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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

TONIGHT! Emmanuelle Walter launches Stolen Sisters Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m.



Join us on tonight : Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. as we launch Stolen Sisters by Mile End's Emmanuelle Walter in conversation with Métis filmmaker, media artist and educator Michelle Smith as they discuss Walter's book of the tragic story of two missing Indigenous girls, their Families, and how Canada has failed Indigenous women.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

New and notable: Mould Map 4: Eurozone Spezial! (Ed. Hugh Frost and Leon Sadler)


This glossy, full-colour anthology showcases comics, art and graphics that play with the idea of "Europe and its possible futures". Featuring new work by Leon Sadler, Edwin Burdis, Daniel Swan, Grace Wilson, Brecht Vandenbrouke, Amalia Ulman and Suzanne Treister, among others. Also within: a selection of activist ephemera, features on both near-future speculative / design fiction and historical counterculture movements, and more!

OUT TODAY: Showa: A History of Japan 1953 - 1989

I hope you've put some time aside for some serious manga-reading, because the fourth and final volume of Shigeru Mizuki's epic Showa: A History of Japan is out today!


This volume picks up where volume 3 left off. Japan is reeling from its devastating defeat at the end of the Second World War. It carries us through the Korean War, and the slow reinvention of the Japanese nation. A newly forged allyship with the US funnels opportunities for employment and even wealth into the country, allowing Japan to put on a bright new face for the world. But the Second World War casts a long shadow, and ordinary Japanese people are still struggling with that darkness.


This is a particularly exciting volume for manga and gekiga (alternative manga) fans, because it illuminates the decades during which gekiga was brought to life by the likes of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Seiichi Hayashi, Susumu Katsumata, and Mizuki himself. My Life As A Mole (title page pictured above) shows Shigeru's difficulties trying to make a living as a manga artist at the end of the 1950s. "His life is nothing but manga. And scrounging for money..."


I love Mizuki's rare and glorious full-page drawings, like the one above. Here, Shigeru has met with success as an artist, but struggles with the daily grind. In one of his dreams, a ghoulish type shows up at the door, selling after-life insurance—"guaranteed satisfaction post-death"! Reading tip: we know it's one of Shigeru's dreams when he still has both arms...


Here's another wonderful full-page illustration. Here we see Shigeru return to Papua New Guinea, which he first visited (or rather was forced to visit due to his army service) in Volume 3. This time his sojourn there is pleasurable. He tries to get his family to join him, but they don't understand the appeal.


It wouldn't be a Mizuki book if it didn't have some Yokai in it, would it? Above are some Yokai encountered by Shigeru in Papua New Guinea. Lying in bed one night, he reflects on his connection to the spirits: "I could sense Yokai. In my life, I'd encountered about twenty and had even seen one or two. It seemed like understanding was near, but it eluded me for the moment." A nice foreshadowing of the importance of Yokai in his manga work.

The original Japanese edition of the series Showa: A History of Japan won Mizuki the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award, and two (so far) of the English volumes have won Eisner awards! If you need to start the series from the beginning, don't worry: we sell all four volumes at the Librairie!


Monday, 28 September 2015

New and Notable: Chain Mail Bikini


Edited by Hazel Newlevant, Chain Mail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers collects comics made by a group of outstanding female artists that celebrate games and the experience of women gamers. Look at this beautiful cover by Hellen Jo! From video games to Dungeons and Dragons or LARPing this compilation explores the fantasy worlds we're drawn to as gamers.


Chain Mail Bikini has an exciting line up of contributors, from Sophie Yanow pictured above to Annie Mok, MK Reed, and Jane Mai and many more. There are 193 pages of comics to savour!


Expect tributes to all of your favorite games, childhood reminiscences and dreamy reflections. See above Jane Mai's hommage to Ikachan, "Ikachan, put on your pointy hat and protect yourself, Ikachan, you have to live..."
Sunday, 27 September 2015

TONIGHT!! Kate Beaton launches Step Aside, Pops at the Rialto Hall on September 27th! With Anna Leventhal in conversation.


