Sign up for Michel Hellman's sketch journaling and comic book creation workshop!

 We're delighted to welcome local comics luminary Michel Hellman to the store to lead a workshop on sketch journaling and making comic books! The workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., starting September 29th, and running through October 20th.. The cost is $150, maximum 10 participants (so sign up quick!). The workshop will be bilingual and open to all ages.

Nous sommes très heureux d'accueillir Michel Hellman au magasin pour entraîner un atelier de bande dessinee et carnet de croquis. L'atelier aura lieu les mardis soirs à 19h00, à partir du 29 Septembre, au 20 Octobre. Le coût est 150 $, maximum 10 participants. L'atelier sera bilingue et ouvert à tous.

In this workshop, we will be exploring the link between documenting one's everyday life through a sketch journal and creating a comic book. Participants will be shown different techniques to create and maintain a sketch journal in order to record what they see around them and visualize their thoughts. We will then see how this journal can be used to create a comic book.

Dans cet atelier nous allons explorer le lien entre la bande dessinée et le carnet de voyage. Par le biais de différentes techniques, les participants seront invités à documenter leur vie quotidienne et à exprimer leurs pensées à travers le croquis dans ce qui deviendra leur carnet de "voyage" journalier. Par la suite, nous allons voir comment ce carnet peut être utilisé comme une base pour créer une bande dessinée.

Michel Hellman is a comic book writer who lives and works in Montreal. He is the author of Mile End (Pow Pow) - one of our best-sellers of all time ! - and Le Petit Guide du Plan Nord (l’Oie de Cravan) as well as Iceberg (Colosse) .

Michel Hellman est un auteur de bande dessinée qui vit et travaille à Montréal. Il est l’auteur de Mile-End (Pow Pow) — l’un de nos best-sellers de tous les temps! — ainsi que Le Petit Guide du Plan Nord (l’Oie de Cravan) et Iceberg (Colosse).

Et la rentrée...est commencée!

À la librairie, il y a quelques petits nouveaux notables dans la section francophone! Voilà donc en revue ce qui nous est arrivé cette semaine.

1. L'année la plus longue, Daniel Grenier (Le Quartanier)
Celui qui s'est fait connaître grâce à son recueil de nouvelles Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri nous arrive cette fois avec un premier roman ambitieux, ne serait-ce que par sa taille. Cette véritable épopée américaine débute dans une Amérique en pleine gestation et traverse plus de trois siècles! Rendez-vous donc, à Chattanooga, Tennessee.

2. Le parfum de la tubéreuse, Élise Turcotte (Alto)
Une jolie couverture pour ce tout dernier livre d'Élise Turcotte, dont la réputation n'est plus à faire. Cette fois-ci, le roman met en scène une professeure de littérature. Le livre se révèle aussi une fable et fait l'apologie de l'art.

3. Amanita Virosa, Alexandre Soublière (Boréal)
Trois ans après avoir connu un succès littéraire important avec Charlotte before Christ, Soublière délivre Amanita Virosa, qui à en croire les critiques, est tout sauf un Charlotte II. Cette fois-ci, il est plutôt question d'une entreprise, Hyaena, qui moyennant une somme copieuse, permet d'épier les faits et gestes d'individus ciblés. Ainsi, Soublière nous entraîne dans un univers dystopique et pousse jusqu'au paroxysme le voyeurisme qui teinte déjà notre réalité augmentée.

This Week's Bestsellers

Here are our best selling books of the week! Roulement de tambour...

Diary of a Teenage Girl, Phoebe Gloeckner. See the infos for the Book Club here! And watch the movie trailer here.

We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drawn and Quarterly 25th years Anniversary Book, Tom Devlin

Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe, Yumi Sakugawa

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Jerusalem Chronicles From the Holy City, Guy Delisle

Peach Issue 16, (The Fantasy Issue)

The Inconvenient Indian, Thomas King

My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante. Catch up with the series while you still can! The fourth volume is coming out on September 1st.

Gut The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ, Giulia Enders

The Moomin Vol. 10, Tove Jansson (How magic!)

D+Q Office Reads!

People are always asking, whenever the conversation turns to work, at school or at the gym or liquor store, "hey, what the heck is the D+Q office reading right now". This has been such a constant query that it has now necessitated a blog. That's how things like this work, people: ask a question, get a blog!

