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Thursday, 31 March 2016

D+Q Office Reads: Part 7!

   Ever say to yourself "hey, what the heck is the D+Q office reading right now"? Well,the answer is: a bunch of books!



The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions)

    I am still savoring this series. SO SUE ME! I started reading this second book immediately after reading My Brilliant Friend this fall, but my Ferrante fever broke and I set it aside for a bit in an attempt to prove to the internet community that I could read other books. When I took off for a week vacation in early March, I started it over from the beginning, and tore through it beach-side, finishing it mere moments before landing back in Montreal. I loved the first book, and its unabashed focus on the relationship between the narrator Elena and her friend Lila, but this volume conjured up much more conflicted feelings. I spent the majority of the book furious with the characters, but unable to look away.
    It’s not that the characters are unlikable - on the contrary I found myself so personally invested in their relationships that the way they are constantly breaking apart and re-configuring throughout this book is strange sort of torture. I love Ferrante’s ability to do this - to pull us along with the characters through bad decisions and difficult moments in a way that is reflective and insightful without passing judgment. She resists the opportunity to frame every incident and emphasize each regretted action or missed opportunity, forcing us to just live alongside the characters through the often confusing and frustrating messiness that makes up a life. I haven’t gotten so worked up about a book for a while and I think that’s a real testament to it.

- Alison Naturale, print manager



Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (HarperCollins)

    Have I mentioned how much I love my book club? We’re all Moms who live in the Plateau, and many of us are expats from other countries. Somehow we all ended up together in a book club that at our best manages to meet 4 times a year or so. At our last meeting, we decided to read Station Eleven, a book that everyone had already read or seemed to be familiar with, except me, the person in publishing and book retail. They then said it was apocalyptic fiction and then I realized why I hadn’t heard of it. I admit to two conflicting things. 1) As I work in a medium that is often mislabeled as a genre, I think strict genres distinctions are limiting and yet 2) I admit to reading in a genre bubble, a comfort zone of straightforward literary fiction, literary comics and nonfiction essays I rarely leave.

    I placed an order at the store (***Cheap Plug Alert*** Librairie D+Q gives book club discounts for books ordered in bulk!) and waited. Once I started, I read half of the book in one sitting. I expected horror, but found an understated elegance. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, cuts back and forth from before the world is destroyed by the pandemic of the Georgia Flu and after where civilization has collapsed, there’s no electricity, running water, phones, towns or cities. The pre-Georgian flu world is pretty straight forward setting up the world of actor Arthur Leander, his wives, the paparazzi, and fellows actors. And the post collapse world, details his influence on the survivors, a band of artists in a traveling symphony. I love how one of Arthur’s wives is an artist writing a comic book that gives the book its name that we are able to see unfold and how the comic survives the flu. I love how the survivors are artists, I love how the survival of art influences the survivors, and connects us all. It’s hard to talk about the book without giving away too many spoilers, but suffice it to say, that reading Station Eleven makes me want to break out of my bubble a little more often.

Peggy Burns, publisher




La Proie by David De Thuin (Glénat)

    Without fail, every time I pull this book out, my cat pounces on it. It’s pretty funny to watch, and rather fitting–David De Thuin's massive epic, La Proie (The Prey), is all about the chase between prey and predator. As advertised on the cover band, La Proie is "a complete story in 10 000 panels over 1 000 pages." Apparently, the book came about when De Thuin decided to create a thousand page book in honour of the fifth anniversary of the collection 1 000 Feuilles, which you might have guessed, roughly translates to 1 000 Pages. The format itself is impressive, but even more so is the author's boundless imagination in this adventure story that is suitable for both adults and kids, but not babies, since there are a few scary passages!
    The story begins after Tipôme and Bumble, two funny bug-like creatures, find a shipwrecked individual on the beach. After saving him from the dangerous environment, the friends embark on a wild journey with the rescued stranger, who it turns out is believed to be "the chosen one," sent to the island to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Although the characters travel through worlds and ecosystems that are hostile and dark, with monsters lurking at every corner, the book remains playful and fun. This is largely due to De Thuin's great sense of humour and wisecrack characters, as well as his mastery of the classic cartooning form which makes the whole work seem so effortless and rich. Philosophical musings, strong friendships, and suspenseful adventures make La Proie, a thousand page book that took seven years to complete, an incredibly engrossing read that just whizzes by.