Tickets now available in store!

Very exciting news: the one and only Kate Beaton will be in Montreal TONIGHT Sunday, September 27th to launch her hilarious new book, Step Aside, Pops! The launch will take place at the Rialto Hall (5711 avenue du Parc) at 7:00 p.m., doors at 6:00 p.m.

Step Aside, Pops is the sequel to the hit comic collection Hark! A Vagrant, which appeared on best of lists from Time, NPR, and USA Today; spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list; and won Harvey, Ignatz, and Doug Wright awards.

Cartoonist Kate Beaton returns with all-new sidesplitting comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture, and literature. Collected from her wildly popular website, readers will guffaw over "Strong Female Characters", the wicked yet chivalrous Black Prince, "Straw Feminists in the Closet," and a disgruntled Heathcliff. Delight in what the internet has long known—Beaton's humour is as sharp and dangerous as a velocipedestrienne, so watch out!

Tickets are $5.00, or free with the purchase of Step Aside, Pops from Librairie D+Q. Purchase yours in store until 4pm and then at the door.

Joining Kate in conversation will be Anna Leventhal.


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Kid’s Activity Morning With Isabelle Arsenault



On Sunday, October 18th at 10:00 AM we’re hosting another Kid’s Activity Morning at the Librairie! This time we’re pleased to have Isabelle Arsenault as a guest. The author will join us to talk about her book of ABCs, Alpha, available in English and in French. Alpha is inspired by the NATO phonetic alphabet, used in the airforce and by the Red Cross to communicate in emergency situations. When we send a message each letter composing a word is spelled using this code. So, for example, book becomes bravo-oscar-oscar-kilo.

The Kid’s Activity Morning will begin at 10:00 AM. There will be juice and cookies and Isabelle will present her book. Afterwards there will be secret messages for all to decode and a paper airplane making workshop! We’ll offer a 15% discount on the book during the event. Reccommended for kids ages 4 and up.
Facebook here: Kid's Morning Activity Day


Dimanche le 18 octobre à 10h se tiendra à la librairie une autre matinée pour enfants! Cette fois-ci, c’est avec plaisir que nous accueillerons Isabelle Arsenault. L’auteure sera des nôtres pour nous parler de son abécédaire Alpha, disponible en anglais et en français. L’abécédaire s’inspire du code alpha international, utilisé en aviation ou encore par la Croix Rouge pour communiquer dans des situations d’urgence. Lorsqu’on envoit un message, chaque lettre qui compose un mot est épelée en utilisant le code alpha. Ainsi, livre devient par exemple lima-india-victor-roméo-écho.

La matinée pour enfants aura lieu à 10h. Il y aura du jus et des biscuits. Isabelle présentera son livre, chaque enfant aura à décoder un message et à confectioner un avion de papier. Un rabais de 15% sera offert sur tous les exemplaires d’Alpha, en anglais ou en français. L’activité s’adresse à un public de 4 ans et +
Facebook ici: Matinée pour les enfants avec Isabelle Arsenault

 Isabelle Arsenault is an illustrator who studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Isabelle has achieved international recognition for her work and won many awards and distinctions. She’s won the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature three times, and two of her picture books, including the graphic novel Jane, the Fox & me by Fanny Britt - were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Isabelle’s style is infused with sensitivity and finesse that appeals equally to both children and adults. She lives and works in Montreal.



Isabelle Arsenault est une illustratrice formée en Design graphique à l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Son travail a été reconnu et primé à plusieurs reprises sur la scène internationnale. Elle a été Lauréate du Prix Littéraire du Gouverneur Général en illustration à trois reprises et deux de ses livres, dont le roman graphique “Jane, le renard & moi” écrit par Fanny Britt - ont été nommés dans la liste des 10 meilleurs livres illustrés de l'année selon le New York Times. Son style est empreint de sensibilité et de finesse. Il accroche autant le regard des jeunes lecteurs que celui des adultes. Isabelle Arsenault travaille et vit à Montréal.
Friday, 25 September 2015

D+Q Office Reads!, Part 2: Allô Audrey!

