Kinfolk 7 - Now in store!

The seventh issue of Kinfolk Magazine is here! 

This issue is an ode to ice cream, with an article on its origins, ice cream-related childhood memories, a feature on a new ice cream business and a photo essay entitled Floral Scoops. The rest of the magazine is spring-themed, with a seafood harvest story, a coastal biking trip story, a guide for enjoying the season, and more...

Tonight! Nicole Brossard and Jocelyne Saucier! 7pm.

We are delighted to welcome francophone literary legend (and winner of multiple Governor General's Awards) Nicole Brossard and award-winning author Jocelyne Saucier for the launch of White Piano and And the Birds Rained Down in English. The event will be hosted by Saucier's translator, Rhonda Mullins, and will include bilingual readings, a book signing and a discussion on the translation of the works.

'Brossard conflates writing with lovemaking – "at the hour of bedsheets or ink" -- the poems forming a grammar of desire, like a diagrammed body ... The translation Brossard is obsessed with here is of a different sort, the translation of bodily memories, resurrecting old loves. For Brossard words cover the wounds, "colours that precede / the iodine of words / torment of punctuation."' – The Believer

Nicole Brossard is an influential Quebec writer who published her first work in 1965. She is the author of numerous award-winning poetry collections and several novels and is also the founder of the important Quebec literary journal La Barre du jour.

'[And the Birds Rained Down is] a story that grinds your insides to pulp and leaves you wanting more. Nostalgic and beautifully grotesque ... this novella will awe you' – The Coast

And the Birds Rained Down is the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, as well as the Grand Prix de la ville de Montreal and about a half-dozen other prizes. 

We hope to see you


Inside the dreams of Georges Perec: La boutique obscure: 124 dreams

As someone who a) has, on and off for years, kept a sort of fitful dream journal, and b) is a total Oulipo fan, I am very excited to delve into this never-before-translated edition of Georges Perec's "nocturnal autobiography".

Perec is known for writing with, or through, various self-imposed literary restrictions (La disparition was written without using the letter "e", and La vie mode d'emploi employed an intricate mathematical, puzzle-like system of narrative rules), and for being a founding member of the Oulipo (ouvroir de littérature potentiel). He kept a dream journal from 1968-1972, in which, rather than engaging in the more expected Freudian analysis of symbols and possible meanings, he instead recorded every dream element and image he could remember, in a matter-of-fact style that deftly captures the  fragmented recollections of the just-awoken.

An excerpt from dream No. 19, August, 1970:

"Three famous actors, wrinkled like old Western heroes (Stewart, Fonda, etc.) are seated at a table, smiling as they handle thick rolls of dollars.
Wide shot: a roll of blue and yellow bills, differing only by the digit: $500, $500, $100, etc., a long stretch of $1 bills in the middle, then back to large denominations.

In the meantime, I learn that I'm going to be a father, then that I am: the child was born, I wasn't even told.

I walk down a long hallway, trying to thin of a suitable name: it needs to be very short (like Jorg') or very long. Didier, for instance, would not work."

Guy Delisle - Le Guide du Mauvais Père

Après plusieurs années consacrées aux romans graphiques de tourisme géopolitique, Guy Delisle retourne aux anecdotes parentales, un peu comme on en a vu dans Louis au ski (2006).

Le format du Guide du Mauvais Père est similaire à celui de la série de Bastien Vivès, elle aussi publiée par Shampooing/Lewis Trondheim: des gags qui reposent sur un dialogue rythmé, un dessin conscis et un humour "politiquement incorrect."

Par contre, chez Delisle, on n'en vient pas à frapper les enfants quand ils touchent aux Astérix de papa sans sa permission. Pour ça il faut se référer au tout nouveau, et ultime, tome de Bastien Vivès chez Shampooing: La Bande Dessinée.

Pour en revenir au Guide du Mauvais Père - c'est avec un plaisir coupable qu'on y retrouve Guy et ses multiples tentatives d'avoir du bon temps sur le dos de son fils et de sa fille. Au moins deux tomes sont prévus, et entre chaque sortie, il est possible de lire les planches mise en ligne sur le blog de Delisle.

