store. Sitting proudly next to the cash are many many magazines, including several new arrivals.

Here are some of the new titles:

BRICK 85

Brick is a contemporary literary journal, publishing essays and stories from many stimulating, creative, and prominent writers. Issue eighty-five includes a conversation between Zadie Smith and Eleanor Wachtel, Carl Wilson paying tribute to Montreal hero Kate McGarrigle (the cover girl), a letter from Argentine novelist Julio Cortazar written to the Spanish director, Luis Bunuel, and a fantastic story by local writer Sean Michaels (of music blog Said the Gramaphone), detailing his experience in Paris with the mysterious underground activities of French rebels.

Taddle Creek

Taddle Creek, a Toronto-based literary magazine, has come out with it's Out-of-Towners issue, presenting contributions from many non-Torontonian Canadian writers and artists. Of the Montreal-based articles, Sarah Gilbert contributes an essay which includes excerpts from her blog Mile Endings, where she writes of the cultural diversity and happenings of the Mile-End neighbourhood. Another killer article discusses the disroboto machines in Montreal, cigarette machines that have been transformed to dispose of art instead of smokes. For $2, one can receive a small book, a cassette, a short film, photography, or even buttons and finger puppets. A steal!

Border Crossings

Canadian art magazine Border Crossings kicks off its latest issue with a dark cover by Marcel Dzama. The magazine includes a detailed interview with Dzama, an essay on an artist recreating images of a 1968 chess match between John Cage and Marcel Duchamp, as well as an article on the difficulty of curating exhibitions in an increasingly multicultural arena and the contradictions that arise in doing so.

Hunter and Cook 06


The fairly new and ever improving Canadian art magazine Hunter and Cook presents their sixth issue just in time for some delightful summer reading. The magazine is full of beautiful photographs and images of paintings, interviews with artists, and reviews of important Canadian exhibitions. Of the exhibitions reviewed is David Armstrong Six's show "The Dry Salvages" earlier this year at the Parisian Laundry in Montreal. I'm still hanging my head in shame that I missed the show. Bad Chantale! Anyways. The magazine's contents are quite varied and diverse, so there's sure to be something inside for everyone.
Sunday, 20 June 2010

New acquisitions for small folk

Our children's section was drooping these past few months, jealous of the attention we lavished on the fiction, non-fiction, and craft books. But fear not, gentle reader! Over the past few weeks we've been piling up the kids books:


And the best part of that mountain of kids lit? We now stock a dozen or so titles from the New York Review Children's Collection!


With books like The man who lost his head and The bear that wasn't, the New York Review offers early onset existential crises, but also, and more importantly, really really great stories for kids. They are all beautifully illustrated, and the books target children from ages 3 to 14.


Jenny the Cat, star of the Hotel Cat series, dancing with some friends

These are the sort of books I read and reread as a kid. With their focus on delicious picnics, talking animals, and well-earned naps, the heroes of these books inspire affection from the first page.

Finally, a book series that features a prominent bear theme!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Anthropology Of An American Girl: A Novel


If I read books based entirely on what their covers looked like, I'd probably only read books designed by Leanne Shapton. Which really wouldn't be a bad thing, she has great taste! Check out these classics **but note that they are indeed, wooden blocks!!

But back to Anthropology, of which Publishers Weekly has this to say:

"If publishers could figure out a way to turn crack into a book, it'd read a lot like [Anthropology Of An American Girl]. Originally a self-published cult hit in 2003 (since reedited), Hamann's debut traces the sensual, passionate, and lonely interior of a young woman artist growing up in windswept East Hampton at the end of the 1970's."

And back to Leanne Shapton, whose book The Native Trees Of Canada is due out from Drawn & Quarterly this November.


Check out Claire's post "Summer Reading" over at the main blog for further Leanne related reading.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Equinox, Or Summer pt. 1

It's almost officially summer and let's face it, wherever you end up, with whomever, you should probably have a book in your hand. But which book? And does it have to be a book? Could it be a review, a comic? Dare I say that it could even be poetry? So many choices!

The point of this post is direct you to a few publications that will aid you in choosing your summer's -and inevitably more- worth of reading.

