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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Brian Ralph's robotic, raucous Reggie-12!


It's here! Brian Ralph's sitcom-style robot-boy strips have finally been put into a this hardcover beaut of a book. Equal parts send-up and homage, the jokes in here are on point but also totally off the wall—Reggie splits his time between battling foes with names like "Doomsday-99" or "Gigantaman" and, say, showing around his foreign exchange robot, Bjorn. And also seriously, let's take a a closer look at that spot gloss...


Aww yea. Not that we're biased, but this cover is very handsome!


If you're a fan of kickin' butt and/or crackin' wise, you should probably check out Reggie-12. Bonus non-robot laffs: Caspar the cat's cutting commentary is the best.
Friday, 30 August 2013

Got a dilemma? Pippi Fixes Everything!


D&Q's handsome new volume of Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman's classic 1950s comic is finally here! It is the second of a three-volume collection of Pippi's adventures, and offers many solutions to life's little problems: toothache? Toss all the candy into the sea! Children trapped in a burning building? Consult your monkey pal! Haters commenting on your red hair? Throw them in a tree! (I'll have to remember that one.)


Not to mention some GREAT ideas for super fun party games. Woo hoo!


Mostly though, Pippi(lotta) is our favourite role model for doing your own thing and having a blast doing it. Who wouldn't want to hang out with the strongest girl in the world?
Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Tonight: Shelagh Plunkett's launch of The Water Here Is Never Blue

Join us this evening at the 211 store at 7pm to celebrate the launch of Montreal-based writer Shelagh Plunkett's debut novel, The Water Here Is Never Blue.

Plunkett writes of her 1970s adolescence as a girl from Vancouver who travels with her middle-class family to Guyana and Indonesia, where her father, a civil engineer, has been posted to help with those countries’ water systems. She becomes curious about the mysterious comings and goings of her beloved but distant father. Guyana is nationalizing Canada’s bauxite mines, and Indonesians are slaughtering East Timorese a few miles away. Why is their phone tapped, why do they always have to have a suitcase packed, and why is her father working on a water project on a parched island?

For more information about Plunkett and the book, check out our earlier post! Hope to see you here! 

In the 1970s, Shelagh Plunkett, a teenage girl from Vancouver, travels with her middle-class family to Guyana and Indonesia, where her father, a civil engineer, has been posted to help with those countries' water systems. On the surface, she lives a protected life, attending girls' schools run by nuns and surrounded by household staff. But there is also a fearlessness and recklessness in the girl, hotel tryst at fifteen, swimming with piranhas, and cavorting with monkeys. The secrecy and double life of this teenager in a foreign land is paralleled by the mysterious comings and goings of her beloved but distant father. Guyana is nationalizing Canada's bauxite mines, and Indonesians are slaughtering East Timorese a few miles away. Why is their phone tapped, why do they always have to have a suitcase packed, and why is her father working on a water project on a parched island? In The Water Here Is Never Blue, an adolescent comes of age and is indelibly marked by her years abroad. But it is the adult narrator who ultimately struggles with the truth of who her father was. - See more at: http://champion.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1221120040_the_water_here_is_never_blue#sthash.bXYz1Kln.dpuf
In the 1970s, Shelagh Plunkett, a teenage girl from Vancouver, travels with her middle-class family to Guyana and Indonesia, where her father, a civil engineer, has been posted to help with those countries' water systems. On the surface, she lives a protected life, attending girls' schools run by nuns and surrounded by household staff. But there is also a fearlessness and recklessness in the girl, hotel tryst at fifteen, swimming with piranhas, and cavorting with monkeys. The secrecy and double life of this teenager in a foreign land is paralleled by the mysterious comings and goings of her beloved but distant father. Guyana is nationalizing Canada's bauxite mines, and Indonesians are slaughtering East Timorese a few miles away. Why is their phone tapped, why do they always have to have a suitcase packed, and why is her father working on a water project on a parched island? In The Water Here Is Never Blue, an adolescent comes of age and is indelibly marked by her years abroad. But it is the adult narrator who ultimately struggles with the truth of who her father was. - See more at: http://champion.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1221120040_the_water_here_is_never_blue#sthash.bXYz1Kln.dpuf
In the 1970s, Shelagh Plunkett, a teenage girl from Vancouver, travels with her middle-class family to Guyana and Indonesia, where her father, a civil engineer, has been posted to help with those countries' water systems. On the surface, she lives a protected life, attending girls' schools run by nuns and surrounded by household staff. But there is also a fearlessness and recklessness in the girl, hotel tryst at fifteen, swimming with piranhas, and cavorting with monkeys. The secrecy and double life of this teenager in a foreign land is paralleled by the mysterious comings and goings of her beloved but distant father. Guyana is nationalizing Canada's bauxite mines, and Indonesians are slaughtering East Timorese a few miles away. Why is their phone tapped, why do they always have to have a suitcase packed, and why is her father working on a water project on a parched island? In The Water Here Is Never Blue, an adolescent comes of age and is indelibly marked by her years abroad. But it is the adult narrator who ultimately struggles with the truth of who her father was. - See more at: http://champion.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1221120040_the_water_here_is_never_blue#sthash.bXYz1Kln.dpuf
Monday, 26 August 2013

