Halloween Horror Reading Suggestions: Graphic Novels

In the mood for fear? Here's some suggested reading to get you into the Halloween spirit!

Black Hole - Charles Burns

Beautiful Darkness - Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoet
This macabre fairy-tale is suitable for any time of year, but it's particularly salient as the leaves start to fall and there's a chill in the air...

From Hell - Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell

Generous Bosom - Conor Stechschulte
Hitchcock-like suspense drives this weirdo thriller: a car breaks down on the side of the highway at night leaving a man stranded alone, it's raining, and there's one solitary house in the distance, maybe if he's lucky he can use their phone...

You Are a Cat: in the Zombie Apocalypse! - Sherwin Tija

Baba Yaga's Assistant - Emily Carroll

 Through the Woods - Emily Carroll
Carroll's excellent collection of scary short stories are utterly chilling. Please read these with a flashlight under the covers.

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction - Mike Mignola

Nijigahara Holograph - Inio Asano

Megahex - Simon Hanselmann
Well, Meg is a witch and her life seems pretty terrifying. Along with Mog and Owl they form an unholy trinity that gets even freakier whenever Werewolf Jones is around. There is some truly dark stuff in here.

Today! Free Comic Book Day: Halloween edition!

Saturday October 31st will be FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: Halloween edition! Librairie Drawn & Quarterly will be providing free special comics from open to close (10am-9pm). And there will be snacks and juice for all, young and old!

For this special spooky edition of Free Comic Book Day, the free comic version of Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly) will be up for grabs. It's the perfect introduction to Mizuki's most popular Japanese series, available for the first time in English.

Watch for the whole comic series. with the first book coming out March 2016!

New and notable: Object Lessons series from Bloomsbury Academic

We're suckers for a well-curated series over here, and so we're thrilled to be stocking titles from Bloomsbury Academic's Object Lessons collection!

Object Lessons is "an essay and book series about the hidden lives of ordinary things, from guessings to hypocrisies, intolerances to jurisdictions." Drawing from recent movements in material culture studies and critical theory, its contributors start from a specific prompt (historical event, technological innovation, archeological discovery, etc.) and develop a lesson or series of lessons on that topic. To begin, we have Glass (John Garrison), Refrigerator (Jonathan Rees), Hotel (Joanna Walsh), Waste (Brian Thill), Silence (John Biguenet), and Phone Booth (Ariana Kelly).

I recently read and loved Joanna Walsh's Vertigo and was pleased to see that she contributed to Object Lessons. Hotel explores some similar territory to Vertigo—leaving an unhappy marriage, being tourist while observing other tourists and tourist spaces. The narrator takes a job as a hotel reviewer and finds herself drifting from one curated space-away-from-home to another. She meditates on the capitalist reshaping of our desires, on the separation between the hotel and the home, and on the work of home-making and the gendered expectations that, uttered or not, surround that work. To heighten the fun, Freud, Dora, Heidegger, and the Marx Brothers all make appearances. Brilliant and absorbing.

In Phone Booth, Ariana Kelly approaches the titular object "as an entity that embodies diverse attitudes about privacy, freedom, power, sanctuary, and communication in its various forms all around the world." She presents us with a series of essays and photographs that constitute an account of the phone booth's erstwhile centrality in literature, film, philosophy, and the everyday—a portrait of the object "on the cusp of obsolescence." Avitall Ronell on Phone Booth: "Ariana Kelly replenishes the work on speculative telephony in an altogether compelling way."

Brian Thill's Waste reminds us that every object, after a certain time has passed, becomes waste. Thill looks at the fate of everything we discard, including space junk and horse corpses, and explores how our waste and how we deal (or don't deal) with it controls us on both a personal and political level. Praise from Jeff Vandermeer, Alexander Chee and Leslie Jamison make this a must-read!

There are many forthcoming titles from the series that we intend to stock as well, including Drone (Adam Rothstein) and Remote Control (Caetlin Benson-Allott). Better get reading!

D+Q Office Reads: The Office Blames Jason For Their Colds

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! Here's our third installment...

