Colour Code is here!

The good people of Colour Code passed through this weekend and dropped off a bundle of their beauteous risograph printed books! Check out the Toronto based print studio and comics publisher if you haven't already.

Behold - limited edition copies of Marc Bell's Boutique Mag #1! (Stay tuned for more to come from Bell later this year - reputed to be his most prolonged use of the word "schnauzer" in a narrative ever...)

You never know what you'll find digging around in Seth Scriver's latest Blob Top, Blob Top #Two (but it might be a bronze nude wrapped in a gross old wet sweater and one of those chubby bottles with the styrofoam labels you can scratch off in strips - and it's beautiful.)

Juliana Neufeld's Next Morning captures without text the all-too-well-known "next morning" feeling. (Those eyes say everything.)

Get issues 2 and 3 of Michael Comeau's Hellberta as well as the esoteric Weight of Prayers. Benjamin Marra serves up vigilante justice (à la Death Wish) in Terror Assaulter O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror).

The Strumpet: A Transatlantic Flight of Comix Fancy!

Now on a shelf near you (right here at Librairie D+Q) all four issues of The Strumpet are available! Brought to you by the Whores of Mensa (Jeremy Day, Mardou, Ellen Lindner, Lucy Sweet) - The Strumpet is a fabulous anthology of comics by women cartoonists from the UK, US and around the world.

There are four issues to date: 1) the dress-up issue, 2) going places, 3) the tasty issue and 4) the friendship issue all of which feature a selection of fantastic contributors as well as interviews, writing and comic reviews (What's on The Strumpet's shelf?).

You can read more about the women and their vision behind the publication here: A Short History of Whores of Mensa and The Strumpet.

Co-edited by Ellen Lindner, Jeremy Day and Kripa Joshi. Check out their blog to see what they're up to and learn more about their contributors.

Regular contributors include Patrice Aggs, Jeremy Day, Kripa Joshi, Emily Ryan Lerner, Ellen Lindner, Tanya Meditzky, Maartje Schalkx, Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg, Robin Ha and so so many more! Come see for yourself.

Tonight: Maisonneuve Issue 55 Launch!

Please join us on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. to celebrate Maisonneuve’s Spring 2015 issue! Featuring readings from Adam Kovac, Joseph Rosen, and Jessica Wei, the launch will be an opportunity to pick up the new issue, grab some refreshments, and hear what our contributors have written for the newest issue of the National Magazine Award-winning publication.

And if you can’t make it, subscribe to Maisonneuve ( and get the issue delivered straight to your door!

About the readers:

Adam Kovac is a freelance journalist based in Montreal who almost cried of happiness when he saw Metallica live for the first time. You can follow him on Twitter at @adamjkovac.
Joseph Rosen teaches at Dawson College in Montreal, and is in affiliated researcher at  Concordia University’s Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence. His writing has been published by The Walrus, n+1 magazine, The Montreal Gazette, Shtetl Montreal and others. Find him on Twitter at @TheJosephRosen.
Jessica Wei is a Montreal-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in Buzzfeed Ideas, Paste Magazine, and more. She is also the chief editor of Elysia Travel. You can follow her on Twitter at @by_jwei.

Tonight: Metatron's Spring Catalog - Launch & Reading!

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for the launch of Metatron's spring catalog! Metatron is also celebrating its first birthday in March. Congratulations to them, and to all their writers! We are excited to see what comes next!

Metatron's spring catalog features new work from Sophia Katz (Toronto) and Sara Sutterlin (Montreal). Sophia and Sara will be reading at the event, along with two very special guests (to be announced in March). Hosting by Ashley Opheim and Guillaume Morissette!

The Title Of This Book Is An Inside Joke isn't quite a collection of poems, a novella or a diary, but something in between. Sophia Katz’s debut collection unfolds in a kind of real-time intimacy, through contemporary narratives that are at times funny, at times heart-breaking, and filled with interesting observations, brutal honesty and quick wit. A wonderful and totally engrossing reading experience.

Sophia Katz's writing has been published on Medium, Everyday Genius, Hobart, Electric Cereal, That Lit Site, The Bohemyth and has captured the attention of Flavorwire, Gawker, Dazed & Confused, Rhizome and Flare Magazine. This is her first collection of writing.