- Marie-Jade Menni, production assistant
 


 Rebecca by  Daphne Du Maurier (Little, Brown and Company)

This month I sat down with a classic: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I discovered a chilling page turner full of gothic mansions and an all too real ghost, in the form of Rebecca, the deceased first wife of our narrator's beloved Maxim de Winter. Though we never learn the name of the narrator, we fall deep into her insecurities as a young girl while she enters the infamous estate of Manderley, deeply in love with Mr. De Winter and trailed always by Rebecca's shadow. In reading I learned that the timelessness in this novel lies of course in the ghost of your partner's ex, and the daunting ways that shapes a young girl into a fully formed woman. There's a climactic page turner ending in an especially beautiful hardcover edition that had me swooning in ol' Librairie Drawn and Quarterly. Tragic and intimate, Rebecca made for a a heartfelt feminine read. Also, it matched my lip gloss.

- Sruti Islam, marketing assistant



Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (Coach House)
The Blizzard by Vladimir Sorokin (Farrar, Straus, &Giroux)

    The basic premise of Fifteen Dogs is two Greek gods, Hermes and Apollo, grant all the dogs at a vet the "gift" of human cognition, with the goal being to figure out if it is in fact a gift at all—will any of them die happy is the wager. The immediate result is that all fifteen dogs soon realize they are all in the same boat, all thinking differently, feeling changed, and quickly open their cages and embark (LOLZ) onto the streets of Toronto, quickly developing their own language to communicate with each other. What follows is their struggle to come to terms with their new existence—what is the correct way to proceed? Succumb to their new intelligence and reject their old ways/inherent dogginess?

   Fifteen Dogs has changed my life. I can no longer look at dogs (or any animal, for that matter) in the same way, without being suspicious. All I can think is WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, FRIEND? I read the book while on vacation in Tobago, where there are playful/happy/relaxed island dogs everywhere, so needless to say, my mind was busy imaging their inner most desires. The book was so beautifully written, so real, which is quite an accomplishment, given its imaginative take on reality.
    Anyway—read this book. It's fun and doggy and smart.
   


   I was initially attracted to The Blizzard because I had just finished The Big Green Tent so I was re-obsessed with Russian lit. When I read about this book I realized it was very likely similar to Brian Ralph's Daybreak, in that it wasn't really about zombies at all, but more about the struggle surrounding that reality. And also, very likely like my favourite parts of Doctor Zhivago, where it's just people walking through snow.

   The book very much so turned out to be those two things exactly. The entire book takes place in darkness, in a dystopian land where you are not quite sure of the time period, or what the surroundings look like, and then on top of that, it's in Russia, so you really don't know much about that unless you've been there, you know. The darkness the characters are feeling is paralleled by the reader's own. You slowly start to clue in that this is not a normal world—that although there is gasoline, they are still traveling by horse-drawn sled. And you know the horses pulling the sled are small, but you don't realize they are pea-sized until the very end. Likewise, a very small character is introduced, but this seems normal...until you realize just how small, and then you later encounter a six-foot giant. And a sexy cult. And at the very, very end, a cellphone. But you still never really find out as much as you'd like—though maybe if you did, it would ruin the whole thing.

- Tracy Hurren, managing editor



Zero K by Don Delillo (Scribner)
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully (Appetite by Random House)

    There’s a rootless feeling I get when reading Delillo. Like I’m slightly off-balance. It’s an important part of the experience for me. He’s way ahead of me and he’s providing the clues and I just need to focus and pay attention to what he’s saying. He’s demanding that I pay attention. At some point in my life, I might have said “oh, he’s my favorite author” but it occurred to me that saying “she’s my favorite writer” or “he’s my favorite cartoonist” or “she’s my favorite director” is about the dumbest thing you could ever say. But what I do like is Delillo’s precision and then how every now and then he just drops a sentence or a paragraph and it is killer. Like this one (which can be read here (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/22/sine-cosine-tangent):

