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Saturday, 30 August 2014

New in stock: Even More Bad Parenting Advice by Guy Delisle!


Drawn & Quarterly is delighted to be the publisher of the second volume of parenting misadventures by acclaimed Quebec comic artist Guy Delisle! Delisle rose to prominence with his award-winning travelogues of journeys in North Korea, Jerusalem, Burma, and China, but his Users Guide to Neglectful Parenting has been a sleeper hit with a lighter series of self-deprecating vignettes that depict the author as a lax, lovably immature stay-at-home dad. Even More Bad Parenting Advice offers exactly what it promises: watch as Delisle bribes his children with ice cream and video games, threatens them with shark attacks and homeless houseguests, and zones out during PTA meetings. Fun for the whole family!

Friday, 29 August 2014

New in stock: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier!


There's something very charming about the graphic memoir. From Guy Delisle to Alison Bechdel, the medium has allowed some fantastic storytellers the space to stroll down memory lane. Now among their number is Raina Telgemeier, whose newest book, Sisters, tells the story of a summer family road trip taken the year before high school.


A companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Smile, Sisters takes on the well-tread topic of sibling relationships, with vicious fighting made worse by rising temperatures, pet deaths, and parents potentially splitting up. Ultimately, the memoir shows that despite high tempers, Raina and her sister Amara will always have each others' backs, and that long and difficult summers are made better with company.

With straightforward dialogue (perfect for the book's eight to twelve age range) and clean, cartoon-like art, Telgemeier keeps things simple, but her work is the richer for it. When the New York Times says you write stories we have all lived, and tell them "in a way that feels uncomfortable yet transcendent," you know you're doing something right.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fall silkscreening workshop with Leyla Majeri

Great news! Montreal artist Leyla Majeri will be back at the store in October to give a 3-night silkscreening course! Get in touch with us to reserve your spot!


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Two books about books and looking from designer Peter Mendelsund


If the cover of Peter Mendelsund's Cover is arresting, it's no accident: Mendelsund is one of the most sought-after designers of book covers in publishing, and Cover is a monograph on his work. Opening it, I was surprised to see that not only do I recognize almost all of his book covers, but a huge number of books in the store that we like to prominently display because of their striking looks are, in fact, Mendelsund designs, including editions of classics by Kafka, Nabokov, James Joyce, Julio Cortazar, and Simone de Beauvoir as well as newer titles by Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Martin Amis, Stieg Larsson, Mark Z. Danielewski, Charles Yu, Jo Nesbø, and James Gleick, among many others. The interviews with authors he's worked with are lively, but the best part is the documentation of his process, including dozens of unused designs that he tossed out on the way to his finished versions.


In a bookstore, the design of a cover is no trivial matter. Excellent titles that might otherwise have languished in a backlist can get a sudden boost from the right presentation. I quite clearly remember our enthusiasm when we saw that we could stock (and sell) more copies of De Beauvoir's A Woman Destroyed when it was reissued with Mendelsund's stylish, green-lipstick-kissed cover -- and the same goes for recent reissues of Kafka. And would I have noticed Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi's fascinating sci-fi novel The Man with the Compound Eyes if not for Mendelsund's intriguing, enigmatic cover? Maybe not.




The truism is that you're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but the fact is that smart publishers tend to ensure that their best titles get the look they deserve...often by calling Mendelsund, it would seem. Clearly, he has a gift, not just for catching the eye but for finding a visual shorthand that distills the essence of the book in question. More than just a flashy window-dresser, Mendelsund really understands how literature works. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to think of him as a critic in the guise of a designer.


Which brings us to his other book, released simultaneously with Cover. What We See When We Read is a combination of literary criticism, pop psychology, and an art book in itself. In it, Mendelsund explains, with copious visual aids, what happens in the mind's eye when we scan words on a page. Full of philosophical reflections on the experience of reading, What We See When We Read also tells us a lot about how a designer thinks. As Mendelsund puts it in a revealing interview in the New York Times: "I do this in my job with the view of actually putting something on a book cover. All of these steps are taking place for me every day—the reading, the translating of the reading into the imagination, and the translating of the imagination into an actual physical artifact. It has to be generalized enough that other people can look at the cover and say, 'That’s the kind of thing I would imagine as well.'"


The praise on the back of What We See When We Read is also (understandably) lavish. D&Q's own Chris Ware says: "It reads as if the ghost of Italo Calvino audited Vladimir Nabokov's literature class and wrote his final paper with the help of Alvin Lustig and the Radiolab guys." Wow!

