Penguin TriBand Notebooks

Need a new notebook to write in? Then check out these new and adorable notebooks from Penguin Publishing. Don’t be mislead by the mentions of “complete unabridged” on the cover, these little notebooks are blank, with a cardboard bound cover, a ribbon bookmark, an elastic closure, and an expandable inner pocket. Whatcha waiting for? Get scribbling!

Tonight! Radical Appropriation! Conceptual Poets!

Don't know what it is? Curious to find out more? Come out tonight!

Radical appropriation! A curated discussion with New York conceptual poets Rob Fitterman and Kim Rosenfield, moderated by Montreal author and U de M professor Gail Scott.

Once more, here's the topic of discussion:
Why is Conceptual Writing a pivotal emergent 21st century literary current? What’s at stake in writing that insists on unoriginality, plagiarism, identity theft, repurposing, patchwriting, sampling, plundering, file-sharing? Join us for a talk by Rosenfield and Fitterman, and a Q + A with questions culled from students at Université de Montréal and Concordia, Moderated by Gail Scott.

Tonight! Saturday March 31st at 7 pm! Librairie D+Q, 211 Bernard O.

Book Launch for Mandy Keifetz' Flea Circus

Yesterday was the launch of Mandy Keifetz' new book, Flea Circus: a brief bestiary of grief. Mandy read the first chapter of the book, titled Altamont - the name of the cat Izzy, the main protagonist, snatches from a cat hoarder with the her boyfriend Tim, before he committed suicide...

Here are some shots of the evening! Thanks to everyone who came, and thank you Mandy for the reading.

Mandy Keifetz hosts a FLEA CIRCUS tonight!

Curious? Us too! Read on, intrepid Flea Circus viewer!

Please join novelist Mandy Keifetz and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly for the launch of her new book Flea Circus: a brief bestiary of grief. Selected by Francine Prose as the winner of the AWP Prize for the Novel, and hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "a tour de force," Flea Circus is "a treacherous twelve seconds on the quarter mile, hilarious and harrowing by turn. Blink and you'll miss it."

Tonight! 7 pm! Friday March 30th at the Librairie D+Q, 211 Bernard O!

The Last Art College

The Last Art College, a monster of a book, argues for the super importance of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NASCAD) in the 60s and 70s. And its pretty fascinating. Postminimalist and conceptualist artists from all over became faculty members and visiting artists at the college, transforming the very method in which art could be taught and practiced. Included in this book are tons and tons of pictures, as well as text detailing the incredible art produced and elaborated upon at NASCAD.

Artists like Joseph Beuys, Sol Lewitt, Gerhard Richter, Lucy Lippard, John Baldessari, Hans Haacke, Robert Frank, Jenny Holzer, Vito Acconi, Claes Oldenburg, and Michael Snow all involved themselves with the activities at NASCAD. "The Last Art College", writes AA Bronson, "demonstrates how a small college in a remote location in Canada rewrote the textbook on how to teach contemporary art in a college setting." 

Piece by Dan Graham, 1971
Piece by Art Green, 1970
Piece by Martha Wilson, 1975

Boneshaker Magazine!

Last week's cruel tease of nice weather had a lot of us (winter cyclists excluded) dragging out our bikes and hitting the streets. It was nice while it lasted, but it looks like we're gonna have to wait just a little longer for t-shirt weather. That said, we know it's coming, and we better get ready! Dear Montrealers, check it...Boneshaker Magazine!! It's a beaut of a bike mag, featuring articles, photos & illustrations, history, travel and how-to's, all centered around bicycles and the people who ride 'em. The newest issue is No. 8 (pictured above), but we got in some back issues as well. Currently, good ol' Hangar 211 is the only place in town to get them, so drop by and grab a couple for yourself or any other bike enthusiast you may be acquainted with before they're gone!

3 Recent Hot Ones!

Hungry for words? In need of new literary nourishment? Well, the Librairie D&Q kitchen is open (and that concludes my use of lame metaphors for the day).

The Vanishers is the newest novel from The Believer magazine co-founder Heidi Julavits. It's an imaginative meditation on female rivalry filtered through a paranormal lens.

Spiotta's last book, 2006's Eat the Document was described by the New York Times as "a book that possesses the staccato ferocity of a Joan Didion essay". This, her third book, was named a best book of 2011 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and Salon.

Trying to describe Gods Without Men, Douglas Coupland -in his NYT review of the book- proposes a new literary genre he calls 'Translit" (Cunningham's The Hours and Mitchell's Cloud Atlas are two examples he selects to illustrate) which, in a nutshell, means that GWN features sub-stories, screws with time and geography and is a wild, post-modern read!

And, as always, new hardcover fiction is 20% off!

New Purple Fashion Magazine

The Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Purple Fashion Magazine is here!

It features interviews with Olympia Le-Tan, Abel Ferrara, Mark Leckey, Karley Sciortino, David Salle, Aaron Young and Lisa Yuskavage, a beauty story on Georgia May Jagger, a lot of Terry Richardson, comics by Steven Parrino, and a lot more!

This new issue is also packaged with an exclusive booklet by Olaf Breuning. There's a small preview of it on

Kevin Chong's Year of the Racehorse

We will be launching Kevin Chong's My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings at the Librairie D+Q on Thursday April 5th at 7 pm. RSVP on Facebook!