    She was adept at knowing what time it was. No wristwatch, no clock in view. I might test her, without warning, when we were taking a walk, she and I, block by block, and she was always able to report the time within a three- or four-minute margin of error. This was Madeline. She watched the traffic channel with accompanying weather reports. She stared at the newspaper but not necessarily at the news. She watched a bird land on the rail of the small balcony that jutted from the living room and she kept watching, motionless, the bird also watching whatever it was watching, still, sunlit, alert, prepared to flee. She hated the small orange Day-Glo price stickers on grocery cartons, medicine bottles, and tubes of body lotion, a sticker on a peach, unforgivably, and I’d watch her dig her thumbnail under the sticker to remove it, get it out of her sight, but, more than that, to adhere to a principle, and sometimes it took minutes before she was able to pry the thing loose, calmly, in fragments, and then roll it between her fingers and toss it in the trash can under the kitchen sink. She and the bird and the way I stood and watched, a sparrow, sometimes a goldfinch, knowing that if I moved my hand the bird would fly off the rail and the fact of knowing this, the possibility of my intercession, made me wonder if my mother would even notice that the bird was gone, but all I did was stiffen my posture, invisibly, and wait for something to happen.

    Here the narrator is describing his mother (who is long dead) while he’s at a cryogenic-type facility awaiting for his step mom to undergo “treatment.” He spars with this father, bringing up his adolescent insecurities and rage. So there’s plenty of family drama in a stripped down science-fiction setting with the possibility of your family living forever and torturing you forever and who are any of you anyways?

    Sure we all love cookbooks but my favorite kinds are the ones that you can actually read (and have that perfect mouthwatering picture of that dish you will try and possibly succeed/fail at making in three to four hours.) There must be a science to making them which surprises me how often they’re a dull affair. Anyways, this book is a blast to read and I am no great cook but sometimes reading about phyllo dough stuffed with currants and pheasant is the greatest escape of them all. Cookbooks always seem like magic to me—but the secrets are revealed and who doesn’t want to know the secrets? Sure we can all look stuff up on Epicurious but that is kind of the dullest least contextual way to do anything. Go blast a Fairport Convention record on your turntable and try to make this damn Chicken Pastilla, ya wilting lily.

- Tom Devlin, executive editor


Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (Knopf Doubleday)

   Time for some indie bookstore love: some years ago, on the recommendation of a TYPE Books employee, I picked up Whitehead's The Intuitionist and I adored it. So when I was browsing McNally-Jackson last month and spotted Sag Harbor in all its PEN/Faulkner-stickered glory, I didn't hesitate.

   Sag Harbor is halfway between a novel and a collection of interconnected short stories. It's a coming-of-age story that takes place over the summer of 1984. At the centre of the book is the hopelessly uncouth Benji, who is trying (unsuccessfully) to transition to "Ben" and who cannot master the hip handshakes ("Slam, grip, flutter, snap. Or was it slam, flutter, grip, snap?"). Whitehead covers so many facets of what it meant to be black in 1980s America, while celebrating the pop culture of the time and charting the growth of yuppie culture. In one paragraph, someone will be described as a Living Jheri Curl or we'll be treated to a dissection of all the African-American characters on TV that year, while in the next, Benji will wax poetic on the glories of the waffle cone or detail an epic BB gun battle.

   While I really enjoy the texture of Whitehead's prose in Sag Harbor - it's intricate and canny and popping with subtle cultural commentary and jokes - I didn't ultimately connect with the narrative as much as I did with The Intuitionist. But, looking back at the book to write this review, dag! What a romp.

- Julia Pohl-Miranda, marketing director



Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
by Sunil Yapa (Little, Brown and Company)

   This month I had the pleasure of reading the highly anticipated debut novel by Sunil Yapa, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. I had heard about this book before Christmas on Book Riot's All the Books podcast, and they sounded so excited about it I had to pick it up. I went in not having read a summary (they call that a Marce classic!), so I had no idea the book revolved around the 1999 World Trade Organization, and—I'm embarrassed to admit—I actually had no recollection of those protests. Although, to be fair, I was nine. Yapa's story explores seven different people in very different roles over the course of the first day of the protests. Yapa is so empathetic in his writing that I initially came away from the book upset at how much space some of the characters were given, and how much sympathy it felt like I was meant to be feeling for them. But reflecting on it, I do believe that Yapa's interest is in empathizing with the human presence within broken systems, and how with greater changes to these systems (or in tearing them down, dare to dream), we can begin to see positive change for the people within them. Thumbs up!