"Sara Sutterlin’s I Wanted To Be The Knife picks at the bones of modern romance by exploring the disappointments of intimacy and the loneliness of dissolving relationships. Her poems are brutal, funny and full of tender, ugly details that remind us of the compromises we make with ourselves and each other when in love."—Kristina Mahler

Sara Sutterlin is a Montreal-based writer and curates What Kind of Trouble? a poetry anthology featuring the work of women and female-identified persons. She has been published in Girls Get Busy, The Chapess, Inconnu Mag and other places in print and around the web. Her project The Nude Sincerity was published by NONPOROUS last year.

Tonight: Double Book Launch! Lines and Dots: New Works on Digital Media by Jeff Scheible and Nicole Starosielski!

Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly for a digital media themed double launch! Jeff Scheible and Nicole Starosielski will be presenting their respective new books: Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation and The Undersea Network. The event is free and open to all! There will be refreshments, and books for sale.

Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation explores the increasingly ubiquitous presence of punctuation and typographical marks in our lives⎯using them as reading lenses to consider a broad range of textual objects and practices across the digital age. Jeff Scheible argues that pronounced shifts in textual practices have occurred with the growing overlap of language and visual culture, as screen technologies and networked media have proliferated and come to form the interface of our daily existence. He demonstrates that punctuation and typographical marks provide us with a rare opportunity to harness these shifts and make sense of our new media environments, turning to key films and media phenomena of the twenty-first century, from the popular and familiar to the avant-garde and the obscure. Extending the dialogue about contemporary media and culture in original directions, Digital Shift is a uniquely cross-disciplinary work that reveals the impact of punctuation on the politics of visual culture and everyday life in the digital age.

Jeff Scheible is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at SUNY Purchase. His research focuses on contemporary media theory and visual culture.


The Undersea Network: In our "wireless" world it is easy to take the importance of the undersea cable systems for granted, but the stakes of their successful operation are huge, as they are responsible for carrying almost all transoceanic Internet traffic. In The Undersea Network Nicole Starosielski follows these cables from the ocean depths to their landing zones on the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, bringing them to the surface of media scholarship and making visible the materiality of the wired network. In doing so, she charts the cable network's cultural, historical, geographic and environmental dimensions. 
Starosielski argues that the environments the cables occupy are historical and political realms, where the network and the connections it enables are made possible by the deliberate negotiation and manipulation of technology, culture, politics and geography. Accompanying the book is an interactive digital mapping project, where readers can trace cable routes, view photographs and archival materials, and read stories about the island cable hubs.

Nicole Starosielski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her research focuses on the global distribution of digital media, and the relationships between technology, society, and the aquatic environment.

In stock: Canterbury Classics

We just recently received some of the beautiful Canterbury Classics books, and they're an excellent (and stylish) way to bulk up on some classic literature. They are leather-bound with gilded pages, and are both necessary reading and very pretty keepsakes.

In stock we have a Jules Verne collection (Five Weeks in a Balloon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days) and six H.G. Wells novels (The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, and The Food of the Gods).

We also have Dante's Divine Comedy, a huge assortment of Sherlock Holmes stories, and the collected stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Now in stock: Anders Nilsen's God and the Devil at War in the Garden

Very excited to have this gorgeous large format comic in stock once again! 

If you didn't get your hands on this the first time around now's your chance! See more here.

World Poetry Day, March 21

To celebrate World Poetry Day, here are some excerpts from books we like!

 Nombreux seront nos ennemis, Geneviève Desrosiers

mon conquistador, mon frigidaire, mon
auréolé, ma marque grise, mon charbon, ma
craie blanche, mon irrémédiable, ma colle
de charpentier, ma roche "

Something Happened To Me, Julian Flavin

"The Difference

The difference
between me and Leonard Cohen
is that he is a great writer
while I,
am  great

 Bourbon & Eventide, Mike Spry

"The city had grown simple. They were now measuring
themselves in the footsteps of the pedestrian,
and not eating enough fruit."

Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein


What was use of a whole time to send and not send if there was to
be the kind of thing that made that come in. A letter was nicely sent."

Coeur de lion, Ariana Reines

"I don't like it when you say Take Care
When I take my leave of you."

A Little Death Around The Heart, Marie Darsigny


When people say Myspace is dead, I always reply,
"so is my ex-girlfriend."

Things to shout out loud at parties., Markus Almond

"Let's dance on the rooftops that look over the Hudson. I'll buy the drinks if you promise to smile even after you've grown bored."

À l'école de l'amour, Julie Doucet

"le coeur
invisible sous
le pantalon et
sous la robe"

Now in Stock: New Lovers

Bringing you the latest from Badlands Unlmtd. - The New Lovers erotic fiction series features three titles to date: How to Train Your Virgin (Wednesday Black), We Love Lucy (Lilith Wes), and God, I Don't Even Know Your Name (Andrea McGinty). Entirely authored by women (sorry, we write better erotica). Read an interview about the series with Paul by Jennifer Krasinski for the Paris Review.

