In Stock: Worn Fashion Journal: Issue 18

Everyone's favourite Toronto-based fashion journal is back with #18: The Underwear Issue. From hilariously anachronistic Victorian crotch less panties to the art of pasties, underwear is ripe to discuss. There's a great piece about nylons, which everyone remembers seeing their moms put on for ~very special~ occasions, and a beautiful photo spread of people with all sorts of body types in their skivvies. Pick it up, bask in the glory of bloomers, and enjoy!

Open-crotch panties: all the rage when you have two hundred layers of petticoat.

And don't forget, it's all Worn all the time: The Worn Archive comes out April 21st, and our Worn event will be at the Sala Rossa on Thursday, April 22nd (7:00pm).

Event recap: Sophie Yanow's launch for War of Streets and Houses

On Thursday, March 20, we were delighted to host Sophie Yanow for the launch of her new graphic novel War of Streets and Houses (Uncivilized Books)!

Look at how good the French and English editions look side by side!
Sophie welcoming her guests. The store was totally packed! 
Helen, the store Events Coordinator, giving a short introduction
After greetings and introductions, Sophie took to the stage! Accompanying her presentation with a slideshow of her work, she told us about her comics-related trajectory. Initially dissuaded from an illustrious comics career by Seth's warning that "You should get ready to be alone if you want to do comics", she ended up get excited about comic memoir through the work of Gabrielle Bell - and the rest is history! Sophie is from California, but after landing a residency at the Maison de la bande dessinée, she has stayed on in this chilly city. 

Having watched Occupy Oakland unfold from afar, Sophie became interested in documenting the Montreal student strike in comic form. She started making daily journals during the strike and learned to trust memoir as a valid artistic form. She discussed the effectiveness of obfuscation in comics, particularly when dealing with situations of protest or police encounters. 

Sophie then read us two excerpts from War of Streets and Houses, with the accompanying slides, of course!

The audience was rapt!

Sophie then did a Q&A session, in which she talked more about her editorial process, how to include friends in a book without revealing their identities, and revealed a possible future project..!

If you missed the event, we still have some signed copies of both the English and French editions of War of Streets and Houses. Sophie's signing method is to draw different things in each book, so the signed editions are particularly worth having!

Event tonight! SLS Montreal readings

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for an evening of readings as part of the Summer Literary Seminars 4-day program in Montreal. Man Booker International Prize finalist Josip Novakovich and acclaimed poet and translator Ariana Reines will read alongside Montreal writers David McGimpsey and Saleema Nawaz!

Josip Novakovich moved from Croatia to the U.S. at the age of twenty. He has published a novel, April Fool's Day, three story collections (Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Yolk, and Salvation and Other Disasters) and two collections of narrative essays as well as two books of practical criticism, including Fiction Writers Workshop. His work was anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize collection, and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Ingram Merrill Award, and an American Book Award, and he has been a writing fellow of the New York Public Library. Novakovich was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for his body of work. He has taught at Bard, Die Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Penn State, and now, Concordia University in Montreal. Josip has done many events with the store, and is always a pleasure to have with us!

Ariana Reines is a poet, playwright, and translator born in Salem, Massachusetts, She earned a BA from Barnard College, and completed graduate work at both Columbia University and the European Graduate School, where she studied literature, performance, and philosophy. Her books of poetry include The Cow(2006), which won the Alberta Prize from Fence Books; Coeur de Lion (2007); and Mercury (2011). Her poems have been anthologized in Against Expression (2011) and Gurlesque (2010). Reines’s first play Telephone (2009) was performed at the Cherry Lane Theater and received two Obie Awards. Reines has taught at Columbia University and the European Graduate School, and was the Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California-Berkeley in 2009, the youngest poet to ever hold that position. She has traveled to Haiti multiple times as part of the on-going relief efforts there. Ariana has always been a favourite at the store and we are so excited to have her read here!

