Pascal Girard this Thursday!

Pascal Girard will be at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Ouest) this Thursday, December 2nd at 7 pm. He will be signing books and presenting a short talk on his second Drawn & Quarterly translated title, Bigfoot.

Bigfoot follows the misadventures of Jimmy, a teenager in a crummy little town. A horrible video of Jimmy dancing in his living room goes viral and Jimmy finds himself a celebrity in his town, for all the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, the YouTube antics don’t stop there.

Pascal Girard has a drawn line full of tentative, exploratory and intuitive emotion, a line sure of the treasure it carries as the book’s quiet hero.

Plus, check out how happy the new book looks on the D+Q table nestled amongst its D+Q brethren, including Pascal's other book, Nicolas:

RSVP on Facebook.

Frenching Launch Party!

In two short weeks time, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a launch party for Frenching, a short animated film.

Based on award-winning cartoonist Joe Ollmann's original comic, Frenching is a playful romp through the Montreal Plateau. What will happen to our English-speaking hero as he fumbles his way through French-speaking Montreal?

Frenching is directed and produced by JC Little and Jen MacIntyre, animated by a talented team of bilingual Montrealers and features original music by Tom Mennier.There will be films, music and drinks!

It all kicks off at 8 pm on Saturday December 11th, here at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard O.)

To RSVP and for more details, check out the Facebook event.

Steve Martin's "An Object of Beauty"

I always find it interesting when famous people try to distance themselves from whatever it is that made them famous in the first place. Angelina has her humanitarian work, Woody Allen has his career as a clarinetist. Steve Martin is a part-time writer. He has already published two novellas and several works of non-fiction. An Object of Beauty is his newest novel. It follows the career of a young woman (herself portrayed as something of a 3-D object of beauty and magnetism) up the ranks of the New York art market, giving the reader a glimpse of the oft-unseen financial and interpersonal intricacies of the high end art world. Martin has a conversation about his new novel with interview master Charlie Rose here.

The book contains several reproductions of the paintings which figure in the narrative.

Simply the best

New in store is the best American series, 2010 edition! We have received The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a short spell after The Best American Comics winged its way here. I am especially excited about the Best American Nonrequired because as you may or may not know, it is edited by Dave Eggers, purveyor of all delightful things.

The best nonrequired reading is also a much looser and more flexible category, resulting in entries like the "Best American Illustrated Missed Connections" and "Best American Overqualified Cover Letters" by none other than (North) American Joey Comeau.

With writing from Sherman Alexie, Etgar Keret, George Saunders, Kurt Vonnegut, and an introduction by David Sedaris, it is a star-studded cast.

But don't you dare think (not even for a second!) that the other offerings in this series are any less impressive: Essays features work from Ian McEwan, Steven Pinker, David Sedaris, and is edited by Christopher Hitchens, while Short Stories lets you explore the work of Jennifer Egan, Ron Rash and Wells Tower.


"Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are." -Penguin Classics Great Ideas series press blurb

NEW IN STORE: Penguin Classics Great Ideas series of pocket paperbacks! Great ideas and great book design at a great price ($9.95!); does it get much better than this? There are 100 titles in the series, which makes for one fine looking bookshelf. You can see the full catalog here. Below, our store selection and a few of my favourites...

P.S. These books make a perfect stocking stuffer, just a thought...

Real-life superheroes in Manga

We can never have too many film or book or t-shirt adaptations of the ever-inspiring life of Che Guevara.

Just kidding! But I swear this one by Chie Shimano & Kiyoshi Konno is an exception and it's worth the read.

It borrows heavily from the 'nekketsu' genre (literally meaning 'boiling blood') - so it's basically as camp and over-the-top as it gets. As expected, and much like most manga retellings of western myths, it's deliciously dramatic, pretty Manichean and often hilarious.

Also, did you see the cover? There's a manga-Che on it; with a goofy indie-looking handwritten title!