How To Be Both by Ali Smith (Pantheon)

The book consists of two completely different but ultimately connected stories that can be read in either order-in fact, half the editions were printed with one story first; the other half with the other. I didn't know that when I purchased How To Be Both, and didn't compare it with the others on the table, but think that duality is fascinating--which would I have chosen had I known? The copy I do have begins with the story of a teenaged girl trying to make sense of her mother's sudden death that's also an exploration of how times passes-memories play out at the same time as present-day events, and as vividly. Now I've finished this half, and really enjoyed it. It's impossible to know how my reading experience would have differed if the stories in my edition were reversed, but I'll be thinking about that as I begin the next story, which I know is about an Italian Renaissance painter.

Alexandra Auger, marketing assistant

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill (HarperCollins)
The Diary of A Teenage Girl  by Phoebe Gloeckner (North Atlantic Books)

While on vacation this summer I read Heather O’Neill’s THE GIRL WHO WAS SATURDAY NIGHT for my bookclub of local Moms from the Plateau. I ADORED THIS BOOK. It’s funnier and not as heartbreakingly bleak as LULLABIES FOR LITTLE CRIMINALS. It paints an incredible portrait of Montreal in the 80s, about the friendship between fraternal twins who are the former child star offspring of a fallen Quebecois pop star. Blvd St Laurent comes to life and O'Neill weaves in the Quebec referendum. I could not put the book down and thought about the story for a days after and swore to myself I would watch more french tv. When I returned from vacation I reread DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL to prepare for my September bookclub and to prepare for the movie starring Kristen Wiig. (!!!) Rereading this book as a 40-something Mom of a ten-year-old is definitely a different experience then being in my 20s when memories of being a teenager were more acute, but reading it right after Heather, there are similarities of how both tell the story of children having to mother/parent themselves and the voices Heather and Phoebe write in as teenage girls rings incredibly true. Also, I like how both of them use the cities and neighbourhoods they grew up in and are now writing about, Montreal’s Plateau and San Francisco’s Mission as starring characters full of flaws and charisma as the actual characters themselves.

Peggy Burns, publisher

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray (Hamish Hamilton)
Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)
That Amazon Article (New York Times)

I read and enjoyed Murray’s last novel Skippy Dies a couple of years ago. Did the Leanne Shapton cover draw me in last time? Probably. Did the fake Leanne Shapton cover draw me in this time? Sure. I’m only part way in to what seems to be a comic (as in funny, not drawings) thriller about international banking. Murray has great comic timing and can turn a phrase as well as anyone; It’s a smooth read. I spend all day reading for work so this seems to be the perfect Summer into Fall book for me. I know this is all so vague; I’m only 40 pages in!

Noah Van Sciver caught me off-guard with his last book Saint Cole. It read a like a good seventies short story—a dirtbag character half-heartedly tries to get out of his alcoholic rut but only makes things worse. And worse. It was the first thing by Van Sciver that connected for me—it read like he had arrived—so I eagerly grabbed his new one, Fante Bukowski. This one is about a crappy writer and his fumbling ambition. Told in short funny chapters, Van Sciver deadpans his lunkhead through a series of embarassing encounters with other writers, celebrity book agents, and friends from his old life. It’s a funny short read and perfectly captures the kind of blind drive and self delusion that any artist probably needs to accomplish anything.

And I suppose we’ve all read this and if you haven’t then you need to right now. It is shocking and completely unsurprising at the same time. Giant steamroller of a company pushes its employees to the limits of mental exhaustion. Fascinating read. Still catching up on all the followups.

Tom Devlin, executive editor

The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff (Grove Atlantic)
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux) 

No joke, I was beyond excited to get an advance copy of human comedy history database Kliph Nesteroff's The Comedians and I'm taking my time with it. Any comedy fan worth their salt knows about Kliph and if you don't, you should familiarize yourself. You can start with his WFMU Beware of the Blog entries or his Marc Maron WTF appearance  Anyway, the book is even more of a terrific read as I anticipated - so many dark and dirty stories that lurked behind those stage smiles! Mudslinging, backstabbing, frontstabbing - it's all here. And, oh man, make you attend our launch event with Kliph on November 13th where he'll be interviewed by one of my favourite comedians, David Heti!

A promise of stories comparable to such greats as Lorrie Moore and Raymond Carver lured me in and -full disclosure- I'm only in one story deep so far ...but what a story! A lonely lady in a dirty New Mexico laundromat with an ailing Jicarilla Apache? I don't see abandoning this collection anytime soon.