Can I Come Too? by Tara Castellano (self-published)
Chicken Nugget Comics #2 by Erik Rogers (self-published)
Art Comic vol. 1 by Matthew Thurber (Swimmers Group)
Art Comic vol. 2 by Matthew Thurber (Swimmers Group)

Have you guys seen that new movie Constipation? No? That's cause it hasn't come out yet! Ba-dum-tshh. While not written by her, Tara Castellano has been working that joke like you wouldn’t believe. She's also one of my best buds (and the weirdo peering behind me in the above photo), so not a big surprise that I'm a fan of her art. She just made a zine titled Can I Come Too?–and yes, if you caught that, it is indeed a Simpsons reference. If crass humor isn't your thing, then this zine is probably not for you. If on the other hand you do have a sense of humor, then you are in for a treat! Her sarcastic take on things like the Ikea monkey (remember?!) and Mel Gibson’s terrible movie The Beaver never ceases to make me laugh. In a similar vein is Erik Rogers's Chicken Nugget Comics #2. This one came as a submission to D+Q (that's right, we read 'em!). It also came with a small scribbled note saying: "Here is a comic I made with my hands, please look at it with your face." I have no clue who Erik Rogers is, and there’s not much online about him, but this zine is hilarious. Drawn in a very shaky hand and punctuated with uncertainty (“This is what cars look like, right?”), Chicken Nugget is jammed packed with extremely ridiculous jokes that veer on slapstick and had me laughing out loud. All right, enough teasing with hard-to-find zines…up next is Matthew Thurber's Art Comic vol 1 and 2. I'm sure you're all familiar with the very talented Thurber, since he has some great books to his name (1-800-MICE and Infomaniacs), and has done some cool things in art, film, and music. So what could be better than a comic mocking the world of contemporary art? Nothing really, so go give it a read. Also, might be a bit tricky with this photo, but here’s a fun game: how many of the 19 artists can you identify on that cover?

-Marie-Jade Menni, production assistant

Stolen Sisters: The Story of Two Missing Girls, Their Families, and How Canada Has Failed Indigenous Women  by Emmanuelle Walter (HarperCollins)

Last year, the book Sœurs Volées popped up on my radar because the author Emmanuelle Walter was a fellow parent at my child’s school. This past October, we launched the English edition, STOLEN SISTERS, at Librairie D+Q. At the event, Emmanuelle was in conversation with Métis filmmaker Michelle Smith. I attended the event before had I read the book and the stats presented in regard to MMIW (Murdered and Missing Indigenous Woman) that evening were harrowing. Since 1980, more than 1,200 indigenous women have disappeared or been murdered. Proportionally, this number represents approximately 30,000 Canadian women. In other words a real genocide is happening in Canada. Emmanuelle and Michelle discussed how it is a Canada-wide issue; how the inhumane reaction from politicians and police is always the same, placing blame on the communities themselves or framing the women as runaways; how the reaction from the press is always the same whether it is a Francophone newspaper in Quebec or English papers in the Prairies or the west, the press constructs a reserved and removed profile of the missing woman that is in stark difference to stories of missing non-indengeoious woman. Tellingly, Emmanuelle and Michelle were able to rattle off too many stories of women from all over the country: Whitehorse, Red River in Winnipeg, Prince Albert, Edmonton, Vancouver, and more.

The book presents the story of Maisie Odjick (16 years old) and Shannon Alexander (17 years old), two teenagers from Maniwaki in Western Quebec. (Maniwaki is close to Ottawa, our nation’s capital, where for the past ten years, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that an inquiry into MMIW was not a priority for his government.) Through interviews with family members and friends, Emmanuelle paints a fuller, richer picture of Maisie and Shannon's lives as pretty typical teenagers, with goals and passions, occasionally struggling with their family but loving them all the same. Maisie had returned to school, Shannon was in nursing school. They disappeared one night in the fall of 2008, leaving behind their ID, wallets, and clothing. She never finds a reason for why they would leave on their own accord, or a reason for their disappearance.

Emmanuelle is a native of France, which to some may make her telling the story of indigenous women problematic. She explains that she arrived in Canada, a country she had seen lauded for human rights, and was shocked to see such disregard of human rights on an institutional level, as well as an ignorance among the general populace in Quebec and a belief that this was only a problem in Western Canada. In her book, Emmanuelle details the reaction from Sûreté du Québec and how they have been a “colonial and repressive force.” Just this past weekend, news broke that the SQ placed 8 officers under investigation for sexual abuse against aboriginal women. The story  is shocking. If all of this doesn't wake us out of willful ignorance, I don’t know what will.