Also produced by Emotional Content and just released in english by Penguin, we've got the manga biography of the 14th Dalai Lama by Teysu Saiwai:

Penguin if you're reading this, please please release Emotional Content's Mother Theresa manga too, ooh and the Gandhi one as well - thank you!

Stinging red, smarting pink...

Vladimir Nabokov was a self-proclaimed synesthete. In his memoir Speak, Memory, Nabokov described how the sounds of certain letters were coloured in his mind ("In the green group, there are alder-leaf f, the unripe apple of p, and pistachio t...") Artist Jean Holabird adapted Nabokov's letter-colour associations into a series of watercolour illustrations. The result is presented in this gorgeous book, Vladimir Nabokov: Alphabet in Color...

Matt Shane!

If you are a long-time Librairie customer (or if you ever came in here before August 2009), you probably remember Matt Shane. He could be found behind the counter here for a solid two years, and he left the Librairie to start a Masters of Fine Arts at Concordia.

Tonight he has a vernissage for that very same art! Matt makes beautiful, detailed, unworldly paintings. Plus he's totally a sweetheart, so it's a win-win.

Read about it in the Montreal Mirror, where they describe his work as "hopeful gloom".

Relevant information:
The vernissage is at Red Bird Studios (135 Van Horne O.).
It starts around 7 pm tonight, Friday November 26th.
The pieces will be on display until December 6th.
More details on Facebook.

BIGFOOT by Pascal Girard

Let me introduce you to a wonderful new book by the Quebec (and, as of recently, Montreal) based cartoonist Pascal Girard.

BIGFOOT is a reflection on youth and budding romantic feelings. Jimmy is torn between Jolene, a friend that he has a crush on, and Jessica, a girl who seems to genuinely like him but he feels reticent about, perhaps because of her eagerness. These feelings and others that go hand-in-hand with teenagerdom are compounded by a video of Jimmy dancing that's gone viral on youtube and his uncle's recent embarrassing internet stardom. (perhaps an allusion to another Quebecer with unwanted internet celebrity, STAR WARS KID? hmmm???)

Anyway, as much as we might like to completely forget our adolescences (Gilbert + Sullivan Society? Debate Club? Doc Martens and dyed black hair, anyone?), Girard makes it all so real and relatable that the confusion and pain of being a teenager comes rushing back. But watching Jimmy and his peers is cathartic and even fun, unlike high school.

For those of you in Montreal, Pascal is going to be launching BIGFOOT at 211 Bernard on December 2nd! So come on out and get a copy signed; watch the office staff drink all of the wine and overstay our welcome until the store staff kicks us out.


Did you know that I'm American? Actually, I'm one of those fortunate individuals with dual citizenship (Canadian, American, currently accepting marriage proposals from Euro passport holders). Today, November 25th, is American Thanksgiving and I'm hosting. They'll be no turkey this year, but quail, topped with bacon and stuffed with dates and goat cheese. Root vegetables. Brussels sprouts. Mushroom stuffing. Pumpkin cheesecake. In exchange for my grub and labour (Canadian sp.), I'll be accepting gifts. A suggestion: Chris Ware's "Thanksgiving" portfolio of New Yorker covers...

Isn't it beautiful? While you're buying for me, you should pick one up for yourself. In fact, you should buy one for every person in your life you're thankful for. They'll thank you.

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

Not new in this world, but new in this store!

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin
is a biography of American installation artist Robert Irwin by Lawrence Weschler, author of Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences (winner of National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism) and Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (Pulitzer Prize finalist). Irwin is a fascinating subject, Weschler is a brilliant non-fiction writer, the book is excellent. Seeing is Forgetting changed the way I think about writing about art and convinced me that one can change the way one sees. If that sounds cryptic... it is.

Baba Yaga another way

Dubravka Ugresic is a Croatian writer of finely chosen, image-filled prose. I first encountered her in a literary theory course, and fell instantly in love. Baba Yaga laid an egg is sort of an examination of the position of women and femininity in Croat society, sort of a reworking of Eastern European fairy tales, and mostly a really good novel.

