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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Tonight! Dean Garlick launches Chloes

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of local author Dean Garlick's new book, Chloes. The evening will be hosted by Melissa Bull and will include readings by Mike Spry and Dean Garlick, projections of Nicole Legault's illustrations, and music by Athena Holmes and Kent Kataoka! There will also be refreshments!

A parakeet appears on a branch outside Chloe Fortin’s window one spring morning in Montreal. Its arrival can't begin to foretell the unlikely events that follow. Chloes explores our tendency towards multiple selves. Experiencing unbounded bliss one moment, only to later find it out of reach. Or burrowing into our grief, wishing we could send another version of ourselves out into the world. When we open our lives to a stranger, sometimes our wildest fantasies are only a universe away.
Chloes is a novella with illustrations by Montreal artist Nicole Legault.

Dean Garlick is a fiction writer and fabulist living in Montreal. His first novel, The Fish, was published in 2010 on Anteism Press.

Librairie D+Q at the FBDM this weekend!

You're invited to join Librairie D+Q this weekend (Friday, May 30th-Sunday, June 1st) at Parc La Fontaine for the third annual Festival de BD de Montreal! Admission is free and most programming takes place outdoors in this be-yoo-ti-ful early summer weather we've been having. There are activities for all ages levels, a number of fascinating panels, comics galore, and sunshine. Parc La Fontaine is conveniently located by both Metro Mont Royal and Metro Sherbrooke. Here is a map.


Joining us will be a fantastic array of books and Drawn and Quarterly authors Diane Obomsawin, Pascal Girard, and our very own Julie Delporte. Pick up a copy of each of their latest and have 'em sign it. Here's our schedule- make note:

Friday, May 30th
1 pm: Festival opens for the day
4-5 pm: Julie Delporte signing
5-6 pm: Diane Obomsawin signing
8 pm: Festival closes for the day

Saturday, May 31st
10 am: Festival opens for the day
12-1 pm: Pascal Girard signing
2-3 pm: Julie Delporte signing
6 pm: Festival closes for the day

Sunday, June 1st 
10 am: Festival opens for the day
1-2 pm: Pascal Girard signing
2-3 pm: Diane Obomsawin signing
5 pm: Festival closes for the year

If you love comics (like we do) and Montreal (like we do), we hope to see you there!
Sunday, 25 May 2014

Recap: Heather O'Neill at the Rialto Hall

On Saturday, May 10, we had the honour of hosting Montreal luminary Heather O'Neill at the Rialto Hall to launch her new, much-anticipated book, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night! Heather read several excerpts from the book, and engaged in a lively, thought-provoking discussion with musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer of Little Scream. The room was packed and an awed hush reigned as long as Heather was onstage. After the presentation and discussion, Heather met her many fans and signed books for all!

Here are some photos from that lovely evening! I should mention that this is the first time we've done an event in the newly refurbished Rialto Hall, and that it is a beautiful space (the photos don't quite do it justice).

A delectable spread!



Store staff member Kira working the book table
Most helpful, youngest staff members of the evening: Ella and Esme, directing traffic!
Other most helpful, youngest staff member of the evening: Oliver, taking tickets!
The stylish crowd!
Laurel Sprengelmeyer giving a warm welcome to Heather O'Neill!
Heather began the evening by reading the (two-page long) first chapter of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, "Girls! Girls! Girls!", which deftly sets the scene for this complex love letter to Montreal. Cats, cars full of barely-of-age boys, strip joints and the girls who work in them, and the Quebec French accent all make appearances.

Heather was then joined onstage by Laurel! The rapport between the two was palpable and a pleasure to witness! We especially enjoyed the ongoing joke (or perhaps not) that everything Heather writes comes true... Heather also took questions from the audience. Discussion ranged from the great Quebec singers who inspired the character of Étienne Tremblay ("the worst of them all!"); to Heather's writing process (very involving, due to the many recurring details she weaves into her text - for instance, did you know that a cat appears on nearly every page of the book?); to the difficulties of translating a Quebec book from English to "international" French.



After gracing us with another reading from the book (from Chapter 13, "The Lazy Day Revolution"), Heather welcomed her many fans at the signing table, and spent time chatting with each person. She was smart and charming and certainly deserves all the fans she has!

