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Monday, 31 December 2012

Omnivore Magazine Volume 04

Le dernier volume du trimestriel foodie français Omnivore Magazine vient ne nous arriver!


À ne pas manquer: la belle feature de 8 pages sur la cuisine à Montréal. On y trouve mention, entre autres, de nos amis au Nouveau Palais, de Frédéric de La Pastèque (qui pilote le Foodlab de la SAT), du restaurant Lawrence, de l'excellente Pâtisserie Rhubarbe, sans oublier les incontournables Joe Beef et le Pied de Cochon.


Le reste du magazine regorge d'articles, de recettes et d'entrevues avec des chefs à travers le monde.


Sunday, 30 December 2012

Addendum to my Top Ten of 2012 list: Marbles by Ellen Forney

Of course, after I had already written up and posted my 2012 Top Ten list, I read several new books that I would have liked to add/switch into it. Heads or Tails by Lili Carré, and This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz (both of which were already blogged about by some of my dear colleagues), and the very excellent Marbles, by Ellen Forney:


Forney tells of her experience being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) just before her 30th birthday, and her subsequent years-long process of arriving at a level of relative emotional and mental stability, while maintaining her artistic identity and practice. She makes her way to this point through therapy, a constantly changing cocktail of medications, journals full of emotional record-keeping, and a growing companionship with other artists who also struggled with mental health issues, particularly manic depression, over the past few centuries, including Michelangelo, Munch, Van Gogh, Woolf, O'Keefe, and Plath.




Marbles is a rollercoaster of a read, fittingly. Forney is bracingly honest, and her memoir is both uproarious and wrenching. Highly recommended!
Thursday, 27 December 2012

Another 2012 fav: Lilli Carré's HEADS OR TAILS





I always dread the period between the holidays and the New Year, since I inevitably find out about incredible books that would have made my yearly staff picks long after I blog about them. This year, the one book I would add to my best of 2012 is Lilli Carré’s collection of short works HEADS OR TAILS


I was vaguely familiar with Carré’s comics through anthologies, but reading a whole collection of hers just knocked my socks off. Her stories always incorporate some sense of magic realism, where bizarre occurrences are treated as if they were just another aspect of daily life. Equally impressive is Carré’s artistic versatility, always finding the appropriate style, palette and medium to tell her dreamy tales. Make sure to check out her website, she has some real cool illustrations there, not to mention some fun little animations she calls "moving drawings".





Saturday, 22 December 2012

Staff Picks 2012: Jason



 Leaving the Atocha Station
by Ben Lerner

Eminently readable and damn funny, Lerner's first novel is about Adam Gordon,  a frustrated and self-doubting young poet in Madrid on a scholarship. Confused on the regular by the language and the intentions of the company he keeps, Adam's struggle to both fit in and distinguish himself is like the literary version of a youtube fail video compilation (of course, he's almost constantly stoned and paranoid, which may or may not be helping). If I'm the only person in Montreal who doesn't know somebody like this, then I have to meet some new people.
 Pippi Moves In!: Pippi Longstocking Comics
by Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman

Obvious bias aside, I think D&Q's Enfant imprint really hit it out of the park this year. Those two colour Moomin books, the English-translated version of Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga and now this: the first in a projected three volume series of  the previously unknown (in North America, anyway) Pippi comics! My 8 year-old daughter - a devoted Pippi-head - told me that these is the best she's seen the little red-headed tornado drawn and is one of the few comics that has made us both laugh out loud ("Dad! Come here you gotta see this! Can you believe her?")

This is How You Lose Her
by Junot Díaz
Short of reminding you that this is the newest collection from one of the masters of the contemporary short story, I don't really know what else to say. A collection, sure, but it's the story of (Diaz alter-ego?) Yunior as told in through a series of his relationships.  More wonderful than anticipated.

House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films
by Kier-La Janisse
The first half  is auto-biography, albeit an auto-biography that  juxtaposes the struggles of female protagonists and/or antagonists from a number notable horror and exploitation films with the author's own troubled past. The last half is straight-up capsule reviews and short essays of both the films referenced and dissected in the first half as well as a bunch of other notable celluloid mind-benders and blood-letters. An incredible work and  must-read for anyone with an interest in the roles of females in exploitation film by an authority on both the genre and the gender.

 Hilda and the Midnight Giant
by Luke Pearson
Pearson's first book in the Hilda (Hildafolk) was sweet 'n fun 'n all, but this, this was a bigger better book, that presented a new and wholly original story and fleshed-out the character of Hilda even more. By deciding to question the unknown forces that want her family (her mother and their pet blue-furred and antlered fox) out of their house, she faces her fears by playing detective and it leads her to discoveries of both tiny and gigantic natures. Pearson's next entry in the series is due in 2013 and I can't wait.

