2015 so far...BESTSELLERS!

It's June and we are already half way through 2015. Believe it! Take a look some of the books published this year that have been our top bestsellers. We've sold a great mix of DQ publications, books from local events we've held, and more widespread releases.

Anything pique your interest?

The First Bad Man by Miranda July // Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon // Optic Nerve 14 by Adrian Tomine // Drawn and Quarterly: 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels by Tom Devlin // Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Boo by Neil Smith // We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // Daydreams of Angels by Heather O'Neill // The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson // rue by Melissa Bull

The Utopia of Rules by David Graeber // I'm very into you: correspondence 1995-1996  by Kathy Acker and Mckenzie Wark // The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel // Asbestos Heights by David McGimpsey // Giving Up by Mike Steeves

Stroppy by Marc Bell // Palookaville 22 by Seth // Trash Market by Tadao Tsuge // First Year Healthy by Michael Deforge // King-Cat 75 by John Porcellino

River Music by Mary Soderstrom // The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins // Swing in the House and other stories by Anita Anand // Preservation Society Home Preserves by Camilla Wynne // Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Suggestions for YA Summer Graphic Novel Reading

School's out!!! Time to hit the books - summer style. Here are a few suggestions for the beach, park, backyard:

This One Summer - Jillian & Mariko Tamaki

This Caldecott recipient tells the story of two girls' summer vacation. While visiting Awago Beach with her family, as usual, Rose and her longtime friend Windy find themselves unexpectedly tangled in teen love and family crisis. A complex, emotional story about friendship, family and growing up. It is the perfect summer read!

Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

From the author of Lumberjanes comes the story of a young shapeshifter named Nimona. When she teams up with the evil-but-not-really Sir Ballister Blackheart to take down "The Institution" you can expect test tube dragons, forcefield armour, and a generous helping of sass. Collected from the much lauded web comic, this edition featuring an exclusive-to-print epilogue!

Last Man - Balak, Michael Sanlaville & Bastien Vives

This is France's answer to throwback shounen manga! Set in a loosely Medieval fantasy kingdom (although there are motorbikes...) the story revolves around the Royal Cup, a fighting contest that pits magic against martial arts. You'll find nothing but action and adventure when young protagonist Adrian and his new found friend, the mysterious Aldana, decide to team up.

El Deafo - Cece Bell

Cece Bell’s autobiographical graphic novel tells the story of deaf rabbit Cece who is embarrassed to go to school with a bulky hearing aid until she discovers she can use it to overhear gossip! This revelation transforms her from zero to superhero in a funny and unsentimental memoir about growing up different. Winner of the Newbery Honor award this year and guaranteed to be a great read.

March series - John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

This graphic novel series chronicles the extraordinary life of Congressman John Lewis, American icon and a key figure of the Civil-Rights movement. He is the only person to have spoken at the historic 1963 March on Washington who is still alive and March chronicles his seven decades on earth over three books. Inspired by a Martin Luther King comic book he read in the 1950s, Lewis' life will inspire you with his powerful message of non-violence and human rights.

In Real Life - Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Anda is a young girl who loves to play video games. When she joins an all-girls gaming guild in the MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role playing game) "Coarsegold" she is thrilled. However, she soon discovers that this escape from "real life" has consequences in the world and learning how to negotiate them is an important lesson in growing up.

Shadow Hero - Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew

In Yang & Liew's Shadow Hero the golden-age superhero comic, the "Green Turtle" is updated with a twist. Set in a fictional 1930's Chinatown, Hank Chu is a mild mannered teenager who dreams of following his father's footsteps as a grocer. However, his mother has other plans for him: she wants him to become a superhero!

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - Hayao Miyazaki

In a dystopian future where the Earth has been radically transformed by ecological disaster Nausicaa, a gentle young princess, must negotiate peace between kingdoms battling over the world's last precious natural resources. A timeless, immersive story told through gorgeous artwork of Miyazaki.

Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

Through the Woods collects five suspenseful stories that will make your hair stand on end. These spine-tingling tales come from the dark imagination of the acclaimed comic creator Emily Carroll. Come take a walk in the woods and see what's lurking in the shadows...