David McGimpsey lives in Montreal and is the author of five collections of poetry including the recent Li'l Bastard (Coach House Books), which was named as one of the "books of the year" by both The Quill and Quire and The National Post and was nominated for the Governor General's Award. His travel and food writing has been featured in the Globe and Mail and in EnRoute magazine – where has written extensively about tacos and sandwiches. The CBC named him as one of the “Top Ten English-language poets in Canada,” and his work was the subject of the recent book of essays Population Me: Essays on David McGimpsey (Palimpsest Press). David is the Montreal fiction editor of Joyland magazine and the fiction editor of the Punchy Books imprint of DC Books. A PhD in American Literature, David McGimpsey teaches in the English Department of Concordia University. David has done many events at the store, and is always a delight!

Nawaz is also the author of the short story collection Mother Superior (Freehand Books), which was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Best First Book Prize. Her story “My Three Girls” won the Journey Prize in 2008. Originally from Ottawa, Nawaz currently lives in Montreal. - See more at:
Nawaz is also the author of the short story collection Mother Superior (Freehand Books), which was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Best First Book Prize. Her story “My Three Girls” won the Journey Prize in 2008. Originally from Ottawa, Nawaz currently lives in Montreal. - See more at:

Saleema Nawaz is the author of  Bone & Bread, which recently won the prestigious Quebec Writers' Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the short story collection Mother Superior and winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, she currently lives in Montreal, Quebec. Saleema has read at the store several times, and even launched Bone & Bread with us. We're happy to be welcoming her again!
Nawaz is also the author of the short story collection Mother Superior (Freehand Books), which was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Best First Book Prize. Her story “My Three Girls” won the Journey Prize in 2008. Originally from Ottawa, Nawaz currently lives in Montreal. - See more at:
Nawaz is also the author of the short story collection Mother Superior (Freehand Books), which was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Best First Book Prize. Her story “My Three Girls” won the Journey Prize in 2008. Originally from Ottawa, Nawaz currently lives in Montreal. - See more at: Nawaz has read at the store several times, and even launched Bone & Bread with us last year. We are happy to welcome her again!

This evening of readings falls on the third day of the Summer Literary Seminars' first 4-day program in Montreal. The program also features workshops led by Josip Novakovich, Ariana Reines, and the internationally celebrated award-winning poet, Eileen Myles.

SLS, in existence since 1998, is a program like no other: remarkably innovative and dynamic, and the only operating on three continents. Over the years, it has counted more than 1000 participants in its programs. Participants in the writing seminars will include individuals of all ages and all levels of accomplishment: gifted beginners and writers who have already begun publishing; undergraduate and graduate students of creative writing; and people turning (or returning) to writing relatively late in life. 

For more information on the program, please visit the SLS site!

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza Book Launch and Comics Workshop for Kids with James Kochalka

Join us Saturday April 26 from 10:30am - 12:30pm for the launch of James Kochalka’s new book, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza (First Second Books). A bright, wacky, ridiculous adventure, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza follows our hero as he tries to deliver a pizza after an emergency space phone call sends them on the quest. Mayhem ensues, of course.

Kochalka's book launch also includes a free workshop for kids! Attendees will help Kochalka draw the next adventure of the Glorkian Warrior and participate in a hands-on cartooning activity. Recommended ages: 5 to 10

James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. He's the author and illustrator of several popular children's book series, including Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher. Dragon Puncher Island won an Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Publication for Early Readers, but he's also won the Harvey Award and four Ignatz Awards for his books for adults. Kochalka lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two sons. Following a rich career in indie comics, The Glorkian Warrior is his first book with a traditional publisher.

New in stock: Janet Werner - Another Perfect Day!