Thank you to everyone who attended! And if you missed it, don't worry - we still have signed copies of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night at the store for you!
Thursday, 22 May 2014

Recap: Conundrum Cavalcade Plus One!


On Thursday, May 8th, the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly had a majestic night of comics with Conundrum Press! Above is, as described by moderator Sam Alden, a "hot mess of new books," from Québécois legends Jimmy Beaulieu and Réal Godbout, Toronto-based Mark Connery, and local artist Meags Fitzgerald's first book!


Sam Alden did a great job moderating, and started off the evening by bringing Réal and Jimmy up for a Q&A. Best Alden one liner of the night, by the way: "The theme of this evening is let’s take people who sit in a chair in an office all day and put them on a stage."


Canadian Hall of Fame artist Réal Godbout was there to present his first work in English, an adaptation of Kafka's Amerika. Celebrated Quebec comics artist Jimmy Beaulieu was showcasing My Neighbour's Bikini, his second translation for Conundrum's BDANG imprint. Godbout recalled a time when there was really no comic scene to be heard of, and a period when there was much more emphasis on magazines. Jimmy discussed the many changes in the industry - in the 80s it was more humour based, 90s were underground punk fan zines. When he started in the late 90s, early 2000s the publishers that started at that time were all former booksellers. They put emphasis on books and not magazines; they thought there was more permanence to a book.


Up next was Mark Connery, whose zines have been described as portals to other dimensions, hilarious friction, and anarchist scratchscapes. He was launching his anthology of Rudy comics, edited by Marc Bell, with a few pieces that had been previously published by Conundrum. Connery described the book's format, which went reverse chronologically, over 23 years of work. So like a backwards history of cats and fish and whatnot. Mark read as the characters, which was hilarious and surreal, and ended by saying, "So, uh, some of these are better to look at than to hear. Some of these drawings are pretty neat."


The final presenter was Meags Fitzgerald, whose book Photobooth: A History, has been getting rave reviews all over the place. Meags has chronicled the photobooth’s fortuitous history and the events which have given rise to the desperate need to save them. Meags charmingly brought up how, if you knew her, you knew she could "talk at length about things nobody cares about," so she got a friend to write interview questions to "minimize ramblings."


Afterwards, all of these immensely talented artists stuck around to sign copies. It was such a great night, and we had an awesome time. Congrats to everyone involved!

TONIGHT!! Secondhand Prom and Launch Party for the WORN Archive!

Drawn & Quarterly and WORN Fashion Journal are teaming up! We are excited to invite you to the Secondhand Prom and Launch Party for the new and beautiful WORN Archive (Drawn & Quarterly)! Join us TONIGHT at La Sala Rossa (4848 boul. St-Laurent) at 8pm for this special event!

You can expect an evening of dancing, rad secondhand fashion, and readings. Editor Serah-Marie McMahon and other Wornettes will be on hand to present The WORN Archive, a deluxe new collection of WORN's first eight years in print. Prom-dance to the vintage pop, soul, and new wave vinyl of DJ Teddy the K.

Tickets $5 (worth $5 off The WORN Archive) or free with any purchase of the book. On sale now at Librairie D+Q. 

We're so excited to be collaborating with WORN! Their magazine is a consistent bestseller at the store and we can't wait to celebrate their work. Check out Marcela's post for more about The WORN Archive - out now! 

Facebook event here.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Michael Deforge's A Body Beneath!


Freshly-delivered from Koyama Press is this anthology of Michael DeForge’s multi-award winning anthology Lose! For anyone who missed Deforge's early "floppies",  Body Beneath collects issues 2-5, but not issue 1, because as Deforge's introductory comic "Context" explains, "Lose #1 is a very bad comic book!" We might beg to differ, but this anthology nonetheless offers a great opportunity to track the development of Deforge's singular vision and demented productivity. Each issue of Lose originally collected a year's worth of work, and while his signature elements of black humour and surreal body horror were there from the beginning, you can watch his narrative capability grow in leaps and bounds between Lose #2 and #5. If you haven't caught the virulent, flesh-eating, euphoria-inducing bug that is Deforge-mania, A Body Beneath is a great place to start!

Michael DeForge was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and as an effects, props, and character designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time.