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 second installment...


The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek (Serpent's Tail)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)
Bluets by Maggie Nelson (Wave Books)
Soft by Jane Mai (Peow! Studio)
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

As you can see, a bunch of books blew up all over me this month. Very sensual. I don't think this monthly post is supposed to be about a million books you read, though, so I'll keep it simple (stupid) and only elaborate on one. But first! A summary! The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek is one of those bombastic books that deals with sexuality in a bold, exciting way that I rarely see (Wetlands by Charlotte Roche is another example). Between the World and Me is, quite simply, a masterpiece. Bluets is an intimate, honest book that defies classification. Soft by Jane Mai is a lovely comic whose visual style contrasted so starkly with its content that I was forced to re-examine my “cuteness prejudice.”

I wanted to talk about Citizen, though, because this is a book I’m a little late to the party on, and it is such a compelling and important book that I now want everyone I know to read it. A volume of poetry that also employs prose, images, and essays, Citizen left me, at times, breathless with its turns of phrases. I think it can often be difficult to express the huge way that micro-aggressions oppress people of colour, which is why the form Citizen takes—using the second person consistently—makes it especially powerful. I was haunted by the familiar feeling of having the way someone sees me made suddenly clear by one or two sentences, sometimes one or two words, and the way you are encouraged to just “let it go.” It’s a painful book to read, but a beautiful, raw, and memorable one as well.

- Marcela Huerta, Production Assistant




The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions)

So much ink has been spilled on Elena Ferrante's prose-writing gifts that I feel a little embarrassed trying to contribute. I'll offer my thoughts, but for a truly in-depth analysis, check out this Vanity Fair interview (part 1 and part 2) or this Time review, which does a good job of encapsulating the series and why you'll instantaneously fall in love with the series. I picked up the first book way back in June, started reading it and realized I would need the second (and third) book very very soon. I read the second book while on a work trip and couldn't stop thinking about the characters - what they were doing, whose hearts were being broken, whether their dreams would come true. Reading the final book in the series, I've found myself resisting the temptation to speed through this. I know there won't be any more anecdotes from the lives of Elena and Lila after this, so I have an unusual desire (well, unusual for me) to make the book last, to savour every page and every piece of the story as it fits together. Since I've basically just discussed how obsessed I am with this series and not really why or what happens in the books, let me add that Ferrante's is some of the richest and most enjoyable prose I can remember reading. The story of Elena and Lila's friendship (and how it pulls in feminism, politics, love, envy, and everything else that matters in life) has captivated me for the entire summer, and now well into the fall.

-Julia Pohl-Miranda, Marketing Director




The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Back Bay Books)

I just finished The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. This book came highly recommended from local comedian Tracy Hurren, and I really loved it, reading the second half pretty much in one sitting. Since 1) I spent my entire childhood reading exclusively sports novels and 2) I realized I have forgotten how to throw a baseball myself this summer, I am basically the target audience for this book. I’m a sucker for anything that is about the game but not really in any way at all, and this book does this in some surprising ways. The book tells the story of Henry, a baseball superstar, by bringing us closer to the cast of characters who orbit around him, whose stories mirror and contradict his own. I was impressed by the way Harbach manages both to keep the character of Henry at a distance -- like the living legend he is at Westish college -- and at the same time, by the end, make his story crushingly relateable. I am saying that because I definitely used to be very, very good at baseball. If only you'd known me then!

- Alison Naturale,
Print Manager



Here by Richard McGuire (Pantheon)

I have a favourite chair in my living room. It's in the corner directly across from my book and record shelves. Before my family moved in however, my friends, Peggy and Tom lived there and in that spot was their piano. When I'm not sitting in my chair, reading, listening to records (perhaps even a Liquid Liquid record, a band McGuire played bass for), one of daughter's two cats sits there, getting fur all over it so I have to remember to not wear black slacks when it's my turn. Before my family and Tom and Peggy's  there was a single, chain-smoking cat-fancying man living here, maybe sitting in the same spot, smoking up a storm. But before that, who knows? And after us? 