Aya - Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie

Set in the heat of the Côte d'Ivoire in the 1970s, Aya tells the story of life and love in Yop City. While the books are funny and lighthearted in tone, they're not without their fair share of drama for Aya and her besties, Adjoua and Bintou. These perennial classics are magic to read and reread again and again!

Graphic Novel Book Club: Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Come, hang out, and be part of an informal discussion of our graphic novel pick for July, Ghost World. Everyone is welcome!

Ghost World is acclaimed cartoonist Dan Clowes's best-known work; a Catcher in the Rye for its generation and the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film. Together we'll explore the world of Enid and Rebecca, two above-it-all teenaged best friends confronted with the prospect of adulthood and the uncertain future of their friendship.

We will meet at the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore on Wednesday, July 15th at 7 PM. Discussion will be hosted by D+Q marketing assistant, Alexandra. There will be refreshments and collective insight! We offer you a 20% discount on Ghost World from now until the meeting date.

Évènement pour enfants! Matinée avec Alain Pilon

Le dimanche 12 juillet, de 10 h à midi : Vous êtes tous conviés au lancement montréalais du livre jeunesse Lettres à mon cher petit frère qui n’est pas encore né, en présence de l’illustrateur Alain Pilon. « Petit monsieur tout nu, à la maison on ne parle que de vous, alors que vous n’êtes même pas encore né, ça promet ». Ce joli livre se lit comme un recueil de lettres et n’est pas exempt d’humour!

Nous offrons un rabais de 15% sur le livre jusqu’au jour de l’atelier!

Au menu : Lecture, dessin et création de cartes postales!

À partir de 4 ans. Pas d'inscription nécessaire. Gratuit.

Sunday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to noon: You’re all invited to the Montreal launch of children’s book, Lettres à mon cher petit frère qui n’est pas encore né, presented by its illustrator, Alain Pilon. “Little mister, in your birthday suit, at home we talk of nothing but you, and you’re not even born yet, that’s promising.” This beautiful book reads like a correspondence, with its fair share of humour!

We offer you a 15% discount up until the day of the workshop!

On the menu: Reading, drawing and postcard making!

4 years and up. No registration necessary. Free.

Fool, The Fusion issue

The new Fool has arrived! If the F**** word, "fusion" has been on everybody's lips for a while, it is now the theme of this brand new issue!

Beside a small spotlight on German sausage and words about the botanicals inside gin, Fool's new issue includes a big feature on the Basque chef Inaki Aizpitarte, who has made French cuisine sexy. He reportedly inspired younger chefs to express their own personality, letting go of the rigid barriers erected by Michelin. 

 "As a boy, he dreamed of being a shepherd [...] as a man, he has restaurants in London  and Paris".

Fool's new issue also provides an insider's view of the Japanese culinary scene, especially of the new generation. In fact, not only that the younger chefs are perfecting japanese culinary tradition, but they're also mastering foreign cuisine, leading to a genuine culinary revolution. Rather than sticking to closely to traditions, they instead try to craft their own personal brand.

Fool also includes an article about Chilean chef Rodolfo Guzman, working with delicious edibles found in a unique micro-ecosystem. Among them: a gorgeous (and yummy) sea stick snack, dressed in autumn flowers, and a Patagonian wild fruit served as a pie with sheep milk. O-M-G

Plus: a reportage "Smashing bottles in the Mosh Pit", about a public tasting of natural and artisan wines held in Melbourne,  and a cool article on Bar Tartine's staff!

Get it now!

Tonight! New from New York, readings by Stacy Szymaszek and Sina Queyras

Join us tonight, June 27 at 7 p.m. for an evening of readings by Stacy Szymaszek and Sina Queyras! Stacy Szymaszek will from her new long poem Hart Island (Nightboat: New York) and Montréaler Sina Queyras will introduce us to her new chaplet The Endurance (Belladonna: New York). The event will be hosted by Gail Scott and Études anglaises, UdeM.

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015), and Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (forthcoming), which won the 2014 Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. She lives in New York where she is the Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village. 

Sina Queyras is the author of the poetry collections, MxT, Expressway and Lemon Hound all from Coach House. Her work has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and won The Friends of Poetry Award from Poetry Magazine, The AM Klein Award for Poetry, a Lambda, the Pat Lowther Award, and others. Sina will be reading among other things from Endurance, released from Belladonna (New York). She is the founder of the great online magazine Lemonhound, lives in Montréal and teaches at Concordia University.

