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.
Posted by Julia Pohl-Miranda at 12:34 PM
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.)
Posted by Julia Pohl-Miranda at 11:44 AM
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.
Posted by yaniya lee at 5:04 PM
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.
Posted by Julia Pohl-Miranda at 3:59 PM
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...
Posted by fiona at 7:54 PM
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!
Posted by Julien at 6:00 PM
Posted by fiona at 8:25 PM
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".
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.
Posted by Julia Pohl-Miranda at 3:08 PM
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.
Posted by Jessica Campbell at 1:46 PM
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.
Posted by fiona at 10:00 AM
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.
Posted by fiona at 2:11 PM
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.
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."
Posted by Julia Pohl-Miranda at 10:12 AM
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.
Posted by Julia Pohl-Miranda at 2:05 PM
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).
Posted by yaniya lee at 2:43 PM
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.
Posted by Chantale at 1:19 PM
...but I guess, really, in the end you will have to decide for yourself..
Posted by yaniya lee at 9:45 AM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20th
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21st
N'oubliez pas de passer au Salon du Livre faire signer vos livres..
SAMEDI LE 20 NOVEMBRE
13:00-15:00 Diane Obomsawin
14:00-15:00 David Homel
DIMANCHE LE 21 NOVEMBRE
13:00-15:00 Pascal Girard
13:00-15:00 Matt Forsythe
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