Expanded from work that appeared in Spiegelman & Mouly's Raw just over a quarter-century ago, McGuire's Here is about our roles as place-holders in permanent spaces. It's the story of a room - or rather a location that eventually becomes a room (in 1907 we see it being built in the very spot a dinosaur stood by in 80,000,000 BCE) told through panels within a panel, events and incidences happen in the same area, and we leap back and forth from B.C. to an imagined future. Panels illustrating an incident in 1998 are placed over the space as it appeared in 1775. A bestseller at Librairie D+Q since its release late last year (what stood where our beloved bookstore stands now?), Here proves difficult to describe but not to recommend and it got me thinking more about what was where before I was there. You know, like when you reluctantly climb into a motel bed trying to keep yourself from thinking about what went on in it the night before.

Jason Grimmer, Marketing Director, D+Q bookstore


                             
                         

The Extra Man by Jonathan Ames (Scribner)

Look guys: in the past year I've spiralled down (up?) deep into the Montreal Improv Scene, which involves a lot of silly walking, soul searching, and crushing personal revelations, but also a lot of hanging out with my comedy buddies (they're the best!) and talking about TV shows. I was getting a lot of flack for having never watched Bored to Death so I finally watched it and boy do I feel dumb for waiting so long. The show was basically tailor made for me—publishing, comics, socially awkward pot heads, and comedy. I just loved it. So when that same comedy-pusher friend suggested I read Jonathan Ames's The Extra Man, I was pretty delighted. I didn't know anything about the book (and I guess I still don't know it all—I'm about halfway in) but it's more fun than I could have hoped for. Having just watched all of Bored to Death in like three days (created by Jonathan Ames, staring Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames), it's pretty hard not to read the book without being in that same frame of mind, hearing the lines delivered in Jason Schwartzman's voice. A sexually confused Jason Schwartzman trying to find himself in the Big Apple and become a real old fashioned gentlemen, with his older broke/shabby gentleman roommate/host as a guide to upperclass New York is pretty enjoyable. It's all very silly and you can't really trust either of the main characters—the older gentleman roommate Henry or the younger finding-himself narrator Louis—yet I'm charmed by/adore both, their ridiculousness making them all the more loveable. Anyway, okay. That's it.

- Tracy Hurren, Managing Editor




                

Aliens & Anorexia by Chris Kraus (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents)
Patti et les fourmis by Anouk Ricard (Gallimard)


I was introduced to the works of Chris Kraus back when I was working at the D&Q bookstore. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical at first; I found the incessant gushing about her genius a bit intense. But after reading I Love Dick, I felt like I had just gotten my ass kicked. There's something very different about Kraus' writing: it's intellectual but it's not annoying, it's a little insane at times, and it's incredibly insightful. It's almost as if someone got into my brain and articulated things that I wasn't fully conscious were there. I've since read Summer of Hate and am now reading Aliens & Anorexia, which is part autobiography, theory, criticism, and fiction. Like everything I’ve read by Kraus, it is so jammed packed with original ideas that it is impossible to not come out of reading her works with some sort of new insight about the human condition.

Patti et les fourmis is basically Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, just funnier and without the silly romantic subplot or unrealistic ending (as if they made it home unscathed, pfff). Oh, and a very funny recurrent male anatomy joke! After deciding that she's had enough with the world of grownups, Patti goes online and signs up to a website which promises to help. Little does she know that the service is quite literal: she is physically shrunk to the size of bug. With the help of some blasé ants and a jokester stick insect, Patti attempts to go back to her normal life, only to be thrown into a large anthill run by a tyrannical leader. Adventure and hilarity ensues.

And who's that little rascal peeping out of the book? That my five-year-old niece who made me a bookmark of herself, which I absolutely love. It was actually holding my spot in the Chris Kraus book, but I figured Patti was more her speed, especially since she is a mega fan of anything related to books or bugs. (Allô Audrey!)