We just received this beautiful catalogue from Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based painter Janet Werner! Published through Saskatoon's Kenderdine Art Gallery, Another Perfect Day is lavishly-illustrated with Werner's uncanny and expressionistic "pictures of women," whose very painterly distortions and compressions of bodies and costumes aptly capture the anxious vicissitudes of contemporary female selfhood -- looking and being looked-at in the pressurized era of reality TV, tumblr moodboards, and ubiquitous selfies. Almost as enticing as Werner's confectionery brushwork are the contributions by writers, which include a poem by Anne Carson, essays by painter John Kissick and writer David Balzer, and an interview by venerable critic (and Order of Canada awardee) Robert Enright -- all appearing in both French and English.

We have to admit that there's a certain appropriateness about this book arriving the day after Vogue's Kim-and-Kanye cover issue hit the stands. Like Kanya fave George Condo, Werner has a particular aptitude for translating the visual modes of celebrity culture, fashion, and advertising into paint on canvas. Bravo, Janet!

TONIGHT! 7pm! Sina Queyras launches MxT

Join us for the launch of Montreal author Sina Queyras's hotly anticipated new collection, MxT. Queyras will read from her new book and be joined by special guests Emma Healey and Katia Grubisic. Following the reading, Queyras will answer audience questions and sign books. Light refreshments will be served.

MxT, or 'Memory x Time,' is one of the formulas Queyras posits as a way to measure grief in her new book. Her poems mourn the dead by turning memories over and over like an old coin, by invoking other poets, by appropriating the language of technology, of instruction, of diagram, of electrical engineering, and of elegy itself. Devastating, cheeky, allusive, hallucinatory: MxT, published by Coach House Books, is Queyras at her most powerful.

'Poetry succeeds where science fails to measure grief in this brilliant new collection by the esteemed Queyras.' – Publishers Weekly

Queyras has been called one of the more direct and confrontational poetry critics Canada has by the Quill & Quire. And with her site Lemon Hound, she 'has provided a venue for voices – both experimental and traditional – that have frequently been marginalized by more mainstream or established publications.' On March 26, she launches a new collection of her own poetry.

Our guest readers: 

Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor and translator. Her work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications, and her collection of poems What if red ran out (Goose Lane Editions, 2008) won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.


Emma Healey is a writer and editor who currently lives in Toronto. Her first book, Begin with the End in Mind, was published by Winnipeg's Arbeiter Ring in 2012. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have been featured in various publications including Matrix, Joyland, Maisonneuve, Broken Pencil, the National Post, the Toronto Star, Said the Gramophone, the Void, CV2 and Lemon Hound. She was the recipient of the Irving Layton award for poetry in both 2010 and 2013.

Tonight! Wednesday, March 26 at 7pm! 211 Bernard Ouest!

Now in Stock: L'autobus by Marianne Dubuc

Man it rules it to be a kid when the pool of books to choose from includes the likes of this: Marianne Dubuc's newest illustrated masterpiece, L'autobus, came out last week, and it is marvelous.

L'autobus follows Clara as she embarks on her very first bus trip sans parents, an experience I'm sure we all remember as being simultaneously terrifying and ridiculously exciting. Armed with some snacks and a vest in case she gets cold (she never gets cold), she finds herself making new friends, people-watching, and even stopping a pick-pocketer.

Dubuc takes advantage of the book's format to incorporate beautiful panoramas of what seems like the most impossibly long bus of all time, and her detailed, adorable characters are entrancing. L'autobus is written & illustrated by Marianne Dubuc and published by comme des géants.

Marianne Dubuc studied Graphic Design at Université du Québec. She's an illustrator and author who has written a number of very popular children's books, including Le lion et l'oiseau, La mer, and Devant ma maison.

The Blighted Eye! A feast of original comic art!

Calling all comics fiends! The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection (Fantagraphics) is now in store and it is a strange and wondrous feast. Behold its glory!