- Marcela Huerta, production assistant

Rainy Day Reads

Though we're a day early, the old adage about April showers bringing May flowers feels appropriate today! Spring has *almost* sprung here in Montreal. Warm breezes, verdant terraces and leisurely strolls in the park are calling, but first we have to schlep through some more cold, mud and general pre-spring city grime. So why not use these rainy days as an opportunity to crack open an intimidatingly long book? We've got a few suggestions of hefty tomes to get you started, all clocking it at over 500 pages:

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Perhaps the lord of all intimidatingly long books, this 20th Anniversary edition of David Foster Wallace's classic is a perfect project for an ambitious reader. Even if you've already climbed this mountain, a re-read will yield all kinds of new insights. Make sure to prepare yourself with three bookmarks though - even the footnotes have footnotes! A daunting undertaking for the first 200 pages or so, you'll soon find yourself immersed in the weird world of DFW and even 1100 pages won't feel long enough.


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

There's something about a good Russian 19th century novel that is just perfectly suited to a rainy day. This beautiful hardcover edition of Anna Karenina boasting pink binoculars on the cover is positively beckoning to be opened, isn't it? Undisputedly a masterful storyteller, Tolstoy's writing has innumerable fine qualities, but brevity is not one. There are plenty of reasons to read or re-read this seminal piece of realist fiction, widely hailed as one of the finest novels ever written. Need I say more?

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Part love story, part mystery, part dystopian-future piece, Murakami spent upwards of 4 years writing the mammoth that is 1Q84. First published in 3 installments in Japan, which sold out immediately, the entire story is published in one volume for English readers. Dive into Murakami's labyrinthine, parallel universe version of Tokyo in 1984, and you'll be whisked away from rainy Montreal in no time!

The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector

Nothing beats getting completely wrapped up in a novel and losing track of time, but if you can't schedule an entire day of uninterrupted reading into your busy schedule, a long book of short stories might be just the ticket! Often described as a genius, and likened to Nabokov, Borges and Calvino, Brazillian author Clarice Lispector's fierce intelligence and knack for depicting human experiences render her work completely unique. The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector spans her entire career, filled with darkly funny, haunting tales. Plus, the beautiful cover design from New Directions makes it a striking addition to your bookshelf!

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Fifteen years in the making, Alexander Chee's The Queen of the Night is truly epic in scope. The story follows the life of protagonist Lilliet Berne on her journey from Midwestern orphan to 19th century Parisian Opera star, with a vast array of incarnations along the way, including courtesan, hippodrome rider in the circus, prostitute, seamstress, maid to the empress of France, and spy, to name but a few. At close to 600 pages, there is plenty of drama for fans of the Victorian picaresque to sink their teeth into. Ornate prose, meticulous detail, passionate and unceasing twists of fate make Linette's journey a mesmerizing one. Renowned authors Junot Diaz, Kelly Link, Hanya Yanagihara, Helen Oyeyemi have already been singing the praises of Chee's latest book, so why not join the chorus and get swept away by this period piece?

Despite the cold and rain, spring is definitely coming, and with it, the season of beach reads. Hauling a 1000-pager to the beach is not nearly as nice as curling up with one in your favourite cozy reading spot in your home-suit, so now's the time! 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Les meilleurs vendeurs francophones en mars!

Notre sélection de littérature et de magazines francophones s'aggrandit de mois en mois au 211 rue Bernard Ouest. Hormis les bandes dessinées et les livres pour enfants, dont nous tenons le meilleur des nouveautés en français depuis plusieurs années, voici les titres les plus vendus en mars 2016 parmi les magazines, les fictions et les essais francophones:


Dinette est un nouveau magazine de cuisine québécois, le troisième numéro a pour thème Prendre le temps: on y trouve parmi de nombreux articles et recettes, un florilège de chocolats chauds, un documentaire sur la récolte des pommes de terre, une proposition de fondue à réaliser dans la forêt sur feu de bois!