- Peggy Burns, publisher

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf Doubleday)

This month brought with it a terrible illness (thanks, Jason!), which meant a lot of starting every book in my house and then quickly tossing them aside cuz fever, but one really stuck, so I'll talk about that. The first is Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven. Like most books I read, my roommate/our sometimes copyeditor Kathleen recommended it to me a while ago; I kept putting off reading it because I was like—GENRE FICTION? No way. Not for me. Not for this literary snob. No thanks. Well, it turns out I was wrong and the two are in fact not mutually exclusive (doi). It's a post-apocalyptic story of sorts, following several characters or groups of characters from about ten years before the flu hits—the flu that knocks out 99.9 percent of the population—to about 20 years after. Their lives intersect at times, paths cross. What made this book so delightful to read was the speed in which I could devour it. The prose is smooth, the chapters are short, and every time you jump back and forth between story lines, between the years, it's always a bit a cliff hanger, so you have to keep reading until you're back in the other story line because you are dying to know what's happening over there. But then you get so into the current story you're in that damn it, once you get back to that one you were longing for, you're plowing through that one as quickly as you can to get back to the other one. It's all very delightful and thoroughly enjoyable. As soon as I finished Station Eleven, I walked straight to my shelf and grabbed Lynda Barry's Cruddy. I had not been planning on rereading it, and I'm not even sure where the action of grabbing it came from. I think I just enjoyed the fast pace of Station Eleven so much that my body involuntarily hurled itself toward quite possibly my favourite fast paced novel—Cruddy. Good job, Body. I love this book so much. That being said, consider this a teaser. I'm just 50 pages in so I'll write more about it next month, when it's fresh in my head and it's all I can think about. Which will inevitably be the case because Lynda Barry has a way of doing that, now doesn't she?

- Tracy Hurren, Managing Editor

Avenue of Mysteries  by John Irving (Knopf Random Vintage)

 Would it be a surprise if I told you that I wasn't a big reader when I was younger? I was very into comics but could never get anywhere with books and mostly only read school assignments and anything related to living off the land. Did I carry a copy of STALKING THE WILD ASPARAGUS in my back pocket? I did. But at a certain point, it clicked. There's nothing better than discovering a favourite writer and then tearing through all their books that you can find. I did this with Thomas Pynchon, Haruki Murakami, and Denis Johnson at different points in my life. But the first author that I did this with was John Irving. Not surprising, there was a point where everyone had THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP fever (I swear it was a real thing, look it up on wikipedia) and I tore through all his book until, well, I just didn't. John and I lost touch. I don't know what he was doing. I guess I was hanging out in filthy Cambridge and Boston rock clubs and then going to small press comic shows all over the country. So all these years later, I look up and there's a new John Irving novel due any day now! It's called AVENUE OF MYSTERIES and it's about a brother and sister living in Mexico underneath the shadow of a gigantic dump and a bigger religion. It's got the usual mix of magic, whimsy, and emotional and physical pain that is all coming back to me in a rush. Where was I all these years? I didn't have time to read an old friend?

- Tom Devlin, executive editor

The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978 - 1984 by Riad Sattouf (Metropolitan Books)

When I was about five years old my father quit his job in advertising and started his own dog training business. He, my mom, and I all moved from the city to this big, very old stone house right beside a highway between two towns and he turned the big barn in the back into dog kennels. Previous to moving, my experiences had been relatively urban – bookstores, restaurants…streetlights- and now, we were in the middle of nowhere, with a large acreage, in a completely Francophone community…and it got so dark at night! I made friends with my neighbours - two brothers around my age and we spent most of our days digging holes and sitting in them, getting into fist-fights, climbing barns and setting fire to things. Meanwhile, at home my father was knee-deep in his business, strange new people were visiting our house on a regular basis – an assortment of local weirdos who were either new clients or new employees- and all the while my parents’marriage was crumbling. Of course I understood little of what was going on and the memories I retain are largely sensory. The smell of the abandoned chicken coop I treated as a club house, the cool dampness of our dirt-floor cellar, the thick warmness of the front room with huge windows where I read my comics and monster magazines in the morning.  Though there are many obvious differences I did find a few commonalities in Riad Sattouf’s acclaimed book - an ambitious, overbearing father, a life-changing move from the city to a more rural environment where an unfamiliar language was spoken, the battles with cousins and other kids my age, and a glorious mane of golden hair. Notably, Sattouf draws attention the many distinctive smells he encounter during his travels with his parents from France to Libya to Syria and the back to France: the mustiness of an otherwise delicious jar of makdous (eggplant with chilis and oil), the sharp and spicy air in France, and the sweat and perfumes on various relatives. There are also little notes littered throughout the drawings, indicating distinctive textures and small details (the wild onions he notices growing in a wall during a visit to his father's hometown).  As recollection of what it was like to live in Libya under Ghaddafi, Sattouf’s book is important, but what affected me most was his evocative reminiscence of life as a child adapting to the circumstances his parents create.