Sample passage:

Check out this amazing review on Bookslut:

"Her study of Baba Yaga -- a triptych of studies, really -- takes on the darkest and most threatening aspects of old-lady fairy tales: the terror of female sexuality, the terror of death, what it means to be classified as a woman in human history. True to form, Ugresic considers contemporary pop culture (Kate Moss, Paris Hilton), rhinoplasty, recent genocides, exile, and dissidence alongside these ancient and timeless panics. She manages a swift, devastating skewer of academia along the way."

Tonight! Eileen Myles and Gail Scott

This is happening tonight at 7 pm at the Librairie, 211 Bernard Ouest.

Bust Magazine
calls Eileen Myles "the rock star of modern poetry". Inferno (a poet's novel) is the story of a young female writer discovering both her sexuality and her own creative drive in the meditative and raucous environment that was New York City in its punk and indie heyday. It’s engrossing, poignant, and funny. This is a voice from the underground that redefines the meaning of the word.

Gail Scott is an author, translator, and co-founder of two literary and critical journals. She teaches Creative Writing at the Université de Montréal. The Obituary is her fourth novel. In offering up a kaleidoscopic view of her heroine and of Montreal, The Obituary allows the history of assimilation, so violent in the West and so often sidelined by the French–English conflicts of Montreal, to burble up and infect the very language we use.

Two More Reasons to Love the Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore:

1. 30% off Wilson.

Remember Clowes' Ghost World, and how surprisingly good the movie adaptation was? (Clowes talks about that process here.) We just found out that Wilson is going to be made into a film too, and we are giving you a huge discount so you are sure to have read the graphic novel before the movie comes out.

2. Free Movie Passes.

We have a small stack of passes to the advanced screening of James Franco's new movie 127 Hours at the AMC next Thursday night (November 25).

Come in and pick one up before they are all gone.


Oh, you better believe it! (see what I did there...)

We've got the new Believer in! It's their annual super-thick, fantastic Art Issue.

They've got a fold-out paper sculpture for you to make. They've got John Baldassari. And! To top it off, they've got 11 comics drawn by 11 awesome artists, including Matt Furie, Charles Burns, Tom Gauld, and Anders Nilsen.

Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist

We have just received Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist. This book is a chronological collection of her best drawings from infancy to adulthood. Her parents, Aline Kominsky and Robert Crumb, obsessively kept all of her 'work,' from when she was a small child. "I can easily imagine how people could look at this book simply as more "crumbspoitation"...just riding on the tail of the success of Robert's blockbuster, Genesis," Aline writes self-consciously in her introduction. I must admit this thought did cross my mind when I first saw the book, but looking through it I actually felt the same warm, voyeuristic satisfaction I had when I read Kurt Cobain's Journals (yes, I read them!). Take a look:

age 3

age 10

age 19

age 24

age 27

I think the dustjacket blurb sums up the book's intention quite well: her parents "have handpicked nearly three hundred images that brilliantly document the artistic ripening of Sophie. What started out as a simple showcase for an intensely talented individual is now revealed as a strikingly intimate story of the maturation, development, and evolution of a human being through her own drawings-from toddlerhood to motherhood."

...but I guess, really, in the end you will have to decide for yourself..

Don't Forget our Salon du Livre Booksigning!

Saturday and Sunday the Drawn and Quarterly booth at the Salon du Livre will be having a few booksignings...


13:00-15:00 Diane Obomsawin

14:00-15:00 David Homel


13:00-15:00 Pascal Girard

13:00-15:00 Matt Forsythe

N'oubliez pas de passer au Salon du Livre faire signer vos livres..

voici l'horaire:

13:00-15:00 Diane Obomsawin
14:00-15:00 David Homel

13:00-15:00 Pascal Girard
13:00-15:00 Matt Forsythe


Guys. Seriously. What are you waiting for?
We have PLETHORA of NoBrow publications just waiting to be devoured.

The colours alone in these books are enough to make one's heart stop.

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