Court essai fragmentaire sur l'amour douleureux, Hiroshimoi est la dernière publication des élégantes éditions Ta Mère. Véronique Grenier, professeure de philosophie et chroniqueuse montréalaise, crache le récit ordinaire d'un jeu de désir, et d'un couple qui flambe avant d'exister.


Pour des femmes, par des femmes: Filles Missiles est une publication dirigée par Sara Hébert, Marie Darsigny et Daphné B, qui est libraire chez D+Q! La revue présente le travail visuel et littéraire d'une quinzaine d'artistes québécoises.


Les hésitations de Lise Thériault, notre ministre de la condition féminine, à se qualifier féministe, ont poussé ce mois-ci nos clients à se procurer ce Manuel de résistance féministe rédigé par Marie-Eve Surprenant et publié par les Éditions du remue-ménage. Un résumé vulgarisé du mouvement, des chiffres éloquants sur la condition des femmes au Québec, une floppée d'arguments simples pour ne plus avoir peur de se dire féministe, une démystification des critiques lancées à celles qui réclament plus de justice sociale...Un guide pour tous.




Anaïs Barbeau-Lavelette écrit dans La femme qui fuit l'histoire de sa grand-mère Suzanne Meloche, peintre et poète du mouvement des automatistes, aux côtés de Borduas et Riopelle. Peu reconnue malgré sa contribution au mouvement du Refus Global, Suzanne a, dans la fièvre des évènements de sa vie, abandonné les enfants qu'elle a eu avec le peintre Marcel Barbeau, avant d'être postière en Gaspésie ou militante aux États-Unis pour les droits des Noirs. Ce livre passionnant est l'objet de notre deuxième club de lecture fancophile, qui aura lieu à la librairie le 20 avril à 19h.




Tuesday, 29 March 2016

New and Notable: India Cookbook

The India Cookbook claims to be "The only book on Indian food you'll ever need", and both its size and colorful pages live up to that promise. Packaged in a canvas tote, which could double as a grocery bag, the book gives more than what is on the pages. The interior contains 1,000 easy to follow recipes from all over the country.
Importantly, the cookbook is written by a chef and 'culinary academic' from Delhi, rooting it in the lived experiences of a person tied intimately to the food of their country. Born in Nainital, Pushpesh Pant has developed his career through working as a recipe columnist for publications and cookbooks, all the while working as a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. The recipes have been modified to be accessible for the Western consumer. Some are well known among the common restaurant dishes served in North America, while others will expand your knowledge of authentic Indian cuisine and culture.

New D&Q: Carpet Sweeper Tales by Julie Doucet


As an artist published in the very early days of Drawn & Quarterly, Julie Doucet's work holds a very special place in the heart of the D+Q bookstore. Her comics were fearless, smart, and completely original. Unsurprisingly, the same can be said about her exciting new publication Carpet Sweeper Tales - a collection of visual short stories that is nonetheless quite a departure from her previous hand-drawn autobiographical comics.


Using photo and text from vintage women's and home decorating magazines, Carpet Sweeper Tales creates an absurd photo-comic collage of love, lust, gossip, and travel. Purposefully a bizarro remix of Italian fumetti (photo novels) from the sixties and seventies, Doucet has men and women speaking in fragmentary advertising lingo and typographical nonsense. 


Doucet encourages readers at the beginning to read the stories aloud, thereby helping us to make aural sense of the often visually dissonant words on the page. She is interested in how storytelling (no matter how absurd) can come out of made-up words and putting incompatible sounds together. Accompanied by the longing gazes of the characters, the stuttered and campy conversations take on a surreal quality. 


Following her past comic and collage work, Carpet Sweeper Tales playfully demonstrates Doucet's wildly experimental eye and ear for storytelling outside of traditional means. Pick up a copy and join us in store to gleefully host the Montreal release of Carpet Sweeper Tales Thursday April 7th at 7pm. 