Wrapped In Plastic. Twin Peaks, a pop culture book by Andy Burns!

Andy Burns, founder of the website Biff Bam Pop, is an habitué of pop culture journalism. For six years, he wrote the nationally syndicated radio program the Legends of Classic Rock, as well as publishing in various places. This time he graces us with a super exciting book, Wrapped in plastic. Twin Peaks. Ever wondered what made Twin Peaks one of the most influential show? Delve into this cool new book, which blends insights about David Lynch's storytelling methods with original interviews!

Tonight! Four American Poets: Cyrus Cassells, Mark Wunderlich, Charif Shanahan, and Virginia Konchan

Please join us tonight at 7 p.m for an evening of wine and poetry, featuring four American poets, emerging and established: Cyrus Cassells, Mark Wunderlich, Charif Shanahan, and Virginia Konchan. They will be reading from their work, and their most recent books will be for sale after the reading.

About the readers:

Cyrus Cassells is the author of five acclaimed books of poetry: The Mud Actor, Soul Make a Path through Shouting, Beautiful Signor, More Than Peace and Cypresses, and The Crossed-Out Swastika. His sixth book, The Gospel according to Wild Indigo: New & Selected Poems, is forthcoming. Among his honors are a Lannan Literary Award, a William Carlos Williams Award, a Pushcart Prize, two NEA grants, and a Lambda Literary Award. He is a Professor of English at Texas State University.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poems, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails, published by Graywolf Press, and which received the 2015 Rilke Prize. His other collections include Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage which received the Lambda Literary Award. He has published poems, essays, reviews and translations in journals such as Slate, the Paris Review, Poetry, Boston Review, the New Republic and elsewhere, and his works has been widely anthologized. He teaches writing and literature at Bennington College in Vermont and lives in New York's Hudson Valley. More information can be found at

Charif Shanahan is the Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. A Cave Canem fellow, Charif studied poetry at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and New York University, where he earned his MFA. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Apogee,Phantom Limb, The Manhattanville Review, and elsewhere. He is also the poetry editor of Psychology Tomorrow Magazine.


Virginia Konchan is the author of Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Republic, and Verse, her criticism in Boston Review, Colorado Review, and Jacket2, and her French translations in Asymptote and Circumfrences Co.-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Montreal.

Tonight! Megan Fernandes launches The Kingdom and After

Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the launch of Megan Fernandes’ debut poetry collection, The Kingdom and After, from Tightrope Books! 

Mike Spry will host the evening, which will feature readings by Megan Fernandes and Lisa Hiton. There will be door prizes, refreshments, mingling, and books for sale!

From Tanzania to Portugal, from India to Iraq, The Kingdom and After charts the 21st century imaginative echo of empire and displacement in our current moment of terror and globalization. Sometimes written in frank, shrunken lines and other times exploding with surrealist, jurassic imagery, the poems witness an associative mind leaping from bone temples in Tanga to the pumiced surface of extraterrestrial oceans, from a panic attack in Mumbai to the tumbling spirits of the Big Sur coastline. The book is a collection of poetry that is both lyrical and politically relevant, a meditation on sexuality and imperialism, on what may remain "after" the era of Kingdoms and Kinghood.

“Her fresh, embracing imagination attends to several continents, many languages and cultures, with the originality of one who looks at a piano from below, seeing the ‘woody spirit of the instrument,’ its cavern and brackets, attentive to the sound of ‘the chimptas, fire gongs with bells’ and ‘the swampy Goa.’ A book of pleasures, wild inventions and profound clarity.”
—Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000)

"In these limpid poems, Megan Fernandes finds her way back to roots and origins, even as she charts our many topographical, dreamed, amatory, and atomic detours. ‘Touch everything,’ she entreats, ‘Tell me about the broken terrain.’ It is the poem’s job to graph and weave from here to there and back again, and this she does, returning with much-needed news of our follies and fortunes."
Eleni Sikelianos, author of Body Clock and The California Poem

“Megan Fernandes’ poems sizzle with imagination and wordplay. Crab nebula, astroid octopi, wild orchids, Baudelaire and Faulkner, “measles, beetles, and boxed apple juice”—there’s nothing her poems can’t celebrate and combine in spicy variations. But at their core, Fernandes places elemental nourishment. In dazzle and darkness, in frolic and sober assessment, these poems craft shapes that matter.”
Rosanna Warren, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (1999-2005)

American-Canadian poet, Megan Fernandes, is the poetry editor of the Strangers in Paris anthology and the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes Me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has been published or is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press, the Boston Review, Rattle, Guernica, Memorious, and Redivider, among others. She earned her PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MFA in poetry from Boston University. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal.