- Marie-Jade Menni, Production Assistant



If You Steal by Jason (Fantagraphics)
Weaver Festival Phenomenon by Ron Rége, Jr. (self published)

I think we can all agree that life in an unending slog until the soft release of death takes us. That has nothing to do with these comics though. It’s just that I was at the dentist and had a bit of time to think. But concerning comics, and concerning perfect comics, comics made by a master, a practitioner so skilled that he makes it look easy, Jason (you know, Jason Jason that Norwegian fellow) has a new book of short stories that manages to be funny and compelling and at times downright sad. Each story seems more like a riff or a what-if than a full-blown story except for Jason always manages to pay just enough attention to the side-players and their lives or motivations that this kind of magical thing happens and a story like the book-titled “If you steal” with it’s minimal dialogue and choppy chronology becomes a haunting story of bad decisions and an unraveled mind in the wake of those decisions. Jason is so steady and so consistent that he can almost be taken for granted but like another great minimalist, Gilbert Hernandez, when you take the time he never disappoints.
Ron Rege Jr has been talking about adapting this Banana Yoshimoto short story for so long that we initially talked about doing it for Highwater Books. I couldn’t be more excited to see this finally happen. Ron is a rare talent and is often way ahead of the rest of us in his ideals or approaches to our favorite art form. This 64-page comic (two minis so far, one to come) is about a woman trying to move forward with her life after the death of her lover. The initial story is written in that magical matter-of-fact approach that Yoshimoto is known for and Ron’s tight, thin-lines and jagged dashes imbues everything with a very very personal aura. The pain is palpable on each. How do we go on? Why do we even bother?

- Tom Devlin, Executive Editor



Adult Contemporary by Bendik Kaltenborn (Drawn & Quarterly)

I've recently started Bendik Kaltenborn's Adult Contemporary, which we just received in the office and which will be in stores next month. I've been curious about this one since production work began so long ago--it had this great bright cover and the original title is Liker Stilen, which is very fun to say. I have said it aloud many times in the past months for no reason at all. This Drawn & Quarterly edition is beautiful-wait 'til you see the flaps on this book!-and feels good to hold, like the fine collection of comics it is. Within the first few stories there's spaghetti at a crime scene, sound effects, spontaneous dance numbers, lame dads, a lot of butts, and a terrified and terrifying hairless cat that is maybe the craziest-looking thing I've seen so far in this book, but then I'm only about fifteen pages in. My favourite parts so far are the wordless, dramatic single-image spreads. Kaltenborn's characters live in elastic, brightly-coloured worlds that follow no logic but their own-I'm looking forward to reinterpreting them as I re-read Adult Contemporary over and over, which I plan to. I will definitely leave this book someplace my guests will flip through it when they're at my house.

- Alexandra Auger, Marketing Assistant



Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)

Woo boy, so last month I read Diary of A Teenage Girl which, as the mother of a 10-year-old girl, scared the hell out of me. And this month I chose to read Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, a story about how marriage changes people, how a couple changes through the course of their relationship, how to support one another, how to work together, being broke and trying to make it in NYC, secrets and lies. And most of all, how every relationship has two perspectives. There is no right or wrong. For those of you who don’t know, D+Q Executive Editor Tom Devlin is my husband of 14 years so a story of spouses who work together and each feel like they are being taken for granted hits a bit close home! (Too much information? You must not be married!) I knew nothing about this book except that the store received an ARC that I picked up so I did not know that Groff uses the device of splitting the book into two parts-hence Fates and Furies-and midway through I would be able to read the narrative from the wife’s perspective. I don’t mean for my “what I am reading” entry to be so “heavy”–there’s plenty about this book that is pure dramatic delight that draws you in and makes you want to read it until you are finished, (I'm always a sucker for boarding school drama!) and there are plenty of things that I thankfully don’t relate to such as trust funds, witchy moms, Vassar, and a few spoilers I won’t mention! This book is as complex and layered as any relationship, in the best way possible.