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels

If you've seen any of the Librairie D+Q staff summer reads lists, you may have noticed a common thread running through each of them: Elena Ferrante! Her Neapolitan novels have been eagerly devoured by all of us in turn, or will very soon be, now that summer vacations are on the horizon. Despite the wild popularity and critical acclaim of her work, Ferrante herself has largely remained an enigma. She is routinely hailed as "the most ­important Italian writer of her generation," and yet Elena Ferrante is a pen name, and everything about her has been well-cloaked in mystery...that is until recently, when the Paris Review published this interview with her. 

The first three Neapolitan novels have been flying off our shelves, and with good reason. Ferrante writes with a fierce magnetism to which nobody seems immune. We are all struggling to make it until September, when the fourth and final novel, The Story of the Lost Child, will finally be available in English. In the meantime, I'm sure I'm not the only reader whose actual dreams have been invaded by Ferrante's characters and the world they inhabit. (A natural consequence of staying up compulsively reading far too late into the night, unable to wrench the book from my hands!)

Ferrante's bildungsroman follows the lifelong friendship of two girls, Lina and Elena, born into a poor neighbourhood in 1940s Naples as they try in their own ways to escape the violence of their origins. Though their lives take different courses, they remain inextricably linked throughout, until mysteriously, as an old woman, Lina disappears without a trace.

After hearing the news of her old friend's disappearance, Elena, the narrator, is compelled to revisit the past in order to unravel the mystery. In tracing the trajectory of her friendship with Lina, Elena also recounts historical events surrounding the socio-political upheaval in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s. I hesitate to give away any spoilers, so suffice it to say that these books are completely riveting, and you would be wise to pick up My Brilliant Friend now; that way you can join the clamouring chorus of readers chomping at the bit for the fourth book in September! That being said, if you can manage to pace yourself and not read all three in a whirlwind few days where you interrupt reading only to meet the basic necessities of life, then you are a stronger-willed person than I!   

We got a bunch of stuff from ELCAF...

Last weekend was the 4th annual East London Comics and Arts Festival (check out that Jillian Tamaki poster!) Pioneered by the people of Nobrow Press - which explains the immaculate curation - ELCAF was founded to provide a platform for small press publications, individual artists and collectives that are pushing boundaries in comics and graphic arts today. Thanks to deep suitcases we're lucky enough to have procured a chunk of ELCAF for everyone in Montreal who couldn't make it! Check out a preview below:

New books from Breakdown Press! The venerable Michael Deforge shares wisdom on kissing and quicksand (On Topics) and a magic tricks thriller from Antoine Cosse (Showtime Part I).

Lots of work from Dublin based cartoonist Luke Healy, including the winner of the 2014 MoCCA Excellence Award, Of Monstrous Pictures of Whales.

A selection of books from Italian small press, Delebile. Edited by a handful of talented artists including Bianca Bagnarelli who you may know for her award-winning comic, Fish, from Nobrow. Their anthologies (Home, Mother, Work) boast extremely strong bills and an international range of artists. Plus this comic collaboration by Charles Forsman and Max de Radigués! All works include access to English translation.

Swedish print studio Peow!'s new line-up includes Natalie Andrewson's action packed Lemon & Ket, Disa Wallander's nature compendium, The Nature of Nature, and a bittersweet teenage love story from Jane Mai called Soft.

Kristyna Baczynski is a self described comic book artist and illustrator of Yorkshire tongue and Ukrainian blood and we have a bunch of her lovely books here now - including her latest title, Vessel.

UK-based Avery Hill press have coined the glamorous and boutique-y term "micropublisher" to bring you comics and zines since 2012. We've got a few of their titles including the newly released Abraham Christie's existential Swear Jar as well as the tragic, End of Summer involving siblings, a secluded castle and a giant cat by Tillie Walden.

Teiera is an Italian self-publishing label that presses beautiful short comic anthologies. Besides being totally gorgeous, all of the books feature ten talented artists and include English translation. It is curated by Cristina Spano, Giulia Sagramola, and Sarah Mazzetti.