 The Fun Stuff and other Essays
by James Wood
Famed literary critic James (How Fiction Works)Wood's newest collects  essays that originally appeared in the New Republic, the London Review of Books and the New Yorker on Orwell, Lydia Davis (an examination of her Collected Stories, a Librairie D&Q best-seller and favorite), Cormac McCarthy and Keith Moon (!). The final essay in the book, about the acquisition and unloading of his late father-in-law's library, would appeal to any thoughtful and discerning collector of books.

 There is a Light that Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths
by Tony Fletcher
A brand-new 400+ page book on my second-favorite band, ever? Yes, please! Information overload? Maybe. But what difference does it make? In my opinion there are only a handful of rock 'n roll combos  who deserve such a thing and the legendary Smiths definitely are one of them. Along with recounting the union and resulting triumphs of misters Morrissey and Marr, Fletcher's book also interweaves the stories of  the labels Factory and Rough Trade, as well as the city of  Manchester (so much to answer for!) during this amazing time in pop music history.

 Anna and Froga: Want a Gumball? 
by Anouk Ricard
If you've had the good fortune to read the French editions of the Anna & Froga series, you know the deal but if you haven't, mark my words you're in for a treat. Unless a worm dreaming of french fries, a couple of jerks taking advantage of a fish's good-nature, and a frog who tries to pass off his a paint-by-numbers kit painting of a horse as his original creation isn't funny to you. In that case, we also carry Barthes.

 Rookie Yearbook 1 
Ed. by Tavi Gevinson

What more can be said about Tavi that hasn't been said? Exquisite taste , thoughtful writing, amazing interviews. Love Dan Clowes? John Waters? Joni Mitchell? You'll find lots to love here and Tavi's essay on the male gaze is an absolute must-read. Recommended!

Building Stories 
by Chris Ware

Not only one of the best graphic novels of the year, one of the best graphic novels, ever. Brilliant, sad, and amazing. Chris Ware's genius should elude you no longer. Read/see more here.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Make Your Holidays Orange!

I started to notice how many orange-covered books we had in the store so I thought I'd share them with you, just like I would the fruit. Not just similarly tinted, all great books as well!

 Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
By Sean Howe
A highly-recommended history of one of the two big comics companies. From Timely to Secret Wars and beyond, it's a fascinating story of the evolution of the super heroes in pop culture and their creators who were almost constantly battling with their bosses for proper compensation.


A Light That Never Goes Out
by Tony Fletcher
A pretty exhaustive bio on the legendary Morrissey & Marr partnership that details how their bonds were forged and ultimately broken. Recommended if you are a fan, Which I am. Big time.

Little Big Books: Illustrations for Children's Picture Books
   Bios of, interviews with and work by some of the best illustrators for kids' books out there. A shortlist: Oliver Jeffers, Emiliano Ponzi, Fabrice Houdry, David Sala, and many, many more. Seriously gorgeous.

Grace: A Memoir
by Grace Coddington
Vogue Magazine creative director Coddington was the inadvertent star of The September Issue, the celebrated documentary on Anna Wintour and the making of an issue of Vogue. One of the more acclaimed books of the season, and for good reason.

 Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine
Oh man, Cabinet magazine articles selected and compiled one the huge (and yes, orange) book (and reasonably priced as well,  might add). Recommended if you like reading about design, art, culture, science and technology and...um..Cabinet Magazine.
Saturday, 15 December 2012

Ateliers à venir! Upcoming workshops!



C’est le temps des fêtes! Pourquoi ne pas offrir un atelier de sérigraphie ou un cours sur la création de romans graphiques à un être cher? L’atelier de sérigraphie se donne sur trois jours : le 15, 22, et 23 janvier à 18hr avec la superbe Leyla Majeri. Quant au cours sur les romans graphiques, il se donne sur quatre jours : le 5, 12, 19, et 26 février à 18hr et sera enseigné par le directeur artistique de Drawn & Quarterly, Tom Devlin. Inscrivez-vous par téléphone (514-279-2224) ou en personne au 211 Bernard Ouest. Faites vite, le nombre de places est limité!



It’s the season for cheers! Why not offer your loved ones a screenprinting workshop or a graphic novels course? The screenprinting workshop will be given by the lovely Leyla Majeri on January 15th, 22nd, and 23rd at 6pm. As for the graphic novel course, it will take place on February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th at 6pm, and will be taught by Drawn & Quarterly’s own artistic director Tom Devlin. Sign up by phone (514-279-2224) or in person at 211 Bernard West. Hurry up, spots are limited!
Thursday, 13 December 2012

When I was a Kid I Read Comics.

It's true! And still do. Probably no surprise to hear but, yes, they were my gateway to prose both short and long. Even though I have difficulty remembering myself as anything but the voracious reader I am now - I know that those comics my mom would allow me to select from the bookstore and bring home were what hooked me into the world of the word. We live in lucky days, these days, as there are so many quality comics and graphic novels out there to choose from, ones that appeal directly to that formative age group of 6-10 (and 11, and 12 and ). Even the ones with way more pictures than words still serve to introduce the young ones to the art of storytelling. Books: the best gift idea!