TONIGHT! Graphic Novel Book Club pick: Seiichi Hayashi's Red Colored Elegy!

Join us at the store TONIGHT Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss Seiichi Hayashi's marvelous Red Colored Elegy!

Red Colored Elegy, originally published in Japanese in 1970-71, portrays the sparse world of a melancholy, disenfranchised couple, who struggle to get by and to relate to one another. Seiichi Hayashi was inspired by both the underground Japanese comics of the time and French New Wave cinema, the result of which is a disorienting and achingly beautiful graphic portrayal of love, or something like it.




Hayashi was trying to import the disjunctive innovations of French new-wave cinema to the comics page. The result is a condensed visual poetry that still feels avant-garde nearly forty years later. – Chris Lanier, for The Believer

Seiichi Hayashi’s elegant and startling images mix cartooning with keen observation to unfurl a narrative as delicate as a moth’s wing. – David Mazzucchelli, City of Glass

Hosted by store staffer Helen Chau Bradley. Refreshments will be provided and conversation will be lively - and bilingual! Come one, come all! The event is free and there is a 20% discount on Red Colored Elegy starting now!
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Recap: Mile End Crime Night with Maisonneuve & the Blue Met Festival!


Crime night, yay! We gotta say, we don't usually get to do super crime heavy launches (unless Pascal Girard's Petty Theft counts), so it was so exciting to have this event in conjunction with Maisonneuve and the Blue Metropolis Festival on Friday, May 2nd! In tow were three international authors: Koethi Zan, Wolf Haas, and Carlo Lucarelli


Introducing them was Montrealer Amanda Cockburn, who let us know about Blue Met's live tweeting presence (oooh) and who had an event of her own to dash to after the whole night was over.


First up was the lovely Koethi Zan, born and raised in rural Alabama. A Yale Law school graduate and spent fifteen years of her life as an entertainment lawyer. Of our bookstore, Zan said, "I could live in this space!" which, we're not gonna lie, we hardcore blushed at. 

From Koethi's website, The Never List is about "best friends Sarah and Jennifer [keeping] what they called the 'Never List': a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism." (Koethi Zan) Man was this reading dark! We were scared to like, leave the store after hearing it.


From the moment the statuesque Wolf Haas stood at the way-too-short microphone and declared, "My mother always told me not to make a hunchback," we knew he would be a delight; a renowned Austrian crime novelist with an adorable sense of humour to boot. He described the difficult job his translators always had with his specific tone, which he said was near impossible to replicate in another language. "If it sounds bad, don't blame the translator, blame me." His reading, from had the whole crowd in hysterics, was from Resurrection, from a tense-not-tense moment with a confusingly non-exploding gas station on fire. 


"Apologies for my Tarzan English... you know, me Tarzan? You Jane?" was author, TV presenter, and magazine editor Carlo Lucarelli's opening remark. He read from The Damned Season, the second in his De Luca trilogy, originally published in Italian in the 1990s. His reading was brief, as he had forgotten his glasses, but it left everyone wanting more.


Afterwards, Amanda hosted the Q&A, where the her and the audiences' fabulous questions were answered in depth. The first question: Do you scare yourself sometimes? Zan responded by praising the power of fear in crime novels, saying that in a way, the author becomes guilty of the crime. "You see what you can do to the reader. You become the perpetrator, but in a totally safe way!"


When asked if he wrote with a strict plan in mind, Lucarelli responded that, while he had initially carefully plotted the De Luca trilogy, when he started to spend time with the character, he noticed that he wasn't do what Lucarelli was telling him to do. In getting to know the character he realized that he needed different plot points. So it took longer, but in the end, he was happier with the result, because it was true to the character.


When asked how the authors built suspense, and created those peaks and valleys throughout their novels, Wolf Haas was ready to go: "I’ll go first because I have a very disappointing answer,” he said.  He’s not at all interested in suspense, and uses suspense as a pretext for all the other things you need to get right in a book. 

Thanks again to Maisonneuve, the 2014 Blue Metropolis Festival, and everyone who came out to this wonderful showcase of international crime writing talent!
Monday, 19 May 2014

Recap: Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day hit the store on Saturday, May 3, and what a whirlwind it was! An assortment of free comic books were available for kids and adults alike, along with snacks!