We'll have an opening reading by the terrifically talented, Lisa Hiton. Lisa Hiton is a filmmaker and poet from Chicago. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Paris-American, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, The Literary Review, and Pank among others. She has received the Esther B Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Her current book manuscript was a semi-finalist for the Brittingham and Felix Pollack Poetry Prize (UWisc Press). She is a current finalist for the George Bennett Fellowship.

TONIGHT: Graphic Novel Book Club #11: Gene Luen Yang's Boxers & Saints

Each month we host a Graphic Novel Book Club meeting, open to all, during which we hang out and informally discuss a featured graphic novel! Our pick for March is Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints. We will meet at the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore on Wednesday, March 18th at 7 PM. Discussion will be hosted by D+Q store staffers Helen and Daphné.

There will be refreshments and collective insight! We offer you a 20% discount on Boxers and Saints (the individual volumes or the box set) from now until the meeting date.

Boxers & Saints (First Second) are companion volumes from Gene Luen Yang, who broke into the comics world in 2006 with his award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese. The two books, which can be read in either order, tell the stories of two young people on either side of China's Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the 20th century. Yang weaves two parallel narratives that offer a historical perspective rarely seen in North American literature and pop culture, while asking some gripping universal questions about identity, religion, and political struggle. Suitable for both teens and adults.

Escape from Moominvalley

Le Festival international du film sur l'art de Montréal (FIFA) programme trois fois Escape from Moominvalley, un film de Charlotte Airas sur la vie et l'oeuvre de l'auteure finlandaise Tove Jansson. La réalisatrice sera présente à la projection du 21 mars!

Escape from Moominvalley (58 min) (Finnois, Sous-titres anglais)

Samedi 21 mars, 18h30. Auditorium de la Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ)
Vendredi 27 mars, 18h30. Auditorium de la Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ)
Dimanche 29 mars, 13h30. Université Concordia, cinéma J.A. DeSève

New fiction: Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara, author of 2013's The People in the Trees, is receiving high praise for her new epic novel, A Little Life.

This new work chronicles the lives of four friends over three decades, as they move to New York from their small Massachusetts college and slowly make lives for themselves in the city. Yanagihara fashions a dark and fatalistic study of male friendship and betrayal, and of human endurance in the face of traumatic history.

A Little Life is an extraordinary novel, an exploration of how love can restore and renew but never repair. In haunting language that both reflects the beauty of devotion and disguises the horror of total betrayal, Yanagihara has written an American tragedy for our time, a haunting plea for redemption.—Jason Beerman, the Toronto Star

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.Kirkus Reviews

Upcoming Event: NY Lit Night in Montreal ~ Part II ~

Join us on Friday, April 10th at 7 pm at Librairie D+Q for NY Lit Night in Montreal - the sequel - put together for you after the incredible success of the first night! Featuring five new writers from the New York area appearing in Montreal for the first time.

The Lineup will include:

---> ANDREW DUNCAN WORTHINGTON, the founding editor of magazine KEEP THIS BAG AWAY FROM CHILDREN and the author of WALLS, a very solid novel published last year by CCM. This is his tumblr.

 ---> SOPHIA LE FRAGA, a poet and visual artist whose work has been featured by The Poetry Foundation, Dazed & Confused, Jacket2 and many other publications. Her collection LITERALLYDEAD will be published later this year by Spork Press. See her website here.

---> MAGGIE LEE, a grown woman, dog mom and very funny Twitter person whose work has appeared in Shabby Doll House & many other publications. Here is the aforementioned Twitter.

---> BEN NADLER, a writer and teacher whose publications include the poetry chapbook THE MEN WHO WORK UNDER THE GROUND. Read more about the man here.

--> JAMESON FITZPATRICK, the author of the chapbook MORRISROE: ERASURES and a Creative Writing teacher at New York University. His poems have appeared in The American Reader, The Awl, The Literary Review and Poetry, among many others. Check him out.

To be hosted by GUILLAUME MORISSETTE & ASHLEY OPHEIM. Presented by METATRON, your friendly local press. Note: If possible the reading will begin with a brief selection of some of our favorite posts from “Humans of New York.” Free admission/hugs.

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