The Blighted Eye is the most copious, the most diverse, and the most lavish compilation of original comic art ever published — all from the mind-boggling collection of Glenn Bray. Bray was an enthusiast of marginal or outsider American pop culture when he started to collect original comic art in 1965 — a time when very few people, including the artists themselves, truly valued the original art. Bray has, over the last nearly 50 years, amassed the most eclectic collection of original comic art in private hands. The Blighted Eye is not only the greatest collection of original art ever produced, but a testament to Bray's dogged and visionary commitment to preserving the work by the greatest artists working in an art form habitually sneered at by cultural gatekeepers throughout most of the 20th century.

Naturally, the collection features original art by many Librairie Drawn & Quarterly favourites, including Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Jaime Hernandez and Chris Ware:

Two Eightball covers and a birthday card (!) by Daniel Clowes
"What're Ya Tryin' T'Do?!" (unpublished) and "Neato Keeno" (from 1968) by Robert Crumb
Loving this full page action stage action shot from Jaime Hernandez!
Poster for the 2nd Annual Cardigan Festival and The Acme Novelty Library #7 cover by Chris Ware
There are also some extra special features, such as a multi-page spread showcasing a variety of artists' original Krampus/Devil cards. Glenn Bray commissioned them himself when he found that he had exhausted the world's existing Krampus holdings!

Just try and stay away from this book of temptation, I dare you!

Montreal Review of Books Spring event recap!

On Friday, March 14th, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly was pleased to host the Montreal Review of Books as they facilitated an evening of readings by Ann Charney, Christopher DiRaddo, and Elaine Kalman Naves. 

Julia opened the evening by introducing the authors and saying a few words about the MRB.

Also included in the intro was a moving dedication to Judy Mappin, champion of Canadian literature, who passed away on February 14, 2014. 

Following a toast to Judy, Melanie, the editor of MRB introduced the first author of the evening, Ann Charney, who read from her novel Life Class.

Ann explained that Life Class came from the desire to explore a life of adventure. Over the course of the story, the protagonist learns to navigate the treacherous world of the art business. She finds her own ambitions beginning to take shape during her travels. Ann read two excerpts which were unrelated to each other. One was from a chapter when Narina, the main character, is in Venice, and one was from a chapter when she is in Manhattan.

Next, Melanie introduced Christopher DiRaddo, who took the stage to read from his debut novel, The Geography of Pluto.

The Geography of Pluto is about a young gay man in Montreal and his relationship with his mother, as well as the loves of his life. Christopher read an excerpt from the first chapter of the book, which certainly made everyone want to read more. Christopher also explained that this was the first public reading for this work! 

After Christopher's reading, Melanie came back up to introduce the final reader of the night, Elaine Kalman Naves, who read from her book, Portrait of a Scandal: The Abortion Trial of Robert Notman

Elaine began by saying how thankful she was for the positive reviews that Portrait of a Scandal has been receiving. The book is part mystery, part courtroom drama, and part historical. It recounts the story of Robert Notman’s affair with a young teacher from McGill, who later received an abortion, causing quite a stir in the community.

Following the readings, the audience enjoyed some refreshments and visited with the authors. Julia also reminded everyone that MRB will be at Blue Metropolis Festival on Saturday May 3, and to sign up for the newsletter for more information. A big thank you to everyone for coming out to the event!


Join us TONIGHT,  Friday, March 21st at 7pm for the Montreal launch of the new and expanded edition of Carl Wilson's legendary book about taste, class and Céline Dion, Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste (originally from the 33 1/3 series). The evening will feature the author in conversation with Sean Michaels (of the Said the Gramophone blog and new novel Us Conductors), followed by a signing.

In 2007, Continuum published the fifty-second volume in the 33 1/3 series of books about albums. Its title, Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, seemed to suggest that it would be a book about Céline Dion. But it turned out to be so much more than that. I can say that, personally, as a guy who was working at a record store and writing music criticism when it came out, it was a book that actually, kind of, in at least a small way, changed my life. And judging by the roster of prominent writers, musicians and scholars that have contributed essays on related themes to this new, expanded edition, I'm not alone.

