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Monday, 27 September 2010

All things POP

Once again it is that time of year when Montrealers go crazy running from venue to venue, craft fair to workshop and from party to bed. The festival is an all encompassing tornado that is impossible to escape and the best part is that you don't want to escape it. There is something for everyone. Fortunately for you Drawn & Quarterly is absolutely embedded in the fest this year. Let me walk you through it.

Thursday, September 30th. 7pm. in cooperation with ART POP:
KOOL-AID MAN tour through Second Life by Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman is Kool-Aid Man. The dated ad icon, resurrected, re-purposed and re-contextualized into Second Life. Rafman uses Kool-Aid Man to explore the virtual world from a position of remove, critiquing and examining the social interactions and architectural landscaping of this strange, disturbing and often hilarious community. We cordially invite you to come along for a tour.

Jon Rafman is an internationally acclaimed artist based in Montreal. His projects include Google Street Views, Brand New Paintjob, PAINT/FX and Kool-Aid Man in Second Life.

His works will be featured at the New Museum in New York in October.

Jon Rafman is Kool-Aid Man. The dated ad icon, resurrected, re-purposed and re-contextualized into Second Life. Rafman uses Kool-Aid Man to explore the virtual world from a position of remove, critiquing and examining the social interactions and architectural landscaping of this strange, disturbing and often hilarious community. We cordially invite you to come along for a tour.
Kids Pop @ Librairie D&Q
We are incredibly excited to be the main venue for this years KIDS POP and of course we are staying true to our nature we are teaming up to offer workshops on printed matter, music AND with the help of CKUT, we will be broadcasting the whole mess to the city via the airwaves! See below for details and schedules. All events are free and first come first serve basis.

Kids on Air - Kids POP Radio
Saturday, Oct 2nd & Sunday, Oct 3rd, 11:00 - 14:00
We'll be broadcasting Kids POP radio from ALL WEEKEND LONG. We're going to make sure the neighbourhood is listening, so kids of all ages: if you've got something to say or want to pick an awesome song to play, drop by and let's pump up the volume! Thanks to CKUT.

We heart Printed Matter = Intro to Print Workshop
Saturday, Oct 2nd, 11:00 - 12:00
Designing your own printed matter is a fun and creative artform. Come learn the basics with Krista & Jacob as they guide you through the process - from an idea to a finished product. Create your own cards, stationery and other items using introductory printing techniques such as the infamous "potato stamp". Supplies provided.

Picturing Personas; A Band's Story Saturday, Oct 2nd 13:00 - 14:00

This workshop explores musical personas through movement, discussion and drawing. During the interactive exercises, youth will be encouraged to consider the link between an band's image and the sound of the music they make. In the first part of the workshop, songs from different genres of music will be played. In the second part, another song will be played and the youth will be invited to draw or describe with words the band they imagine playing the music. Be ready to discuss and be imaginative! At the end of the workshop, the images produced will be collected into a ‘zine’ and mailed to participants. For kids aged 6 and up.
This workshop explores musical personas through movement, discussion and drawing. During the interactive exercises, youth will be encouraged to consider the link between an band's image and the sound of the music they make. In the first part of the workshop, songs from different genres of music will be played. In the second part, another song will be played and the youth will be invited to draw or describe with words the band they imagine playing the music. Be ready to discuss and be imaginative! At the end of the workshop, the images produced will be collected into a ‘zine’ and mailed to participants. For kids aged 6 and up.
Radio Radio!
Sunday, Oct 3rd, 11:00 - 12:00.
This session will present and explore how the Radio came to be and how important it has been to Music History! Kids will get an up-close and personal look at how the Kids POP Radio Booth works and is transmitting all the Kids POP events around the neighbourhood! Kids will be invited to leaf through our song-library take a turn at being the DJ, live, ON AIR!

Krista's "Songwriting Machine" Workshop
Sunday, Oct 3rd, 13:00 - 14:00
Are you curious about how songs are made? Excited about the idea of expressing yourself through sounds and words? Through the process of writing, drawing and playing we will create original songs using Krista's "Songwriting Machine." Instruments provided. Be prepared to engage, play, and create! No musical background necessary.


D&Q at Puces Pop
Oct 2nd and 3rd 11am - 6pm
St-Michael's Church (corner of St-Urbain and St-Viateur)

We can also be found at Puces Pop craft fair all Pop weekend. Come say hi to D&Q staff, buy them a coffee if they look cold, pick up some books, and don't forget to check out the local craft scene. Also, Librairie employee Julien will be at Puces selling his amazing hand drawn tees.