The Walrus has a wonderful summer reading issue out. New shorts by some wonderful Canadians, no shortage of Montrealer's either with Miguel Syjuco, Heather O'neill and Rawi Hage contributing. Package it up with an awesome cover by Seth and I'm sold.

If you haven't checked out Granta's latest issue then I implore you to take a look. The theme is sex and it includes writings from Bolano, Anne Carson and Dave Eggers amongst MANY others.

New to our magazine pull is the quarterly BOMB: conversations between artists, writers, actors, directors and musicians - since 1981. Do I need to add anything to that description?

More to come about summer reading, for now, do like these guys do: Put on your best wears, stop by the shop -almost daily- read some things, hang out, buy some books.

We may even give you a strawberry from the garden.



Saturday, 12 June 2010

Role Models

I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of John Waters movies. BUT! I am a huge fan of John Waters, the man. Whenever I hear him talk and read his writings, I'm completely won over by his intelligence, charm, and quirk. In short, I dig him.

So, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I'm letting you all know about his newest book, Role Models. In it Waters discusses the people that have influenced him and his work throughout the years. His role models vary from Little Richard to Johnny Mathis, from Cy Twombly to outsider pornographer Bobby Garcia. Waters writing showcases his equally sentimental and outrageous personality, molding him into a sort of ''Uncle John'' in my eyes - a title that the New York Times lovingly refers to him by.

Listen to Waters wonderful interview with NPR Fresh Air's Terry Gross. Two of my role models in a deep, jovial conversation.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Kingyo Used Books and more manga!

Kingyo Used Books by Seimu Yoshizaki just made its way to the store!



Reminiscent of the odd wine-tasting and bread-making manga titles, this slice-of-life type book revolves around the staff and customers of a modest and remote second-hand bookstore. Most vignettes follow customers on a road of self-discovery triggered by a specific and eye-opening "book-of-the-week".

Whether you lol or cry at the over-the-top epiphanies, the book is an entertaining ovni - and a very informative one when it comes to manga history and variety. From international mainstream bestsellers like Dr Slump to untranslated experimental gag comics like Densenrun Desu, manga touches even the most unwilling of customers of Kingyo Used Books - a recommended read for anyone with a bit of interest in manga and book culture.



Other auteur manga titles new to the store include the gekiga-inspired by Iou Kuroda and the much praised and poignant Sexy Voice and RoboTown of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Fumiyo Kouno, on the subject of atomic bomb survivors, their traumas, and their will to love and live.


SILKSCREENING


Our ever popular Silk screening course has 3 opening left! The course starts Tuesday, June 15th. You can call the store (514.279.2224) for details or email: workshops@drawnandquarterly.com

**Screen printed poutine instructions done by former workshop student, Anouk Paris.

McSweeney's 34!


The latest McSweeney's is in, and as always it features new writings from some of the finest writers of today: Anthony Doerr, Daniel Handler, and T. C. Boyle. Plus new letters about wine and Hawaii from John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell, twenty-one dead-on self-portraits drawn by the likes of Michael Martone, Michel Gondry, and Sarah Silverman. My favorite self-portrait?
Jonathan Lethem!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Tonight!

Carole Enaharo will be presenting her debut novel, Doing Dangerously Well, tonight! Monday, June 7 at 7 pm. Come hear her speak about her inspirations and read selections from the novel.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Doing Dangerously Well Launch!

Carole Enaharo will be presenting her debut novel, Doing Dangerously Well, at the Librairie D+Q this coming Monday, June 7 at 7 pm. Come hear her speak about her inspirations and read selections from the novel.


Doing Dangerously Well is dark comedy at its darkest. Purportedly the story of a dam failure in Nigeria, it also functions as a rich critique of capitalism and international response to humanitarian crises. We follow several dramatically flawed protagonists - a pair of feuding sisters (one is a water executive, the other a yoga-obsessed activist), a corrupt higher-up in the Nigerian government, and a Nigerian man whose family is swept away in the flood.

While Doing Dangerously Well is a work of fiction, the picture Enaharo paints strikes painfully close to home. We're left with the sense that fiction is a tool for Enaharo: one that allows her to reach an audience inured to the perpetuation of inequity in the developing world. To be clear: she uses the tool like a master.