Signed copies round-up!

We've had some pretty excellent events so far this year (thanks in part to your loyal attendance), and that means that we have an exciting selection of signed copies still available at the store! 

Here's the rundown:

From our BIGGEST EVENT EVER on August 7, literary rockstar Neil Gaiman's recent tale of fantasy, dark memories, and magical neighbours, The Ocean At the End of the Lane.


From last week's rousing launch party, local writer Adam Leith Gollner's probe into the infinite The Book of Immortality. And from his in-store book signing during Just For Laughs, Marc Maron's latest comedic offering, Attempting Normal.



From their joint-launch in May, local artist (and store employee!) Julie Delporte's gorgeous Journal (Koyama Press) and internationally published Hong Kong artist Chihoi's The Library (Conundrum Press).


From May's joint-launch with Lisa Hanawalt, Michael Kupperman's epic and hilarious Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Volume Two (Fantagraphics). And from the revered Gilbert Hernandez's visit to Montreal in April, his recent D+Q published semi-autobiographical work, Marble Season.

Come by and get a signed book or two! We won't even make you go through the lengthy and taxing work of waiting in a book-signing line!
Sunday, 25 August 2013

Je t'aime tellement que...



Comment faire des belles choses avec trop d'amour? Dans le vieux débat des livres pour enfants qui seraient en fait écrits pour les adultes, Anne Herbauts et son Je t'aime tellement que brouille mes pistes. L'amour qu'il décrit est à la fois si adulte qu'il fascine les enfants, et si enfant qu'il éblouit les adultes.



C'est un livre pour tout ceux qui doivent se séparer (puis retrouver) celui ou celle qu'ils aiment, que ce soit une maman ou un amant.







Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Unknown University: A newly translated collection of Bolaño's great works in his preferred medium

Though most English-speaking readers of Roberto Bolaño may primarily associate the late, great Chilean with his daunting, intricate, and weighty volumes of fiction, he was also a poet, and in fact considered poetry to be superior to all else. As one of the characters in 2666 (one of said weighty volumes) pronounces, "Only poetry—and let me be clear, only some of it—is good for you, only poetry isn't shit".

Up until now, from the Anglo vantage point, glimpses into Bolaño's poetic output have been provided by The Romantic Dogs and Tres, (and, arguably, Antwerp). These translations have felt a little like sidenotes beside his far better-known works of fiction. The publication of The Unknown University by New Directions, with translation by Laura Healey (who also translated two of the aforementioned collections), might finally establish Bolaño as a poet in English-speaking minds. It assembles all of Tres and Antwerp, and parts of The Romantic Dogs, along with a couple hundred more poems. It is a beautiful volume, too, its weight as comforting as that of 2666.


After a posthumous dud or two (ahem, Woes of the True Policeman), The Unknown University is a return to translating material that Bolaño actually wanted people to read, as opposed to dredging up half-finished fragments that he had never intended to publish. Also, the bilingual nature of the collection is a real joy for those of us to wish to "experience" the poems in their original Spanish, but who require a maddening amount of dictionary-parsing in order to arrive at any semblance of understanding.


If you feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of Bolaño's work made available in English after his death, this post at The Millions provides a very helpful overview of "the essential", "the merely excellent", and that which is "necessary for completists only" - and highly recommends this collection!
Friday, 23 August 2013

Pics from the launch of Adam Gollner's Book of Immortality!



We were very pleased to host Mile End-er Adam Gollner this week as he launched his second book, The Book of Immortality! It is quite the handsome tome.


Such a great turnout! Despite a certain inevitable sweatiness in the air (it seems that August dropped back in to visit for one day only), everyone was completely lovely and spirits were high as the store filled up.