D+Q is releasing the English edition of this new collection of light gag comics by Guy Delisle (Pyongyang, Jerusalem), it will be out as a book titled A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting in time for Father's Day!

It all begins with a letter...

More beautiful reissues by Penguin, again and again! With their new DROP CAPS series, Penguin goes through every letter of the alphabet and every color of the rainbow to bring you some classics literary works. These books don’t only look good, but they are also the softest books I have ever held in my hands (softer than a peach I tell you!). So far, they have released letters A to F, and it is looking great:

A: Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
B: Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre
C: Willa Cather My Ántonia
D: Charles Dickens Great Expectations
E: George Eliot Middlemarch
F: Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary

Boneshaker No.11!

Pop-a-wheelie, everyone...the newest issue of the excellent bike magazine, Boneshaker, has parked itself at 211!

In this issue: the history of the tall bike, the Bomberdrome Bicycle Wall of Death, Buying Bikes: the vicious Ebay cycle...and much more. Hop on!

Geneviève Castrée - Susceptible Launch

This Tuesday we had the immense pleasure of having Geneviève Castrée in store for the Montreal stop of her North-American tour with D+Q's english edition of her autobiograpy Susceptible.

Before we go through the photos of the night, let's take a moment to acknowledge how delicious and colourful this meal looks. Left to right: the Chief, Not-Geneviève (just kidding, it's totally Geneviève, she's just being camera-shy), Julie Doucet, Julia, Peggy and Diane 'Obom' Obomsawin.

The crowd early on. If you look closely enough, and if you know your Montreal comics scene well enough, you can spot several familiar faces, like Benoît from L’Oie de Cravan books. He put out Geneviève's first two books, as Chris just mentionned in this recent blog post.

Here's Geneviève on stage, starting her presentation in front of the French (L'Apocalypse) and English editions of Susceptible.

She treated us with stories and pictures of her childhood, which made me feel like we were getting this very exclusive bonus chapter added to the book... for free!

A Q&A session followed, with topics ranging from the reactions of Geneviève's family to how she manages to draw the most perfect snowflakes.

Here's Geneviève signing. I love that our Tintin rocket is in the background. Minutes before this, Geneviève was citing Tintin as one of the comics she read as a kid, along with Croc and Claire Bretecher's Frustrés (omg!).

She left us with signed stock, come get some before it's too late!

Here are Julie and Diane again. Speaking of Diane, you have to check out her new website, it's amazing. And when you're done, read this great interview with Julie for Lemonhound. Gotta love the Anouk Ricard shoutout!

Look at these perfect smizes! Thanks everyone for coming, and thanks Geneviève Castrée for your great presentation and incredible graphic novel.

Geneviève is still touring, catch her in Portland, OR on Thursday March 7 (Floating World Comics) and in Seattle on Saturday March 9 (Fantagraphics Bookstore).


We here at Librairie D&Q really liked Simon Garfield's last book, Just My Type, which told the story of fonts and profiled their creators, so we're also pretty excited for his newest one: On The Map.

Subtitled A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, On The Map tells the stories of maps , focusing on their creators and curators and their cultural significance today. The Guardian  called On The Map "...a survey of some of the most intriguing and thought-provoking moments in map history, narrated with a level of detail, colour and liveliness of which the most ambitious mapmaker would be proud."

Lucky Peach Issue 6!

It's here! LP6!

In this issue:
An interview with Michael Pollan.
Roast Chicken recipe by Magnus (Faviken) Nilsson.
Pastapocalypse by Mark Ladner
Armaeggdon recipe by Mark (Pavement) Ibold.
Jellyfish recipes!
Interview with Paul Kludt, Massachusetts Department of Health

Not in the issue:
Stories about owls.
Celebrities favourite post-Oscars hook-up stories.
80's Christian metal bands pick their favourite breakfast spots.
The short fiction of Aileen Quinn.
Hello Larry: An Oral History.