Also revealed in that NYT interview is a hint of Mendelsund's next project: a redesign of the works of Italo Calvino. A more perfect match for Mendelsund's talents could hardly be imagined and his discussion of some of the rejected concepts is painfully exciting, in part because he reveals a series of exquisite ideas that will never see the light of day. Rest assured, however, that we will be stocking all the new editions as they become available.
Saturday, 23 August 2014

New in stock: MEGAHEX by Simon Hanselmann!


Who knew a comic about a witch, a cat, and an owl getting high could be "too real"? Well, Melbourne's Simon Hanselmann is here to amuse and/or depress the hell out of you with his tales of stoner mischief, depravity, and roommate-cruelty. Marvel as Werewolf Jones sticks foreign objects up his butt as party entertainment, Mike the Warlock explains his job (working in receivals at K-Mart), and Megg the Witch and Mogg the cat engage in interspecies romance while subjecting the hapless Owl to an endless variety of humiliating pranks.

Megahex is Hanselmann's biggest collection to date, a hefty hardcover with over 200 pages, featuring plenty of previously unpublished "adventures". Want to hear some praise for this book from the giants of comics? Okay then! Daniel Clowes says" "Simon Hanselmann is the real deal, for sure. He captures that stoner stay-at-home lifestyle so accurately that I actually find his comics really depressing and thank god I don't ever have to hang out with anybody like that ever again." Peter Bagge, meanwhile, says, "What's not to love?" We can't help but agree.
Monday, 18 August 2014

Graphic Novel Book Club August edition: Chester Brown's Ed the Happy Clown

Each month, we choose a graphic novel to discuss at the store. Our graphic novel club is open to all! This month, come discuss Chester Brown's Ed the Happy Clown with Drawn & Quarterly's Managing Editor Tracy Hurren! This is happening Wednesday, August 20th at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided! Lively conversation will be had!

**There will be a 20% discount on Ed the Happy Clown from now until the book club meeting!**

Why you should be excited:
In the late 1980s, the idiosyncratic Chester Brown (author of the much-lauded Paying For It and Louis Riel) began writing the cult classic comic book series Yummy Fur. Within its pages, he serialized the groundbreaking Ed the Happy Clown, revealing a macabre universe of parallel dimensions. Thanks to its wholly original yet disturbing story lines, Ed set the stage for Chester Brown to become a world-renowned cartoonist. Ed the Happy Clown is a hallucinatory tale that functions simultaneously as a dark roller-coaster ride of criminal activity and a scathing condemnation of religious and political charlatanism. As the world around him devolves into madness, the eponymous Ed escapes variously from a jealous boyfriend, sewer monsters, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a janitor with a Jesus complex. Brown leaves us wondering, with every twist of the plot, just how Ed will get out of this scrape. 

The intimate, tangled world of Ed the Happy Clown is definitively presented here, repackaged with a new foreword by the author and an extensive notes section, and, as with every Brown book, astonishingly perceptive about the zeitgeist of its time.

Recap: New York Lit Night in Montreal


New York Lit Night in Montreal has come and gone, taking with it some great talent from south of the border. The event, which took place August 8th at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, was presented by This Is Happening Whether You Like It Or Not! and was more of an informal gathering of friends than a reading (and had the comfy sweaters and ecigarettes to prove it).


The writers were introduced by Guillaume Morissette (New Tab) and Metatron Press founder Ashley Opheim, who seemed to think of finding new and increasingly grand ways to compliment the writers as a personal challenge (albeit not a particularly difficult one). 


First up was Sarah Jean Alexander, who immediately ingratiated herself to the audience by complimenting Montreal (pro tip: this will always work). A captivating poet, Sarah began the first of her three poems with "so many forgotten blowjobs in my life." And it only got better from there.


Oscar Bruno D'Artois, who has both a great name and a very entertaining Tumblr, was next. Is there a rule we didn't know about wherein all hip new writers must reference emojis in their work? Serious question, even if I am as much a fan of that little cat with heart eyes as the next person. 



Lucy K. Shaw also took a pro-Montreal line, asking (rightfully) "why wouldn't everyone live here?" She is the editor of Shabby Dollhouse, an online literary journal, and began by reading about Sylvia Plath's house, ending with a love story called The Curse



“You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you have a crush on someone? I’m kind of feeling that right now, because Gabby Bess is one of my favourite contemporary writer.” This is how Gabby Bess is introduced, and the fluttery gut feelings are warranted. Gabby read from her current book, Alone with Other People, and mentioned an upcoming project entitled Post-pussy. So, you know, exciting stuff.


Last came Spencer Madsen, rounding out a very enjoyable evening. Spencer is the founder of Sorry House, the author of You Can Make Anything Sad, and, despite the fact that he usually does readings in a shirt emblazoned with his own name, seems very down to earth.