-Jason Grimmer, marketing director Librairie D+Q

Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson (Dalkey Archive Press)

 I've been reading this experimental novel by David Markson about a woman named Kate who believes herself to be the last living being on Earth. She narrates her day-to-day existence from the first person as she roams different, empty cities and landscapes. It is, to say the least, deeply lonely, but also incredibly witty and full of vibrant cultural and literary references. It also deals beautifully with memory and language; Kate often articulates her inability to express herself through the very writing she is doing—as she is doing it—in a way that is deeply relatable.

- Marcela Huerta, production assistant

Purity by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

One of the perks of having a bookstore is that sometimes advance copies of books roll through the door and then Jason says, "Hey! You wanna read this?" And then you get to read it before anyone else and you feel a little special. This happened with Jonathan Franzen's latest—Purity—due out next week.  I'm a sucker for Franzen. His stories are so well balanced—engrossing and easy to digest, yet there's enough going on to keep my little brain pretty busy. Anyway, while previous Fanzen novels—The Corrections and Freedom—felt very broad and somewhat normative in their depiction of the contemporary American middle-class existence, Purity reads more like a knock 'em sock 'em thriller (okay, I normally read pretty low key comics about old men walking around outside). I'm about a third of the way through so it's hard to say how this will all come together, but boy are their a ton of balls in the air and I'm very curious to see how Franzen catches them all. Ploughing forward at a pretty fast pace, Franzen's tossed together a truck load of male privilege, several crushing female stereotypes, and some fun little current events type topics (read: Occupy and Wikileaks and maybe cults). It's ambitious, guys, but I trust Franzen. Now someone please pull the go-home bell at this mill so I can crawl back into this book!

-Tracy Hurren, managing editor

The Oaf by Nick Maandag (Pigeon Press)

Nick Maandag’s The Oaf is about a man who is at odds with his slobby lowlife roommate who consistently pushes the barrier of what can be considered tolerable: wiping his boogers on the couch, scamming the government for unemployment, knowingly letting the toilet overflow, and the list goes on. Unable to let himself sink to the same level due to his higher “ethics,” the unemployed protagonist attempts to find work only to be thwarted once more by his dirty roommate. I won’t give away how this happens, but trust me, like all of Maandag’s comics, it is absurdly hilarious.

-Marie-Jade Menni, production assistant

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions)

With all of the buzz over the fourth of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels coming out this fall, I thought it was high time I read the first one like my mother's been telling me to. I am loving it. Ferrante drops you into the small world of a neighborhood in Naples with a straightforward style, charting a young girl's growing understanding of herself and the community without belaboring each point. While an enormous cast of townspeople weave in and out of the story on their own trajectories, they seemingly exist only in service to what is unabashedly the main focus of the novel and in fact the narrator's young life, her friend Lila. In this way the story of their friendship feels a bit like the neighborhood she portrays - an intimate, insular world surrounded by a larger one.  I have cancelled all other obligations until I am caught up.

Alison Naturale, print manager

Miseryland by Keiler Roberts (CreateSpace)

I've been reading Keiler Roberts's comics online for the past few years. Everytime she posts a new one, I find myself laughing aloud, then nudging my boyfriend and making him read it, too. I picked Miseryland up the moment I saw it, tore through it, and I've been keeping it on my living room table ever since. Whenever I feel like a little pick me up, I flip through it and laff and laff. The premise is simple: basically, it's "Shit my kid says", but it's much much funnier than it has any right to be, laced through with social anxiety and unexpected plotlines. The pacing is perfect and the punchlines (many of them "written" by Keiler's daughter Xia) are killer. The look of these black and white strips has some affinities with Gabrielle Bell and Rutu Modan, but the content is all Roberts' own. One of my favourites has as its punchline, "Hello Kitty. Pink and purple." A+.

-Julia Pohl-Miranda, marketing director

Big News Dept: Announcing our 2015 Fall Events!

Montreal, QC: Cementing its place as the leading english bookstore in Quebec, Librairie D+Q is proud to present its line-up of Fall 2015 events. With authors and cartoonists from all over North America and in all genres, Fall 2015 promises to be the most exciting season yet for booklovers in Montreal. Librairie D+Q is honoured to host a slate of twenty events featuring such landmark authors and artists as Kate Beaton, Carrie Brownstein, Roxane Gay, and Gloria Steinem.

Kate Beaton launches Step Aside, Pops
Sunday September 27th
The Rialto Hall (5711 Parc Ave.)
Doors at 6 pm, event at 7 pm

The New York Times bestselling cartoonist ofHark! A Vagrant makes her triumphant return to the Librairie D+Q. Step Aside, Pops is Beaton's second D+Q collection of uproariously funny comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture, and literature.