So there it is, have a great POP week, stay safe, stay sane, stay entertained and if you see me bike by you and I don't say hello, don't take it personally: I am just trying to get to one of my 4 shows, or my friends' shows, or a reading, or a workshop, or Fred Penner.
Thursday, 23 September 2010

More new D+Q books!


It seems like our fall releases are coming in all at the same time (NOW) - and lucky for you, our major fall sale is still on! Until Monday the 27th!

You can finally grab the much anticipated Palookaville #20, Tubby, Nipper and Make Me a Woman while they're still (almost) warm from the press - and you can get them for next to nothing, they're 35% off, y'all!

A quick word on these really exiting additions to the D+Q catalog: Palookaville continues Seth's Clyde Fans series in a new hardcover format. It also includes pages about the Dominion City project and selected sketches and drawings by the author. Seth has also designed Nipper, a year of comic strips (1963-1964) by acclaimed canadian cartoonist Doug Wright, and Tubby, a collection of Tubby stories by John Stanley edited by our beloved Rebecca Rosen (miss u!). Finally, Make Me a Woman collects 6 years of comics and drawings by Vanessa Davis. The book is big and beautiful, large and in charge, and totally funny. Loves it!

Art of the Librairie

This past Friday, Librairie D&Q employees Rory (that's me) and Julien took to the streets to check out some Montreal book-stitutions. Drawn & Quarterly office all-star Jessica Campbell tagged along as her interest and knowledge in bookstores is vast. Few know this, but Jessica was a former employee of Victoria's famed Munro's Bookstore.


The day started at the Canadian Centre For Architecture bookstore (1920 Rue Baile). As a part of the CCA they specialize in - surprise - architecture but are not limited to it. The three of us were dazzled by a diverse selection of art books, photo books, art theory and magazines. We spotted a rack of D&Q titles as well. (Score!)

Housed in a beautifully-illuminated space, the CCA bookstore does a wonderful curative job, keeping true to their raison d'etre while exploring related genres.

Another spot that carries quite a few of our titles is Millenium (451, Marie-Anne East). For some reason a lot of them are under glass at the cash. Are we frequently stolen? What's the deal?

Julien was drooling in Planete BD (3883, St Denis). Their selection of French manga was great. Kid in a candy shop effect in a big way.

Directly across Rue St. Denis is Debede (3882, St Denis). You get the sense when you enter this place that it has been around for a LONG TIME ('87 to be exact). What I like about it is that you can see the history mapped out on the shelves, interests that have sustained or that have waned, comics that I never knew existed and an Esoterisme section that is just out of reach of the average human. I also found this little gem of a publication that dates back to '76. (Below)


Last stop was Port Du Tete on Mont-Royal. I've been a fan of this place for a long time and the recent expansion has made them a major contender for nice-little-Montreal-places-I-hold-dear. Rumour has it that they bought up the remaining Fichtre! (R.I.P.) stock. It's wonderful that there is a glimmer of hope from the ashes of a great place.

Sorry to Argo books for not making it down, I believe they deserve a post of their own. In due time. Long live the Bookshop!
Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Kids Pop! Workshops and Pirate Radio Sessions!

We are pleased to host Kids Pop at the Librairie
next weekend, October 2nd and 3rd. ***


This year's edition of Kids Pop has tons to offer! With the support of CKUT, Kids POP Radio will be broadcasting live from the Librairie on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. There will also be four workshops that run over the course of the two days.

THE RUNDOWN:

Saturday 11-12:
We Heart Printed Matter = Intro to Print Workshop

Kids will learn basic printing skills and apply them to produce a creative design. They can make cards, stationery and other items using introductory printing techniques such as the infamous "potato stamp". Supplies provided.

Saturday 1-2:
Picturing Personas, A Band's Story
This workshop explores musical personas through movement, discussion and drawing. During the interactive exercises, youth will be encouraged to consider the link between an band's image and the sound of the music they make.

Sunday 11-12:
Radio, Radio!
This session will explore the importance of radio in music history. Kids will get an up-close and personal look at the Kids POP Radio Booth, and will be invited to leaf through our song-library or take a turn being the DJ, live, ON AIR!

Sunday 1-2:
Krista's "Songwriting Machine" Workshop
Through the process of writing, drawing, and playing kids will create original songs using Krista's "Songwriting Machine." Instruments provided. No musical background necessary.