 -Peggy Burns, Publisher

TONIGHT: Sam Alden premiers New Construction


Join us on Friday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. as Sam Alden reads from his latest release, New Construction. This event is part of Alden's Fall 2015 tour supporting the book, which debuts in November.

New Construction collects two newly expanded stories from cartoonist and Adventure Time contributor Sam Alden. In “Household,” a brother and sister deal with divergent memories of their father and grow closer than ever. In "Backyard," Vegans and anarchists share a house, small dramas and bizarre transformations (featuring a new, never before published ending). Designed as a companion volume for the critically acclaimed It Never Happened Again, New Construction cements Alden's reputation as one of the best cartoonists of his generation.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015

New and Notable: 100 Wild Styles, #3


100 Wild Styles is a three-part zine put out by James McNew, best known as the bassist for Yo La Tengo. We have just received 10 copies of #3! Published in a limited quantity of 250 copies, these zines are "handmade, hand-printed, hand-sliced, and hand-stapled", to use James words, by the artist himself in Brooklyn, NY. And you get a sticker nestled nicely in the book!



The book is a compilation of rap lyrics by hip hop artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Run-D.M.C, LL Cool J, GZA, and Public Enemy, just to name a few, alongside James NcNew's drawings of zoological characters.


A note for those in Montreal, James and his Yo La Tengo cronies will be playing in town October 2nd. Why don't you go and tell him your favourite rap lyrics that you would like for him to draw. I'm sure he would love that.

TONIGHT: Hair and Kittens: A Conundrum Press Double Launch

Join us on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. for a double launch featuring the debuts of Long Red Hair from award-winning artist Meags Fitzgerald and You Are a Kitten! from award-winner Sherwin Tjia!

Meags Fitzgerald paints a lively childhood full of sleepovers, amateur fortune-telling and watching scary movies. Yet, Fitzgerald suspects that she is unlike her friends. She intimately takes us from her first kiss to a life sworn off romance. Long Red Hair alluringly delves into the mystique of sorcery and sisterhood. 


Meags Fitzgerald is the author of Photobooth: A Biography. 
Winner of the 2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award

Nominated for the 2015 Joe Shuster Award, Best Cartoonist Category

Named by CBC Books a Writer to Watch, 2014

Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal-based artist and storyteller whose talents include illustrating, animating, writing and improvising. In 2009, Fitzgerald earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design and in 2012 she completed a Post-Degree Certificate in Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art + Design University.

www.meagsfitzgerald.com
You Are a Kitten!
Sherwin Tjia
Book 3 in the Pick-A-Plot Series

You are a couple months out of your mother’s belly. You’re brand new! You don’t even have a name yet. Well you do — but it’s not very nice. The couple that own you fight all the time. So much so that to hurt the other person, one of them stuffs you in a plastic bag and flings you into the canal! As the bag begins to fill with water colder than you’ve ever experienced, a wild panic grips you!

Inspired by the gamebook fad of the 80s You Are a Kitten! is the alarmingly charming prequel to the cult hit You Are a Cat! and its sequel, You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse! Lavishly illustrated from the first-person feline floor purrspective, this thrilling and thoughtful finale brings the saga of Holden Catfield to a stunning and unforgettable conclusion.
If you decide to claw your way out, scrabble furiously to page 16. If you decide to just stay still and do nothing, curl into a fetal ball on page 8. Or you can simply cry out for your mommy on page 6. The choice is yours! But don’t take too long to decide. The water is already up over your paws, and the only warm thing you have to cling to is the memory of your mother’s tongue licking the back of your head.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015

New and Notable: The Story of My Teeth (Valeria Luiselli)

The Story of My Teeth (Coffee House Press) is the latest from novelist and essayist Valeria Luiselli (translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney). Written in collaboration with the workers at a juice factory in Mexico City, this romp of a novel is narrated by yarn-spinning auctioneer Gustavo "Highway" Sánchez Sánchez, who collects the teeth of the "notorious infamous", including Plato and Virginia Woolf.



