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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Tonight! Temple Bates's HERMODDITIES


Don't forget friends! This is happening tonight! Thursday June 30th at 7pm, Temple Bates launches HERMODDITIES!

Sometimes cute, sometimes cruel, Hermoddities is a lively collection of comics and oil paintings created by Toronto based artist Temple Bates. This collection of work spans over ten years and includes two collaborative stories drawn with Winnipeg artist Drue Langlois, formerly of The Royal Art Lodge.

http://www.templebates.com/

Ce soir! Jeudi 30 juin à 19h

Tantôt mignon, tantôt effrayant, Hermoddities est un livre de peintures à l'huile et de bandes dessinées réalisées par l'artiste torontoise Temple Bates. Cet ouvrage sélectionne les meilleurs créations de l'artiste sur une période de dix ans de travail. Il contient également deux histoires dessinées en collaboration avec Drue Langlois, ancien membre de la Royal Art Lodge.

http://www.templebates.com/
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Last chance to get D+Q books at 30% off!

Tomorrow is the last day of June which means two things: 1) the city is a mess with moves, and 2) it's the final day of our 30% off Drawn & Quarterly titles sale! Behold all the fantastic books you could get at this great deal!




Sunday, 26 June 2011

Paris Review No. 197 (Summer 2011)



The new issue of the Paris Review is in and the contents list is out of control—interviews with sci-fi greats William Gibson and Samuel R. Delany; fiction by Jonathan Lethem, David Gates, and Roberto Bolaño (with the second installment of the English translation of The Third Reich exclusively serialized in the Paris Review and illustrated by the fantastic D&Q artist Leanne Shapton); pages of poetry; and, finally, a portfolio of video artists Laurel Nakadate and Mika Rottenberg!
Saturday, 25 June 2011

Happy Pride Month!



To celebrate LGBT Pride Month, as well as New York's recent legalization of same-sex marriage, I thought I'd let y'all know that we started stocking Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens.



Queer is a comprehensive, humorous and engaging guide that helps LGBT teens come out, deal with various relationship issues and rise up against bigotry and homophobia. Queer also includes personal stories from the authors and sidebars on queer history. It’s an insightful read for any teen, whether they're queer or not.
Friday, 24 June 2011

July Workshop: Linocut, Woodcut, and Stencil

Clint Eastwood woodcutting skillz not included in workshop offer

This printmaking workshop is designed to explore three techniques: linocut, woodcut and stencil. Students will execute their drawings, carving/cutting and hand printing with non-toxic water-based inks.

Kathryn Delaney is a Canadian artist living in Montreal Quebec, with a MFA in Print Media from Concordia University.

As always, we encourage you to come reserve your spot at the store with a deposit of $60 as soon as you can, the number of participants is limited!

Thursdays July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
6-9pm each evening
$120 for the whole session (this fee covers supplies)

Draw In


Julia Rothman, of the fantastic Book By Its Cover blog and The Exquisite Book, has come out with a new book!

I'll pause so you can do a quick happy dance.

Drawn In, inspired by posts she started doing on her blog (some super favourites), takes a look at the sketchbooks of fine artists, illustrators, graphic designers, and cartoonists (including her own sketchbook, which is a pleasant bonus).

The uniqueness and experimenting involved in the sketchbook is fascinating. It's fun to see how the work of so many different artists starts and develops.
Also, there are some contributions by D+Qers! The foreword was written by Vanessa Davis and we get to see Anders Nilsen's sketchbook (I hope you guys ready for the brick Big Questions).

Vanessa Davis

Julia Rothman

Anders Nilsen

Alex Lukas
Thursday, 23 June 2011

HERMODDITIES Launch with Conundrum Press



This is coming up fast and real exciting. Temple Bates is an artist based out of Toronto who does paintings that are funny, sweet, charming and just a teensy bit disturbing. Her work is in the same vein as Librairie faves Shary Boyle and Daniel Barrow. She'll be launching her new Conundrum Press book Hermoddities here at the Librairie, round about this time next week. Come out, look at great art, enjoy a performance by Lederhosen Lucil, and go home happy.

Check out her website here: http://www.templebates.com/ or look at this video and be convinced:


I was trying to decide for the whole five minutes of the video which character was my favourite, and I had this problem: each new character immediately supplanted the last as "totally the best."  Final picks: naked froggy dude layin' on the table or band of angry ghosts.


Next Thursday, June 30th at 7 pm at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard O. Don't miss it! RSVP on Facebook and read more about the book.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Double Book Launch for Mongrel and Campfire Radio Rhapsody tonight!

Join us for the launch of not one but two new Mansfield Press titles.

Marko Sijan (Mongrel) and Robert Earl Stewart (Campfire Radio Rhapsody) will be reading from their new works tonight! It all kicks off at 7 pm at the Librairie, 211 Bernard O.




RSVP on Facebook and read more about the two books here.