All workshop are open to kids ages four and older.

For full details of the workshops taking place, visit the Kids Pop site.

***Disclaimer: Librairie Drawn and Quarterly is not responsible for any additional rockstardom your child acquires while participating in these workshops. We offer no refunds for awesomeness at this time.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Maisonneuve Issue 37 Launch Party


This is tonight!
Monday, 20 September 2010

BLOWOUT SALE, NO JOKE!

Listen up Montreal: You have one week to take advantage of this great sale -- so get on it. There are deals to be had!
Saturday, 18 September 2010

nobrow



We've just received a stack of beautiful books from London-based nobrow press. These guys work with a few talented artists to hand silkscreen careful patterns and rich colors on fine paper. All their projects are limited edition. (We were also delighted to see that all the nobrow comics, books and zines are very affordable.)

The Nobrow magazines are my favorite. They are large and full of visuals whose feats of detail and design assault and confuse.
Thursday, 16 September 2010

Speaking of Huizenga

Fact Parader! and Back That Fact Up! Fresh from SPX! These are illustrated encyclopedias -of sorts- by Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch. In the style of Factoids Of Life, these scenarios bewilder and inform all at once. Check some titles from the "Beyondex":

  • Affliction Deep-V Tshirt, Pg 37
  • Algebra Pg 14,19
  • Carlson, Harriet, tomb Of, Pg 11
  • Corpse, Exhumed, Pg 28
  • Genus Pie, Pg 34
  • Halifax (Canada) Pg. 34
Limited quantity (no joke)

Kevin Huizenga's Wild Kingdom available now!


Did you know Kevin Huizenga's Wild Kingdom is in store now?

At once straight-forward and experimental, the book follows everyman Glenn Glanges as he blindly interacts with the nature of his suburban neighborhood. Huizenga juxtaposes Glenn’s ignorance of his surroundings with television commercials highlighting society’s needs for cure-all pharmaceuticals and “hot new things.” Starting off wordless, Wild Kingdom ends with encyclopedic entries, biographical excerpts, anthropologic flow charts and a cataclysmic encounter of nature and technology.

Read this great review by Glen Weldon of NPR's Books We Like, in which he accurately conveys the poetry and nuanced humor and evoked dread of the book. And if you're still not convinced, let me remind you that Time Magazine has called Huizenga “one of the most promising of a new generation of cartoonists,” while the Washington Post has noted that “Huizenga takes his characters through poetic explorations of the profound.”
Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Sunday Launch at Copacabana

We will be at Copacabana (3910 Saint Laurent) this Sunday, September 19 at 9 pm for the launch of Jon Paul Fiorentino's Indexical Elegies. Local poet Ian Orti will be hosting the event.

Indexical Elegies is a book of poetry that archives loss and anxiety across the landscapes of Montreal and Winnipeg (and the in-betweens of here and there).

"Poems touch on jobless wonderboys, menthol hymns, death in Winnipeg and grey chevettes. The centrepiece of the book is a suite of poems informed by Charles Sanders Peirce's semiotics of 'the index' -- indexical elegies for the late Rob Allen, Concordia professor and Matrix magazine founder."

RSVP on Facebook here.
Sunday, 12 September 2010

Apartment Envy

The Selby is In Your Place is both a book and a website. Todd Selby offers "an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist's eye for detail."

Each living space is lovingly treated - a hand-scrawled interview with the residents, Selby-drawn portraits, photographs of shoe collections and puffer fish and bunnies, and oh the bookshelves.

Let me explain how great this is with a few shots of bottom right corners of the book...




and a spread of Karl Lagerfeld's studio:


As Yaniya puts it, "the peeper in you wants this."
Saturday, 11 September 2010

A Success

If you weren't here to witness Daniel Allen Cox's launch of Krakow Melt yesterday you missed out on a funny, revelatory and psychedelic night.


Julien introduced the renowned Canadian writer.

Mr. Cox read two chapters from his new book and then hosted a Pink Floyd Quiz.


There were some hard questions, but with help from the audience one of the two contestants won a new Pink Floyd poster.



The evening ended with a book signing.


Friday, 10 September 2010

Tonight!

Join us tonight to help celebrate the launch of Daniel Allen Cox's new book Krakow Melt.
211 Bernard Ouest, 7pm Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
Thursday, 9 September 2010

Movie Passes


We have passes for Alpha and Omega in 3D up for grabs. If interested, pass by the store and pick them up!