In the book, Wilson does indeed discuss Celine Dion -- he looks into her French-Canadian roots, meets her adoring fans, sees her Vegas show, and reviews the album (yes, the one with the Titanic song) --  but the book is so good because Wilson uses Dion as an opportunity to examine the very concept of taste, in a way that's highly erudite (he breaks down a history of aesthetic theory from Kant to Pierre Bourdieu) as well as deeply personal. By the end, Wilson crafts a kind of manifesto for what came to be known as the "poptimist" school of thought in criticism -- a kind of writing about culture that “might put less stock in defending its choices and more in depicting its enjoyment, with all its messiness and private soul tremors– to show what it is like for me to like it, and invite you to compare.” In other words, let's talk about love.

Carl Wilson is a writer and editor at The Globe and Mail and his work also has appeared in Pitchfork, Slate, The New York Times, Blender and many other publications. His pieces were selected for two of Da Capo Books' annual Best Music Writing collections, in 2002 and 2007, by guest editors Jonathan Lethem and Robert Christgau. 

TONIGHT! Sophie Yanow launches War of Streets and Houses 7pm!

TONIGHT March 20 at 7 pm, join us for the launch of Sophie Yanow's War of Streets and Houses, published by Uncivilized Books. The evening will feature a presentation on the book and a signing.

An American artist witnesses the Quebec spring 2012 student strike on the streets of Montreal. The brutal police response and their violent tactics trigger an exploration of urban planning and its hidden connections to military strategies. Marshal Bugeaud’s urban warfare tactics in Algeria, Haussmann’s plan for Paris, planning and repression in the New World; theory and personal experience collide into an ambitious and poetic cartoon memoir.

“A fascinating meeting of urban design, activism and theory of the control of the masses.” — Julien Morissette, Radio-Canada/CBC

Sophie Yanow was born north of San Francisco in 1987. In 2011 she moved to Montreal, and with the Colosse collective published In Situ, her acclaimed autobiographical comics series. She was an invited artist-researcher for the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s “C for Condo” workshop in 2012, and her work has been exhibited throughout the US and Canada. She lives in Montreal.

Thursday, March 20 at 7 pm! 211 Bernard Ouest!

Beautiful new books from Pushkin Press!

We just recently received an armful of books from the excellent Pushkin Press and they are so easy on the eyes that we had to take some photos of them for you!

Pushkin Press, based in London (UK), publishes novels, essays, memoirs, children’s books—"everything from timeless classics to the urgent and contemporary". They publish writing from around the world, including such widely acclaimed authors as Stefan Zweig, Antal Szerb, Yasushi Inoue, Andrés Neuman, Edith Pearlman and Ryu Murakami.

Gaito Gazdonov's The Spectre of Alexander Wolf is a singular classic - a psychological thriller and existential inquiry into guilt and redemption, coincidence and fate, love and death.  Nicolas Lezard of the Guardian calls it "a work of great potency" that "punches very much above its weight [as a fairly short novel]".

Bullfight, by Yasushi Inoue is the first English translation of the prolific Japanese author's debut novella. Bullfight won Inoue the prestigious Akutagawa Prize and established him as one of Japan's most acclaimed authors. From the planning of a bullfight - through Tsugami's struggle, his focus and his aloneness - he crafts something intensely memorable, a compelling existential tale.

The most recent offering from Pushkin Press is Medardo Fraile's Things Look Different in the Light, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa, the award-winning translator of José Saramago, Fernando Pessoa and Javier Marías. Medardo Fraile, born in Madrid in 1925, is considered to be one of Spain's finest short-story writers. The collection Cuentos de verdad (on which this anthology is based), won him the 1965 Premio Nacional de la Crítica. While his stories have appeared in translation in other story collections, this is the first complete anthology of his work to appear in English.

Come and get your hands on these delicacies before I buy them all for myself!

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