Everybody likes top ten lists

This summer, the CBC is running a new initiative called Cross-Country Bookshelf:

"From coast to coast to coast, CBC shows across the country brought together panels of book lovers to answer the question: "What books do you really need to read to understand my home?" Together, they came up with a list of 10 books for each province or region in the country. Canadians around the world took it from there. For four weeks, they voted for their favourite reads, taking each region's list of 10 titles to a final five. Together, 45 different books from all genres make up the Cross-Country Bookshelf."

I'm pleased to report that we carry a number of the books in store - and not just the obvious Quebec ones like Barney's Version. Come scope out books by Terry Fallis (Ontario), Alexander Macleod (judge for the Maritimes), David Homel (Quebec), Chandra Mayor (judge for Manitoba) and so many more! Plus, don't forget that we are always delighted to order books for you if we don't have them in stock.

Oh, and don't let me forget - check out the top five on the Manitoba page:


Woohoo! Congrats to Chester and all the other authors.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Sorties Printemps/Été 2011 en Français

Notre section de livres en français ne cesse vraiment jamais de grandir, rien de surprenant avec autant denouveaux titres aussi fabuleux!




Une Vie dans les Marges (la version française de la brique Drifting Life de Tatsumi) est un incontournable pour tous fan de gekiga, de Tatsumi et de livres sublimement édités. Il s'agit probablement d'un des meilleurs ouvrages relatant de la genèse de ce qui deviendra plus tard le monstre qu'est le système de l'édition de BD au japon.








Jeanine de Matthias Picard ne pourrait arriver plus à point, c'est à dire pendant que la planète entière se remet à peine du très controversé Paying for It de Chester Brown qui se penche aussi, et de manière très différente, sur le métier et le style de vie qu'est la prostitution. Jeanine est le portrait tout en nuances de la voisine de l'auteur, dont la personalité chaleureuse et la vie mouvementée et dramatique sont des plus mémorables. Une grosse partie du charme de ce livre revient à la finesse avec laquelle Picard retranscrit les textures et les bavures des souvenirs de son amie plutôt que d'essayer de les réinterpréter et de les reformater à sa place.




En attendant la sortie de Jerusalem, le prochain 'travelogue' de Guy Delisle (l'an prochain pour la version anglaise de D+Q), sachez que Chroniques Birmanes ressort dans une édition à couverture dure et à tirage unique à l'occasion du 25e anniversaire des Éditions Delcourt!






La collection Shampooing de Délcourt vient aussi d'accoucher de deux jolis livres au trait attrayant et aux couleurs chatoyantes. Le premier est Fables Nautiques de Marine Blandin, une sorte de version aquatique du Simetière de Stephen King.






Le second est Fanfare, par la talentueuse Aude Picault qui était déjà responsable de Transat, l'un de mes livres préférés de l'an dernier. Au coeur de ce livre se trouve Alda, qui cherche ses amis et sa place dans le monde dans le grand bordel qu'est le rassemblement de fanfares des Beaux-Arts. Au programme: de la boisson, des coeurs brisés et encore plus de boisson avec un brin de poésie.
Monday, 20 June 2011

Pronounced Ahrt (who decides?)

Across the Atlantic, the Venice Biennale is just underway and Art Basel just closed (yesterday). We may not get the prestigious art exhibitions here in our northern settlement of Canada but at least Phaidon publishers have given us Creamier, a portfolio catalogue of 100 emerging artists curated by 10 prominent international curators. It's the international contemporary art exhibition you can hold in your hands. Creamier is the latest in Phaidon's Cream series, following the award-winning Cream (1998), Fresh Cream (2000), Cream 3 (2003), and Ice Cream (2007). 100 artists, chosen by 10 curators, each artist is presented in a full-colour image spread with newly commissioned writing by the curator who selected the artist. Pictured below, unwrapping Creamier:









If that wasn't enough contemporary art for you, check out the Whitechapel MIT Press Documents of Contemporary Art series. Each book takes a theme from contemporary art and visual culture and collects written and visual documents on that theme. For instance, the book on the sublime surveys artists Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Barnett Newman, and Gerhard Richter and collects writings by John Berger, Luce Irigaray, and Slavoj Zizek.





Beauty, Participation, The Sublime, The Archive, Situation, Chance, The Gothic, Design and Art, The Artist's Joke, Painting, Sound, Utopias—gotta catch 'em all!
Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sure to fuel your fantasy life

Today on my way to work I crossed paths with a LARPer rushing to his rightful Sunday afternoon place on the side on the mountain. Dedicated to the game, this one looked kinda like a less rugged version of this guy (minus the horse):



Which reminded me, we've got the A Song of Ice and Fire series of books in store!



Yeah, we're up on the nerdy cultural zeitgeist. For those of you who aren't, A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of medieval epic fantasy novels recently adapted into a well-received HBO TV show called Game of Thrones (title borrowed from the first book in the series). So far four of the projected seven books in the series have been published. The fifth is due out this July. Now seems like the perfect zeit to join this fantasy world.

Shown above: Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who plays Jamie Lannister on the Game of Thrones TV series. And below: Our selection of Song of Ice and Fire books, including a box set of the first four books.