Check out what all the noise was about:

Local celebrities gather at the snack table...
...you may know these fine fellows from their very popular Creature Colosseum cards!
It was a great day! Thanks to everyone who came out and drank all that juice so we didn't have to!

Recap: Padma Viswanathan Launches The Ever After of Ashwin Rao


On May 1st, the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly was so pleased to have Padma Viswanathan launch her book The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, in conjunction with the 2014 Blue Metropolis festival!


Geeta Nadkarni, a member of the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada and Quebec Writers’ Federation as well as a professional author, gave a lovely and thoughtful introduction. Viswanathan's first book, The Toss of a Lemon, received high praise, and Nadkarni shook things up a bit by suggesting they do a reading followed by a circle discussion!


The Ever After of Ashwin Rao revolves around families who lost loved ones in the 1985 Air India bombing. The book explores post 9/11 Canada, and the violent politics instilled in North American culture. Padma reads a section in which one of the characters undergoes a crisis of faith. He gets into his car, “as North Americans do, and drives.” She also sang a mantra, acapella, before the group joined up for the circle discussion.


Padma was asked about her writing methods. Did she write a certain amount every day? Was she consistent? She responded that she wished she could write poetry, since you can get a draft out in one sitting. With children, too, it made consistent writing schedules difficult.

Regarding the controversial subject matter, Padma said that all the objective verifiable facts were heavily researched and clear, but that she was trying to get below that to the sentiment that would be underneath the surface. She was not afraid of being disputed on some of the smaller elements.

Her inspirations for the "within and without narrator" of Ashwin Rao came less from The Great Gatsby and more from contemporary titles such as The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Once again, thanks to Padma, Geeta, the Blue Met, and everyone who came out!
Saturday, 17 May 2014

¡¡¡TCAF RECAF!!!

Hey all! So we went to TCAF and became your mid-May Santa Claus, so get ready for this barrage of new, cool, totally wicked-awesome, and occasionally conceptually mesmerizing (we're lookin' at you, Shaqzine) comics! Speaking of Shaqzines...


Oh, Shaqzine, how do I even begin? Certainly one of our highlight TCAF purchases, Shaqzine is, well, it’s a fanzine about Shaquille O’Neal, and it’s the greatest. With contributors ranging Neil Hershberger to Chloe Silver, Shaqzine has something for all your Shaq needs. Rorshaq test? You got it. Shaq Paper Doll? But of course. And as witnessed by Shaqzine's Tumblr, the fine folks behind Shaqzine are just getting started. 


Jordan Speer's new book with Space Face, QCHQ, is a gorgeous photo-realistic set of landscapes, some panoramic, with an underlying narrative about a space-age Panoptic & Sanitation company that is doing an overview of a recent tomb digging. Things get crazy. 


Jesse Jacobs! Woop! We love Jesse Jacobs and have been fawning over his newest Koyama title, Safari Honeymoon, so how could we resist the Young Safari Guide zine? It's fabulously printed on neon green paper and features a host of gorgeously surreal beasties you've come to expect from Jacobs.


Josephine M.K Edwards is a Brit by birth, making comics that are sassy, incredibly well drawn, and wildly unique. We picked Emmy up at the Space Face table, and it's so metal. There's no way Edwards isn't going to be going big places in the future. \m/


The PEOW Comics booth was basically too crazy to even get near for most of the week-end, but I managed to part the seas on Sunday, for I could not leave the convention without a bit of Baby Goose. How could I resist a Baby Goose zine with a line like this:"I'm on a bike, riding to kiss your face, REALLY HARD." This zine is perfect for any little cutie in your life who needs to know that Ryan G. feels the same way about them as they feel about him. 


We stocked up on the first two issues of Eric Kostiuk's Hungry Bottom Comics! Eric's comics are a great mix of humour and reflection; in the first issue he explores his formative years navigating Toronto's gay scene, and a casual rebound relationship that leads to an HIV scare. His experiences push him towards contemplating his relationship with his femininity, and years of self-shame about it. 

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You will straight up not believe it but we have SO MUCH MORE. Come visit us! Come gawk at all the new things we lovingly hand-gathered at TCAF for you! Our only regret is not getting staff uniforms from the MASSIVE booth.

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