LEANNE SHAPTON & ADRIAN TOMINE
Friday, February 5th, 7pm
The Rialto Hall (5711 Av. du Parc)
Tickets $5 at 211 Bernard Ouest or online.
2016 is gonna be your comics year, I'm telling you. It's only a week into the new year and we're announcing events with Chris Oliveros, Leslie Stein, Noah Van Sciver, Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, Nick Drnaso....and now Leanne Shapton and Adrian Tomine will be joining forces to launch their newest D+Q books: WAS SHE PRETTY? and KILLING AND DYING!
This new paperback edition of WAS SHE PRETTY? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantoms: its intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton introduces the obsessives and the dilettantes, the poets and the actresses, the people with great hair and the people with idiosyncratic clothes. As funny as it is insightful, WAS SHE PRETTY? speaks to a central human concern: How do we compare? Elegantly drawn and perfectly narrated, the pages of WAS SHE PRETTY? are a testimonial to the power of observation and misapprehension.
Whenever I come across something of Leanne Shapton's - an illustration in The New York Times, or the wooden books she makes - I feel like I have found a hidden treasure - Amy Sedaris
KILLING AND DYING is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. With this work, Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage) reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics, but as one of the great voices of modern American literature. His gift for capturing emotion and intellect resonates here: the weight of love and its absence, the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive in the twenty-first century.
There will be readings and a short discussion with Saleema Nawaz, followed by a Q&A and signing.
Saleema Nawaz is the author of the short story collection Mother Superior and winner of the prestigious Writers' Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her story "My Three Girls." Her debut novel Bone and Bread won the Quebec Writers' Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, she currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.