Printmaking with Kathryn Delaney!



Come in and register today for our fantastic printmaking workshop! This printmaking workshop is designed to explore three techniques: linocut, woodcut and stencil. Students will execute their drawings, carving/cutting and hand printing with non-toxic water-based inks.

The workshop will be guided by Kathryn Delaney, a Canadian artist living in Montreal, with a MFA in Print Media from Concordia University.

It will take place here in store (that's 211 Bernard O.) Thursdays July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th from 6-9pm each evening.

$120 for the whole session (this fee covers supplies).

As always, we encourage you to come reserve your spot at the store with a deposit of $60 as soon as you can, the number of participants is limited!
Friday, 17 June 2011

Adam Levin is in town!

Chicago-based writer and frequent McSweeney's contributor Adam Levin just stopped by the store to sign our copies of the brand new paperback edition of The Instructions!



There he is with Jason, proving that even with a soft cover, his book still makes a great arm wrestling base - if such a thing as an arm wrestling base even exists.



Adam paid a visit to the store and brought along the lovely Montreal-based writer Melissa Bull, who penned the new column Letter From Montreal in the latest issue of Maisonneuve Magazine.



Catch Adam Levin at his reading tonight at the DeSève Cinema (1455 de Maisonneuve West) at 7:30pm, as part of the Montreal Summer Literary Seminars!
Thursday, 16 June 2011

Old snapshots

Nice collections from two iconic photographers: William Eggleston and Fred Herzog.


If you haven' t seen German-born Vancouverite Herzog's photography before, prepare yourself for something special. In these times, when it seems everyone in the world is a photographer and we've seen our neighbourhood on every blog ever, it's nice to see some stuff from back when no one assumed they were gonna be photographed every time they headed out to the dep.



Relatively recent history sure, but speaking as somebody who's spent some time in VanCity, I can tell you - nothing there looks like this anymore. Seriously beautiful, lost times. Added bonus: no hockey looter shots!

Inadvertently perhaps, most people know William Eggleston from his work that has appeared on the album covers of Big Star, Primal Scream, Silver Jews, Spoon ,and Joanna Newsom to name (more than) a few, and certainly he's enjoyed a resurgence of popularity lately, but this collection of his lesser-known black & white work is a real eye-opener!



Stripped of the colour his best-known work boasts, it's amazing to get to see the monochromatic side of the man whose work sits in the homes of discerning music-lovers everywhere.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Star staffer Julia, being interviewed (as I type ) for a coffee chain's "What's Happening In Our Community"-type youtube segment. Her job? Recommend summer reads that match up with the host's coffee flavour choices.

Some of Julia's recs: McSweeney's, Bolano, Tomine, Nabakov, Tina Fey (a "smooth & fruity"read, evidently).

Comments on Julia from the crew: "Wow, you're a natural!", "perfect", "really great!", "you're really good at your job!".

Comments from Jason to the crew: "you didn't bring any coffee?"

Oh, and Julia's coffee type?

'Bold & woodsy'.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Welcome to the Neighbourhood!

It appears we have a new arrival on Bernard Street! Welcome, Spice Station! Spice Station is more or less exactly what you would imagine (hope?): an emporium of fresh, carefully-sourced spices, peppers, salts, and teas. They've got two locations in California and the Montreal location opened earlier this month. For the food-obsessed (which includes yrs truly), this is very very very exciting news!


I stopped by to scope out the spice situation and chat with the friendly, informative owners, Patrick and Peter. They were effusive, and gave me a tour of the spices on offer, repeatedly noting that they have tons more spices coming in all the time. I was very excited to learn about their homemade spice blends and the fact that they grind spices as needed, guaranteeing a freshness rarely seen in supermarket spices. Finally, the Spice Station crew go above and beyond the call of spices, sharing their gourmand enthusiasms through recipes, advice and (soon!) workshops and food events of all different kinds. Keep your eyes and ears and noses peeled, folks!
  
Patrick refusing to pose for my paparazzi demands
I'd also like to welcome Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day to the neighbourhood.


If you don't know Heidi by now, well let's just say you should.  Carrot almond asparagus salad a.k.a. one of my favourite early summer salads? A whole wheat chocolate chip cookie that you cook in a cast iron skillet so it becomes a GIANT GOOEY mess of still somehow healthy-seeming deliciousness? Coconut red lentil soup so warm and comforting you don't even need hot chocolate anymore?  And that's just the stuff I thought of in two minutes of hungry consideration!

I'll leave you with her musings on the importance of spices in her kitchen:


Oh and I almost forgot that I have one last note about foodie reads: McSweeney's Lucky Peach arrives in a matter of days. 

Monday, 13 June 2011

Get the f*** down here!

Everyone's favourite potty-mouthed bedtime story is in store!


Or if you prefer, the unexpurgated version...


And just in case you need any more convincing, let me show you an interior spread:


Respected fathers David Byrne and Jonathan Lethem compel you! You need this in your lives, sleepy parents of Montreal.

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