- Jason Grimmer, marketing director Librairie D+Q

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial)

 OK fine, I’ll say it - I went to the Roxane Gay event last Thursday at the Ukranian Federation without ever having read any of her books, despite recommendations from almost everyone I know. I always feel a bit embarrassed going to an author’s talk when I haven’t read any of their books, but I had forgotten how great the week after the event can be! I’m beyond delighted that Roxane decided to skip her flight home and spend the week with me, expanding on her thoughts over breakfast, on the bus, while I’m waiting for a friend at a bar. I am only part of the way through Bad Feminist, but I’m already worried about it ending, as I’m loving the way these essays flow seamlessly between her relationship with academia and with the characters of Girls and Sweet Valley High. These relationships to media are so much more complicated than "love-hate," and most importantly, they matter!

- Alison Naturale, print manager

Hitler by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

This month I got overwhelmed. I read one book so quickly I immediately forgot most everything about it except the feeling of being immersed in a world, any world. I read 75% of an amazing collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and ... lost the book? I have zero idea where that is. Then I read the epic New Yorker profile on Gloria Steinem and got really excited for our event December 1st.

 Then I picked up four books in the past week and finished none of them. Okay that's a lie. I finished Shigeru Mizuki's HITLER, which is an intimate and riveting biography. If you've read any of Mizuki's other historical books you know he relishes the odd human details other chroniclers of history would leave out, thereby creating historical portraits that breathe and live like real people do. While Mizuki maintains a staunch anti-war stance and leaves no question of the monstrosity of the Nazi regime, I can't imagine any other (equivalently compact) biography of Hitler would include his gift for whistling or the moment he decided on his iconic mustache. Darkly humorous and obviously extraordinarily carefully researched, this is a fascinating read.

- Julia Pohl-Miranda, marketing director

 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihra (Doubleday)
Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles (HarperCollins)

Those who know me know that there is seemingly no end to the amount of sadness and intensity I can endure in literature, but folks, I have finally hit my ceiling, and it was about halfway into A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara. A relentless, epic novel about the limits of human endurance, A Little Life begins by following a group of four male friends as they find their life paths in New York (I know I know, stay with me), but slowly pulls back from the group to focus on one of the men, Jude St. Francis, and his extremely traumatic background. Yanagihara plays with so many themes and ideas in this massive book—self harm, the unending half-life of abuse, friendship in its many forms—but something that I thought was fascinating was the way that she juxtaposed an adult life of extreme privilege and success with a past of overwhelming anguish. Put a sticker on it that reads “the book that broke Marce.” I’ve been pairing this Sadness Chianti with a Charm Merlot: Eileen Myles’ CHELSEA GIRLS. After going to Eileen’s packed house event at our bookstore, I needed to read Chelsea Girls. I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this book, this fictional non-fiction artist’s novel that is so full of personality, of wit and fantastic one liners (“I’m a poet, you fools, you asshole cops!”) I haven’t finished it yet, but I know Eileen won’t let me down.

- Marcela Huerta, production assistant

Event Recap: Craig Thompson

Four years ago, Craig Thompson launched Habibi here. Last weekend we finally had the pleasure of having him back, this time in celebration of Drawn & Quarterly's reissue of what's become a modern classic, his graphic novel Blankets. Even though our street, rue Bernard was shut down for a film shoot everyone found their way here and we had a full house.

Craig gave a marvelous presentation on the making of the book and his coming of age as a cartoonist. As a kid he wasn't exposed to any television or books save the Bible, so the Sunday funnies and drawing became his refuge from the trauma of childhood. Craig was incredibly generous in sharing his experiences and inspiring for aspiring cartoonists and fans alike.

Next, he was joined on stage by D&Q's Executive Director, Tom Devlin. Craig and Tom met while candlepin bowling in '99, so they've come a long way! They talked comics for a bit before the audience joined in for a lively Q+A and Craig settled in to sign books. What a sweet night! For his next project he may be moving on from snow and sand to a surfing and drawing expedition...We can't wait to have him back! Thanks everyone for coming!

New and notable: Gloria Steinem's My Life on the Road

Gloria Steinem, celebrated writer, activist, organizer, and leader, has written a memoir of her life as a traveler, and it's now on sale! My Life on the Road gives a candid account of Steinem's touring years, during which she was involved in a wide range of social activism and movements. Don't miss our event with Steinem on Tuesday, December 1st! Details below!