Luiselli has received high praise from many quarters ever since she began publishing, and English readers should be excited to get to know her, if they don't already! 

“The Story of My Teeth” is playful, attentive and very smart without being for a minute pretentious. It’s Walter Benjamin without tears — sunnier, more casual and more nimble. Luiselli is an exciting writer to watch, not only for this book, but also for the fresh approach she brings to fiction, one that invites participation and reaction, even skepticism — a living, breathing map. (The New York Times)
Monday, 21 September 2015

New and Notable: Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques

Verso Books brings us Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (out tomorrow, September 22!). Jacques is known for her "Transgender Journey" column in the Guardian, in which she chronicled the gender reassignment process she was going through at the time. Here she writes about her experiences navigating the London publishing world as a trans woman, struggling within a liberal atmosphere in which trans people are regularly ignored, dismissed, and worse. Jacques entwines the personal and the political as she examines her own identity through art, film, music, politics and football.

Kate Bornstein (author of A Queer and Pleasant Danger, a personal fave) calls Trans: A Memoir "a marvelously nuanced journey through gender... a terrific read by an accomplished author." This alone is enough to make me want to read this immediately!

You can also check out an excerpt from the book at the Guardian.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

New and Notable: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff


Lauren Groff is an American novelist, short story writer and New York Times bestselling author. Her latest book, Fates and Furies - billed as a literary Gone Girl -, is a compelling dive into the domestic.
Lotto and Mathilde met and married young and after twenty-four years have what people might consider a successful marriage. With rich and layered prose Fates and Furies tells their story, first Lotto's then Mathilde's, revealing the truths and secrets and mutual projections that sustain their relationship. While two human lives may unfold in conjugal proximity it is nonetheless a possibility that they inhabit completely different worlds. This promises to be a furious read. Read the reviews at NPR or AV Club for their take on this latest sensation.
Saturday, 19 September 2015

Event Recap: Traces of Resistance

On September 9th, we were thrilled to welcome Fabian Saul, the editor-in-chief of Flaneur Magazine, which focused on our very own rue Bernard for its third issue.


Psst! It is never too late to grab your own copy of issue 3, as the store still carries it.


Fabien spoke to us about flâneuring and literary perception, urging us to break up the linear logic behind the idea of "a street". Rather, one may adopt the Baudelairian curiosity of a child and see streets as fragmented territories, composed of multiple layers (social, architectural, historical, etc.).


If we usually have an outdated picture of the flâneur in mind (for instance, an old man with a turtle on a leash), Fabian suggested approaching the street as a writer would do. Since the street is a fundamentally incomplete story, it is a matter of working with fragments, looking for connections and disconnections. However, it is never about seeking the truth, as there is not one true street but many.

Scoop: Next city is Athens, then Moscow! We're eager to read them, and you should be too :-)

It's today! Kid's Pop : Les Petits Dégoutants! Lecture et atelier dessin avec Elise Gravel


C'est aujourd'hui! Venez nous rejoindre samedi le 19 septembre à 12h30 pour un atelier de dessin et de lecture pour enfants, animé par Élise Gravel et offert dans le cadre de la série annuelle Kids Pop de Pop Montréal!

Élise est une écrivaine et illustratrice avec plus de 30 livres à son actif. Elle habite à Montréal avec ses deux filles, son mari, ses chats et quelques araignées. Elle travaille présentement sur divers projets au Québec, au Canada anglais et aux États-Unis. Ses livres sont traduits dans une douzaine de langues. Elle espère vivre longtemps pour pouvoir faire encore des tas et des tas de livres, parce qu’elle a encore des tas et des tas d'idées.




Join us Saturday, September 19th at 12:30 p.m. for a kid’s drawing and reading workshop facilitated by Elise Gravel as part of Pop Montreal’s annual Kid’s Pop event series!

