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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Next week's excellent events line-up!

Hello faithful readers!

As you might have noticed from previous blog posts, posters, chatty D+Q folks, etc, it is a seriously busy and exciting event period around these parts. In the coming week alone, we have for you FIVE highly anticipated readings and launches!

Ahem:

Tuesday, October 9, 7pm: Jonathan Goldstein launches I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow at La Sala Rossa (4848 boul. St Laurent)

In a series of wonderfully funny stories, Montreal's Jonathan Goldstein, author and host of CBC's WireTap recounts the highs and lows of his last year in his thirties. His friends and family, many of them known through their appearances on WireTap, weigh in with hilarious results as Goldstein eats, sleeps, and watches bad TV all the way to his date with destiny. Find out what it's like now he's this side of 40 in this piece on Cult MTL.

We have collaborated on events with Jonathan before, and it has been a blast every time!

It's a free event, open to all you lucky people!



Wednesday, October 10, 2:30pm: Chris Kraus reads from Kelly Lake Store and Other Stories as part of Concordia University's Writers Read series, at Concordia University, LB-646, 1400 de Maisonneuve Ouest

Chris Kraus presents a brand new essay expanding ideas that arose from the Radical Localism exhibition that she co-organized at Artists Space NY in Spring 2012. Kelly Lake Store considers ways that artists are exploiting the isolation of back-water places, and the current phenomenon of "participant" art.


Kraus is the author of two books of art essays, the founder of the Semiotext(e) Native Agents imprint, and a frequent contributor to Artforum and Art in America. She is also the recipient of a Frank Mather Award in Art Criticism and a Warhol Foundation art writing grant.

This is the first of TWO events that Kraus will be doing this week!



Wednesday, October, 10, 7pm: Rawi Hage launches Carnival at CafĂ© Amusement (5295 ave. du Parc)

We are delighted to be co-presenting this launch party for Rawi Hage's Carnival, alongside his publisher, House of Anansi. Carnival, his third book, is Montreal literary luminary Rawi Hage (Cockroach, DeNiro's Game) at his searing best. 

From a recent review in the Toronto Star by Laura Eggertson:

Hage's genius lies in sketching visual pictures, using words and phrases to take his readers inside Fly's imagination. It is no surprise that Hage is also a gifted photographer and visual artist, because his sentences are like perfectly composed photographs. He begins the novel with one of the all-time great opening lines in Canadian literature: “I was conceived on the circus trail by a traveller who owned a camel and a mother who swung from the ropes.”

We have been wanting to do an event with Hage for quite some time, and are so thrilled that this has come together. You can expect readings, music, and refreshments!





Thursday, October 11, 7pm: Chris Kraus launches Summer of Hate at the D+Q store (211 rue Bernard O.)

In celebration for the release of Summer of Hate, Chris Kraus will be in store to read from and talk about her new novel.

In Summer of Hate, art world insider Catt Dunlop flees from LA to reinvest some windfall real estate gains in Albuquerque. There, she meets Paul Garcia, a recently sober ex-con who makes plans, with her help, to attend UCLA. But then he’s arrested in Arizona on a 10-year old bench warrant. Caught in the nightmarish Byzantine world of American justice, Catt and Paul’s empathic idyll of saving each other’s lives seems cursed to dissolve.

Kraus has long been a store favourite (we are constantly exhausting our supplies of her previous books, I Love Dick, Aliens and Anorexia, Where Art Belongs, Torpor), and we are beyond excited to welcome her to Montreal and into our space! Tell all your friends! This is a rare Montreal visit for Kraus, and not to be missed!






Friday, October 12, 7pm: Barry Webster launches The Lava in My Bones at the D+Q store (211 rue Bernard O.)

Currently based in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, author Barry Webster brings us a surreal, spellbinding portrait of desire, featuring a geologist who eats rocks, an elusive lover in drag, a teen girl who sweats honey, a Pentecostal Mother on the rampage.

We love working with Arsenal Pulp Press and are excited to host this event. To add to the fun, there will be free refreshments!

For more details, consult this earlier post.

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