Adam told the backstory to the interview he did with David Copperfield for Immortality, which took place rather improbably on the magician's private island in the Bahamas, which, even more improbably, is the location of the legendary Fountain of Youth. Then, oh yea, I guess it really sucks if you weren't there because Adam revealed the secret to living forever but told us all not to tell.


KIDDING. Only David Copperfield can tell you that. Anyway, it was great hanging out with all y'all! Thanks to Adam and everyone for making the night such a success.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Shelagh Plunkett launches The Water Here Is Never Blue on Wednesday, August 28

Join Penguin Canada and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly next Wednesday August 28 at 7pm, as we celebrate the launch of Shelagh Plunkett’s debut novel, The Water Here Is Never Blue: Intrigue and Lies From an Uncommon Childhood.   


In the 1970s, Shelagh Plunkett, a teenage girl from Vancouver, travels with her middle-class family to Guyana and Indonesia, where her father, a civil engineer, has been posted to help with those countries’ water systems. On the surface, she lives a protected life, attending girls’ schools run by nuns and surrounded by household staff. But there is also a fearlessness and recklessness in the girl—a hotel tryst at fifteen, swimming with piranhas, and cavorting with monkeys.

The secrecy and double life of this teenager in a foreign land is paralleled by the mysterious comings and goings of her beloved but distant father. Guyana is nationalizing Canada’s bauxite mines, and Indonesians are slaughtering East Timorese a few miles away. Why is their phone tapped, why do they always have to have a suitcase packed, and why is her father working on a water project on a parched island? In The Water Here Is Never Blue, an adolescent comes of age and is indelibly marked by her years abroad. But it is the adult narrator who ultimately struggles with the truth of who her father was.



Shelagh Plunkett is an award-winning writer and journalist. She has been published in various Canadian and U.S. journals, including The Walrus, enRoute Magazine, Geist, The Globe and Mail, and the Vancouver Sun. Plunkett currently lives in Montreal, but grew up on the west coast of Canada, in Guyana, and on Timor, Indonesia.

We hope to see you here for this exciting debut!
Sunday, 18 August 2013

Tonight! 7pm: Adam Gollner launches The Book of Immortality!!



What have we not done to live forever? In his new book, Adam Leith Gollner, the critically acclaimed author of The Fruit Hunters, weaves together religion, science, and mythology in a gripping exploration of the most universal of human obsessions: immortality. Join us tonight, Wednesday, August 21st at 7 PM for an author reading and signing at the Montreal launch of The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever.


Adam Leith Gollner has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, and Lucky Peach. The former editor of Vice Magazine, his first book is The Fruit Hunters, which was recently adapted into a feature-length documentary film. The Book of Immortality is his second book. He lives in Montreal.

Praise for The Book of Immortality: 

Part Mary Roach, part Joe Strummer of the Clash, [Gollner] injects punk energy and invention into the genre of quirky scientific nonfiction. Long may he write. - John J. Ross, The Wall Street Journal

[...] Gollner embarks on an epic quest to understand the nature of immortality. He tours cryonic facilities, attends a get-together of “immortalists” and a Harvard-sponsored anti-aging symposium, and wraps it up with a Buddhist Elixir of Life ceremony. It’s an engrossing, immensely fascinating tour. - Gabe Habash, Publishers Weekly

Wednesday, August 21 at 7 pm! 211 Bernard Ouest! 
Saturday, 17 August 2013

New cards in today from Rifle Paper Co.!

Summer is a busy time, what with so many events going on. 'Tis the season of weddings, parties and vacations, after all. If you find yourself in a position where your social calendar is blowing up with such occasions, come stock up on the appropriate cards here!


Going to a million weddings? Or welcoming new additions to your family with baby showers and birthdays? We've got you covered:


Or perhaps you've been the recipient of some gifts yourself and want to say thanks. Maybe you want to wish someone well on a move or a trip abroad? Or, you can make someone's day extra special with a pug sporting a bow-tie!


 And if a summer romance has been on your mind, we've got these cards featuring very dapper foxes and cats to to show your sweetheart how you feel! Awww, shucks.


Friday, 16 August 2013

New Javier Marías: The Infatuations!



This celebrated Spanish novelist's newest book has the trappings of a murder mystery—narrated by the witness of a seemingly random stabbing who becomes fixated on the fallout of the crime—but Marías is concerned with larger questions than simply "whodunit." Cunning digressions paint a revealing portrait of obsession, aspiration, and YES YOU GUESSED IT, infatuation.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

New Mags: n+1 and Anthology!