Joseph P Kelly is a London based artist and illustrator whose work has been featured in Mould Map and S.A.D. Publication. Come check out his JPK zine collecting comics and illustrations.

Come get in on our ELCAF haul!

Tonight! Graphic Novel Club #14: ANT COLONY

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 June is Michael Deforge’s Ant Colony.

We will meet at the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore on Wednesday, June 24th at 7 PM. Discussion will be hosted by D+Q store staffer Kate. We offer you a 20% discount on Ant Colony from now until the meeting date.

Michael Deforge is a rising star of the comics world and an extremely prolific author (First Year Healthy, the Lose series.) Ant Colony is his first full length graphic novel. Prepare to be immersed in a darkly existential universe as it follows the denizens of a black ant colony under attack from the nearby red ants. With humour and sensitivity it pumbs the depths of human loneliness, apathy, faith and love.

Out today: Berlin 19 by Jason Lutes

We've now got the eagerly-anticipated newest instalment of Jason Lutes' Berlin series, which starts during the end days of the Weimar republic and leads up to the advent of WWII. Issue 19 takes place in the spring of 1932, and changes are afoot in the titular city for communists and nationalists, Jews and Gentiles alike.

Pubescent Silvia Braun finds that she can no longer tolerate the rules of her foster family, and sets out on her own. Marthe's lover Anne sinks into a depression after a confrontation with Nazis, and Kurt's editor is sent to prison on charges of high treason and espionage. For all the the residents of this city in transition, a storm is brewing, and who knows what the deluge will bring.

Time magazine heaped praise onto Berlin Book One (which compiled issues one through eight), calling it the "longest, most sophisticated work of historical fiction in the medium ... this book has the density of the best novels." Berlin 19 is no different.

Out today: Melody by Sylvie Rancourt

In the mid 80's in Montreal, after a break-up, Sylvie Rancourt decided she'd start drawing about her life. At that time only a few cartoonists were starting to explore autobiography and Sylvie Rancourt was not aware of them. The second incredible thing about this book is that Sylvie Rancourt was a nude dancer, and I'm pretty sure at that time there were not a huge amount of memoirs from women working in that field.

Drawn and Quarterly's Melody collects the first issues of the comics that she drew on her own, before meeting Jacques Boivin, a Quebecois artist, with whom she collaborated on a more realistic interpretation of her artwork. These early issues have a very naive drawing style that, while totally charming, prevent the book from having a vulgar or heavily erotic tone. In addition to being a very important historic material for comics, Melody is a captivating story from the real life of an author whose line of work and love life are not easy.

Chris Ware signed the introduction of this edition, letting us know how happy he is to finally have access to an English translation of the early Sylvie Rancourt stories!

Summer Reads 2015 - Jason's Picks

D+Q's 25th has been a real whirlwind and I'm only now starting to plan my vacation. Not only that but a few of the books I was planning on including only just showed up this week. Anyway, here they are, the books I'll be focusing on most on this summer (and here's what I'll be listening to, while I'm reading these).

The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic - Jessica Hopper

Quel titre! How could I not pick this up? The key word here is 'living', because if you haven't picked up a copy of Ellen Willis' Out of the Vinyl Deeps, you really should, but yeah, crazy.

Optic Nerve 14 - Adrian Tomine

One of the best short-story writers working today, I'm saving this for vacation. Literally, it's the only thing in my suitcase right now, waiting for hawaiian shirts and five identical pairs of jean cut-offs to join it.

The Complete Eightball - Daniel Clowes

UNGH. It's here! It's here! Everything! All of it (pretty much)! Necessary acquisition, my friends.

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

Yes! My girlfriend has finished this and is handing it over. Now I'll soon be able join the people whining in chorus for the arrival of book four,coming in September.

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels - Tom Devlin

Still reading this, taking my time. Really people, this mother's an actual work of art, kudos to my colleagues for making the best anniversary book of all-time. Pretty much worth it for the Jillian Tamaki comic alone.

If Our Wealth Is Criminal Then Let's Live With The Criminal Joy Of Pirates - Jacob Wren

A new, and limited edition book from that genius Jacob. Last week Book Thug emailed to alert me to this thing and I responded "send me a stack"within 30 secs. You should probably grab this as soon as you can.

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