Steinem has stressed that she wrote new book as a road book, rather than a typical memoir. This is important, she says, because the road—and road literature—has long been the domain of men. Women are not encouraged to spend years on the road—but they should be! Perhaps Steinem's book will open that door a little wider. Her accounts of learning about social activism from women in India, working as a journalist in the 1960s, founding Ms. magazine, and traveling to the 1977 National Women's Conference provide many sources for inspiration.

Event details:
Gloria Steinem launches My Life on the Road
Tuesday December 1st
At the Rialto Theatre (5723 Parc Ave.)
Doors at 5:30 pm, event at 7 pm 

Tickets on sale NOW: in person at 211 Bernard Ouest, by phone (514-279-2224), or online
Price: $10 or free with a purchase of My Life on the Road (in the case of online ticket purchases, you may provide proof of purchase at 211 Bernard Ouest or at the event itself to receive a discount on the book)

For some more pre-event reading, check out this interview with Steinem over at NPR!

New and notable: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

We've all been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Carrie Brownstein's new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, and it's finally here! And, if you haven't already heard, we have an event with Brownstein coming up very soon—on Monday, November 16th at the Ukrainian Federation! Find the details below.

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. It's a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life—and finding yourself—in music. Browstein writes about escaping her turbulent family life by plunging into the indie music scene, where she was able to find the means for self-invention. She captures the experience of coming into her own as a driven female performer in the 90s, and finding community in the then-burgeoning world of underground feminist punk-rock.

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).

Monday November 16th
Ukrainian Federation (405 Ave Fairmount O.)
Doors at 5:30 pm, event at 7 pm

Tickets available at the store (211 Bernard Ouest), by phone (514-279-2224) or online.

Tickets are $15 or free with a purchase of Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (in store only).

For more pre-event reading, check out this interview with Brownstein in the New York Times Magazine 

New and Notable: Lucky Peach presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes

What a treat! Peter Meehan and the editors of cult food magazine Lucky Peach bring us their first ever cookbook!

101 Easy Asian Recipes offers a mouthwatering range of dishes that are all about bold flavours, and won't break the bank.

It has basically been my life-long dream to learn how to make my own scallion pancakes. And this is just one of seven assorted pancake recipes on offer!

Holy noodles! Now is the time to live your own version of Tampopo (my favourite noodle-themed film). Here we have a recipe for Rotisserie Chicken Ramen. Go forth and don't forget to skim your broth!

Chinese egg custard tarts were my absolute fave as a child. And I don't even normally like custard! There's just something about this dessert, with its silky interior and its flaky shell. Gets me every time.

These recipes (and 98 more) can be yours to perfect! We'll be stocking Lucky Peach presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes from now into the foreseeable future.

Out Today: The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting

Drawn and Quarterly has just released the English translation of Guy Delisle's The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting. Following up A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting (2013) and Even More Bad Parenting Advice (2014), Delisle's new comic strips are full of the worst and hilarious parenting advice.

Here are a few of his never fail steps to becoming and thriving as a truly terrible parent.

Step 1: Ruin story time with grammar lessons.

Step 2: Thoroughly explain the pronunciation and spelling of curse words.

Step 3: Throw things at your children to improve their reflexes.

Step 4: Destroy your children's toys.

Step 5: Never read instructions when assembling toys, because safety is for suckers.

Step 6: Above all, real talk. All the time.

Pick up a copy and enjoy! In no time, you too can be a terrible parent.

TONIGHT! Craig Thompson in conversation with Tom Devlin

Join us tonight, Monday, October 26th, at 7PM for an evening with Craig Thompson. He is the award-winning and bestselling author of all-ages galactic adventure SPACE DUMPLINS, the coming-of-age graphic memoir BLANKETS, and the modern classic HABIBI. Thompson will speak about his career as a cartoonist and the creative process behind his wildly popular work, answer questions, and sign books! AND he'll be in conversation with Drawn & Quarterly's own Executive Director, Tom Devlin!

Blankets is a graphic novel that has emerged as a modern classic story of love and loss since first being published in 2003. This winter, Drawn & Quarterly has republished it in both paperback and hardcover editions. It's a coming of age memoir about the traumas of childhood, faith, and burgeoning first love. Set against the backdrop of icy, white Midwestern winters we see Thompson as a young boy growing up in a poor, strict religious household. He is bullied at school and powerless at home. He turns to drawing and Christianity, only to question his faith as the book unfolds. Beautifully rendered in pen and ink, Thompson's story is engrossing and incredibly accessible in its treatment of childhood, religion, and close relationships.

