Anthology Issue 11

It's here! 

Put this one in your calendar, friends!

Heads up Montreal! In just under two weeks, we'll be visited by two of the funniest people in comics: Lisa Hanawalt & Michael Kupperman!

Monday May 13, 7 pm chez 211 Bernard O. This is gonna be a good one, y'all!

Miriam Katin! In Montreal! Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Sunday April 28, at 1 pm in Hotel 10 (10 Sherbrooke Ouest), Miriam will be giving her slideshow presentation at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival.

Miriam is currently touring the States and Canada with Letting It Go, her latest graphic memoir: a wry account of the myriad ways trauma inflects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.

D+Q's Chris Oliveros is going to be there to introduce and help out with the Q&A session.

Admission is free, and our pals at Cult Mtl and the Montreal Gazette have both included Miriam's talk as a 'highlight' of the fest. We hope to see you all there!

TONIGHT! Bastard Monkeys & Birds at Night: An Evening of Poetry. 7pm.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and Blue Metropolis present Bastard Monkeys & Birds at Night: An Evening of Poetry with James Pollock, Julie Bruck, Steve Luxton, Johanna Skibsrud, Carmine Starnino and Nick Thran, hosted by Sue Sinclair.

Julie Bruck is the author of The End Of TravelDownstairs, and, most recently, Monkey Ranch, which won the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

James Pollock is the author of You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada and Sailing to Babylon, which has been nominated for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Steve Luxton is the author of The Hills That Pass By, Iridium, and Luna Moth and Other Poems. His most recent collection of poetry is In the Vision of Birds.

Johanna Skibrud is the author of the Giller Prize-winning novel, The Sentimentalists. Her poetry collections are Late Nights with Wild Cowboys and I Do Not Think That I Could Love a Human Being. Her most recent book is a collection of short stories entitled: This Will Be Difficult to Explain.

Carmine Starnino is the author of the poetry collections The New World, Credo, With English Subtitles, and This Way Out, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award in Poetry.

Nick Thran is the author of Every Inadequate Name.  His newest collection of poetry is Earworm.

The evening will be hosted by Sue Sinclair.

We here at Librairie D+Q, in association with Blue Met, are honoured to present these six stellar poets!

211 Bernard Ouest, 7pm!

Mother's Day is coming!

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12th! And Spring is already kind-of-maybe-here!
We've got cards and ideas aplenty over here at the 211 store.

Chelleline Cards, based in Montreal (, makes gorgeous/adorable hand-made cards, featuring cut-paper collage and block printing. They are even featured in the current issue of Uppercase Magazine! We just got some lovely mother-centric cards from them, which are sure to be snatched up in a flash:

I mean seriously, the heart, it melts!
There are also these pretty cards from Rifle Paper Co. (

Other ideas for mothers of all stripes...

For the road-tripping mother:



For the mother who loves to eat in:


For the mother who loves to eat out:


For the cycling mother:

For the gardening mother:

For the self-sufficient urban mother:

For the archetypal symbolist mother :

For the modernist mother:


For the literary, feminist mother:


For the Moominmama:

Don't leave it until too late, now!

Talon Books Spring Poetry Launch

Last friday we were very pleased to host the launch of four new books of poetry from Vancouver's Talon Books. After some wine and chatting, the charming Daniel Zomparelli (editor-in-chief of Poetry Is Dead magazine) began the night by introducing the readers.


 First up was Wanda John-Kehewin, who offered moving meditations on the ravages of colonialism (from her book In the Dog House) that left attendees hushed and rapt.


And the second reader was Mariner James, reading from his book The Monument Cycles, which narrates some of his experiences working in Vancouver's Downtown East Side through the polyvocal perspectives of various real and fictional pieces of public art.


Next up, Stephen Collis delivered a bracing, breathless rendition of poems from To the Barricades, a book heavily inspired by his experiences with Occupy Vancouver and concerned with commonalities between revolts past and present.


And to conclude the night, the lovely and very funny Dina del Bucchia took the stage and introduced her new book, Coping with Emotions and Otters, by asking the audience to clasp hands like the Vancouver Aquarium's viral-video-famous otters so she could snap a quick phone pic.


And, being a wonderful audience, everyone obliged!


After which Dina exhorted us not to let the wine go to waste and then delighted us with some poems about self-help, jealousy, and celebrity.


Everyone had a great time! A big thank you to Daniel Zomparelli and Talon Books and to everyone who came out!

New Mag Alert: Printed Pages from It's Nice That

Sweet, sweet times. A brand new and beautiful magazine from those premiere purveyors of pretty pages: It's Nice That!

Printed Pages issue 1! Get in on the ground floor for this because it's a good one!

An interview with Chris Ware titled: The Master of Stripped-back Storytelling.

The tables are turned! PP photographs 211 fave Apartamento magazine co-founder Omar Sosa's messy digs.

An interview with Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh on their new partnership....

and lots more (like an interview with Bill Callahan and a profile on Montreal director Emily Kai Bock) a nutshell: a new and worthy batch of bound paper to join the other quality mags on your coffee table!

TONIGHT: Anansi Poetry Evening! 7pm.

Join us tonight for an evening of poetry, featuring readings from the new books of Anansi poets Michael Crummey (Under the Keel), Adam Dickinson (The Polymers), and Sara Peters (1996).

The Polymers by Adam Dickinson is structured as an imaginary science project, the varied pieces in this collection investigate the intersection of poetry and chemicals, specifically plastics, attempting to understand their essential role in culture.  

1996, Sara Peters' visionary debut collection is all about obsessions — about desire, violence, sex, beauty, and cruelty, about how they lace through our days, leaving us changed.  

Under the Keel is the brilliant new collection from Newfoundland’s Michael Crummey, the bestselling author of Galore. 

 Bring your friends so you all don't miss this together! 211 Bernard Ouest, 7pm!


This past Friday, the 211 store was delighted to host Amber Dawn, Tamara Faith Berger, and Elizabeth Bachinsky, as part of the Hottest Book Tour in Recorded History. The store was packed to the seams, not surprisingly, and what followed was hot, candid, sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, and always highly engaging.

It went something like this:

The three hot books in question

Store friend and local author Daniel Allen Cox graciously hosted the evening

Tamara Faith Berger read to us from Little Cat - a passage that she described as "eight minutes of porn about porn". I didn't realize it before, but I am definitely a meta-porn fan. The rest of the audience too, from what I could tell.

Elizabeth Bachinsky read several poems from her collection, The Hottest Summer in Recorded History. Some were hot, as promised. Others were about surprisingly hilarious things, like NAILS.

Amber Dawn read us an intriguing excerpt from her memoire, How Poetry Saved My Life. It was about having a famous actress from the 80s as a a client, and how having sex with this one-time golden girl taught her some unexpected things about herself.
Of course, we wanted to know who the actress was, but Amber left that to our imagination, which is probably better anyway.
There was a Q&A session with the writers. Why do they all write about sex? Because it's a part of everyday life (ideally)! Why leave it out?
Amber, Tamara and Elizabeth consider an audience question, while the boy with the ice cream cone looks over Amber's shoulder...
Then there was book signing!

And group photos!
It was a beautiful evening. Thank you to everyone who came, and listened, and hung out! We still have a couple copies of all three books, if you want to get your paws on them.

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