The screening is set for Saturday Sept 11th at 10:00am, come on you know this looks cute. 3D!

Announcing

Please mark your calendars for October 28th and help us celebrate the launch of two highly anticipated books. The fun thing about having these two together is that they are friends; Sheila played the role of Lenore Doolan in Leanne's book Important Artifacts And Personal Property From The Collection Of Lenore Doolan And Harold Morris Including Books, Street Fashion And Jewelry. RSVP here.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Daniel Allen Cox


Join novelist Daniel Allen Cox as he reads from, discusses, and signs copies of Krakow Melt, his highly anticipated second novel from Arsenal Pulp Press.

Friday - September 10th 7pm - Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 211 Bernard Ouest

Daniel is the author of the novel Shuck, shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award and a ReLit Award, and released in hardcover in the US by InsightOut Books. Daniel writes the column Fingerprinted for Capital Xtra and lives in Montreal.

Super Crazy Cat Dance

One of the things I absolutely love about this job are all the visitors. You wouldn't believe some of the people that pass through in the summer here. Truly ALL TYPES and we love pointing visitors towards the great things this city has to offer.

A couple of folks who stand out in my memory from this past summer are Aron and Ariel. They sent this awesome (the first?) comic portrait of yours truly after they returned to Portland.


What is really exciting is that I just unpacked a box and whad'ya know? Aron Nels Steinke's new book: Super Crazy Cat Dance pops out.

This is an excellent book to start your kids reading with: cats, comics and giant-human-on-tiny-earth-scale à la Petite Prince. Sign me up.

Check out their travel diary here.
Sunday, 5 September 2010

From Here to There with a detour in Johannesburg

Following in the footsteps of D+Q favourite Katharine Harmon's You Are Here and The Map As Art (the latter of which, incidentally, just came out in PAPERBACK!) comes From Here to There, which is a collection of hand drawn maps.

Kris Harzinski founded the Hand Drawn Map Association to celebrate the "ephemeral documents" we create, and promptly forget about or throw away. The range of maps collected within the book is impressive - between the two covers you will find maps of: ponds, imaginary countries, parts of the human body, famous police chases and so so much more. Each map is introduced by a short paragraph of explanation. The book itself is gorgeous, and the stories that explain the maps are almost poetic in their charm.

Exhibit A:

Unconvinced? Check out their website.

Vaguely related:
Ivan Vladislavic wrote one of my favourite books of all time, The Restless Supermarket, which is tragically out of print or I would be forcing it on every customer who entered the Librairie. But fear not dear reader, because he has a new book! And it is basically a textual map of Johannesburg.

Portrait with Keys is, in the words of Guardian reviewer Jan Morris, a ramble around Johannesburg. It positions itself somewhere in the no-man's land between fiction and non-fiction. Vladislavic writes the sort of semi-fictional prose that makes you simultaneously fall in love with Joburg and feel ill about the racial and class divides that still segregate the city.
Saturday, 4 September 2010

Yesterday! Elisabeth Belliveau and Alisha Piercy

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of hosting the launch for both Alisha Piercy's Auricle / Icebreaker and Elisabeth Belliveau's don’t get lonely don’t get lost, two great new releases from Conundrum Press. The night was a major success and it had its share of memorable moments, from the unveiling of a delicious piece of dry-cured ham to the screening of a captivating animated short by Elizabeth, and let's not forget Alisha's moody and musically-enhanced reading!






Friday, 3 September 2010

Tonight! Elisabeth Belliveau and Alisha Piercy


Don't miss this! 7pm, 211 Bernard Ouest
Thursday, 2 September 2010

McSweeney's Galore!

It's the most magical time of the year... we have received new McSweeney's goods of every sort: issue 35 of the journal, the new Believer, and new (YA) fiction from the editorial team chez McSweeney's.



This month's Believer features an interview with Weird Al Yankovic, a spread on great literary sandwiches, and tons of illustrations by Librairie favourite Lisa Hanawalt.



The new McSweeney's offers up a new selection of delightfully miscellaneous letters (on subjects as diverse as maid-of-honour duties, Portugal, and Love Actually), fiction from Roddy Doyle, Steven Millhauser, and Hilton Als, and a "portfolio" of short stories from Norway. Plus the fold-out cover and inside illustrations are done by the talented Jordan Crane.


Not to be missed! We eagerly welcome these additions to our McSweeney's altar.

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