Event Recap: Signal Editions, Véhicule Press and Coach House Fall Poetry Launch

On Saturday, October 17, we welcomed three poets to the store to launch their new work.

Joshua Trotter, David Solway and Derek Webster each gave readings. Mary Dalton, who was to be the fourth reader, was unfortunately unable to attend.

Carmine Starnino, editor of Signal Editions, gave the introduction.

Joshua Trotter read from Mission Creep (Coach House), which began as reworkings of the CIA's Human Resources Exploitation Training Manual.

David Solway, known as the “presiding spirit” of the Signal Editions series, introduced and read from his new book, Installations. The title changed several times. The final title is taken from one of the poems within—inspired by a whirlygig he once spotted on the road into Gananoque, where he lives. Solway also shared some thoughts about another love of his: scotch. The art of making scotch is not, he told us, so different from the art of writing poetry. Which makes reading (or writing) poetry while drinking scotch the ultimate pastime!

Derek Webster gave us his first poetry reading in 17 years! Mockingbird (Véhicule Press) is a night book, he explained—it's full of nighttime thoughts. We were treated to his performance of a poem of mysterious sounds, which offers possible interpretations for a great range of grunting, groaning, and scuttling.

Thank you to everyone who attended! All three books are available at the Librairie!

TODAY! Craig Thompson Kids Event

Calling all 8 - 12 year olds, Craig Thompson’s debut, Space Dumplins from Scholastic is out of this world!

Join us October 25, Sunday afternoon, at 3PM, at Librairie Drawn and Quarterly for treats and comics talk. Craig Thompson will be here in person to present his newest children's work Space Dumplins. There will be reading, activity & Q+A!

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, Space Dumplins weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

IT'S TODAY! Roxane Gay in conversation with Rachel Zellars


Attention! Event sold out. As available, rush tickets go on sale at 7 PM.

Oct. 22nd at the Ukrainian Federation
5213 avenue Hutchison
Doors at 6 pm, event at 7 pm 

On sale 11am, Friday, Sept. 18th
Available at 211 Bernard Ouest or online
$5 or free with a purchase of Bad Feminist or An Untamed State from Librairie D+Q 

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and Writers Read Concordia in association with IGSF, Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies and the James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology present... 

Roxane Gay in conversation with Rachel Zellars

Roxane Gay is an acclaimed author of two bestselling books, An Untamed State (Grove Atlantic) and Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial), and one of our time's foremost thinkers.  Facing all the fears and pains of what it means to label yourself a feminist just in the introduction of her most recent book, professor, editor, prolific tweeter, and Scrabble player, Roxane Gay, cuts to the heart of it.  We are very proud to be hosting her.

In her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, Gay deftly articulates how it feels to be a woman, the dilemma of feeling forced to choose being on the outside of society or accepting victimization in a far from perfect one.

...Gay playfully crosses the borders between pop culture consumer and critic, between serious academic and lighthearted sister-girl, between despair and optimism, between good and bad. This is the 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. Gay gives us permission to take up the sword of feminism while laying down the shield of policed authenticity. (Melissa Harris-Perry Host, MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” Presidential Endowed Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University)

Like her relationship to music for example, where : "We have all manner of music glorifying the degradation of women, and dammit, that music is catchy so I often find myself singing along as my very being is diminished.’’  Hers is the voice that understands what we face when we love a catchy tune with soul destroying lyrics.          

Gay articulates these types of problems, she gets it. And like the professor she is, she leads the reader into thinking for oneself.  She acknowledges and allows for imperfections of an ideal and of those working towards such an ideal, but she doesn’t simply forgive those imperfections.  She calls on the reader and on society to do better, to think harder, to try harder.  She understands the humanity of change without letting it be an excuse for inaction.

Her book may be titled Bad Feminist, but Gay is in fact a very, very good feminist.   Her writing is approachable and strips away the insecurities that a lot of people have about identifying as a feminist. She demonstrates that you can love something, analyze it, and disagree with it (Sweet Valley High, 90210, etc).  She gives hope to a movement that has suffered so much in negative stigmatization.

Joining her in conversation will be attorney, McGill Education PhD candidate, and co-founder of the Third Eye Collective Rachel Zellars!

Needless to say, we are very excited for both of them to be appearing soon!

Check Dr. Gay out here :


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