 A big-seller all year-round, Brian Ralph's video game-inspired, Zombie story was my go-to recommendation for youngsters who maybe regard reading with a little reticence. Everybody loves Zombies, right? (That question is for youngsters and the answer is "yes!")

Legends of Zita is here!  This, the sequel to Ben Hatke's 1st Zita adventure (which we also have in stock) should get as much love and laughs as its predecessor did.

Barry Deutch's Mirka is "yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl" and this is her second adventure. Funny, fantastic and recommended for grades 3-6, Deutch has created an unorthodox sort of heroine who happens to be Orthodox and who stand up to bullies but would rather be taking down dragons!

 Doug TenNapel's books of fantastic adventures are very popular with kids (young teen) with a taste for the weird (so, ALL kids, I guess?). His latest is Ghostopolis but that came out in 2010, so we should be expecting something new from him soon. In the meantime we have his creepy alien adventure Cardboard , the strange and twisty Bad Island and the aforementioned Ghostopolis on hand.

 Stone-cold classic time! We always carry L'Engle's books and this is a brand new graphic novel (by Hope Larson) of her most famous work. This one's flying of the shelves!

 Whenever people ask us "what's a good graphic novel for a kid who hasn't read many" we always ask "have they read Bone?" If they say "yes", we recommend the Amulet series as the next step. The latest in the series is the 5th and it's called Prince of the Elves. What do we recommend if they say "no"? See below.

 BONE! The grandaddy of them all. Jeff Smith's enduring creation's popularity has not waned in the years since it was first published - in fact, it's more popular than ever!

 Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost is an award-winning, crowd-pleasing hit! Recommended for 10-to-12 year-olds rather than younger, it's a ghost-story that none other than Neil Gaiman called "...a masterpiece, of YA literature and of comics".

 Claudette's a wanna-be giant slayer with no giants in sight! None other than Mr. Jeff Smith, author of the aforementioned Bone lavishes praise on Giants Beware!

 The Hilda series is one of my and my daughter's personal favorites. I've mentioned it lots but I'll mention it again. Luke Pearson's creation is a wonder and they are as beautiful as anything from the Nobrow publishing house. Pictured is Hildafolk, the first in the series but we also have Hilda and the Midnight Giant (which was also one of favorite books of 2012) and there's another coming out next year.



The Toon Books imprint are a mark true quality. When you have none other than Francois Mouly (RAW, New Yorker) curating the series you know you're in good hands. The best cartoonists around deliver some of the best and most entertaining kids' lit going all with an eye on cultivating an early appreciation for comics, an idea we can whole-hardheartedly get behind!


Raina Telegemeier receives high praise from the critics and high-fives from her fans for the knack she has at crafting stories with realistic characters and situations that young teens can identify with. Smile's already considered a classic of the genre and Drama is well on its way to joining it.

These, and many more at your D&Q Bookstore!





Tonight! 7pm! Local artist Raymond Biesinger launches his book of prints, Black & White Illustrations!

Everyone! It's our last event of the year, and it's bound to be a good one! Going out with a bang and all that, mere days before the predicted apocalypse of December 21, 2012. Tonight, Thursday, December 13, 7pm - join us for the launch of local artist and musician, and all around swell guy Raymond Biesinger's book of prints, Black & White Illustrations!


Raymond's gorgeous prints are already very popular at the store, so it's going to be especially exciting to see his work presented in this new format! Within this book, readers will find work produced for the New York Times, artwork used by his band (the Famines), previously-hidden roughs, Xeroxed zines, and everything in between. He'll be giving a short talk about his artwork, and the event will be introduced by none other than Librairie D+Q fave Joe Ollmann. There will be refreshments, and a signing!

See you here!
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

D+Q Holiday Gift Ideas 2012

Check it! Librairie D+Q is going festive this year with a Christmas tree!
And sitting pretty under the 'lil tree are some D+Q holiday gift ideas.  Finding the perfect gift can be hard. Let us help you!

Clockwise from top: Rookie edited by Tavi Gevinson, Beethoven Birthday Party 2012 calendar by Kate Beaton, special D+Q wrapping paper (tofurkey and veggie gravy, of course) to wrap your gifts, There She Blows 2013 calendar by Kate Beaton, Pippi Moves In by Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Van Nyman, The Native Trees of Canada by Leanne Shapton, and Moomin's Winter Follies by Tove Jansson.

And sitting atop our tree is the new store mascot and guard dog, Rudy the bulldog.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

D&Q Limited Edition Wrapping Paper!

Designed by beloved D&Q managing editor, Tracy, this wrap is in, limited and wready to wrap with!


It's some delicious (probably veggie) gravy poured on peas 'n tofurkey! Buy a sheet or buy a 5-pack, up to you...depends on how much you have to wrap, wright?

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