Afterward, the crowd mingled and chatted before heading out to an after party in the neighbourhood. As is only fitting.
Sunday, 17 August 2014

New in stock: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


By now a lot of you have heard of Roxane Gay's deliciously titled Bad Feminist, a collection of essays with pop culture topics ranging from the Sweet Valley High series to Kate Zambreno's Green Girl. But have you heard about just how refreshing and wonderful this book is? Well maybe you have, but what's one more topping on the sundae of praise Gay has been receiving?

Bad Feminist is separated into 5 categories of essays: Me, Gender & Sexuality, Race & Entertainment, Politics, Gender & Race, and Back to Me. But despite the separation of the personal essays into their own categories, Gay's emotional presence is felt in every piece, from the solace found in the first African American Miss America Vanessa Williams to her fascination with strong women (Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy) and that fascination's connection to a traumatic sexual assault in her teens, you feel like you know a lot about Roxane Gay by the time you're done.

One of the best things about Bad Feminist is how approachable it is, a "text for those of us who constructed our feminism from the pages of teen chick lit as much as from the musings of post-modern theorists" (Melissa Harris). It's funny, smart, and engaging - not necessarily guiding you down one set path to one set definition of feminism but letting you find your own way, much like Gay herself has.

Several of Gay's pieces have been published elsewhere, but you owe it to yourself to get this collection. It's a sure to be classic, and a very necessary entry into the feminist oeuvre.
Saturday, 16 August 2014

New in stock: Colorlesss Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami


It's true, folks: a new Murakami novel has been released, and we have it. But you may already know that, given, as none other than Patti Smith put it in her review for the New York Times: "A devotional anticipation is generated by the announcement of a new Haruki Murakami book. Readers wait for his work the way past generations lined up at record stores for new albums by the Beatles or Bob Dylan." In Japan, this book sold a million copies in the first week.

The premise of Murakami's latest concerns a "colorless" man, so-called partly because, in his youth, he had  group of close-knit friends of whom each member's surname was a color (Red, Blue, White, and Black) except for Tazaki. The book's central drama concern's Tazaki's estrangement from these friends and, spurred by a love interest later in life, his attempt to reconnect. Naturally, in true Murakami style, Tazaki's journey takes on qualities of a mythic quest.  

While saturated with a typical Murakami atmosphere of urban ennui and replete with other trademarks of his style -- realism tinged with dream-like hints of parallel worlds, an obsessive fascination with music, especially classical and jazz, stories within the story that flash back to historical events, and occasional eruptions of weird sex -- Patti Smith also noted that Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki marks a certain shift for Murakami: "The book reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation. A shedding of Murakami skin. It is not 'Blonde on Blonde,' it is 'Blood on the Tracks.'" Come get your own copy (complete with beautiful Chip Kidd-designed cover) today!

  

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Librairie is Thick with New Peaches!

It's brand-newest issue of fuzziest food mag in the orchard!  Look at this gorgeous cover!


Don't let these recent rainy days and icy eves get you down, there still some summer to be squeezed outand the newest Lucky Peach would make a welcome addition to some pre-labour day vacation plans.

IN THIS ISSUE:

CLAMS, Bourdain, Korean BBQ, CLAMS, An oral history of fishing in Gaza, CLAMS, A revised History of the Harvey Wallbanger, The True Price of Cheap Shrimp, CLAMS, Northern California's Seafood Harvesters, Sea Cucumbers, CLAMS, CLAMS, CLAMS, CLAMS and more!

Dock your trawler at the salty ol' D+Q marina and grab your copy today!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

New in stock: Strange Plants


Strange Plants is the first publication from Zioxla, a creative studio headed by Zio Baritaux, a prolific writer and editor on graffiti and street art who has worked on major exhibitions at LA MOCA, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris.

For Strange Plants, she brought together 25 artists: some whose work focuses on plants and the natural world (for example, Lee Kwang-Ho's sensational portraits of enlarged cacti or Stephen Eichhorn's elaborate collages constructed out of foliage), some who were asked to create new work based on the theme of strange plants (Patrick Martinez, Matt Furie, Alvaro Ilizarbe, among others), and a handful of tattoo artists who were asked to create designs with plants in mind (ranging from a flowerpot smoking a cigarette to an opium poppy in the shape of a naked woman).


Strange Plants was designed by Folch Studio, an award-winning design house in Barcelona whose aesthetic you may recognize from their work on Apartamento magazine. The book's subtle, tactile cover is inspired by the practice of pressing flowers inside books: each copy comes with a blank stamped surface with three matte paper adhesives inside, which readers can use to make their own covers.

You can read even more about the book on It's Nice That, from whom we borrowed the images below:







Friday, 8 August 2014

Tonight: New York Lit Night in Montreal!