The new n+1 is here: The Evil Issue! This 17th edition features an essay by store-favourite Chris Kraus, fiction by Norman Rush, and much more!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Our Neil Gaiman Event!!

Question: what do you get when you book an event with a  legendary author who's just had his newest stunning bestseller published, add a gorgeous venue, a passionate team to work hard behind-the-scenes ensuring everything runs as well as humanly possible, and then, finally, 800 of the most devoted and sweetest fans you could possibly find?



Answer: a sold out Neil Gaiman event at the beautiful Rialto theatre in Montreal's Mile End!


Look at this line-up...it stretched around the block. almost reaching our shop a block & a half away! Rain clouds began to gather and were threatening to burst but the held until everyone was safely inside.


Here we have Librairie D&Q events coordinator, Aleshia (with her trusty clipboard), with D&Q creative director, Tom Devlin (without clipboard - he has a photographic memory), and FOS (friend of the store) Lisa Bee, marveling at the good-natured camraderie and excitement that Neil's fans in the line-up were exhibiting.


And here's an example! Seriously, people were so sweet!


Inside, as predicted, people hit the book tables en masse, keeping staffers Helen, Kira, Saelan, and Julie hard at work selling tons of Gaiman's newest best-seller The Ocean at the End of the Lane, as well a bunch of copies of his past masters like Coraline, Anansi Boys, American Gods, Stardust, and the Sandman series, to name only a few.


Ooh boy! Check out our brand new and super-cool banner, featuring a Tom Gauld illustration and unveiled that night for the very first time. Just as I thought: it looks great in photos!


Part of my job as Librairie D+Q's retail and events director is to welcome everyone and explain how everything's going to go down that evening, while the audience finds their seats/buys drinks and books. It's a little nerve-wracking but one of the pay-offs is an amazing photo like this one which I will blow up and place in the centre of my living room wall.


Next up was D+Q's associate publisher, the wonderful Peggy Burns. Peg's intro was perfect and detailed a little of her history with Neil (she worked with him at DC). She was my first choice for introduction duties and, as always, she pulled if off with considerable panache.

But look, both Peggy & I know you all weren't there for us (someday, Peg, someday) so we were more than happy to cede the stage to the evening's raison-d'etre...



NEIL GAIMAN! And, man, were people happy to see him. There was fierce applause, a standing ovation and then rapt silence punctuated by hearty laughs as the audience hung on his every word! Cue more applause when Neil announced that that he would be deviating slightly from the evening planned itinerary by reading from something brand new...


...it was a segment from an upcoming kids' book to be titled Fortunately, the Milk, and the story is of a good dad (he had just written about a bad one) which, we're told, will feature time travel, dinosaurs, a hot air balloon and pirates. What a treat to be given such an impromptu sneak-preview!



Then it was on to The Ocean at the End of the Lane, his newest best-seller, a supernatural adventure that began as a short story but blossomed to novel-length (he apologized to his editor who was expecting the former but was probably delighted at the development, dead-panning: "I've written a novel, I'm sorry").




Before the event's start-time, audience members wrote questions on cards provided upon entry. Neil selected a smattering of the most interesting, touching on such subjects as varied as his creative process to his hair (mentioning the time that Shirley MacLaine once grabbed ahold of his curly top thinking it was a wig!)

And then, after a short rest and arm-icing in the back, Neil sat down at the signing table and spent the next couple of hours signing and happily talking to all his fans...


...and did I mention: these were some of the sweetest and most friendly fans I've ever seen! Big thank you to the last people left in the venue, you were so patient and good-natured. 800 amazing people in one place...what a night!


So,-short recap of a long one -one of our best nights EVER. Thank you, one more time, dear Librairie D+Q customers. Your good taste and support is integral to our survival and we appreciate you dearly.

Thank you, Neil Gaiman, for making the trip to Montreal! I think it's safe to say you are welcome back anytime. We look forward to your next visit and your upcoming books!

Other important thank yous to Ezio, Karina (a Gaiman super-fan, btw!), Valerie, Garou and the rest of the staff at the Rialto for the beautiful venue and help making sure the evening ran smoothly.To Emma Ingram, Mike Mason, and Colleen Simpson at Harper Collins for their invaluable assistance in making the whole thing possible. To Neil's editor, Jennifer Brehl, who was beyond lovely to work with. To David Smith for the gorgeous photos you've just seen....and rest of my staff at the store and the D+Q office staff for working together so seamlessly on this hugely successful night! So proud of everybody... go team!!!


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