From the Bookworm Collective:
"Brilliantly melding a vicious sibling rivalry with disaster capitalism, Machiavellian political and office politics, this book is chock-a-block satire that cleverly fictionalizes [...] Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine."

The Bedwetter


The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee comes from comedian, Sarah Silverman, recalling stories of her childhood, adventures with her comedian buddies, and the highs and lows of her career.

Silverman presents her life in a personable and inviting manner, writing in the distinctive comic voice that has gotten her into trouble oh-so-many times. She presents a variety of artefacts to accompany her tales, like emails, notes, photographs, etc.

The Bedwetter is smart, humourous, and full of insight into not only comedy, but into politics, race, and hypocrisy. Good Stuff!


Friday, 4 June 2010

Sonja Ahlers at the D+Q Librairie, TONIGHT 7:00 PM


Our new petit livre by Sonja Ahlers is popping up everywhere, and for us, in outlets that normally do not cover comics. World domination is imminent. Sonja Ahlers will be at the D+Q Librairie TONIGHT at 7 PM. As the flyer states she will be giving an artist talk that may veer into stand-up.

Fashion Magazine in Canada covers the book and offers high praise for the "arguably over-talented Sonja Ahlers" saying Part scrapbook, part book-book, The Selves tells the tales of females born mostly in the ’70s, growing up with fashion, Princess Diana, chick flicks and other fairy tales. Their expectations are so romantic, they’re comedic. The book is bildungsroman as bedroom wall collage, with pictures so pretty you can hardly see how scary-smart the words are.

The Toronto Craft alert states {Ahlers} has managed to translate the “selves” of her youth into not only a representation of a unified adult self, but also a unique and poignant visual vocabulary.


She's also the cover story on Broken Pencil Magazine. Canadian writer Hal Niedzviecki notes: Ahlers is one of the most urban, contemporary and solitary creators I've ever encountered. Her creative landscape is a solipsistic pop culture zone in which Ahlers' alter-egos endlessly work out the dilemmas of modern life -- loneliness, soulless consumption, multiple identities.

Bad Day Magazine and Field Guided take note, too.

Upcoming events include Puces Pop in Montreal on Saturday, June 5th and Sunday June 6th, Quimbys in Chicago on Thursday June 10th with Anne Elizabeth Moore and Wednesday June 16th at Desert Island with fellow D+Q artists Keith Jones and Seth Scriver.
Thursday, 3 June 2010

I Am Published, Rather Than I Publish



I am a bit late on this blog post, but it doesn't seem to have had an adverse effect on sales as we have sold quite number of BE THRIFTY, NOT CHEAP; How To Live Better With Less at 211 in May. What's so special about this book, you ask? Well, it features an essay by yours truly, and to no surprise to any of my friends who repeatedly hear me blather on about my vegetable basket, the essay is about said basket. The book is co-edited by my old friend, current WSJ editor, Pia Catton, and when she asked me to contribute an essay about my "CSA" I had no idea what the heck she was talking about. "CSA? I don't know what that is!" To which Pia answered "Community Supported Agriculture. YOUR VEGETABLE BASKET" I had no idea my basket was so high-minded!

Pia had visited me here in Montreal the summer before, and came with me to pick up my weekly basket from Bio-terre on St-Viateur. It comes from our friends Ying and Francis at the farm, les Jardins d'Ambroisie in St-Chrysostome, QC.

Do I enjoy my basket? Does it save me money? You'll have to read the essay to find out. And because no one can truly ever escape comics, in March our account rep from our new printer came to visit us, it turned out that they printed BE THRIFTY, WILSON and MARKET DAY. Small World!

Seripop Launch their Artist Music Journal Tonight!


211 Bernard Ouest, 7pm w/ Seripop, Cupcakes, Brews and Videos
Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Our Garden (Thanks, Gayla!!)

Last month at the D+Q Librairie, we held an event for Toronto author Gayla Trail, for her book Grow Great Grub. Gayla planted a little garden for us outside our store right on Bernard St. Despite a late April snowstorm and then an early May snowstorm, lo and behold the first week of June, we have already had our first bounty from the garden.

I ate a salad from the garden this weekend, and now the strawberries are ripe.

Yes, I washed the lettuce before eating.

Gayla's book Grow Great Grub as well as You Grow Girl are for sale at the store! Come see our garden and plant one yourself!

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