You are cordially invited to New York Lit Night in Montreal at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest), an evening brought to you by This Is Happening Whether You Like It Or Not!  tonight at 7 p.m. The event will feature five young contemporary writers of the New York community. Hosting by Montreal writers - and founders of TIHWYLION, Guillaume Morissette (New Tab) and Ashley Opheim (founder of Metatron Press).


Guest readers:

--> SPENCER MADSEN, who runs the internet-savvy independent publisher Sorry House. His poetry collection, 'You Can Make Anything Sad', was published in April by Publishing Genius. He's paid people 5$ to review his book on Amazon (good or bad).



--> LUCY K SHAW, the managing editor of the web magazine Shabby Doll House. Her writing can be found online at http://lkshow.biz/.



--> SARAH JEAN ALEXANDER, whose collection of stories & poems, 'Wildlives', will be published next year by Big Lucks.

--> OSCAR BRUNO D'ARTOIS, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, and can be found on Twitter at @brunoartois.

--> GABBY BESS, who curates Illuminati Girl Gang, a magazine highlighting the work of female artists within the context of internet culture. Her collection of stories & poems, 'Alone With Other People', was published last year by Civil Coping Mechanism.



We are looking forward to hosting this exciting group! It promises to be a packed night, so resist following "Montreal time" and get here early. See you there! 
Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton: Women in Clothes – A conversation. A clothing swap. A book launch.

We're already getting excited about this big fall event! Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton will be at the Rialto Hall (5711 ave. du Parc) on the evening of Tuesday, September 16th to launch their new collaborative book, Women in Clothes! There will be a clothing swap, as well as an on-stage discussion facilitated by none other than Fiona Duncan, New York-based writer and bookseller (and onetime Librairie D&Q staffer)!

There will be a clothing swap! Co-presented by Empire Exchange! Start culling your wardrobes to prepare for the clothing swap! If you would like to participate, please bring up to 5 items for contribution. All unclaimed pieces will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

About Women in Clothes: Through original interviews, conversations, surveys, projects, diagrams and drawings from over six hundred contributors – including Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham, Sook-Yin Lee, Rachel Kushner, Sarah Nicole Prickett, and Tavi Gevinson – Women in Clothes explores the wide range of motives that inform how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means.

Sheila Heti is the author of five books, including the critically acclaimed How Should a Person Be? She writes regularly for the London Review of Books and is an editor and interviewer at The Believer magazine.


Leanne Shapton is a Canadian illustrator, author and publisher based in New York City. She is the former art director of Saturday Night Magazine and The New York Times Op-Ed page, and the author of five books, including Swimming Studies.

Heidi Julavits is the author of four novels, most recently The Vanishers, winner of the PEN/New England Fiction Award. She is a founding editor of The Believer magazine and has published short fiction in Esquire (included in The Best American Short Stories 1999), Story, Zoetrope, and McSweeney's.











Doors at 6 p.m., event at 7 p.m. Tickets are FREE with a purchase of the book. There are a limited number of $10 tickets as well. Come by the store or call us (514-279-2224) to reserve your spot! 
Sunday, 3 August 2014

Recap: Kids Drawing Day with Ohara Hale!


Last Sunday, July 27, the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly hosted its fourth kids drawing day, with the fabulous Ohara Hale as this month's host. Copresented by Kids Pop, we celebrated the launch of Ohara's newest work, Who Did It?, a boxed set dealing with the tawdry subjects of burping, pooping, farting, peeing, and sneezing.


Ohara asked her shy audience which one they wanted her to read from to no response... the taboo topics of farting and pooping loomed heavy over the kiddies, we assume. She ended up choosing burping, the least serious of the crimes, which loosened everybody up a little bit.


Ohara read all five books, with a wide and seemingly limitless supply of different sound effects. The books all teach you that it's absolutely normal to toot and whatnot, but that you should try to be polite about it. Even if you can't manage it all the time, being considerate is usually your best bet. I know better than to fart on people now, all thanks to Ohara Hale.


After reading all five books, Ohara took to the stage to teach everyone how to draw different animals farting, peeing, and pooping. A farting cat, a pooping dog, a hippo with a big puddle of pee underneath it: these were among the many tutorials shown to an avid audience of artists.


Here is everyone hard at work recreating Ohara's adorable cat. Much work and detail went into accurate portrayals of fart clouds, which, if you are following the Hale Methodology of farts, looks like this:


So thanks to everyone for coming out last week, and for sharing brilliant drawings with us and saying things like, “I like to draw my people without bodies.” Kids Days are forever full of the wisdom of all you cool Montreal kids and parents.

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