Susceptible! Geneviève Castrée! Tonight!

Come on down to Ye Olde Librairie! Tonight we are thrilled to be hosting...

Geneviève Castrée will be giving a short talk (in English) about the process of creating Susceptible and about the semi-autobiographical story itself. This will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. 7 pm, Librairie D+Q, 211 Bernard O. You know what to do! 

The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio

I let out an audible gasp when I got my hands on this one, and here's why you should too:

Moto Hagio is a genius, and while she is widely and critically recognized as a master graphic novelist, this is only her second book to get an English release. The first one was 2010's amazing Drunken Dream, also put out by Fantagraphics.

Like the other Magnificent 49ers (the legendary first wave of female comic artists), Hagio's work is fearlessly avant-garde and visually stunning. Over her fruitful and now slightly less under-translated career, she has set the bar for all manga artists to follow, up to this day, and not just shonen-ai or shoujo mangaka.

Taking place in an all-boys German boarding school, The Heart of Thomas is a bildungsroman rich in tragedy, emotions and secrets. The story begins with the haunting overlap of the titular character's suicide, a 14-year-old jumping over a fence and in front of a running train, and the bittersweet poem he wrote about "always living in his eyes" before "this boyhood love will be flung against some sexless, unknown, transparent something."

That morning, Thomas had sent an ambiguous love letter to Juli - a model student who quickly verbalizes his dislike for the boy. We'll follow his emotional growth throughout the book, as he learns to cope with his emotional scars, with Thomas' death and most importantly with the tumultuous arrival of Eric, a new student who happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to the deceased character.

Left to fend for themselves in the face of unknown feelings, guilt, frustration, secrecy and despair, Hagio's characters come off as complex and relatable - hopefully I'm not alone on this, am I right?

I avidly read the French translation this past Christmas and this captivating and melancholic book is still on my mind. I gladly noticed that this edition put out by Fantagraphics is slightly bigger, and it's a real treat to not only enjoy Hagio's seminal story in English, but also to appreciate her beautiful artwork in such detail.

Susceptible in the Montreal Gazette!

It looks like I'm not the only one getting a little excited about our...

Ian McGillis pens a glowing recommendation of Geneviève Castrée's Susceptible in today's Montreal Gazette, saying:

"Susceptible charts the thorny path from confusion to hard-won wisdom as only the best fiction can, building up to an ending that’s genuinely moving. The world would be a richer place if even a fraction of the Twilight masses tuned in to books like this one, books that show young people groping toward a sense of identity through narratives that unfold in the world of real cause and effect, without leaning on fantasy. Awkward girls — and their guy counterparts, and anyone who remembers what it was like to be either — will have a friend in Goglu."

Lucky human that I am, I've gotten a preview of Geneviève's presentation, and it's going to be A-W-E-S-O-M-E, so seriously dudes, come on out. Wine, beautiful art, and good stories. What more does a soul need on a dreary February evening? Tuesday February 19th, 7 pm, 211 Bernard O!

New ACQTASTE Magazine!

 Issue No. 3 of the fabulous food mag ACQTASTE has arrived!

ACQTASTE (or 'Acquired Taste') is a great little mag that devotes itself to an increasing awareness of the best food from around the world. 

 In this issue: articles Christina Tosi, the desserts-maker at the Momufoku Milk Bar, Lucky Peach Magazine co-founder, Peter Meehan, Chef Andrew Carmellini, and much more!

Love, children's books, and the FBI

Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a book on CROCKETT JOHNSON AND RUTH KRAUSS, the creative couple behind classic children’s works such as THE CARROT SEED and HOW TO MAKE AN EARTHQUAKE. Although Johnson is better known for his solo work HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON and his BARNABY strip, the duo actually did a lot of collaborative work together and had quite the interesting life. Did you know that they were actually under FBI investigation for years due to their political beliefs during the McCarthy era. Crazy right?! Also crazy: the cover is designed by none other than the masterful Chris Ware!

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