Friday, 25 March 2016

New and Notable: The Tipping Point



The Tipping Point is a collection of illustrated stories, from authors including Bastien Vivès, Atshushi Kaneko, and Eddie Campbell. The multiplicity of voices contained in the physically unified book allows the scope of the narrative to take on a life of its own. Each story deals with the concept of the "tipping point": a moment of transformation, a momentous change, or a complete shift of perspective. What does it mean to occupy a position that is non-human? The authors all shed light on the variety of forms of experience of the world that fall outside the human, whether that is in the form of a man's fantasies of hell, or the inter-sectional experiences of multiple characters at one point in time: it all comes back to an awareness of existence in one dimension, and a following sense of possibility at the existence of others. The melange of styles throughout the book can be jarring, as moving from one completely different dimension to the next can often be.



Thursday, 24 March 2016

Wednesday, April 13th 7pm: D+Q Graphic Novel Book Club Simon Hanselmann's MEGAHEX!

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 April is MEGAHEX by Simon Hanselmann. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m.


Discussion will be hosted by D+Q managing editor Tracy Hurren and Librairie D+Q marketing director Jason Grimmer. There will be refreshments and collective insight!

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

ABOUT MEGAHEX:

Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to grips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann's Girl Mountain Tumblr.

Librairie D+Q is the Official Bookseller for the 2016 Blue Metropolis Festival!

    Big news dept! After a few years of partnering with Montreal's esteemed Blue Metropolis Festival (Junot Diaz, anyone?) we're honoured to announce our role as the official bookseller for this year's events!


And what a year to jump aboard, this morning Blue Met announced it's line-up and it's a doozy!
Anne Carson (the recipient of this year's Blue Met’s International Literary Grand Prix), Thomas King (The Inconvenient Indian), Joseph Boyden (The Orenda), Valeria Luiselli (The Story of My Teeth), Kim Thúy (Ru), Samuel Archibald (Arvida), Carmen Aguirre (Mexican Hooker #1), Barney Hoskyns (Small Town Talk), Heather O'Neill (Daydreams of Angels) and so many more...and kids events too!


These events happen all over town and our store, so make sure to check the program out either online or grab a paper copy in the store!

Also exciting: visit our little bookshop away from mile end at the Blue Met HQ at Hotel 10 (10 Sherbrooke Ouest) , we'll have all the event books and more there....looking forward to your pop-in, bring us a scone!
Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Tonight: Alyssa Favreau launches Stuff Every Graduate Should Know!

Join us tonight at 7pm for drinks and talk as Librairie D+Q staffer Alyssa Favreau launches her new book STUFF EVERY GRADUATE SHOUD KNOW from the best-selling series of how-to guides by Quirk books!


Just because you’ve got a diploma in hand doesn’t mean you know everything! When the cap and gown come off and the real world beckons, bring along this little book for tips, tricks, and how-tos that will guide you along every step of the road to adulthood. With chapters on finding an apartment, landing a job, paying bills, and even throwing a real dinner party, this book has everything a newly minted grown-up needs to take on—or take over!—the world.


Alyssa Favreau is a Montreal-based writer and store staffer at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. Despite writing this book, she is now back at school pursuing her MA in English literature.
Monday, 21 March 2016

Spring Books For Culinary Inspiration



What better way to welcome in the new season than with a fresh new selection of cookbooks? Come and check out our new and improved food section, complete with everything from gardening basics to culinary challenges; new titles like "Egg," "Bowl," and "Taste" allowing for simple but delicious takes on the best dishes that spring has to offer.




Sunday, 20 March 2016

Recap: Anne Boyer, Jordan Abel, and Sonnet L'Abbé


The Writers Read + Off the Page festival kicked off with a wall-to-wall packed reading at the shop on Thursday night! Guest writers, Sonnet L'Abbé, Jordan Abel, and Anne Boyer all gave inspired performances.


L'Abbé promised us that despite her given name, Sonnet, she didn't plan on becoming a poet. Whether it's a coincidence or not we're glad she did! From Urban Dictionary diction to a guttural tribute to Tanya Tagaq her lingual dexterity was impressive!