From the jacket: 
Kevin Chong has grand plans. He draws up a to-do list of major milestones that will give him the life he always wanted-- and the life that will inspire awe and envy in his friends. Then Chong makes an unconventional decision: he buys a racehorse. He becomes part-owner. Just don't ask him which part.

Written with keen observational humour, the story is infused with the excitement and faded glamour of the horseracing world. Ultimately, it is the moving tale of a young man's discovery that a meaningful life can arise from the most unexpected of circumstances. 

Well hello there, Kevin & friend!!

Louis Riel de retour en français!

La version française de Louis Riel, le chef d'oeuvre de Chester Brown, n'était plus disponible chez Casterman depuis l'hiver 2009. Heureusement, les droits de la traduction ont été rachetés par les Éditions de la Pastèque et l'historique biographie du héros encore plus historique est désormais de retour parmi nous!

Louis Riel est un incontournable du roman graphique pour tellement de raisons, un livre majeur du virtuose qu'est Chester Brown - à lire absolument si ce n'est pas déjà fait.

Nobrow 6

Yes!!! Nobrow 6 has finally made its way to our store! Being a huge Nobrow fan, let me tell you that the wait was well worth it. The new issue, titled "The Double," is by far my favourite in the series. In addition to the two alternate covers (one by Tom Gauld and the other by Gwenola Carrere) it also has double the page count. Even more interesting is the fact that Nobrow decided to devote half of the issue to comics, with great cartoonists such as Michael Deforge, Kevin Huizenga, Jack Teagle, and Luke Pearson. With a total of sixty illustrators and cartoonists, you simply can’t go wrong with this issue, not that you ever could with Nobrow...

Launch for Doug Harris' YOU comma Idiot

Yesterday was the launch for the paperback edition of YOU comma Idiot, Doug Harris' epic slacker novel: an engrossing second-person narrative that takes place in our very beloved city. Here are some shots of the evening! Thank you Doug for the reading, Larissa Andrusyshyn (Mammoth) for the hosting and thank you to everyone who came and who participated in the Q&A!


Doug Harris! Tonight!

Don't be an idiot! Come on down to the Librairie D+Q tonight. We'll be hosting a launch for Doug Harris's YOU comma Idiot. Leave the idiot tube at home and enjoy a pleasant reading hosted by Larissa Andrusyshyn (Mammoth). It all kicks off at 7 pm tonight at 211 Bernard O.

(I'm sorry about the puns, everyone. I won't be allowed to make any tonight, promise.)

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

Wowza! Check out these beautiful books that just arrived at the store! Having proclaimed my love for Penguin’s incredible cover designs many times already, I’ll just let the photos do the talking. And for all you comics enthusiasts out there, here's a fun little game: how many famous cartoonists can you identify here?


Answer Key:
Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Rashomon)
Daniel Clowes (Frankenstein)
Lilli Carré (Huckleberry Finn)
Joe Sacco (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
Sammy Harkham (Metamorphosis)
Jason (The Dharma Bums)
Chris Ware (Candide)
Chester Brown (Lady Chatterley's Lover)
Killoffer (The Communist Manifesto) 
Thomas Ott (We Have Always Lived in the Castle)
Seth (The Portable Dorothy Parker)
Ho Che Anderson (Revolutionary Suicide)
Tony Millionaire (Moby-Dick)

A Study in Fuchsia / Magenta / Rose

Look there are books, as Italo Calvino put it best, that I really do want to have read, and Adam Levin's 2010 debut The Instructions is one of them. It's huge and beautiful and deals in an utterly fascinating way with the story of the Maccabees (whom I think of as the most badass Jewish family, but that's neither here nor there).  But I haven't, and so it remains on the list of Books I Haven't Read, perhaps even the list of Books I Mean To Read But There Are Other Books I Must Read First (*cough* Infinite Jest *cough*). And let's be frank -- it's mostly because that book is DAUNTING.

So, to the point! Good news for those of us, like me, intimidated by the prospect of a few months' worth of reading: Adam Levin has just released the wonderfully approachable Hot Pink.

Hot Pink is a collection of ten stories about "overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dumptrucks, and walls that ooze gels." In its pages, Levin channels George Saunders's almost-too-observant wit, and intermingles it with a tenderness for the many foibles of his protagonists.

Or if you don't believe me, believe the Large-Hearted Boy"these stories are clever and diverse, and filled with dark humor and the pathos that dwells behind the facade of everyday life."

We are thrilled to be hosting Adam for the launch of Hot Pink. He'll be reading from it on Friday April 6th at 7 pm at the Librairie D+Q. The event will be hosted by the wonderful Melissa Bull.


Last Saturday, Montrealers were treated to a full night of poetry, courtesy of the English Department of Université de Montreal. The event revolved around the launch of HEDGES, a beautiful hand-bound chapbook that showcased local poets. The event was a great success, with a full house, wine, and very delicious cupcakes. 

Heti's 'The Middle Stories' 10th Anniversary Edition

Librairie D&Q ultra-fave Sheila Heti's 2002 short-story collection The Middle Stories has been republished by McSweeney's...and with nine more stories added!

Heti's novel, How Should A Person Be?, her children's book We Need A Horse and her collaboration with Misha Glouberman, The Chairs are Where the People Go, are all heavy sellers down here at 211 (her 2005 book, Ticknor, is currently out of print) and all come with the highest of recommendations, but if you haven't had the pleasure of reading her work yet, why not start in The Middle?

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