Elise an author and illustrator with over 30 children’s books in her body of work. She lives in Montreal with her two daughters, her husband, her cats, and a few spiders. She is currently working on diverse projects for publication in Quebec, English-speaking Canada, and in the United States. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. She is hoping to live a long life so that she can make many, many more books, because she still has many, many more ideas.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Event Recap: Daniel Allen Cox launches Mouthquake


Last night we launched the novel Mouthquake, out on Arsenal Pulp Press, by Daniel Allen Cox. What a fantastic night! The Librairie was packed and the wine and juice and water were flowing.


Mark Ambrose Harris read  first. In his pithy personal essay, Otter Lust - on facial hair, bears, otters and wolves, he imagines being an animal in a past life and bemoans the era of the hairless torso.


Next, Daniel Allen Cox read an excerpt from Mouthquake. Over top of William Basinki's ambient Disintegration Loops he deconstructed and reconstructed language, speech and communication to mesmerizing effect. If you missed the reading you can catch him tomorrow, Friday, September 19, at Montreal gallery RATS9 for a durational performance. (See the Facebook for more details.)

Thanks to everyone who came out!
Thursday, 17 September 2015

TONIGHT! Daniel Allen Cox Launches Mouthquake with Special Guest Mark Ambrose Harris



Please join Daniel Allen Cox and Mark Ambrose Harris for the launch of the novel Mouthquake (Arsenal Pulp Press) on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. Both authors will read from their work.

Copies of Mouthquake will be available for purchase.

About Mouthquake:

Montreal, 1979. A boy's speech starts to fracture along with the cement of le Stade olympique. Do they share a fault line? Daniel Allen Cox's unconventional fourth novel tells the story of a boy with a stutter who grows up and uses sound to remember the past. A coming-of-age tale that telescopes through time like an amnesiac memoir, Mouthquake finds its strange beat in subliminal messages hidden in skipping records, in the stutters of celebrities, and in the wisdom of The Grand Antonio, a suspicious mystic who helps the narrator unlock the secret to his speech. This is a loudly exclaimed book of innuendo, rumours, and the tangled barbs of repressed memory that asks: How do you handle a troubling past event that behaves like a barely audible whisper?

Written with a poetic bravado and in a structure that mimics a stutter, the elegiac Mouthquake is speech therapy for the bent: the signal is perverted and the sounds are thrilling.


Daniel Allen Cox is the author of the novels Shuck, Krakow Melt, Basement of Wolves, Mouthquake, and the novella Tattoo This Madness In. He co-wrote the screenplay for Bruce LaBruce's 2013 film Gerontophilia. Daniel was a 2015 writer-in-residence at the Zvona i Nari Library & Literary Retreat in Ližnjan, Croatia. He lives in Montreal, where he is vice president of Quebec Writers' Federation.
www.mouthquake.com



Mark Ambrose Harris lives, writes, and teaches in Montreal. His work appears in the anthologies
I Like it Like That, Men on the Make, and In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary
Encounters. His essay on body hair and gender identity is featured on Revolver and his work
about parasites and STI stigma is part of Nomorepotlucks #29: Used. His essay Beautiful Books,
which can be found in both Ribbon Pig Vol. 1 and the Lethe Press anthology Best Gay Stories
2012, received the Songe-de-Poliphile award from l’Académie de la vie littéraire au tournant du
21e siècle.
www.markambroseharris.com

Graphic Novel Book Club: Arsène Schrauwen


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 October is Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m. Discussion will be hosted by D+Q production assistant, Marcela Huerta. There will be refreshments and collective insight!

Arsène Schrauwen is a comic about: Arsène, venture, love, architecture, freedom, fear......lust, the unknown, nothing, projection, expectation, new acquaintances, bullshit-artistry and entrapment! In the vein of (a less depressing) Heart of Darkness or Fitzcarraldo it's the story of the artist, Olivier Schrauwen's, grandfather who travels to an unknown African colony to meet his cousin.

We offer you a 20% discount on Arsène Schrauwen from now until the meeting date.

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