Jordan Abel, a Nisga'a writer, gave a sound and poetry performance in the gorgeous mask pictured above. Using traces of colonialism as material for the work he created a haunting and evocative piece.


Anne Boyer began with an enchanting fable about Poet Smurf, death, and friendship. Incidentally, this was an analogy for the real experience of writing her latest book, Garments Against Women. She proceeded to give a completely captivating reading that was both hilarious and deep. If you haven't read it yet - pick it up!!

Thanks to the organizers, Sina Queyras, the writers, and everyone involved for putting on an excellent evening of poetry, conversation, and collaboration.
Saturday, 19 March 2016

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. - Scapegoat Magazine #9 launch: Eros

Please join us tonight at 7pm as SCAPEGOAT launches their ninth issue: EROS!

Contributors Jacob Wren, Laura Broadbent, Alexis Bhagat, Maiko Tanaka, Adam Szymanski and Sherry Walchuk along with co-editor Nasrin Himada will be in attendance.

SCAPEGOAT: is an independent, not-for-profit, bi-annual journal designed to create a context for research and development regarding design practice, historical investigation, and theoretical inquiry.
Friday, 18 March 2016

Tonight at 7pm: An Evening with Ben Lerner at the York Amphitheatre!

We here at Librairie D+Q are very proud to collaborate with Concordia' Writers Read and Université de Montreal for the second night of the Off The Page literary festival:  An Evening with Ben Lerner at the York Amphitheatre  (1515 Ste. Catherine West Street)!


We've been huge fans of Ben Lerner! He is the author of 10:04, LEAVING THE ATOCHA STATION, and several books of poetry.  Lerner began his writing career as a poet and essayist focused on contemporary literature and art. His three volumes of verse capture the often elliptical drift of thought, appearing spontaneous even as they layer linguistic and conceptual complexity.



[Leaving The Atocha Station]never feels like satire. What is does feel like is intensely and unusually brilliant. - The Guardian



[10:04] shares much with Chris Kraus’s “I Love Dick” and Sheila Heti’s “How Should a Person Be,
- New York Times

An Evening with Ben Lerner starts at 7pm tonight, at the York Amphitheatre (EV Building room 1.605, 1515 Rue St Catherine Ouest). Seating is limited. Hope to see you there!!
Thursday, 17 March 2016

Tonight at 8pm: Jordan Abel, Anne Boyer, and Sonnet L’Abbé

We here at Librairie D+Q are very proud to collaborate with Concordia' Writers Read and Université de Montreal for the first night of the Off The Page literary festival!


Tonight at 8pm will will be welcoming Jordan Abel, Anne Boyer, and Sonnet L’Abbé to the store.


Jordan Abel is the author of THE PLACE OF SCRAPS (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award) and UN/INHABITED. Abel’s third book, INJUN, is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Spring 2016.

Un/inhabited reminds us of the power of language as material and invites us to reflect on what is present in the empty space when we see nothing. - 49th Shelf


Anne Boyer is the author of the Librairie D+Q staff favourite GARMENTS AGAINST WOMEN, was educated in the public libraries and universities of Kansas. Boyer works as an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college of art and design, where she teaches with the poets Cyrus Console and Jordan Stempleman. In 2014, she was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple negative breast cancer which has been the source of her current project, a work about the politics of care in the age of precarity.

...Garments Against Women is a deeply intellectual book with purpose; it widens the boundaries of poetry and memoir as we know them, in ways that can be especially useful for people who distrust these genres. The Rumpus


Sonnet L’Abbé is a poet, critic, and teacher. She is the author of two books of poetry, KILLARNOE and A STRANGE RELIEF. L'Abbé's awards include The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize (1999) and the RBC BRONWEN WALLACE AWARD FOR EMERGING WRITERS (2001). She was also shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award in Poetry (2010), and her work has been included in several anthologies, including 2005's Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets.

With its razzle-dazzle wordplay and kaleidoscope of subjects, Sonnet L’Abbé’s second collection of poems (Killarnoe) is a tour-de-force. - 49th Shelf

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