Tickets are available now! Free with a pre-purchase of the book at the bookstore (211 Bernard Ouest) or $5 online.

(photo credit: Jay Grabiec)

Roxane Gay in conversation with Rachel Zellars 
Thursday October 22nd 
The Rialto Hall (5711 Parc Ave.)
 Doors at 6 pm, event at 7 pm 
Tickets TBA

 Roxane Gay is a professor, an editor, the acclaimed author of the two bestselling books An Untamed State (Grove Atlantic) and Bad Feminist, (Harper Perennial) and one of our foremost thinkers. Gay is beloved as a pop culture critic for her honest, funny and informed opinions on feminism, race, and gender. We are very excited to present Roxane Gay in conversation with attorney, McGill Education PhD candidate, and co-founder of the Third Eye Collective Rachel Zellars! 

(this event is being co-presented by Concordia's Writer's Read in association with IGSF, Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies and the James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology)

(photo credit: Autumn De Wilde)

Carrie Brownstein launches Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl
in conversation with Jessica Hopper
Monday November 16th
Ukrainian Federation (405 Ave Fairmount O.)
Doors at 5:30 pm, event at 7 pm
Tickets TBA

Carrie Brownstein is the guitarist in pioneering rock band Sleater-Kinney and the creator/co-star of the wildly popular television show Portlandia. Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (Riverhead Books) is Brownstein's debut, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life—and finding yourself—in music. Brownstein will be in conversation with Jessica Hopper, senior editor at Pitchfork and author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof Books).

(photo credit: Annie Leibovitz)

Gloria Steinem launches My Life On the Road
Tuesday December 1st
The Rialto Theatre (5723 Parc Ave.)
Doors at 5:30 pm, event at 7 pm
Tickets TBA

We are unbelievably excited to be bringing the legendary American feminist, journalist, and political activist Gloria Steinem to Montreal to launch her new book. My Life on the Road (Random House) shares the fascinating and profound story of Steinem's touring life, and the way those tours help her continuously redefine her ethos and interests.

And that's not all!! Here is our full list of Fall events!
Events run 7 to 9 pm at 211 Bernard Ouest (unless otherwise noted). Remember: all bookstore events are free to attend! Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Wed/9th. Traces of Resistance – Flaneuring and Literary Perception, Workshops and Public Presentation with the editor-in-chief of Flaneur Magazine, Fabian Saul (in association with the Goethe Institute)

Sun/13th, à 10 h. Matinée pour les enfants: Lancement de Tom la Tondeuse par Brian A M Smith et Sophie Pa (La Pastèque)

Wed/16th. Graphic Novel Book Club: Phoebe Gloeckner's Diary of a Teenage Girl (North Atlantic Books) hosted by D+Q publisher Peggy Burns

Thurs/17th. Daniel Allen Cox launches Mouthquake (Arsenal Pulp Press) with Mark Ambrose Harris

Sat/19th à 12:30 h Kids Pop avec Elise Gravel auteur de la série Les petits dégoûtants (La Courte Échelle)

Wed/23rd. Hair and Kittens: Meags Fitzgerald and Sherwin Tjia launch Long Red Hair and You Are A Kitten! (Conundrum)

Fri/25th. Sam Alden launches New Construction (Uncivilized Books)

Sun/27th. Kate Beaton launches Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Drawn & Quarterly) at the Rialto Hall

Wed/30th Emmanuelle Walter launches Stolen Sisters (Harper Collins)


Thurs/1st. Daniel Zomparelli launches Rom Com (Talonbooks)

Sat/10th. Sarah Riggs launches Pomme & Granite (1913 Press)

Wed/14th. D+Q Graphic Novel Club: Olivier Schrauwen's Arsene Schrauwen (Fantagraphics) hosted by D+Q production assistant Marcela Huerta

Sat/17th. Multi Publisher Launch Derek Webster launches Mockingbird (Véhicule Press), David Solway launches Installations (Signal), Josh Trotter launches Mission Creep (Coach House) and Mary Dalton launches Edge (Palimpsest)

Sun/18th at 10am, Kids Day launch for Isabelle Arsenault’s Alpha (Candlewick Press)

Thurs/22nd. Roxane Gay of Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial) and An Untamed State (Grove Atlantic) in conversation with Rachel Zellars at the Rialto Hall 


Fri/13th. Kliph Nesteroff launches The Comedians (Grove Atlantic) in conversation with David Heti

Mon/16th. Carrie Brownstein launches Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (Riverhead Books) in conversation with Jessica Hopper of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof Books) at the Ukrainian Federation

Wed/18th. D+Q Graphic Novel Club: Julie Delporte's Journal (Drawn & Quarterly) hosted by Librairie D+Q's Daphne Cheyenne

Fri/20th George Grella launches 33 1/3 Series: Mile Davis' Bitches Brew (Bloomsbury Academic)


Tues/1st. Gloria Steinem launches My Life On the Road (Random House) at the Rialto Theatre

Des nouveautés bandes dessinées: Jo Manix, Christian Rosset, l'Oubapo

Je me suis sentie gâtée cette semaine à la librairie! J'attendais depuis si longtemps la suite du Journal de Jo Manix (mai 1996 - mai 2001), dont le premier tome avait été édité en 2009 par Flblb.

Joëlle Guillevic était l'une des pionnières de la bande dessinée alternative française des années 1990, aux côtés de son compagnon Nyslo, auteur de Jérôme d'Alphagraph. Elle était également une des premières femmes de l'autobiographie en bande dessinée, et son style discret a fait d'elle l'un de mes modèles artistiques les plus importants.

En septembre 2001, un cancer a emporté Joëlle Guillevic. Le deuxième tome de son journal comprend les premières évocations de sa maladie, sans que celle-ci ne passe au premier plan du récit. Ce journal est à lire absolument, surtout pour ceux qui s'intéressent à l'histoire de la bande dessinée.

Je suis bien contente également de découvrir le dernier opus de Christian Rosset, sans doute l'essayiste le plus juste et le plus poétique de la bande dessinée contemporaine. Particulièrement intéressé par le corps et l'intime, Christian Rosset passe en revue dans Éclaircies sur le terrain vague une quantité d'auteurs qu'il admire.

Et voici un nouveau volume de L'oubapo, l'Ouvroir de bande dessinée potentielle, avec la participation de Gilles Ciment, Baladi, François Ayroles, Jochen Gerner, etc. Que du bonheur!

New & Notable: Lucia Berlin's A Manual For Cleaning Women

Well, they may have had me at 'forward by Lydia Davis' but I think I still would have been all over a collection of short fiction by the great -yet still overlooked- Lucia Berlin.

Any fan of Carver will find purchase in these stories. Berlin (who passed away in 2004) mines the same sort of dark, sad domestic underbelly hat he tended to. She was also similar in that she supposedly wrote short stories because they took less time (any writer of fiction knows this is both true and patently not at the same time, less words means more time poring over each sentence).

Her fanbase, up to this point, has been mostly made up of peers and other writers in the know, here's to hoping this wonderful collection changes that and we'll do our best here at Librairie D+Q to ensure it happens. Recommended.

This Week's Kid's and Young Adult Bestsellers!

Yowsah!  Check out our best-selling kid's and young adult books of the week!

Top 5 Young Adult

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Rigg's

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

Top 5 Kids

A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

Le Voleur De Sandwichs par Patrick Doyon

Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Kate is everywhere these days!  And this children's book is every bit as charming and funny as Hark! A VagrantCome see her in person for our event on the 27th. for her upcoming book Step Aside Pops.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska

Ce matin! Matinée pour les enfants: Le voleur de sandwichs

Aujourd'hui à 10h a lieu à la librairie une autre matinée pour les enfants, en présence de l'auteur jeunesse André Marois. Depuis 1999, André publie des romans noirs pour les adultes et des romans policiers pour les enfants. Le voleur de sandwichs, c'est l'histoire de Marin qui se fait voler son délicieux sandwich. S'ensuit une enquête pleine de rebondissements afin de traquer le coupable. Le livre, publié aux éditions de la Pastèque, est aussi merveilleusement illustré par Patrick Doyon.
Une lecture et une discussion sont prévues. L'activité se tiendra de 10h à midi et s'adresse à un public de 5 à 10 ans! Venez en grand nombre!

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This Week's Bookstore Bestsellers!

Here they are, the books that keep us in business, the top sellers of the past week!

Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner
(our bookclub pick for September!)

Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning... edited by Tom Devlin

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Just Kids by Patti Smith
(a constant bestseller anyway, this leapt back into the top ten  after both her new memoir and a Showtime mini-series based on this one were announced)

All About Love  by Bell Hooks

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The First Bad Man by Miranda July 

 The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Anticipation is high for her next book, out soon. Pre-purchase it at the store and get a free ticket to her event on September 27th!

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